Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested over pro-democracy rally

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, a high profile critic of Beijing, was arrested Friday for taking part in last year’s pro-democracy protests that rocked the city for seven months. The 72-year-old owner of the Apple Daily newspaper is accused of joining a rally on August 31 that had been banned by police for security […]

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Agence France-Presse

Brad Pitt snubs French Oscars as Polanski row rages

The “French Oscars” the Cesars will be awarded Friday in a poisonous atmosphere with Roman Polanski — whose new film has the highest number of nominations — staying away from the ceremony because he fears a “public lynching”. With the French film industry at war with itself over the decision to honour the controversial director […]

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Agence France-Presse

Colorado forges ahead on a new model for health care while nation waits

DENVER — With the nation’s capital mired in gridlock and the Affordable Care Act facing a dire legal challenge, the prospects of lowering health care costs for Americans this year seem unlikely.Just don’t tell that to Coloradans.Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate and a Democratic governor eager to push aggressive health care measures […]

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Kaiser Health News

Cannabis use up 75% among older Americans — but still not common

Cannabis use is on the rise among older adults as more states move toward legalization for medical or recreational use, according to new analysis published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The number of adults over 65 who used cannabis in the last year increased 75% between 2015 and 2018, according to the […]

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Pope cancels more official appointments over cold

Pope Francis postponed his official appointments Friday and was working from home, the Vatican said, a day after cancelling a scheduled appearance at mass because of “a mild ailment”. Francis, 83, had appeared earlier in the week to be suffering from a cold. He was seen blowing his nose and coughing during the Ash Wednesday […]

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When the billionaire family behind the opioid crisis needed PR help, they turned to this 2020 presidential candidate

Long celebrated as civic-minded philanthropists, the Sacklers were becoming pariahs. The billionaire family whose company created and pushed the addictive painkiller OxyContin had managed to escape connection with the opioid crisis for years, but now two magazine pieces were portraying them as pain profiteers. Museums that had sought their donations were being asked about giving […]

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Pro Publica

Canada to no longer pay for Harry and Meghan security

Canada will no longer pick up the security tab for protecting Prince Harry and his wife Meghan starting in March, the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Thursday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living part-time in an oceanside mansion in westernmost British Columbia province since November. Last month, they made […]

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Agence France-Presse

Trump’s VA Secretary under investigation after complaint he looked for dirt on a House staffer

The inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating allegations that Secretary Robert Wilkie sought damaging information to discredit a congressional staffer who said she was sexually assaulted in a VA hospital. The allegations, first reported by ProPublica, were raised in an anonymous complaint to the committee that the staffer works for. A […]

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Trump’s lies and deception are catching up to all of us as the stock market posts ‘worst point drop ever on record’

In a muddled, dishonest, rambling news conference from the White House press briefing room, President Donald Trump for over an hour talked to reporters Wednesday evening about coronavirus in an attempt to stave off three days of market near-collapse. He lied. He twisted the truth. He displayed little grasp of basic facts. He didn’t let […]

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The Article Was Written/Published By: David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement