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Pot during pregnancy: A growing number of expecting mothers are using cannabis


Posted: Wed-Aug-2019



More and more women are using marijuana while pregnant, despite zero evidence it's safe for them or their growing babies.

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Shock in Denmark after Trump, spurned over Greenland, cancels visit
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The Danish government expressed shock and disbelief on Wednesday over U.S. President Donald Trump's cancellation of a state visit to Denmark after its prime minister rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland.

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China says British consulate staffer to be detained 15 days
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A British consulate staffer is being detained by China for 15 days of 'administrative detention' for breaking Chinese law, as Hong Kong people protest signs that China is extending its judicial reach into the semi-autonomous region.

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A record number of wildfires are burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest
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Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil's space research centre. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says NGOs are responsible.

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Several European countries to take migrants who languished in Italian waters
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Five EU states agreed to take in scores of migrants stranded for weeks on board a crowded rescue ship, EU authorities said on Wednesday, ending a prolonged standoff with Rome over their fate.

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Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning
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A Nevada county that's home to the Area 51 military base has drafted an emergency declaration and plan to team up with neighbouring counties ahead of events next month tied to the Storm Area 51 internet drive.

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South African court rules displaying apartheid-era national flag can amount to hate speech
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South Africa's Equality Court has restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination.

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Trump says any Jew who votes Democratic is 'disloyal' or lacks knowledge
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U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

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'Jihadi Jack,' stripped of U.K. citizenship, now hopes to come to Canada
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Jack Letts, who was dubbed Jihadi Jack after being accused of travelling to Syria to fight for ISIS, and is now a prisoner there, said he's not surprised he was stripped of his British citizenship, and that he "has hope Canada does take me."

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At least 2,300 detained in crackdown in Indian-administered Kashmir
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At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curb unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed region of statehood, according to Kashmir police and arrest statistics reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Venezuelan president says officials have been talking to Washington 'for months'
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he had authorized contact with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump "for months," in an effort to repair relations with Washington.

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Australian court upholds sex abuse convictions of Cardinal George Pell
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An Australian court has upheld convictions against the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of children sex abuse.

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Italian PM resigns, blaming deputy for populist government's collapse
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party.

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More than 100 feared dead off Libyan coast: Doctors Without Borders
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Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast and that more than 100 people could be dead.

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Walmart sues Tesla for negligence after solar panels catch fire at 7 stores
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Walmart on Tuesday sued Tesla, accusing it of "widespread negligence" that led to repeated fires of its solar panel systems and asking a court to force the company to remove them from more than 240 of its U.S. stores.

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ISIS gaining strength in some areas, but caliphate is gone, Pompeo says
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday that ISIS militants are gaining strength in some areas but said the militant group's capacity to conduct attacks has been greatly diminished.

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New Facebook tool blocks gathering of users' data from outside sites, apps
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The 'off-Facebook activity' tool is first being rolled out in South Korea, Ireland and Spain and allows users to block the social network from gathering information about them on outside websites and apps.

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Larry King divorcing his 7th wife
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Larry King is seeking a divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn King, after 22 years.

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Thousands detained in Kashmir to contain unrest after India strips it of special status
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Security forces detained thousands if people in Indian-administered Kashmir, local officials said on Tuesday, seeking to keep a tight lid on protests over the federal government's decision to strip the region of its autonomy.

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Elizabeth Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native American voters at forum
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to Indigenous heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political liability.

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Italy seizes Spanish rescue ship, removes migrants
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An Italian prosecutor ordered on Tuesday the seizure of the Open Arms migrant ship and the removal of the migrants on board, ending a prolonged stand-off between the Spanish charity and the government in Rome.

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Greenland's Fast-Melting Ice Is A Warning To The Rest Of The World
Dwindling glaciers paint a grim picture of what's to come if the the United States -- and the rest of the world -- don't adequately respond to climate change. ... read more


India Detains Thousands In Locked-Down Kashmir
Those arrested include anti-India protesters as well as pro-India Kashmiri leaders who have been held in jails and other makeshift facilities. ... read more


Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Resigns, Denounces Matteo Salvini
Conte accused his interior minister of endangering the nation's economy. ... read more


El Salvador Rape Victim Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Accused Of Stillbirth Murder Is Acquitted
“Thank God, justice was done,” she said outside the court. ... read more


Afghan Bombings Injure Over 120 People, But No One Claims Responsibility
The explosions occurred in public squares, markets and outside restaurants in the city of Jalalabad. ... read more


Prince Andrew 'Appalled' By Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Claims
Buckingham Palace issued a statement after footage emerged of the Duke of York inside Epstein's mansion. ... read more


U.S. Opens Up Secret Communications To Venezuela Socialist Boss: Report
Diosdado Cabello met last month in Caracas with someone who is in close contact with the Trump administration, AP reported Sunday. ... read more


Tens Of Thousands Of Hong Kong Protesters March Through Heavy Rain
Following weeks of violent clashes with police, pro-democracy demonstrators say they hope for a peaceful march. ... read more


