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New liberal Canadian Prime Minister sworn in

  Justin Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s new Liberal prime minister, and his new cabinet ministers vowed to honor campaign pledges to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.   “Government by Cabinet is back,” Trudeau said, vowing to have an open and transparent government. Power in Harper’s government was…

Medical marijuana dispensaries gear up for rec sales: Oregon prepares for increased marijuana after allowing recreational use

  Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready for a watershed moment this week: when recreational pot users will also be able to buy weed at their pot shops.   More than 200 of Oregon’s 345 medical marijuana dispensaries have notified the Oregon Health Authority of plans to sell recreational marijuana starting on Thursday.  …

Empty chairs honor victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing

  Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.   Biggs has the same…

American and Cuban leaders meet for first time in 57 years

    President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro sat down together in Panama City on April 11 in the first formal meeting of the two country’s leaders in a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.   “What we have both concluded is that…

Real estate billionaire arrested for murder

  Wealthy eccentric Robert Durst agreed Monday to be returned to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the execution-style shooting 15 years ago of a mobster’s daughter who acted as his spokeswoman.   The heir to a New York real estate fortune shuffled into a New Orleans courtroom with his hands shackled at…

Egyptian military increases crackdown

    Egypt’s crackdown on Islamists has jailed 16,000 people over the past eight months in the country’s biggest round-up in nearly two decades, according to previously unreleased figures from security officials. Rights activists say reports of abuses in prisons are mounting, with prisoners describing systematic beatings and miserable conditions for dozens packed into tiny…

At least 20 killed in Ukraine as violence reaches new levels

    Amid cries of “Glory to Ukraine!” and with flaming tires lighting up the night sky, thousands of riot police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked the sprawling protest camp in the center of Kiev on Tuesday, Feb. 18 following a day of street battles that left 18 people dead and hundreds…