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Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and cracking down on drug abuse. charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color. It also asks governors to issue similar pardons to those convicted of marijuana-related offenses in the state, which mirrors the vast majority of marijuana possession cases. Biden says the decision reflects his position that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.” He says his action will mitigate the consequences for “individuals who have previous federal convictions for possession of marijuana, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result.”
Riot Plea: Proud Boys Member Admits Seditious Conspiracy
WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to conspiring with other members of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys to violently prevent the transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election. Jeremy Joseph Bertino is the first member of the Proud Boys to plead guilty to a seditious conspiracy charge. Bertino also pleaded guilty on Thursday to a charge of unlawful possession of firearms. Bertino has agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the role Proud Boys leaders played in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Former Proud Boys national president Henry “Ënrique” Tarrio and four other members of the group have also been charged with seditious conspiracy.
A bump and a misfire: Saudi oil cut slaps Biden’s reach
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden effectively acknowledges the failure of one of his biggest foreign policy bets: a fist bump with Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, the crown prince associated with violations. human rights. Biden’s awkward meeting with Mohammed bin Salman in July was a humble attempt to mend relations with the United States. sought the kingdom’s help in opposing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting spike in oil prices. That punch was followed this week by a major cut in oil production that threatens to push inflation even higher and drive gasoline prices back to levels that irritate voters just before the election in mid-term in the United States. Asked about Saudi Arabia’s action, Biden told reporters on Thursday it was “a disappointment.”
Judge delays trial on Twitter and gives Musk time to seal buyout
A judge has delayed an impending lawsuit between Twitter and Elon Musk. The move gives Tesla’s CEO more time to close his $44 billion deal to buy the social media company after months of fighting his way out. Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, chief of the Delaware chancery court, said Thursday that Musk and Twitter have until Oct. 28 to complete the deal. She said a trial scheduled for October 17 will take place in November if they don’t. Musk renewed his offer on Monday and requested a halt to the lawsuit to get the funding in order. Twitter objected because it had already backed down once.
Ex-Cop Attacks Thai Daycare, Kills At Least 36 People
UTHAI SAWAN, Thailand (AP) — A former police officer charged with drugs broke into a daycare center in Thailand, killing dozens of preschoolers and teachers, then shooting others as he walked ran away. At least 36 people were killed Thursday in the deadliest rampage in the country’s history. The attacker, who was fired earlier this year, took his own life after killing his wife and child at home. The attack took place in the rural province of Nongbua Lamphu in northeast Thailand, in one of the poorest regions of the country. According to a witness, the attacker made his way inside.
Immigration will vex Biden no matter who controls Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said he is committed to “fixing our immigration system forever.” worked to reduce chaos along the US-Mexico line. But an increasingly divided nation can’t agree on what a long-term solution to the system should look like — fundamental questions like should there be more incoming immigrants, or fewer? And the future of key policies does not depend on the White House or the outcome of the midterm elections, but on the courts.
Judy Tenuta, brash ‘Goddess of Love’ comedian, dies at 65
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judy Tenuta, a brash stand-up girl who cheekily called herself a “love goddess” and toured with George Carlin as she built her career in the golden age of 1980s comedy, has died. She was 65 years old. Her publicist says Tenuta died Thursday afternoon at her home in Los Angeles, with her family around her. She was part of a generation of performers who helped make live comedy popular at clubs across the country, including the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Laff Stop in Houston, and Caroline’s in New York. A typically male domain has found room for women, including Tenuta. She first came to national attention in 1987 with “Women of the Night,” an HBO special.
EXPLAINER: Russia’s military woes worsen amid attacks on Ukraine
Even as the Kremlin tried to absorb parts of Ukraine into a sharp escalation of the conflict, the Russian military suffered further defeats that exposed its deep-seated problems on the battlefield and opened up divisions at the top. of the Russian government. The setbacks have severely damaged the image of a strong Russian military and added to tensions surrounding poorly planned military mobilization. They have also fueled fighting between Kremlin insiders and left Russian President Vladimir Putin increasingly cornered.
Walker sticks to abortion denial and blames Democrats
WADLEY, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker remains defiant after reports alleging he encouraged and paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009 — and then spawned a child with her. Building on his denials of the Daily Beast’s reporting, Walker, a soccer icon turned famous politician, blamed the stories on Thursday on Democrats and their “desperation”. The Daily Beast reported that a woman Walker was dating had an abortion which he encouraged and paid for. After Walker’s vehement denials, she spoke to the media again identifying herself as the mother of one of Walker’s children. As a Senate candidate, Walker supported a national abortion ban with no exceptions.
Whistleblower: 665 people left the FBI for misconduct in two decades
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. senator says a whistleblower alleged an internal review found 665 FBI personnel resigned or retired to avoid accountability in investigations into the mistakes over the past two decades. The whistleblower told the office of Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley that the Justice Department launched the review in 2020 after an Associated Press investigation into sexual misconduct among senior FBI officials. It was unclear how many of the 665 cases involved sexual misconduct. Grassley’s office said that was the kind of information he was always looking for. The FBI declined to comment specifically on the whistleblower’s allegation or provide its own tally of disciplinary cases.
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