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Puna man sues feds for medical pot

A 46-year-old Mountain View man on federal probation for marijuana distribution is suing the U.S. District Court Probation Office and three probation officers in an effort to gain access to medical marijuana or Marinol.

Fast food workers to escalate wage demands

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.

Let’s Talk Food: A Foodie in Oregon

From the Portland, Ore., airport, a short walk to the Tri-Met MAX rail depot is a great way to see the town. The tickets can be purchased from the vending machine and are only $2 for senior citizens for an all-day pass. No one checks if you purchased a ticket because it’s on an honor system, but most folks are pretty honest and buy tickets.

Ukrainians flee during fighting

SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police team from reaching the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed.

Be ready for ‘prolonged’ Gaza war, Netanyahu says

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave their homes and head immediately for Gaza City.

Deal for vets health care costs $17B

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.