Cannabis City manager Amber McGowan takes the marijuana shop's first call, from a potential customer, days before the grand opening Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Seattle. The store expects to begin selling pot Tuesday, July 8, the first day that recreational marijuana can legally be sold in Washington state and is expected to be the first licensed retailer in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Wash. issues first pot shop licenses

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday in a series of middle-of-the-night emails alerting bleary-eyed pot-sho…

Beachgoers play paddleball on the beach in Barnegat Light, N.J. on Wednesday,  July 2. New Jersey environmental officials say they will seek a court order on Thursday to block a plan sanctioned by the federal government to conduct seismic research off the coast of Barnegat Light that environmentalists say could harm marine life. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ wants court to stop ocean research

Some environmental groups believe the research could be used to probe for undersea oil and gas deposits in the event drilling is opened off …