Suicide Bombing At Kabul Wedding Leaves 63 Dead And 182 Hurt
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack at an Afghan wedding hall in a Shi'ite neighborhood. ... read more


WhatsApp Is Radicalizing The Right In Bolsonaro's Brazil
The app was used to spread misinformation that helped elect far-right authoritarian Jair Bolsonaro. It still serves as a platform for radicalization. ... read more


Greenland To Donald Trump: 'We're Not For Sale'
The country's foreign minister has poured cold water on the president's reported interest in buying the world's biggest island. ... read more


French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert Climbs Hong Kong Skyscraper, Hoists Reconciliation Flag
Robert was arrested after the climb and taken to a nearby police station. ... read more


North Korea Fired More Projectiles Into Sea, South Korea Military Says
The Joint Chiefs of Staff didn’t immediately say what the weapons were, how many were launched or how far they flew. ... read more


Israeli Flight Attendant Dies 4 Months After Contracting Measles
The 43-year-old mother of three fell into a coma shortly after a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv. ... read more


India's Prime Minister Defends Kashmir Decision Amid Clash With Pakistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his India Independence Day speech Thursday to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of the disputed region's special status. ... read more


23 Injured As Russian Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Cornfield
The Ural Airlines A321 collided with a flock of birds that got into both of the plane's engines. ... read more


Hong Kong Prepares For More Protests
Pro-democracy protests forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights this week. ... read more


Germany Headed Towards Recession As Stocks Slump
An ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has weakened demand. ... read more


Flights Resume At Hong Kong Airport After Protests Ease
Protestors apologized for disrupting travel operations at Hong Kong's international airport over two days. ... read more


Alleged Christchurch Gunman Sends Inflammatory Letter From Prison
New Zealand officials said they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques to send the letter, which was posted on 4chan. ... read more


Trump's Denmark snub over Greenland sale 'annoys' PM
The Danish PM says she is "annoyed and surprised" after the US president cancels his state visit. ... read more


Booba attack: Gang targets French rapper video team
Shots were fired and three people were hurt as a video was being filmed, but Booba had already left. ... read more


Man accused of upskirting over 550 women in Madrid
The suspect allegedly uploaded the videos to pornographic websites, getting millions of views. ... read more


German eight-year-old takes 140km/h joyride on motorway
"I just wanted to drive a little," the child told police after stopping in a motorway lay-by. ... read more


Russian couple filmed at protest may lose children
Dmitry and Olga Prokazov also face a criminal case after footage featuring their baby was posted online. ... read more


Brexit: PM meets Angela Merkel with call to scrap backstop
It comes after the PM said the plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland was "anti-democratic". ... read more


Iran tanker row: Greece closes out ship after US warnings
A Greek minister says the country is "not willing to facilitate the course of this ship to Syria". ... read more


Ryanair wins court bid to block Irish strike
A Dublin Court has stopped Irish pilots walking out, as a hearing on a UK-wide strike continues. ... read more


EU migration to UK 'underestimated' by ONS
The Office for National Statistics says it may have also overstated migration from non-EU countries. ... read more


Fidel Castro's crocodile bites man at Swedish aquarium
The man, in his 70s, had been delivering a speech when he was bitten by the animal. ... read more


Baby dolphin death causes dismay in Bulgaria
The recent death of a baby dolphin has prompted renewed calls for the closure of the Varna dolphinarium. ... read more


Human bone found at Orkney Neolithic site
The find is intriguing because it seems to have been deliberately placed, perhaps as an offering, beneath foundations. ... read more


Barcelona crime wave tarnishes boom in tourism
Violence and thefts have surged in Barcelona - and officials are struggling to find a solution. ... read more


Donald Trump and Greenland: Why would he want to buy it?
The US president has cancelled a trip to Denmark because they won't sell him the massive island. ... read more


G7 summit: Inside the climate activist training camp
Campaign groups in France are teaching people how to protest effectively, ahead of the G7 summit. ... read more


Brexit: What are EU countries doing to prepare for no deal?
How are other countries preparing for a possible no deal? ... read more


'Cut the Iron Curtain': Germany's 1989 freedom picnic
Thirty years ago a "European unity" picnic became an East German exodus from communism. ... read more


Magdalene Laundries survivor: 'We weren't allowed to talk'
A woman forced to work in Ireland's Magdalene Laundries makes an emotional return to the country. ... read more


Dukes, aristocrats and tycoons: Who owns Scotland?
It's estimated that fewer than 500 people own half of Scotland's privately-owned rural land. ... read more


Brexit will force Scot from German mayor's post
Iain Macnab will lose his job as Burgermeister of a German town as he will no longer be a EU citizen. ... read more


Trump administration to lift limit on how long it can detain migrant families
The new rule may be in defiance of a 2015 federal court ruling that limited the time families could be detained to 20 days. ... read more


Danes react with anger after Trump cancels state visit over Greenland dispute
"The reality is stranger than fiction," tweeted one lawmaker. ... read more


