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After marijuana, are magic mushrooms next to be decriminalised in California?

Pharma news - November 26, 2017 - 2:00am

‘I’m at a loss at what to do politically, but the only thing I feel like we could do is get psilocybin into more people’s hands,’ says Kevin Saunders. As California prepares for the legalisation of recreational marijuana in 2018, one man is pushing for the state to become the first to decriminalise magic mushrooms. Kevin Saunders, a mayoral candidate for the city of Marina, just south of the San Francisco Bay, has filed a proposal that would exempt adults over the age of 21 from any penalties over possessing, growing, selling or transporting psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.

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Dozens of flights cancelled or delayed as Bali volcano spews smoke

Pharma news - November 26, 2017 - 1:42am

A volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali sent plumes of grey smoke and steam thousands of metres into the air Sunday for the third day in a week, triggering flight cancellations which have left thousands of tourists stranded, officials said Sunday. Mount Agung spewed smoke and ash as high as 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) Sunday morning, causing at least 28 departing or arriving flights to be delayed or cancelled, said a spokesman for Bali's airport. Indonesia's volcanology centre has put out a red alert warning airlines of a possible eruption, with a likely significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.

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Pelosi: Accused Congressman Conyers 'Is An Icon In Our Country '

Pharma news - November 26, 2017 - 1:38am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tells Chuck Todd that she doesn't know the identities of Rep. John Conyers' accusers, and would like the Ethics Committee to judge their credibility.

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Great White Shark Attacks California Spear Fisherman Off Pebble Beach

Pharma news - November 26, 2017 - 1:03am

A man spear fishing with his father off Pebble Beach in California was attacked by a great white shark and suffered major bite wounds to his right thigh.

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Mother Of Vegas Survivor Pleads With Lawmaker To Change Gun Laws

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 11:58pm

More than a month after 58 people died and more than 500 were wounded in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the mother of one of the survivors of the Las Vegas massacre is reminding local lawmakers that part of the solution lies with them.

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Ringmaster Who Killed Escaped Paris Tiger Says Cage Lock Was Cut

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 11:04pm

A circus owner who killed a female tiger he raised from a cub said the animal escaped to the streets of Paris after someone “maliciously” cut the lock on the animal’s cage.

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Fox News Is 'Much More Important' Than CNN, Trump Tweets

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 10:25pm

Donald Trump’s favorite news network is “much more important” than the often critical CNN, the president tweeted Saturday.

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The Navy Now Has a New Way to Kill Russian, Chinese or North Korean Submarines

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 9:25pm

Lockheed will deliver about 250 torpedoes over the next five years. The Mk 48, which is a heavy weapon launched under the surface, is quite different than surface launched, lightweight Mk 54 torpedo fired from helicopters, aircraft and surface ships. The Navy’s Mk 48 torpedo is also in service with Australia, Canada, Brazil and The Netherlands.

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Iran says it will increase missile range if Europe threatens Tehran

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 8:52pm

The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to more than 2,000 kilometres, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday. France has called for an “uncompromising” dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile programme and a possible negotiation over the issue separate from Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran has repeatedly said its missile programme is defensive and not negotiable. "If we have kept the range of our missiles to 2,000 kilometres, it’s not due to lack of technology. ... We are following a strategic doctrine," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, according to Fars. "So far we have felt that Europe is not a threat, so we did not increase the range of our missiles. But if Europe wants to turn into a threat, we will increase the range of our missiles.” Members of the Revolutionary Guard marching in Tehran Credit: AFP The United States accused Iran this month of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions. Iran has denied supplying Houthis with missiles and weapons. The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said last month that Iran’s 2,000-kilometre missile range could cover "most of American interest and forces" within the region, and Iran does not need to extend it. Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari  Credit: AP Gen Jafari said the ballistic missile range was based on the limits set by the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the head of armed forces. Iran has one of the Middle East’s largest missile programmes and some of its precision-guided missiles have the range to strike Israel. The United States says Iran’s missile programme is a breach of international law because the missiles could carry nuclear warheads in the future. Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons and says its nuclear programme is for civilian uses only. The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a UN resolution that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

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German far-right relishes its power as Merkel struggles

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 8:27pm

The far-right Alternative for Germany party sees Chancellor Angela Merkel's struggle to form a new government as proof of its growing power to upend the country's political order, a top party official told AFP. Parliamentary group leader Alexander Gauland said in an interview that the current turmoil showed that the four-year-old AfD had succeeded in its primary goal in September's general election. "It's all downhill for Merkel now and that is partly our achievement," Gauland said, sipping a glass of rose wine at a lakeside Italian restaurant in the eastern city of Potsdam.

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Pope can help but Rohingya 'have to go back': Cardinal

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 8:19pm

The top Catholic official in Bangladesh hopes Pope Francis's visit there and to Myanmar will bolster moves to alleviate the Rohingya refugee crisis that has put the neighbouring nations in the global spotlight. Despite last week's deal to return to Myanmar some of the hundreds of thousands of people housed in the world's largest refugee camp, on the Bangladesh side of the border, Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario warns that the situation remains both explosive and tough to resolve. "I am hopeful the Rohingya can be returned to Myanmar," D'Rozario, the Archbishop of Dhaka, told AFP in an interview ahead of Francis's visit.

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Joe Arpaio Pressed Charges To Hurt Jeff Flake Politically, Lawsuit Argues

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 8:12pm

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been hit with a lawsuit claiming he maliciously pressed charges against a member of Jeff Flake’s family to hurt the Arizona Republican senator politically.

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Cuba honors Fidel Castro one year after his death

Pharma news - November 25, 2017 - 8:07pm

With little fanfare, Cuba on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro as it prepares to move into the post-Castro era. The most important commemoration will be held at nightfall at Havana University, where Castro often delivered his lengthy and fiery speeches. The Union of Communist Youth has organized a "political-cultural evening" marking the "physical death" of El Comandante.

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