Jeff Sessions Marijuana Adviser Wants Doctors to Drug-Test Everyone

January 19, 2018

A adviser on marijuana policy to Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to see doctors make drug testing a routine part of primary-care medicine and force some users into treatment against their will, he told The Daily Beast. Dr. Robert DuPont was among a small group of drug-policy experts invited to a closed-door meeting with Sessions last month to discuss federal options for dealing with the rapid liberalization of state marijuana…

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Payday Loan Mogul Trades Ferrari-Racing Life for Prison Term

January 19, 2018

Scott Tucker says he’s a pioneering self-made man who, without a college degree, founded successful businesses in a variety of fields and contributed billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. A judge says he’s an unrepentant fraud and sentenced him to almost 17 years in prison. The disgraced payday loan mogul, better known as a race-car driver on U.S. and European circuits, enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, with a private jet, a…

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Trump administration withholds funding for UN Palestinian refugee agency

January 19, 2018

…peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018 UNRWA was set up in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war to…

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People Reveal Their Scars And How They Got Them In A Powerful Photo Project

January 19, 2018

It’s no wonder so many people feel self-conscious about them. Sophie Mayenne from London, England, is working to change these perceptions through her photography project ‘Behind The Scars,’ a series of poignant photographs of people, their scars and the stories behind them. Her subjects, often insecure and vulnerable after years of hiding away their scars, as well as the psychological trauma that they can carry with them, have embraced her…

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Trumps War on the Press Follows the Mussolini and Hitler Playbook

January 19, 2018

Beneath the madness and the lies of The Year of Trump there remains a constant drumbeat, unyielding and determined. It broke cover on Jan. 22, 2017 when Donald Trump and his assorted flacks began long before, but this concept was so naked, so novel and so unblinkingly forthright that it established the rules for the assault to come, just as the first salvo of an artillery barrage signals the creation…

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4 strategies to avoid #resistance burnout

January 18, 2018

Image: vicky leta / mashable I was listening to The Read recently — it’s my favorite podcast — and I was struck by co-host Kid Fury’s observations about reaching the end of the year and feeling tired.  I posted how I felt on Instagram: “Can’t add one more plan tired. Hard to get excited about exciting things tired. Can’t project, assume, or read minds tired. I’m letting myself be tired,…

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Job Alert: How Would You Like to Babysit Robots?

January 18, 2018

Book a night at LAX’s Residence Inn and you may be fortunate enough to meet an employee named Wally. His gig is relatively pedestrian—bring you room service, navigate around the hotel's clientele in the lobby and halls—but Wally’s life is far more difficult than it seems. If you put a tray out in front of your door, for instance, he can’t get to you. If a cart is blocking the…

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A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families

January 18, 2018

It’s late November 2016, and I’m squeezed into the far corner of a long row of gray cubicles in the call screening center for the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) child neglect and abuse hotline. I’m sharing a desk and a tiny purple footstool with intake screener Pat Gordon. We’re both studying the Key Information and Demographics System (KIDS), a blue screen filled with case notes,…

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Cranberries Singer Dolores ORiordan Dead at 46

January 18, 2018

London (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. The singer-songwriter's publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording, "No further details are available at this time," Holmes said, adding that O'Riordan's family was "devastated" by the news. Her Cranberries bandmates…

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Chipotle Falls on Report of Outbreak at L.A. Restaurant

January 17, 2018

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. suffered its worst stock decline in almost two months on a report of an illness outbreak in Los Angeles, renewing fears about the burrito chain’s food-safety crisis. The city health department confirmed its Acute Communicable Disease Control unit is investigating employees with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea at a Chipotle location at 4550 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle, said sick…

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5 Organizations That Can Literally Just Take Our Money Already

January 17, 2018

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the world is literally crumbling around us and it’s time to cut back on skinny vanilla lattes with no whip and put your money towards things that actually matter. The good news is that after you donate you can brag to your friend about how you’re like, a really good person. Also you can help people and the world. That is…

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50+ Times American Healthcare System Shocked The Rest Of The World

January 17, 2018

In military might and defence spending the U.S. is undisputedly number one. But in other areas, more important aspects of human wellbeing such as education, life expectancy, happiness, gender and income equality and healthcare, there are more mixed results. While American hospitals and medical facilities are world class, they are also incredibly expensive and available only to those able to afford them. We at Bored Panda have compiled a list…

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Congress passes another stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

January 17, 2018

Video Focus shifts from tax bill to spending showdown in DC House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed earlier this month that lawmakers “will not leave here” without an agreement to protect so-called “Dreamers” from deportation. On Thursday, she told the House Rules Committee that the young immigrants in the program “embody the best in our nation: patriotism, hard work, perseverance.” “We should not leave them to celebrate the holidays in…

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Two Utah Cult Members Allegedly Marry Each Other’s 7- And 8-Year-Old Daughters

