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Ex-NFL Players Rally Behind Medical Marijuana

NFL players back medical marijuanaThirty ex-NFL players have teamed up with a cannabis company in California to test medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and depression. The move comes in the wake of increasing reports on the physical and mental anguish retired football players face, including a potentially debilitating brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Is this the answer they’ve been looking for?

Leading the player side of the trial is Gridiron Cannabis Coalition, an organization founded by a former NFL star to spread awareness about the effectiveness of the drug. Longstanding marijuana extract maker Constance Therapeutics will provide the extracts and oils that players will use to treat their pain.

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Emergency funding for Flint, Mich., stripped from Senate energy bill

Flint water plantThe U.S. Senate moved past a three-month impasse on a comprehensive energy bill Wednesday after stripping emergency funding to address the Flint, Mich., water crisis from the document.

The bill, which has bipartisan support, is the most comprehensive energy legislation since 2007. It reinforces the nation's energy infrastructure and modernizes government energy policy at time when the United States is the world's leading producer of oil and natural gas, the use wind and solar power is increasing and clean-air regulations are changing power systems across the country.

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Franciscan friars face hearing on child endangerment charges

Franciscan friars charged with child endangermentThree Franciscan friars face a hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children, including in Ohio.

Thursday’s hearing will determine whether Robert D’Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges.

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Strong earthquake hits south Japan; people may be trapped

Japan earthquakeA powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening, and police said people may be trapped underneath.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the 9:26 p.m. quake, and no risk of a tsunami.

“There was a ka-boom and the whole house shook violently sideways,” Takahiko Morita, a resident of Mashiki, the town at the epicenter, said in a telephone interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK. “Furniture and bookshelves fell down, books were all over the floor.”

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Life in the Shadows: Palestinians in Lebanon

Al Nakban 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their country during the Nakba, the "catastrophe", the founding of the state of Israel.

The majority of Palestinians in Lebanon retain the hope of one day returning home - known internationally as "the right of return". But almost seven decades later, refugee camps have become part of the urban landscape of Lebanon.

More than a quarter-of-a-million Palestinians still live in the 12 UN-registered camps and 42 other so-called gatherings across Lebanon. Lebanon is their home but any chance of becoming a genuine part of the communities they live in is constantly undermined by strict laws "protecting" Lebanese citizens' rights, general safety and wellbeing.

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Video of missing Nigerian girls offers hope to families

Nigerian girls photos offer hope to familiesA new video has emerged showing some of the missing schoolgirls kidnapped by the armed group Boko Haram in Nigeria two years ago, providing hope to parents that their daughters are still alive.

About 15 girls featured in the video obtained by the Nigerian government, saying they were from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok and pleading with the government to cooperate with Boko Haram on their release.

Boko Haram fighters abducted 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014, with 57 pupils managing to escape but 219 still missing.

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Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted, sources say

Trump campaign manager will not be prosecutedA Florida prosecutor has decided not to prosecute Donald Trump’s campaign manager for battery after a March run-in with former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, sources with knowledge of the situation told POLITICO.

The decision not to press charges against Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be announced on Thursday afternoon by Palm Beach County State Attorney David Aronberg.

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Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina concert over anti-LGBT bill

Ringo Starr cancels NC concertBeatles legend Ringo Starr is the latest musician to join the chorus against the anti-LGBT bill in North Carolina.

The 75-year-old Starr drummed up more attention against the Southern state's House Bill 2 by cancelling his June 18 concert at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred," he said in a statement. "Spread peace and love."

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First Nations suicide emergency: a symptom of Canada's systemic neglect

First Nation suicides in CanadaAs exhausted community leaders in Canada’s troubled Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency this week amid a wave of suicide attempts, Chief Cathy Merrick was watching closely.

Just one month ago, the small Aboriginal community she leads made a similar, heart-wrenching call; faced with six suicides in a span of some three months and more than 140 attempts in two weeks, the remote Manitoba community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation declared a state of emergency in early March.

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