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The Pulse: 'Fresh Prince' Actor Dead at 68

In Wednesday's edition of "The Pulse," a "Fresh Prince" alum dead at 68; Snapchat hit by hackers; legal sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado; and more.
In Wednesday's edition of "The Pulse," a "Fresh Prince" alum dead at 68; Snapchat hit by hackers; legal sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado; and more.

Actor James Avery, best known for playing Uncle Phil on the 1990's sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," is dead. The actor passed away Tuesday night. His publicist says he recently suffered complications from open-heart surgery. His co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Cartlon, tweeted that Avery was like a second father to him, and that he will miss him greatly. Avery was 68 years old.

Snapchat was hit by hackers. Account information for millions of users of the popular social-sharing app appeared online Tuesday. The app lets people share photos and short videos that disappear after a few seconds. User names and partial phone numbers were available for download on a website. The website has since been suspended. The hackers told technology blog TechCrunch they did it to put pressure on snapchat to beef up security.

Barbara Bush is in the hospital for a "respiratory-related issue." President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sent wishes for a speedy recovery. They said they hope she feels better soon and their thoughts and prayers are with their family. Bush is the wife of former president George H.W. Bush and the mother of former president George W. Bush. She is 88 years old.

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a key requirement of the Affordable Care Act. Two Catholic nonprofits have been exempted from having to provide contraceptive coverage to employees. The ruling came just hours before the law went into effect on Wednesday. It sets up another legal challenge for Obamacare, and the federal government will file a legal response.

The new year also means pot sales can begin in Colorado. It's the first day marijuana for recreational use can be sold legally in the state to people 21 and over. Colorado residents can buy one ounce. People from out-of-state are limited to one-fourth of that.
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