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Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as “The Creative City,” this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. The most populous state in the union, with 39 million people, started allowing legal recreational pot sales three days before the Justice Department threatened to step up enforcement of federal prohibition.  As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood’s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he’s puzzled…

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Aussie flu MAPPED: Countries across the globe hit by influenza virus – with cases rising

Almost 200 people were admitted into intensive care during the second week of January, the latest report from Public Health England (PHE) revealed.  Aussie flu – the H3N2 strain of the influenza virus – was responsible for 20 of those patients. In total, 598 people were hospitalised with flu during the second week of January, and almost 50 of the hospital patients were infected with Aussie flu. But influenza isn’t just sweeping the UK – the report published by PHE also revealed other countries in the world to see an…

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NASA releases ominous global temperature report

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE President Trump may have doubts about climate change, but a pair of new federal reports indicate that our planet’s long-term warming trend continues — and that 2017 was one of the hottest years on record. Global surface temperatures last year were the second hottest since 1880, according to an analysis by scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Average temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average between 1951 and 1980, the year global temperature measurements became possible. Only 2016 was…

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China spots four oil slicks from sunken tanker

A Chinese ship works to clean up a massive and expanding oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank off China, raising fears of devastating damage to marine life (AFP Photo/Handout) Beijing (AFP) – The spill from a sunken Iranian tanker off China’s east coast has spawned four oil slicks as authorities prepared to send robots to the wreckage to assess the environmental damage. The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, sank in a ball of flames in the East China Sea on Sunday, a…

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Civil rights groups want to put bail bond industry on Death Row

A team of civil rights groups said Wednesday they were launching a multi-front crusade against the bail bond industry, which has emerged as their biggest opponent in a movement to end America’s reliance on cash bail. “We want to put an end to the for-profit bail industry in the U.S.,” said Udi Ofer, deputy national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union. The effort relies on what Ofer described as a “public opposition campaign” aimed at turning voters and lawmakers against forces trying to preserve the centuries-old bail system,…

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National Park Service advisory board members resign in protest

Nearly all the members of the U.S. National Park Service advisory board announced their sudden resignations on Monday night, in protest of what they say has been a lack of engagement by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the past year. In a resignation letter, the members said Zinke refused to meet with the panel, which is legally required to provide input to the department regarding how to take care of America’s most treasured landscapes. SEE ALSO: The National Park Service removed climate change plans from website, but it may be…

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China says Iranian oil tanker wreck located

The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, ran into a cargo ship off China earlier this month (AFP Photo/-) More Beijing (AFP) – The wreck of an Iranian oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship off China this month has been located, Beijing said Wednesday, but gave no new details about the environmental impact of the disaster. The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, ran into Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter the CF Crystal on January 6, sparking…

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Most National Park System advisory board members quit in protest

Nine of the 12 members of the National Park System Advisory Board have resigned, saying the Interior Department has ignored it since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, the board’s chairman said Tuesday. In an interview with Alaska Public Radio, the board’s chairman since 2010, Tony Knowles, a former Democratic governor of Alaska, confirmed a report in The Washington Post that he and eight other members of the advisory panel quit on Monday out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hadn’t met with them even once. Tony…

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Massive oil spill spreads in East China Sea, could be world's largest in decades

What could be the largest oil spill since 1989’s Exxon Valdez is unfolding in the East China Sea after a deadly and fiery collision between two vessels caused a tanker to sink. All 32 crew members are thought to have died aboard the Iranian vessel “Sanchi,” which was carrying about 1 million barrels of condensate.  According to Bloomberg News, the ship was transporting hydrocarbon liquid that’s a key ingredient for making petrochemicals, including jet fuel. It was headed to the port of Daesan, South Korea when it struck the transport…

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North Korea war alert: Japan sends missile warning in FALSE ALARM

The NHK channel sent the message out via its app, which read: “NHK news alert. “North Korea likely to have launched missile. “The government J alert: evacuate inside the building or underground.” But it emerged the warning was a false alarm and the Japanese broadcaster was forced to issue an apology.  NHK said: “The news alert sent earlier about NK missile was a mistake. “No government J was issued.” The alert came just days after Japan installed a US-built missile defence system amid anxiety over North Korea’s nuclear proliferation. At…

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