(Reuters) - New Hampshire became the 21st U.S. state to abolish the death penalty on Thursday after the state’s Senate voted 16-8 to override the Republican governor’s veto of a bill passed by the Democratic-controlled state legislature Before the vote, New Hampshire was the last state in New England that allowed for the execution of people convicted of grave crimes. The vote was largely symbolic: New Hampshire has not executed anyone since 1939, according to the Boston Globe. New Hampshire Democratic Senator Martha Hennessey described the death penalty in a statement as “ineffective in reducing violent crime and an inefficient use of our limited criminal justice dollars.” New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu had vetoed the repeal bill on May 3, saying ending the death penalty would be an “injustice” to law enforcement and victims of violent crime. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned capital punishment … [Read more...] about New Hampshire becomes 21st U.S. state to repeal death penalty
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World International Affairs Canada’s marijuana stocks surged on Wednesday morning after several more U.S. states moved to legalize cannabis through ballot measures during Tuesday’s midterm elections. Tilray, Aphria, Cronos Group, Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth all saw morning gains, as investors grew more confident in the wake of legalization rolling forward south of the border in the U.S. “We believe today, the U.S. is where Canada was 24 months ago — with cannabis legalization a shining beacon in its not-too distant future," George Archos, CEO of Verano Holdings, which was launched to consolidate cannabis assets, told Business Insider. A customer shows a marijuana product that he bought after entering a cannabis store on October 17 in Montreal, Quebec MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE/AFP/Getty Images “Investors believed cannabis stocks were over-valued ahead of [Canada’s nationwide] legalization, and then the stocks rocketed upward as … [Read more...] about Canadian Marijuana Stocks Surge As More U.S. States Legalize Recreational and Medicinal Cannabis
North America is an aging; by 2050, 21.4 percent of the population will be 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, thanks to lower birth rates and increased longevity. But while most U.S. states are gaining a higher proportion of older population, some are aging far more rapidly than others.About one out of five people in Florida, Maine, and West Virginia is now age 65 or older. Vermont is the most rapidly-aging state in America, having added seven percent more over-65s in the last decade. The state is experimenting with creative ways to attract younger residents. In May, The Remote Worker Grant Program was launched, which pays people $10,000 if they move to Vermont and work remotely for an employer out of state.Utah was one of the few states to actually get younger over the last decade, shrinking the proportion of over-65s by almost three percent. Utah is the fastest-growing state in the country with a high birth rate, partially due to the state’s dominant religion, … [Read more...] about Which U.S. States Are Aging the Fastest?
The foreign minister of Nicaragua denounced “savage capitalism” during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly this week. He also took aim at U.S. sanctions imposed in response to the deadly crackdown against protesters at the hands of communist dictator Daniel Ortega. On April 18, now-rescinded social reforms proposed by the Ortega regime triggered protests that evolved into demands for early elections or Ortega to step down following the deadly crackdown against demonstrators by Nicaraguan security forces and armed, allied civilian groups.According to human rights activists, the unrest has left more than 500 dead, about 2,000 wounded, and nearly 2,000 others imprisoned. “We continue to witness a world in crisis originated by savage capitalism, by interference and violations of international law and the sovereignty of our peoples, with the use of force, attempts of coups d’état and destabilizations,” Nicaragua Minister for Foreign … [Read more...] about Nicaragua Blasts ‘Savage Capitalism,’ U.S. Sanctions at U.N.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership. A tattered flag flies over the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office two days after President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton announced that the State Department would close the PLO office in Washington, U.S., September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020. The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close. The State Department did not respond to a request for … [Read more...] about U.S. State Department revokes PLO ambassador family visas: envoy