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Sonoma fairgrounds plays host to pot contest

December 15, 2013 4:41 pm

The first time marijuana growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties gathered to compare crops a decade ago, it was an underground, end-of-harvest celebration open only to a small number of cannabis cognoscenti. In a sure sign of the sizable role marijuana has come to play in California’s agricultural economy, this year’s Emerald Cup — a […]

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Three Days of Heavy Snow Cover Israel, West Bank

December 15, 2013 4:11 pm

A rare, intense winter storm covered the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and Ramallah with snow on Sunday (December 15) choking off hills and causing damages in vehicles and electricity. Israeli authorities said at least 50 centimeters (20 inches) fell since Thursday (December 13). In the Golan Heights, the tensed border with Syria was covered with snow, […]

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Syrian Helicopter Bomb Raids Kill 36 in Aleppo: Monitor

December 15, 2013 4:11 pm

Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed on Sunday (December 15) when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" on the disputed northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Video uploaded by local activists showed a fire in a narrow street covered in debris and dust after one air […]

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Coroner identifies 75-year-old man found dead after house fire

December 15, 2013 4:05 pm

A 75-year-old Oakland man who was found dead in a home following a one-alarm fire on Saturday has been identified as Richard Drobus, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau. Drobus was found when firefighters responded to the blaze reported at 2383 Thackeray Drive at 4:30 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Adrian Sheppard. The single-alarm […]

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Actor Peter O´Toole Is Dead at Age 81

December 15, 2013 2:55 pm

Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died. He was 81.

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Coastal swell brings large waves, rip tides to Bay Area beaches

December 15, 2013 2:07 pm

Anyone heading to Bay Area beaches on Sunday and Monday should keep an eye on the ocean, as a coastal swell is expected to bring big waves and rip currents to the regional coastline. The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for Northern California beaches from Sonoma County to Monterey, saying coastal spots […]

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AP Top Stories Dec. 15 P

December 15, 2013 1:40 pm

Here's the latest news for Sunday, December 15th. Senator McCain on Robert Levin disappearance; Mandela final farewell; Actor Peter O'Toole dies and Santa goes running in Spain for charity.

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Snowden Reveals Extent of Canada´s Spying on Behalf of NSA

December 15, 2013 1:37 pm

Yves Engler: Ed Snowden latest leaks confirms widespread NSA spying by Canadian government, including of countries inaccessible to the US

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The Challenges of E-Commerce in India

December 15, 2013 1:08 pm

E-commerce is growing in India, but faces challenges with delivery infrastructure and customers' reluctance to use bank cards, as Shilpa Kannan reports.

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Tobacco Factory Owner on Growth

December 15, 2013 1:08 pm

The owner of a tobacco factory in the UAE tells the BBC about how he grew his business.

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