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Crime

Steve Gordon, Sonics special assistant, charged with federal wire fraud

Steve Gordon has been charged with federal wire fraud for initiating at least $4 million in business deals under false pretenses, including his claim that billionaire Steve Ballmer was his partner.

Marijuana

University of Colorado opens campus for 4/20 pot celebration

DENVER (AP) — The University of Colorado in Boulder was open to the public on 4/20, the unofficial pot holiday, for the first time in four years on Monday. The school had blocked public access to snuff out one of the nation's largest marijuana celebrations. The crackdown eased this year, and the campus remained open...

Environment

Agency proposes lifting protections for most humpback whales

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world's humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of protection and restoration efforts. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries officials want to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those...

Eastside

Judge returns ultra-rich club founder Tim Blixseth to jail

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ordered the founder of a luxury Montana mountain resort back to jail Monday, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a resort in Mexico. Former billionaire Tim Blixseth, 64, was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service after a contempt...