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Cannabis can be highly addictive, major study finds

Research conducted over 20 years links long-term cannabis use with mental illness, lower academic attainment and lower birth-weight of children<p>Cannabis can be highly addictive, cause mental health problems and lead to hard drug use, according to a major study led by a leading British expert on …

Vatican family review signals Catholic shift on gays

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1115000/1115694_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524115175_93445a899b90c310d4f43affd74a838a<p><b>Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings on the family have called on the Church to adopt a more positive stance on …

Human Rights

Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job

DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it.<p>Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty use of medical marijuana is protected under state law.<p>Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case involving Brandon Coats, a …

Cannabis

Liquor Store Stops Selling Cheap Spirits To Curb Alcohol Abuse Among At-Risk Groups

One California city is trying to rein in alcohol abuse among its vulnerable populations, including homeless people, teens and addicts.<p>Mayor Gary Phillips of San Rafael is using a local store to test if eliminating liquor sold cheaply and in large quantities -- varieties he claims are most popular …

The Scary New Way to Take a Shot of Alcohol

Does mainlining a risky substance make it any healthier or safer?<p>The latest trend in drinking is <i>not</i> drinking.<p>No, we don't mean abstaining from alcohol—we're talking about vaporizing it.<p>A new device called Vapshot turns spirits into fumes you can inhale, which routes the alcohol directly from your …

Alcohol

Indonesia’s Aceh province debates public floggings for homosexuality

Bill in provincial parliament raises fears that country’s only region with sharia law will create more draconian society<p>Gay sex in the Indonesian province of Aceh will become a crime punishable by public lashing, if a new bill passes the regional parliament.<p>Aceh is the only province in Indonesia …

Prince Charles: climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity

Prince acknowledges there are many "daunting perils and crises" in the world but says none pose a bigger challenge than global warming<p>Tackling global warming is the biggest challenge facing the world today, Prince Charles has said, urging governments to act on climate change before it is too …

Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska.<p>After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, …

1930s ‘knockdown’ listed for $2.4-million typical in Vancouver’s pricey housing market

It's missing a few shingles, the bathroom wall shows some rot and it needs a paint job, but a tiny home in a tony Vancouver neighbourhood has been listed for nearly $2.4-million – a price experts say sums up the state of the city's housing market.<p>The new listing by the Kavanagh Group features …

Spain's PM scraps hardline abortion reform

MADRID (Reuters) - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday scrapped proposed changes in the abortion law that would have made Spain one of the most difficult countries in Europe in which to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, prompting the justice minister to resign.<p>Spanish Prime Minister Mariano …

Rahm Emanuel Urges Illinois Lawmakers To Decriminalize Marijuana

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday urged Illinois lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana. He also pushed for a statewide penalty reduction from felony to misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less of a controlled substance.<p>“It doesn’t make sense that …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

Vancouver Banned Doorknobs. Good.

Levers are the way of the future.<p>In Vancouver, the humble doorknob is being phased out. Kind of. Effective in March, new housing will be required to install levers on doors and faucets, instead of the good-ol' round knobs of our forefathers.<p>Cue: libertarian cries of government overreach and …

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