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Uruguay’s lefist president open to referendum on regulating marijuana

Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica said in an interview published Monday he is open to a referendum on a bill to have the government control and regulate marijuana sales and distribution. The bill was passed by the lower house of Uruguay’s legislature last week and now awaits action by the Senate.…

The Washington Post sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

(Reuters) – The Washington Post Co said it has sold its flagship newspaper to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. The purchase price is $250 million, subject to normal working capital adjustments, payable at closing later this year. (Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Gary Hill)…

Florida moves forward with unconstitutional execution of mentally ill man

Schizophrenic man will die by lethal injection at 6pm Monday unless his lawyers can convince the supreme court to intervene Florida is preparing to execute a schizophrenic man who believes that he is the immortal prince of God vested with superhuman powers that include an ability to control the sun,…

Watch: Meteor traveling 54,000 miles per hour explodes over Tennessee

Star-gazers in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi witnessed a bright fireball light up the sky last week. The Capricornid meteor was traveling at 54,000 miles per hour, according to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. A video captured by NASA shows the meteor streaking across the sky on August 1 around 12:00…

New York Times confirms embassy closures due to al-Qaeda threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intercepted communications in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as last Sunday prompted the United States to close diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, the New York Times reported on…

Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez one of 13 players suspended for doping

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alex Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid player and one of the sport’s greatest hitters, was suspended for a record 211 games on Monday for alleged doping offences. Another 12 players, including three All-Stars, were handed 50-game suspensions by Major League Baseball following a long investigation into links between…

State Department: Bradley Manning had ‘chilling effect’ on foreign relations

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. soldier Bradley Manning’s leaks of classified government files had a “chilling effect” on foreign relations, impeding U.S. diplomats’ gathering of information, a senior State Department official said Monday. “Every single embassy” was affected, said Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy,…

Australian entertainer Rolf Harris re-arrested on child sex abuse charges

Australian entertainer and artist Rolf Harris was re-arrested by police in Britain on Monday over further allegations of sexual offences. Harris, 83, was first arrested in March by officers from the unit set up after claims of sex abuse were made against the late BBC TV star Jimmy Savile. Harris’s…

EPA accuses BP of manipulating U.S. natural gas market in 2008

A US energy regulator Monday proposed to fine oil giant BP $28 million for allegedly manipulating the natural gas market in 2008. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charged that a team of Texas-based traders for BP America undertook a number of trades in late 2008 that deliberately lost money as…

RNC Chair to NBC, CNN: Cancel your planned Hillary Clinton movies or we’ll yank the 2016 debates

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, issued strongly-worded letters to the chairman of NBC Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, and CNN President Jeff Zucker today after both networks announced plans to make and air movies about Hillary Clinton. In them, he lambasts the networks for being unfair to potential…

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