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In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 photo, a customer sniffs a display sample of marijuana, in a tamper-proof container secured with a cable, sold at Evergreen Cannabis, a marijuana retail shop, in Vancouver, B.C. One year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, hundreds of legal pot shops have sprung up. But many people still buy their weed on the sly, because taxes and other issues mean that craft marijuana costs nearly twice what it did before legalization. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 16, 2019 - 4:28 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The weed is expensive, the selection is limited, the black market persists, and licensed stores are scarce. It's one year into Canada's experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened. While many residents remain proud of Canada for...
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FILE - This Feb. 24, 2019 file photo shows Shonda Rhimes at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world. Rhimes’ company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by iHeartMedia. Rhimes’ company said it signed a three-year podcast deal with iHeartMedia and is launching Shondaland Audio. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
October 16, 2019 - 3:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world. Rhimes' company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by iHeartMedia. Shondaland says it signed a three-year podcast deal...
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October 16, 2019 - 3:49 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two lawyers linked to the so-called Panama Papers are asking a federal judge to stop Neflix's upcoming release of "The Laundromat," which they say defames them as criminal masterminds and may affect criminal cases against them. Panamanian lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramón...
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This Sept. 18, 2019, booking photo released by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office shows Ed Kramer, a co-founder of Dragon Con. Kramer was indicted Oct. 9 on a charge of sexual exploitation of children. The indictment says Kramer possessed a digital image showing a minor "engaged in sexually explicit conduct." Kramer’s attorney says the image is a published photograph by artist Sally Mann and can’t be considered child pornography. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 3:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A digital image of a Sally Mann photograph depicting the genitals of a young boy has prompted a child pornography charge against a co-founder of a popular sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter last week secured an indictment against Ed...
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FILE - This Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, shows the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposing a proposed ban on conversion therapy in Utah, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar rule under consideration. The church said in a statement posted Tuesday night, Oct. 15, 2019, that the regulatory rule prohibiting Utah psychologists from engaging in LBGTQ conversion therapy with minors would fail to safeguard "religious beliefs" and doesn't account for "important realities of gender identity in the development of children." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 16, 2019 - 2:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed conversion therapy ban in Utah is in danger of being derailed after the influential Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out Tuesday night in opposition, just months after it said it wouldn't stand in the way of a similar measure under consideration...
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gets in to her car after a meeting with French President lEmmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. French President Emmanuel Macron meets European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ahead of EU summit this week. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
October 16, 2019 - 1:48 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen will have to wait a bit longer before she takes over as the next European Commission president after the European Parliament delayed a vote on the appointment of her team on Wednesday. The new European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union...
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the government building of Toulouse, southwestern France, Wednesday, Oct.16, 2019. President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Wednesday to demonstrate the solidity of the French-German relationship at a meeting in southern France, one day before a key EU summit that may approve a divorce deal with Britain. (AP Photo/Frederic Scheiber)
October 16, 2019 - 1:47 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Ireland's president says it's paramount that any Brexit deal safeguards the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland. Michael Higgins says his country's good relations with Britain will "prevail." He added...
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October 16, 2019 - 1:45 pm
RABIAA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi President Barham Saleh discussed Wednesday the situation in northern Syria with a visiting U.S. official saying they focused on ways to prevent Islamic militants from taking advantage of the chaos to rise again. There have been concerns in Iraq that the Turkish military...
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A woman enters a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles drivers license service center, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Hialeah, Fla. The U.S. Census Bureau has asked the 50 states for drivers' license information, months after President Donald Trump ordered the collection of citizenship information. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
October 16, 2019 - 12:25 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is acknowledging that its nationwide request for state drivers' license records is the result of President Donald Trump's order to gather records that can better determine the numbers of citizens and non-citizens across the U.S. The bureau has expanded...
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Protesting farmers gather in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Thousands of Dutch farmers protest over the Netherlands efforts to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Among the farmers' demands are that the government does not further reduce the number of animals they can keep. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
October 16, 2019 - 11:53 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch farmers, many driving tractors, poured into The Hague on Wednesday to protest government moves to rein in carbon and nitrogen emissions to better fight climate change. It was the second major protest this month by Dutch farmers who say the government...
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