Social Issues

In this Tuesday, July 9, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam pauses during a press conference in Hong Kong. Lam said Tuesday the effort to amend an extradition bill was dead, but it wasn't clear if the legislation was being withdrawn as protesters have demanded. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
July 12, 2019 - 2:55 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A small group of protesters paraded Friday around Hong Kong government headquarters with a mock coffin of city leader Carrie Lam, as activists announced more protests. The march marked the one-month anniversary of the start of major protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous...
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In this Tuesday, July 2, 2019 photo, Darren Johnson, a hemp processor, holds raw hemp that will be used to make CBD oil at his processing facility, Wasatch Extraction, in Salt Lake City. Johnson is one of 81 applicants vying for a medical marijuana growers license in Utah. (AP Photo/Morgan Smith)
July 12, 2019 - 1:28 am
NEPHI, Utah (AP) — The wide metal barn on the Utah alfalfa farm owned by Russell and Diane Jones will host their youngest son's wedding next month. By September, they hope the structure will be full of marijuana plants. The Joneses are fourth-generation farmers, members of The Church of Jesus...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad smiles at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday, July 11, that America is not “cutting and running” from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
July 12, 2019 - 12:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid talk of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. envoy talking to the Taliban said Thursday that America is not "cutting and running" from its longest war and that women will continue to have seats in peace talks to end nearly 18 years of fighting. Zalmay Khalilzad...
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In this Wednesday July 10, 2019 photo, Abdul Aziz, left, and his wife Farah Naz, the parents of Santa Fe High School shooting victim Sabika Aziz Sheikh, 17, talk about the impact of Sabika's death during an interview at their home in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
July 11, 2019 - 11:51 pm
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The family of a Pakistani exchange student who was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year traveled to the U.S and visited the school and community this week, wanting to learn more about the nine months she had spent there, including her...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
July 11, 2019 - 9:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Financier Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers, seeking bail for their client, said Thursday that he had long lived with the fear that federal prosecutors might pursue sexual abuse charges against him again — and yet had never sought to flee the country. Epstein , 66, was arrested Saturday...
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Attendees take part in a public memorial for Marco Leung, the 35-year-old man who fell to his death weeks ago after hanging a protest banner against an extradition bill, in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 11, 2019. The parents of Leung have urged young people to stay alive to continue their struggle. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
July 11, 2019 - 8:40 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — The parents of a Hong Kong man who plunged to his death after putting up banners against divisive extradition legislation urged young people to continue their struggle. The youth have been at the forefront of huge rallies against the legislation, which has plunged Hong Kong into...
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In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore pauses during an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles. Moore says homelessness is a public health and safety concern rather than a law enforcement issue that requires more mental health, sanitation and housing resources. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
July 11, 2019 - 8:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets. "This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation," Moore said...
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President Donald Trump is joined by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 11, 2019 - 8:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abandoned his controversial bid to inject a citizenship question into next year's census Thursday, instead directing federal agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases. He insisted he was "not backing down," declaring in a Rose...
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In this 2014 photo provided by the University of Mississippi, Dr. Suman Chandra inspects marijuana plants growing at the Ole Miss medicinal gardens in University, Miss. The plants are used for research under a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The planned NIDA grow for 2019 will be divided between high THC and high CBD varieties with “recent interest (in CBD) as a potential medicine for a number of medical conditions,” NIDA said. (Robert Jordan/University of Mississippi via AP)
July 11, 2019 - 6:53 pm
The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research, while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. The National Institute on...
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President Donald Trump speaks during the "Presidential Social Media Summit" in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 11, 2019 - 6:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a "social media...
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