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  • Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed

    TORONTO — Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government had hoped to make pot legal by July 1, but the government has said provincial and territorial governments will need eight to 12 weeks following Senate passage and royal […]

  • US announces exit from UN human rights council

    Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States is withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” Haley is President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations. She says a year ago she made clear the U.S. would stay in the council only if “essential reforms were achieved.” She says it’s clear those calls for change were not heeded. Haley is decrying the membership of countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela […]

  • Indiana group to preserve, relocate WWI memorial in Anderson

    ANDERSON, Ind. — An Indiana group is working to preserve and relocate a World War I memorial. The 7-foot (2-meter) granite obelisk is inscribed with the names of six Anderson High School students who died while serving in the war, The Herald Bulletin reported . It was gifted to the school by the 1920 graduating class. Local preservationists have grown concerned about the monument’s fate as its surroundings change. A fire destroyed the school building in 1999 and its historic arena was […]

  • Evacuation ordered after train carrying propane derails in southwest Indiana

    PRINCETON, Ind. — A freight train derailed in southwest Indiana and several train cars caught fire, possibly due to a propane leak, forcing the mandatory evacuation of nearby homes while authorities monitored air quality Monday, officials said. The train derailed Sunday evening near a trailer park in Princeton, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Indianapolis, the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. No one was injured in the derailment, Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Curt Durnil said […]

  • Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space. Trump envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country’s flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue, saying […]

  • Report on performance of Indiana’s child services system to be revealed

    INDIANAPOLIS— A consultancy group hired by Gov. Eric Holcomb to review Indiana’s troubled child welfare agency is set to present its findings. The Republican governor’s office says the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group will make recommendations and detail “key findings” on Monday. The group was hired in December in the wake of a scathing resignation letter from his outgoing Department of Child Services director. Mary Beth Bonaventura accused Holcomb’s administration of cutting services and making management changes that “all […]

  • Trump adviser says ‘nobody likes’ family separation policy at border

    WASHINGTON — A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families. President Donald Trump has tried to blame Democrats, who hold no levers of power in the government, for a situation that has sparked fury and a national debate […]

  • Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility near border

    McALLEN, Texas — Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. There are bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. The U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where the agency is holding children and adults after arresting them at the border. Nearly 2,000 children have […]

  • New program lets police take people to detox

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Officials in Indianapolis have launched a program that allows police officers to take people struggling with substance abuse issues, mental health problems and homelessness directly to a detox facility instead of jail or to a hospital emergency room. The city’s Office of Public Health and Safety and the police department say they’ve just launched a pilot program to see if people they pick up during disturbance calls in the downtown area might be better served if they […]

  • Statewide meal service to help those with HIV, AIDS

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana is expanding its efforts to deliver food to people living with HIV or AIDS. The statewide effort is known as Ryan’s Meals For Life, the Indianapolis Star reported. The program is named after Ryan White, an 18-year-old from Kokomo who died from HIV in 1990. He contracted the virus through a contaminated blood infusion at age 13 and fought to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS and advocated for research and awareness. The effort began in the […]