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Rock legend Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose

Rock superstar Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking various medications that included opioids, the Los Angeles county coroner and his family said Friday. The beloved musician’s system showed traces of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, according to a statement from Jonathan Lucas, the chief medical examiner for the coroner’s office. In a message posted on Facebook, Petty’s wife and daughter confirmed he was taking a mix of drugs to treat health issues. “Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious…

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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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Smuggling gang SMASHED after years of bringing Iraq migrants to UK in near-freezing trucks

SOLARPIX These international smugglers were bringing immigrants into the UK in refrigerated lorries Entire families with young children including babies would spend up to two days hidden in the backs of the HGVs at temperatures just above freezing point. The operation which led to six arrests this week in the cities of Valencia and Bilbao followed the discovery of 16 illegal immigrants last year in the back of three lorries bound for Britain. Six members of the same Iraqi family, including four children, were discovered in the back of a…

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Street rapper stepson of US soldier who became ISIS propaganda chief killed in Syria

NC Intelligence officials say the rapper was killed this week. Now his demise on Wednesday near Deir Ezzor has been confirmed. Casper joined the jihadists early in 2014, abandoning his home to become a mouthpiece in charge of IS propaganda that caused the German government to declare him a central figure at the “highest management level” of the terror group. It was he who arranged for the videoing and distribution of the tapes showing the beheadings of British innocents David Haines and Alan Henning. Like Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi…

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TRUMP FURY: ‘Mexico WILL pay for WALL’ Row erupts over ‘joke’ NAFTA deal

Donald Trump indicated his neighbours will have to stump up for the new border security – although he conceded it may pay “indirectly” in the form of a new trade agreement.  This agreement would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Mr Trump today described as a “bad joke”.  He said America currently suffered a huge trade deficit to Mexico and a new deal would provide Washington with billions of dollars, which could then fund the wall.  And he also hit out at critics who argued he was…

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Australian Open 2018: Maria Sharapova reveals title motivation after second round win

Sharapova booked her place in the third round of the Grand Slam event after a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) win over Anastasija Sevastova. The Russian, who missed the Australian Open last year after serving a ban for a failed drugs test, hasn’t won the tournament since 2008. And speaking about the importance of the competition, Sharapova said: “It is extremely special to see that line of champions, the amount of years, I am a small part of its history.  “You see former champions winning this event many times.  “To be able…

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'It's Actually a Nightmare.' Mother Warns Others After 10-Year-Old Suddenly Dies From Flu

“You have to be aware of your child” More The mother of a healthy 10-year-old Connecticut boy who died suddenly of complications from the flu is warning other parents to watch their children closely during one of the most active flu seasons in years. Nico Mallozi had never had a serious medical issue in his life. On Sunday, the vibrant, popular fourth-grader died of what at first seemed like a routine case of the virus — leaving his Connecticut community reeling. “Ten years of health,” Nico’s mother, Mimma Mallozzi, tells…

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Algorithms that change lives should be trialled like new drugs

Does AI tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?Paul Bradbury/Caiaimages/Plainpicture By Timothy Revell Who should we listen to when deciding whether a criminal will reoffend: a sophisticated algorithm, or random people on the internet? Trick question – it turns out they both produce the same results, according to a new analysis that demonstrates the danger of handing over control of our lives to the machines. Such predictive algorithms are already well-entrenched, informing and making crucial decisions. But for many of them, evidence they are accurate and…

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North Korea could turn to dealing deadly CRYSTAL METH to fund its weapons programmes

Kim Jong-un’s regime may seek to copy the Taliban in Afghanistan by selling illegal drugs to the West to fund his cash-strapped government and avoid international sanctions, Loretta Napoleoni said. The economist, who is also a specialist on terrorism financing, warned North Korea could easily become the world’s largest producer of highly addictive methamphetamine – commonly known as crystal meth. The powerful stimulant is a Class A drug in the UK and long-term use can leave addicts suffering from a raft of serious mental health problems ranging from paranoia and…

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A Nose for Loot? Dogs Training to Sniff Out Stolen Artifacts

Can dogs sniff out stolen artifacts with their amazing noses? More A team of scientists will train dogs to see if the animals can sniff out looted artifacts from the Middle East that are being smuggled into the United States. Dogs have a greater sense of smell than humans and are already being used to sniff out bombs, drugs and ivory. Now, scientists are hoping the canines can also be trained to sniff out artifacts from Syria and Iraq, war-torn countries that have experienced widespread looting of archaeological sites. “Terrorists, organized…

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