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My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to operate a medical marijuana program, with the first dispensary on track to begin sales next month, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars marijuana users from having guns or ammunition. “They’re going to have to make a choice,” said John T. Adams, president of the Pennsylvania District…

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Critics' Choice Awards: Gary Oldman receives another best actor prize

Gary Oldman’s march towards the Oscars has continued with another best actor prize for playing Winston Churchill. The Briton’s Critics’ Choice award for Darkest Hour follows the Golden Globe he won last weekend and the Bafta nomination he received on Tuesday. Globe winner Guillermo del Toro was on hand to pick up another best director prize for The Shape of Water, which won best picture at the Santa Monica event. But James Franco was not there to pick up the best actor in a comedy award. A number of women…

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Espanyol boss Flores is Stoke's first choice for job

Stoke City have made Quique Sanchez Flores their preferred choice for the manager’s job – and are waiting for an answer from the Espanyol boss. The Potters sacked Mark Hughes on Saturday, with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. A Stoke delegation has met ex-Watford boss Flores, whose side go to Levante in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. The 52-year-old is under contract with La Liga side Espanyol until 2019, but has a release clause in his deal. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is still in…

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Jorja Smith wins Brits Critics' Choice

R&B singer Jorja Smith has won the Brits Critics’ Choice award, singling her out as one to watch next year. The 20-year-old, who comes from Walsall in the West Midlands, beat two other newcomers, Mabel and Stefflon Don, to the prize. The award, which recognises “the future stars of British recording talent”, has previously gone to Adele, Emeli Sande and last year’s winner, Rag N Bone Man. “This is such a special way to end the year,” said Smith. The singer, who took fourth place on the BBC Sound of…

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Brit Awards announces first all-female Critics' Choice shortlist

Before they were famous, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine, Adele and Emeli Sande were all tipped for success by the Brits’ Critics’ Choice award. This year’s line-up has just been announced and, for the first time, it’s an all-female field. Birmingham-born MC Stefflon Don is joined on the list by soul singers Jorja Smith and Mabel. The winner will be announced on 4 December, ahead of next year’s Brit Awards. Stefflon Don has already tasted chart success this year, reaching the top 10 with Hurtin’ Me, and featuring in…

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Choice of tipple 'determines different moods'

Different types of alcohol change and shape your mood in different ways, says a big study into drinking and emotions. Spirits may make you feel angry, sexy or tearful, while red wine or beer may make you feel relaxed, say researchers. They questioned nearly 30,000 people aged 18-34 from 21 different countries and present their findings in the journal BMJ Open. All the respondents drank beer, wine and spirits, and many said each type of alcohol had a different effect on them. While having a few drinks can be enjoyable,…

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