Popeyes started a chicken sandwich war with Chick-fil-A. Here's why they'll win.
For you uninitiated Northerners, serving up a Southern fried chicken breast on brioche with pickles in a foil wrapper means war. ... read more


Epstein preyed on girls and women during jail sentence, suits allege
Three lawsuits allege a complex web of companies employing "disciples" who saw to it that Epstein's sexual desires were met. ... read more


Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show 'great disloyalty'
'I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat - I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty, ' Trump told reporters. ... read more


U.S. drone shot down over Yemen, officials say
Houthi rebels had earlier told the group's official Al-Masirah T.V. that their air defenses had shot down a U.S. MQ-9 aircraft. ... read more


Trump says U.S. 'far from a recession' as White House economic anxiety mounts
Reaching a deal with China is seen as a top priority inside the White House as worrying economic signs grow ahead of the 2020 election. ... read more


California high school locks up cellphones to keep students focused
Some experts say taking away the students' devices creates its own kind of distraction — and anxiety — for students ... read more


Dad of 9-year-old killed by pit bulls had argued with owner, family says
Three pit bulls escaped through dilapidated fences and attacked the girl while she was riding her bike Monday. ... read more


Coal workers fight for benefits as industry struggles under Trump
Coal workers have been among the president's strongest supporters, but their pensions remain at risk as industry barons thrive. ... read more


After World Cup boost, women's pro soccer hopes to keep the momentum
Every member of the U.S. Women’s National Team plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, which has seen a surge in attendance since the 2019 World Cup. ... read more


Two rescued after plane splashes down in California's Half Moon Bay
There were no injuries. A man and a woman who were aboard the plane were lifted from the water by a helicopter. ... read more


'Matrix 4' officially a go with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski
The three previous films — "The Matrix," "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. ... read more


'Orange Is the New Black' star: Stop deporting legal immigrants who've served time
Diane Guerrero's family was sent back to Colombia. Now she's urging reform of laws that mean immigrants can serve their sentence but never escape punishment. ... read more


Family 'worried sick' as China confirms detention of British consulate worker
A Chinese official confirmed that Simon Cheng will be held for 15 days by Shenzhen police but didn't specify what law he is suspected of violating. ... read more


Nutritionist Maya Feller's 5 best health tips for women of color
Feller is trying to prevent the onset and severity of chronic illnesses that disproportionately affect black and Latina women. ... read more


After withdrawing from Title X, reproductive health clinics scramble for cash
"This is going to affect people who are currently getting free care at our clinics. They are the youngest, most vulnerable patients." ... read more


Trump says the Fed is the 'only problem' with economy, calls Powell 'a golfer who can't putt'
Earlier this week, President Trump called again for a full percentage point reduction in the interest rate. ... read more


9 lower-sugar snacks and treats for kids you can feel good about
Kids are eating too much sugar. A nutritionist shares nine lower-sugar treats to stash in their lunchboxes and backpacks instead. ... read more


Video shows mom react to son's arrest for online shooting threat
"How do we know he’s not going to be the kid from Parkland?" an officer said to the mother as he arrested her 15-year-old son. ... read more


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Trump administration to lift limit on how long it can detain migrant families
The new rule may be in defiance of a 2015 federal court ruling that limited the time families could be detained to 20 days. ... read more


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Danes react with anger after Trump cancels state visit over Greenland dispute
"The reality is stranger than fiction," tweeted one lawmaker. ... read more


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Popeyes started a chicken sandwich war with Chick-fil-A. Here's why they'll win.
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Epstein preyed on girls and women during jail sentence, suits allege
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Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show 'great disloyalty'
'I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat - I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty, ' Trump told reporters. ... read more


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U.S. drone shot down over Yemen, officials say
Houthi rebels had earlier told the group's official Al-Masirah T.V. that their air defenses had shot down a U.S. MQ-9 aircraft. ... read more


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Trump says U.S. 'far from a recession' as White House economic anxiety mounts
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California high school locks up cellphones to keep students focused
Some experts say taking away the students' devices creates its own kind of distraction — and anxiety — for students ... read more


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Dad of 9-year-old killed by pit bulls had argued with owner, family says
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Coal workers fight for benefits as industry struggles under Trump
Coal workers have been among the president's strongest supporters, but their pensions remain at risk as industry barons thrive. ... read more


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After World Cup boost, women's pro soccer hopes to keep the momentum
Every member of the U.S. Women’s National Team plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, which has seen a surge in attendance since the 2019 World Cup. ... read more


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Two rescued after plane splashes down in California's Half Moon Bay
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'Matrix 4' officially a go with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski
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'Orange Is the New Black' star: Stop deporting legal immigrants who've served time
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Family 'worried sick' as China confirms detention of British consulate worker
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After withdrawing from Title X, reproductive health clinics scramble for cash
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Trump says the Fed is the 'only problem' with economy, calls Powell 'a golfer who can't putt'
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Video shows mom react to son's arrest for online shooting threat
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