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U.S. Postal Service says mailing marijuana ads is illegal

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The U.S. Postal Service says it’s illegal to mail materials containing advertising for marijuana products, even in states that have legalized the federally controlled substance. The policy statement released this week comes in response to a letter from Oregon’s Congressional delegation asking the service to clarify its policy on the issue. In November, a memo distributed in the Portland postal district said it was unlawful for newspaper outlets to run marijuana ads and use the U.S. mail for delivery. The…

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Man who landed gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol rejects deal

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A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea deal that would have involved several years in prison. Douglas Hughes spoke after a status hearing in federal court in Washington. He declined to give specifics of ongoing negotiations but said that if prosecutors continue to insist on “significant hard jail time,” his case will go to trial. Hughes said spending several years in…

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Tampa-area postal service workers say public needs to get involved or mail services will go away

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A handful of members with the U.S. Postal Service held signs and demonstrated in front of a downtown Tampa post office on Thursday afternoon, calling attention to conditions affecting employees and the public a week before the American Postal Workers Union‘s (APWU) contract with the Postal Service is set to expire on May 20. Among its demands, the union is calling for extended hours at post offices to shorten customers’ wait time in line and an end to the closure of mail…

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Gyrocopter pilot is frustrated message not getting through

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The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message isn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Instead, the overwhelming focus of news coverage has been about the gaps he exposed in national security. “We’ve…

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