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Supreme court considers taking case of man given life in prison for growing pot

SCOTUS to take up life sentence for growing potThe US supreme court is poised on Friday to decide whether to take on the case of a 76-year-old disabled army veteran handed a sentence of life in prison without parole for growing marijuana in his back yard to alleviate his own health problems.

If the court does not review the case, Lee Carroll Brooker is destined to die behind bars even though judges in his native Alabama have declared this was not an appropriate punishment.

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Merkel lets comedian face prosecution for Erdoğan poem

Merkel lets comedian face charges of insulting ErdoganAngela Merkel, has been criticised by members of her cabinet after acceding to a request from Ankara to prosecute a comedian who read out an offensive poem about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The German chancellor insisted her government’s decision did not amount to a verdict on whether Jan Böhmermann was guilty or not, but should be understood as a reaffirmation of the judiciary’s independence.

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Bernie Sanders Suspends Staffer For Being As Tough On Israel As He Is

Bernie suspends staffer for Bibi insultSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued during Thursday’s Democratic debate that the Palestinian people should be treated with dignity and that the United States shouldn’t always kowtow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hours earlier, Sanders’ campaign suspended its new Jewish outreach director for advocating the exact same positions.

The ninth debate between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton featured a heated discussion about whether Israel’s invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014 was a disproportionate response to rocket attacks fired into its territory by Hamas, as Sanders has said it was.

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This May Be The Biggest Environmental Catastrophe No One Is Talking About

methane gase environmental The oil and gas industry has a major methane problem, according to an extensive environmental study.

Odorless, colorless methane gas is seeping out of wells and tanks at hundreds of natural gas facilities across the U.S., said the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, whose researchers used infrared cameras to scan for methane leaks at over 8,000 sites in the U.S.

They found hundreds of leaks scattered in an unpredictable pattern around the country, according to the study that the EDF published this month.

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Five UK terrorism arrests in Birmingham and at Gatwick Airport 'linked to attacks on Brussels and Paris'

UK terrorist arrestsFive people have been arrested by British anti-terror police as part of an operation with Belgian and French authorities following attacks in Europe.

Counter-terror officers in the West Midlands said they were working with MI5 and international partners to "address any associated threat to the UK" after militants struck in Brussels and Paris.

Whitehall sources described the arrests as “significant”.

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In Wyoming, Cruz shows edge over Trump in grasp of nuances of White House race

Ted Cruz edges out Trump in Wyoming delegatesU.S. Senator Ted Cruz is poised to notch another small but important victory in his battle with billionaire Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination at a hotel convention center in the ranching city of Casper, Wyoming, this weekend.

A committee of Wyoming Republicans is likely to hand Cruz most of the state's 14 remaining delegates to the party's national convention in July, political operatives, including Trump supporters in the state, told Reuters. That may not seem like a big number, but both men are engaged in a fierce struggle to win as many as possible of the party insiders who could decide the presidential nominee at a contested convention.

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Sanders, in Vatican, says rich-poor gap worse than 100 years ago

Sanders in VaticanU.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, addressing a Vatican conference on social justice, on Friday decried the "immoral" gap between the world's haves and have nots, saying it was worse today than more than a century ago.

Sanders noted that the Roman Catholic Church's first encyclical on social justice, written in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII, lamented the enormous gap between the rich and the poor.

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U.S. Issues New Rules on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling

Deepwater Horizon explosion 2010With new offshore rules in place, a U.S. energy group said jobs and safety are at risk, though environmentalists said the BP spill in 2010 was still impactful.

The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released new rules aimed at preventing loss of life and environmental harm resulting from a potential failure at an offshore well. Almost six years to the day after the disaster at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the government said it was enacting a number of reforms to strengthen offshore oversight.

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Japan earthquake forces evacuation of 40,000

Japan evacuates 40000At least nine people have been killed and nearly 1,000 injured after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake knocked down houses and destroyed roads in the southwestern Japan.

The tremor struck 11km east of Kumamoto on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey, and strong aftershocks continued to shake the area around the city on Friday.

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