January 17, 2018

Two alleged members of Knights of the Crystal Blade –a religious cult that allegedly believes in doomsday prophecies and practices polygamy — have allegedly married each other’s underage daughters. Utah-native John Coltharp (pictured above, left) has been charged with first-degree-felony kidnapping and obstruction of justice, while Samuel Shaffer (right) has been slapped with two counts of kidnapping and four counts of child abuse. According to

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Narcissists Dont Always Suffer From Low Self-Esteem Malignant Ones Are Just Entitled

January 16, 2018

Drew Wilson It’s a common response I receive when I write articles about narcissists, even malignant narcissists who lack not only empathy but also remorse. “People like that just have low self-esteem!” is the popular claim. We coddle even the most abusive narcissists in our society by perpetuating this myth that all narcissists just have self-esteem issues – and the underlying implication that they just need to be cradled and…

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It’s not just pot: California’s legislating guns, tampons and diaper changes in 2018

January 16, 2018

(CNN)Welcome to the new California, where you can smoke weed just for fun and change babies’ diapers in the men’s room. New salary rules Both state and local law enforcement agencies will not be allowed to use their funds or personnel to investigate, detain or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. Unofficially called a “sanctuary state” bill, supporters such as the governor said it “prohibits the commandeering of local officials…

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Donald Trump Opens His Sh*thole and Again Disgraces America

January 16, 2018

Come on, America. What more evidence do you need? Let me be overly generous here. Suppose you agree that Haiti is a shithole. Its not one of your high-functioning nations, that is true. Of course, if you bother even to go to Wikipedia to read up for 10 minutes, youll find that the mess that is Haiti was partly made by these United States of America, with our ironclad support…

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A Robot That Tugs on Pig Organs Could Save Human Babies

January 16, 2018

The pig looks like any other pig, only it's been wearing a backpack for a week—in the name of science. Just behind its head sits a control box, with a battery and processor, from which runs a cable that enters through the pig’s flank. Once inside, the cable attaches to a very special robot clamped onto the pig's esophagus, the pathway to the stomach. Little by little, the robot lengthens,…

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Flu stomps the nation, overwhelming ERs and leaving 20 children dead

January 16, 2018

(CNN)The flu virus has reached nearly every corner of the nation. “Flu is everywhere in the US right now,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC’s influenza branch. “This is the first year we’ve had the entire continental US at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time.” It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase…

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Patients ‘dying in hospital corridors’

January 16, 2018

Instead, hospital bosses have blamed the bed shortages on a lack of money and staff. Last week, there was a point when 133 out of 137 hospital trusts in England had an unsafe number of patients on their wards, NHS records show. Browse the full list Go Rather search by typing? Back to search Target hit Target not hit 2. Cancer care Target hit Target not hit Figures are assessed…

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Scientists Just Solved a Major Piece of the Opioid Puzzle

January 16, 2018

When it comes to tackling the opioid crisis, public health workers start with the drugs: fentanyl, morphine, heroin. But biochemists have a different focus: Not the opioids, but opioid receptors—the proteins the drugs latch onto within the body. These receptors embed themselves in the walls of cells throughout the brain and peripheral nervous system. There, they serve as cellular gatekeepers, unlocking not just the painkilling properties for which opioids are…

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Fans Are Being Rude AF After Khlo Kardashian Announced Her Pregnancy

January 15, 2018

THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME. Khloé Kardashian announced she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson and fans are so, so thrilled for her. However, some fans are already onto the next. With rumors swirling since earlier this year that Kylie Jenner is pregnant, fans are wondering if Jenner will confirm her reported pregnancy now that sister Khloé has. These tweets about Kylie Jenner after Khloé Kardashian’s pregnancy…

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Net Neutrality’s impact on free porn could be significant, experts say

January 15, 2018

Protesters in favor of net neutrality hold signs at an event in New York City.  (Reuters) Although it’s unlikely that porn would ever disappear entirely, it may cost more. Several states, including South Dakota, Virginia and Utah, have declared porn a “public health crisis.” Despite the FCC’s 3-2 vote, several states are planning to file lawsuits to reinstate net neutrality rules and some Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed…

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Trump remark draws sharp reactions from UN, Haiti, Africa

January 15, 2018

US remains committed to working together w/Africans to realize the promise of a more peaceful, more productive, more prosperous 21st century Africa. US deeply respects the people of #Africa & values its partnerships with them. — US Africa Media Hub (@AfricaMediaHub) January 12, 2018 U.N. spokesman Rupert Colville said that “you cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as `s—holes’.” He said Trump’s reported comment could endanger lives by potentially fanning…

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People Can’t Wait For Khlo Kardashian’s Baby, But We Don’t Know How Long It’ll Be

January 15, 2018

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, Khloé Kardashian finally gave us the news we’ve all been waiting for and confirmed that she is, indeed, pregnant. Now, of course, all questions revolve around how far along Khloé Kardashian is into her pregnancy. As happy as America is for her confirmed pregnancy — since fans know how badly she wants to be a mother and how hard this journey has been for her —…

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