MORNING BRIEFING: Sequester, hot air balloon explosion and no new pot shops




The Spokane City Council passed an emergency moratorium to stop any new pot shops from opening in the next 60 days. (Inlander blogs)

Officials identified the man who died in custody as Christopher J. Parker and said the paramedics who evaluated him may have misjudged whether he needed immediate transport to the hospital. (S-R)

Riverside Elementary in Elk, Wash., won a national contest for a brand new computer lab. (KXLY)


The impending sequester is causing more conflict in Congress, and House Speaker John Boehner has apparently figured out the media pays more attention to what he says if he drops some mild profanity into the mix every once in a while. (CBS)

Nineteen foreign tourists were killed while sightseeing in Egypt when their hot air balloon exploded and plummeted to the ground. (CNN)

The bizarre “cannibal cop” case in New York City just keeps getting creepier. (AP/HuffPo)

What’s the pope going to do when he steps down at the end of this month? Become pope emeritus, of course, and switch the red shoes for brown. (NYT)


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