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Throwing Putin off balance? Behind the U.S. intelligence disclosures in the Russia-Ukraine crisis

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WASHINGTON – It’s all hype and hysteria, an effort by the U.S. and its allies to stoke Russia-Ukraine tensions and to serve as a pretext for the West to send more military aid to Kyiv.

That’s how top Kremlin officials and Russia’s tightly controlled state media are casting the Biden administration’s increasingly stark warnings that Russia could invade Ukraine “any day now.”

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Razzies royally torch 'Diana' musical and 'Space Jam 2,' show love to Oscar favorite Will Smith

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As more marijuana dispensaries get targeted by robbers, SAFE Banking Act lingers in Congress

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Weed dispensaries targeted by robbers: Will SAFE Banking Act help?

A bill that could allow electronic transactions at weed dispensaries nationwide is again make its way through Congress but the SAFE Banking Act might not be the cure-all that supporters envision.

In over a decade of operating cannabis shops in Washington, Shea Hynes never once worried about his stores getting robbed at gun point – until recently: In a span of three weeks, his stores were robbed three different times at gun point.

Reports of armed robberies at cannabis dispensaries like Hynes’ have nearly doubled in the first quarter of this year compared with all of last year, according to data maintained by the Craft Cannabis Coalition. The group, which represents more than 50 stores in Washington, has recorded more than 65 armed robberies so far this year, compared with 35 in 2021 and 29 in 2020. 

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