Sale of pot in Washington state to begin
With the clock ticking down to the start of legal weed sales in Washington state, store owners hoping to start selling on Tuesday were consumed by details over the weekend. One year and eight months after voters in Washington state and Colorado legalized marijuana, the sale of heavily regulated and taxed cannabis is coming to Seattle and other cities in Washington state, with the first few stores opening amid talk of high prices, shortages and rationing. Sales began in Colorado at the start of the year. As many as 20 shops in Washington state, out of a planned 300-plus, should receive their licenses on today, officials say. They could open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, but how many planned to be up and running remained unclear.
Militants claim to kill 22 in towns
Twenty-two people were killed in overnight attacks by gunmen on the Kenyan coast, the Kenya Red Cross said Sunday. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked group, claimed responsibility but Kenyan officials blamed local separatists. The Saturday night attacks left 13 dead in the town of Hindi, and nine dead and one missing in the town of Gamba, Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gulet said. Kenya has witnessed a notable increase in attacks since deploying troops in 2011 to fight al-Shabab militants.
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Man loses hands in fireworks blast
A Northern California man igniting illegal fireworks blew off both of his hands when a device exploded prematurely, police said. Officer Albert Morales of the San Jose Police Department told the San Jose Mercury News that the man in his 40s is expected to live. The explosive went off in his hands as family members stood nearby late on the Fourth of July, Morales said.
More ships to join search for plane
The Malaysian government said Sunday that it would step up efforts to search the southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines' missing Flight 370, in the latest indication that a broad international effort to find the plane will continue for many months. Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein announced at the opening of a photo exhibition dedicated to the missing plane that Malaysia would send one of its navy vessels with deep-sea survey equipment as well as two commercial vessels with towed, sonar-equipped submersibles. Malaysia will also keep another naval vessel in the southern Indian Ocean, which has been providing logistical support to other ships involved in the search.
Syrian opposition to elect new leader
The main Western-backed Syrian opposition group began a three-day meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday to elect a new president and discuss the offensive by Islamic militants straddling Iraq and Syria, an official with the group said. The Syrian National Coalition will pick a replacement for its current president, Ahmad al-Jarba, in a vote set for Tuesday. His term is expiring.
Canada: Arthur was moving across Newfoundland on Sunday, a day after striking Canada's Maritime provinces with near-hurricane strength winds and torrential rains. Environment Canada lifted all storm warnings in the Atlantic region as the storm weakened.