President Joe Biden announced a big shift in marijuana policy. At least 22 children are among those killed in a massacre that started at a day care in Thailand. And ending COVID-19 rules only brought new limits for some travelers.
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Biden pardons thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession
In a seismic shift that could help thousands of people and sends a powerful message on how such actions should be treated, Biden announced Thursday he is pardoning people with federal convictions for simple possession of marijuana.
- How many pardons? All prior federal offenses of “simple possession of marijuana” will be pardoned, clearing about 6,500 people who were convicted under federal law between 1992 and 2021.
- Spotlight on Schedule 1: Biden also asked the departments of Justice and Health and Human Services for an expeditious review of how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. It’s currently classified as Schedule 1, a designation given to the most dangerous drugs like heroin and LSD – while fentanyl and methamphetamine are Schedule 2 substances.
- Where is pot legal? Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while 37 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.
Dozens dead in Thailand day care attack
In what has become Thailand’s deadliest rampage ever, at least 36 people, most of them children, were killed by a disgraced former police officer in a shooting and slashing rampage that started Thursday at a day care center and ended at the man’s own home, authorities said. At least 19 boys, three girls and two adults were killed at the day care center before the suspected gunman drove off shooting randomly at people on the street in Nong Bua Lamphu province, one of the poorest parts of Thailand, police said. The suspect drove home and killed his wife and son before killing himself, police said.
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Daniel Prude’s family reaches settlement with Rochester, NY
The city of Rochester has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a wrongful death suit filed by the family of Daniel Prude, who died after police pinned him to the ground in March 2020. The settlement is not an admission of liability, the court documents show. Almost $4 million of the total $12 million will cover attorney fees. Prude’s death and the perception that city officials tried to cover it up led to weeks of protests and fallout including the firing of Rochester’s police chief. Prude died while experiencing a severe mental health crisis. His son Nathaniel McFarland said Thursday that his father’s “only crime was needing help.”
As COVID travel rules end, some high-risk travelers feel left behind
Travel requirements have been steadily dropping as the pandemic has waned. But a number of travelers are wary: the risk of getting sick still seems too high. More than 1 million people have died as a result of COVID-19 in the US, and more than 6.5 million have died worldwide. For some travelers, health concerns have limited their options, while others have stopped traveling altogether. Some high-risk travelers may not want to go on a cruise but feel comfortable with other types of travel. And others – such as those with compromised immune systems – feel like they can’t risk getting COVID-19, choosing not to travel at all. So, how safe is it? Keep reading.
$1 of every $10 raised this choice: Billionaires account for an outsized share of political contributions this election cycle. Here are 11 of the biggest spendersled by George Soros.
Racism allegation scrutiny: Duke’s Rachel Richardson levied allegations that she and her teammates were targets of racism during a match against BYU. But more than five weeks later, many questions remain. Here’s what we know transpired before the match was even played – and the aftermath that followed.
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Florida woman mourns husband who drowned saving home from Ian’s floods
It would have been their 26th wedding anniversary yesterday. But instead of spending the day celebrating with her husband, Juanita Foley reminisced on her happy memories before he was suddenly ripped from her life. Ronald Foley, 72, a resident of Deltona, Florida, drowned in a canal while trying to save his home from rising floodwaters. The number of deaths caused by Hurricane Ian has risen to at least 98 in recent days, 89 of them in Florida.
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