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The US Dropped Bombs Every Three Hours in 2016

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[ *RON*]
Llowell Williams, Care2.com, 12 January 2017

Kevin O'Leary Confirms He's Running For Conservative Leader

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[O'Leary wasn't at the Quebec City leadership debate, since he doesn't speak French. *RON*]
Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 18 January 2017


Kevin O'Leary has announced he is running for the Conservative leadership, suggesting that as a businessman, he is better qualified that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to work with president-elect Donald Trump.

O'Leary said he intended to run in a video posted to his Facebook page Wednesday morning, moments before making the official announcement on CTV.

Chelsea Manning's Attorneys: Obama's Commutation Will Help Save Life of Jailed Army Whistleblower

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[No such luck for American Indian activist Leonard Pelletier. *RON*]
Amy Goodman with Chase Strangio & Nancy Hollander, Democracy Now!, 18 January 2017

Chase Strangio is a staff attorney at the ACLU. Strangio represents Chelsea Manning in a lawsuit against the Pentagon. Nancy Hollander is Manning's appellate attorney.
In one of his final acts in office, President Obama shortened the sentences of 209 prisoners and pardoned 64 individuals on Tuesday. The list included Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is now set to be freed on May 17, after Obama reduced her sentence from 35 years to seven. According to her attorneys, she is already the longest-held whistleblower in U.S. history. Manning leaked more than 700,000 classified files and videos to WikiLeaks about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S. foreign policy. She has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement and denied medical treatment related to her gender iden…

2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame

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[Final data confirms record-breaking temperatures for third year in a row. Earth has not been this warm for 115,000 years. Watch a video to show the rise in temperatures. *RON*]
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 18 January 2017
2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change.

The final data for 2016 was released on Wednesday by the three key agencies – the UK Met Office and Nasa and Noaa in the US – and showed 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century.

People in the US and Canada spent over $53 billion on marijuana in 2016

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[That would be a LOT in GST and PST! *RON*]

Melia Robinson, Business Insider, 18 January 2017

People in North America spent $53.3 billion on legal, medical, and illicit marijuana in 2016. That's more cash than Americans blow in a year at McDonald's and Starbucks combined.

According to a new report from Arcview Market Research, a leading publisher of marijuana market research, the black market is losing ground to its legal counterpart as consumers spend more money each year on legal cannabis. Progress is slow, however.