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Texas teen no longer facing life in prison for pot brownies — but he could still get 20 years

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A Texas man is no longer facing a life term in prison for pot brownies after prosecutors decided the case wasn’t worth the effort.

Jacob Lavoro was charged with a first-degree felony because, under Texas law, the sugar, flour, and other baking ingredients used to make the brownies could be considered with the weight of the hash oil.

Police say Lavoro admitted he planned to sell the brownies to friends for $25.

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The penalty for that charge was a five-year to life sentence, and the 19-year-old Lavoro’s case received national attention on websites across the political spectrum.

The district attorney in Williamson County decided not to pursue the first-degree felony case, and a grand jury indicted Lavoro last week on a second-degree felony charge for possession of THC and a state felony charge for possession of marijuana.

“We figured that would be a simpler, more straight-forward case,” said District Attorney Mark Brunner. “We wouldn’t get lost in the weeds of arguing about the adulterants and dilutants, even though the law allows us to make that argument.”

Brunner said the brownies contained THC from hash oil, but the concentration of the drug had not been determined.

If he’s convicted of the lesser charges, Lavoro could still be sentenced to probation or a maximum 20-year prison term.

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Lavoro turned down a plea deal in June that would have allowed him to avoid jail time, but his attorney did not want him to plead guilty to a felony charge.

Watch this video report posted online by KXAN-TV:

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England pubs reopen on US Independence Day — after first nationwide closure since 1665’s Great Plague

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The streets of Soho filled with merry drinkers in London on Saturday and the pubs of Manchester were packed as England's hospitality sector returned from a three-month coronavirus hiatus.

"It feels amazing," said Leo Richard Bill, a soldier, after getting through the door of one of London's buzziest restaurants on the Thames River's popular south bank.

"It’s been what, like three months since... me and everyone else haven’t been able to get outside and have a good time. So yeah, it feels good to get amongst it," he said.

Parts of London and other cities, deserted during lockdown, sprang to life as people dressed up and came out for "Super Saturday" -- the day England's hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.

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Trump’s angry words and Coronavirus surge darken Independence Day weekend in America

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The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.

Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

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‘Spoiler’ Kanye West mocked for running for president against his pal Trump: ‘2020 never fails to disappoint’

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President Donald Trump appears to have lost the support of one of his most well-known Black supporters as Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is running for president.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West posted on Twitter, with the hashtag #2020VISION.

The musician was mocked for his presidential bid, here's some of what people were saying:

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