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Obama nominates REI CEO Sally Jewell to be Secretary of Interior

Looking for balance between oil industry and conservation, president makes unconventional first pick for environment team Barack Obama chose the head of the REI outdoor equipment stores to manage America’s wide open spaces on Wednesday, in the first pick of his second-term environment team. The choice of Sally Jewell, an…

Apple announces 25 billionth download in iTunes store

Apple on Wednesday announced that the number of digital songs downloaded from its iTunes Store has topped 25 billion. The 25 billionth song bought from the online shop was a “Monkey Drums” remix by Chase Buch. Apple said that it was bought by a German man who will be getting…

Tablets made up a third of worldwide computer sales in fourth quarter of 2012

One-third of computers sold worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 were tablets, according to a survey released Wednesday. The research firm Canalys said that with PCs and tablets combined, the market grew 12 percent year-on-year in the last three months to reach 134 million units. With its iPads and…

Michigan’s medical marijuana tax revenues exceed $10 million

The state of Michigan pulled in more than $10 million in tax revenues from medical marijuana dispensaries in 2012, a new audit (PDF) finds. Voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2008 thinking it would help ease the pain of sick and dying patients. Since implementation in 2009, 344,313 original applications…

Spanish police seize 4.5 tons of cocaine hidden in cow hides

Spanish police said Wednesday they had seized 4.1 tonnes of cocaine worth nearly a quarter of a billion euros in one of the biggest ever seizures of the drug in the country. The cocaine was found at a warehouse in the eastern city of Elche, hidden in containers of cow…

Hasbro adds cat token to Monopoly game

It is the world-famous game on which many a player shined as a property tycoon and where luckless strugglers went to jail, but after a public vote one of Monopoly’s tokens will never again pass go. Of the handful of metal pieces whose journey around the board depended on a…

Young immigrants won’t ‘accept no’ after meeting with Obama on reforms

Leaders of the immigration advocacy group United We Dream (UWD) told The Raw Story on Wednesday they would continue to exert pressure on President Barack Obama and lawmakers to create a clear route to U.S. citizenship for the country’s undocumented immigrants. “DREAMers are not good at accepting no as an…

Watch live: Obama nominates Sally Jewell to lead Interior Department

President Barack Obama to nominate REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell as the next Interior secretary. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Feb. 6. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  …

Virginia state house and senate pass bills limiting acceptable types of ID for voting

On Tuesday, Virginia state senators voted along party lines to reduce the types of ID considered acceptable for voting in the state’s elections. According to the Lynchburg News and Advance, the evenly divided senate got a tie-breaking vote from Republican Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling. If Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) passes…

Idaho lawmaker’s bill forces students to pass ‘Atlas Shrugged’ test to graduate

The chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee says that he introduced a bill to require all students to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” because the book “made my son a Republican.” State Sen. John Goedde (R) introduced the bill in committee on Tuesday to mandate that each student pass…

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