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San Francisco to wipe clean old marijuana convictions — dating back to 1975

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The city of San Francisco is set to wipe clean criminal convictions linked to marijuana offenses dating back over 40 years, weeks after California legalized the drug. California’s legalization of recreational marijuana took effect at the beginning of January, making the state the largest legal market for pot in the world.

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I asked people why they don’t vote — and this is what they told me

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At least 40% to 90% of American voters stay home during elections, evidence that low voter turnout for both national and local elections is a serious problem throughout the United States.

With the 2020 presidential election approaching, directives for people to “get out and vote” will be firing up again.

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17 new cases of mysterious SARS-like virus discovered in China — as country prepares for Lunar New Year celebrations

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China reported 17 new cases of the mysterious SARS-like virus on Sunday, including three in a severe condition, heightening fears ahead of China's Lunar New Year holiday when hundreds of millions of people move around the country.

The virus -- a new strain of coronavirus that humans can contract -- has caused alarm because of its connection to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

Of the 17 new cases in the central city of Wuhan -- believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak -- three are described as "severe".

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Trump’s top Russia expert was placed on administrative leave — and escorted from the White House: report

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There has been more upheaval at the National Security Council according to new reports.

"Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation," Axios reported Saturday, citing people familiar with the situation.

"Peek had been expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week, where President Trump is expected to meet with a number of world leaders as the impeachment trial takes place back in the Senate," Axios added.

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