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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
A new era begins in Canada Wednesday when it becomes only the second country to legalize recreational marijuana. Although medicinal pot has been legal since 2001, Canada will join Uruguay as the only nation where customers can buy it in retail shops. The first cannabis store opens at midnight Wednesday in Newfoundland, the country's easternmost province. Each of the 13 provinces will set its own rules for selling marijuana. Some will allow private shops while others will only... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Students defrauded by for-profit colleges scored an important victory on Tuesday, when a court cleared the way for an Obama-era policy that will make it easier for them to get their student loans forgiven. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had said the regulation, known as borrower defense, made discharging loans too easy and was unfair to taxpayers. The rule was due to take effect in July 2017, but DeVos froze it while she worked on devising a new regulation. But U.S. District Judge... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Highlighting that for the United Nations, eliminating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest global challenges and priorities, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the fundamental connection between eradicating poverty and upholding equal rights for all. (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin says the force he felt during a Soyuz emergency landing last week was like having a concrete block on his chest. Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague spoke separately Tuesday about their frightening experience when an unknown mishap caused their Russian Soyuz to abort its mission 60 kilometers (37 miles) above Kazakhstan. The spacecraft was on its way to the International Space Station when the emergency lights flashed in the cabin just minutes into... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Major U.S. stock markets made strong gains Tuesday as strong earnings reports encouraged investors. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 547.87 points, or 2.2 percent, to close at 25,798.42. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 59.13 points, or 2.2 percent, to 2,809.92 with all 11 sectors finishing higher. The Nasdaq composite, home to many tech stocks, jumped 214.75 points, or 2.9 percent, to 7,645.49. New U.S. economic data showing gains in job openings and... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
It's bad enough young supporters of President Donald Trump say their political views make dating a challenge. Now, a new app designed just for them was hacked the day it launched, exposing the personal data of more than 1,600 users.  "Trump supporters face extreme hostility wherever they go, whether they're at a restaurant or on an online dating app," said Emily Moreno, CEO of Donald Daters and a former aide to Republican Senator Marco Rubio of... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if Republicans lose the House in November. Trump said he believes he is "helping" Republican candidates as he campaigns ahead of crucial midterm elections next month. With Republicans facing headwinds, Trump said he thinks the GOP is "going to do well," arguing that "it feels to me very much like" 2016. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, Trump also accused his... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The White House has announced plans to negotiate separate trade deals with Britain, the European Union and Japan. "We are committed to concluding these negotiations with timely and substantive results for American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Tuesday. He added that the White House wanted to "address both tariff and non-tariff barriers and to achieve fairer and more balanced trade." As... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Projecting confidence about her party's chances, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi outlined five of the top 10 agenda items Democrats will pursue if they retake the House in next month's election. Lowering health care costs, rebuilding infrastructure, and running the House chamber with more transparency and openness are near the top of the Democratic agenda, Pelosi said during a talk Tuesday at Harvard's Institute of Politics. Democrats would also prioritize giving legal status to... (Full Story)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
An Uber driver in New York City kidnapped a woman who fell asleep in his vehicle, groped her in the back seat and then left her on the side of a highway in Connecticut, federal authorities said Tuesday. Harbir Parmar, 24, of Queens was charged in U.S. District Court with kidnapping. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney. The FBI said in court papers that Parmar picked the woman up in Manhattan at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 for a trip to her home in White Plains, New... (Full Story)
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