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Vancouver Experiments With Prescription Heroin

Prescription heroinVancouver, one of North America's most progressive cities in respect to drug policy, will conduct a groundbreaking experiment: prescription heroin.

Following a clinical trial involving 26 subjects, doctors at the city's Providence Medical Clinic have earned permission to provide doses of the drug to a group of 120 severe addicts. The decision followed a lengthy back and forth with Rona Ambrose, Canada's federal Health Secretary, who opposes the policy.

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Capt. Wayne Brown relieved of duty as commander of warship in San Diego

Capt. Wayne BrownFollowing allegations that Capt. Wayne Brown of the U.S. Navy was verbally abusive with crew members and inappropriate with women, he's been relieved of duty.

An investigation found he had been "hostile" and "offensive" with crew members, and he allegedly inappropriately touched female crew members, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Brown was commanding the USS Boxer ship, which is an important amphibious assault ship.

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Billion-dollar California salad company exploits undocumented migrants, say workers and Teamsters

Migrant workers exploitedA lot of America’s healthy eating options pass through two cream-coloured, windowless buildings in a scruffy California town called Tracy.

Here Taylor Farms, the world’s largest supplier of cut vegetables and salad, packages produce which ends up at Safeway, Walmart and Costco, as well as McDonald’s, Chipotle, Subway and Starbucks.

Taylor Farms has become a billion-dollar success story by selling organic kale, lettuce, tomatoes and other “healthy, wholesome” choices.

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Flamboyant and flawed former DC mayor dies

Marion BarryPresident Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers mourned the death Sunday of Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.,’s flamboyant and flawed former four-term mayor whose political career survived a highly-publicized 1990 drug arrest after he was caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine.

Barry died early Sunday morning at the age of 78 at Washington’s United Medical Center. No cause of death was given, but Barry had suffered from a host of ailments including diabetes, prostate cancer, and kidney problems.

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U.S.-China Climate Agreement Won’t Slow Warming Enough, World Bank Says

Global warmingAn agreement between the U.S. and China to curb greenhouse-gas emissions won’t slow global warming enough to prevent extreme weather that damages crops, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said.

President Barack Obama committed the U.S. to cut emissions more quickly under the deal, announced Nov. 12 in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping. For its part, China pledged for the first time to cap its emissions.

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St. Louis County Police Violate Court Order By Arresting Journalist Standing on Sidewalk

Ferguson journalist arrestedA credentialed member of the media was arrested in Ferguson around 11:40 pm Saturday night. The arrest appeared to violate a court order issued Friday prohibiting the police from arresting law-abiding journalists.

Lieutenant Jerry Lohr of the Saint Louis County Police Department later told myself and other members of the media that the journalist was arrested for "failure to disperse" from a street, despite the fact that I, as well as approximately one hundred other protesters and media clearly witnessed the arrest take place on the sidewalk.

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Fracking: The Downside of the Boom

Fracking downsideIn early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family land in Billings County, N.D. There had been an accident at the Skurupey 1-9H oil well. “Oh, my gosh, the gold is blowing,” she said he told her. “Bakken gold.”

It was the 11th blowout since 2006 at a North Dakota well operated by Continental Resources, the most prolific producer in the booming Bakken oil patch. Spewing some 173,250 gallons of potential pollutants, the eruption, undisclosed at the time, was serious enough to bring the Oklahoma-based company’s chairman and chief executive, Harold G. Hamm, to the remote scene.

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12-year-old dies after officer-involved shooting at Cleveland rec center

Toy gun held by 12 yr. oldMetroHealth Medical Center has confirmed that the 12-year-old has died as a result of his injuries. Samaria Rice, the mother of the child, has obtained an attorney, who from this point will be speaking as the family's representative.

Original Story:  Cleveland Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting at a Cleveland rec center on Saturday afternoon. Cleveland EMS says a 12-year-old boy was shot and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries. According to his mother, Samaria Rice, the boy is now in critical condition after being shot in the stomach. He is currently in surgery.

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Gaza man shot dead by IDF near Israel border

Gaza farmer killed by IDFIsraeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian in the north of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medics and officials say, the first such case since a 50-day war ended in August.

The victim was identified as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32.  He was reported to have been farming or searching for birds that nest close to the boundary with Israel.

Israel's military said it had fired warning shots before shooting at two people approaching the security fence.

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