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Russian bots debate US gun control laws

Twitter accounts suspected of links to Russia have turned their attention to the contentious issue of US gun control in the wake of the mass shooting in Florida, researchers suggest. Two companies which track online disinformation have found that bots began tweeting about the Parkland shooting shortly after the tragedy. It included tweets about the mental health of suspect Nikolas Cruz. Gun control is one of the most divisive issues in America. Experts from New Knowledge – which tracks disinformation campaigns – said that suspected Russian bots are increasingly picking…

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Challenge to federal marijuana laws to be heard in New York

Army veteran Jose Belen (beh-LEHN’) says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. And the drug that he says helped him deal with the symptoms was one Veterans Affairs doctors couldn’t legally prescribe: marijuana. Now, Belen is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws. He is set to appear in a New York courtroom on Wednesday for arguments in a lawsuit that claims classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug is irrational and unconstitutional. The government has filed a motion to dismiss….

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Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules

Privacy rights campaigners are claiming victory over Facebook in a German legal battle. It follows a regional court ruling that found some of the social network’s data consent policies to be invalid. The Vzbv consumer group successfully argued that five of the app’s services were switched on by default, with the relevant privacy settings “hidden”. Facebook intends to appeal, but believes that planned changes to the app will ensure it obeys the law. Vzbv also plans to appeal because some of its other allegations were rejected. These included a claim…

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Diapers, jaywalking and Barack Obama Day: Laws for the New Year

When the clock strikes midnight calendars won’t be the only things changing. A series of new state and city laws will also make their debut in the new year. From requiring at least one diaper changing station to the celebration of Barack Obama day, here’s a look at some of 2018’s most interesting new local laws: Diaper changing stations for all The Golden State is all about the diapers in 2018. One of the two soon-to-be laws will require state and local agencies, as well as public venues such as…

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New California laws cover immigration, marijuana, education

California state lawmakers in 2017 passed nearly 900 bills that Gov. Jerry Brown then signed into law. Most of them take effect Monday. The new laws cover topics ranging from the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, to the state’s new recreational cannabis market, to the price of a college education. Here are some of the laws taking effect with the new year: IMMIGRATION Police will no longer be able to ask people about their immigration status or participate in federal immigration enforcement actions under a law making California a sanctuary state….

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Former Team GB cyclist Laws dies, aged 43

Former Team GB cyclist Sharon Laws has died at the age of 43. Laws started six months of chemotherapy in October 2016 shortly after learning she had cervical cancer. The Kenya-born cyclist, a former British champion in time trial, road racing and mountain biking, retired in August 2016. Laws won the British national time trial title in 2008, was national road race champion in 2012 and won team time trial bronze at the 2012 Worlds. She was advised to have a biopsy on swollen lymph glands in her neck by…

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West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin takes aim at US gun laws

The creator of hit TV show The West Wing has added his voice to the growing clamour for tighter US gun laws in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Aaron Sorkin told reporters at the Zurich Film Festival he had been advised not to address the subject while promoting his new film. “I was gently told before I came here to remember that people who voted for Donald Trump buy movie tickets too. “In other words, try not to insult half the people,” he added. “However, in light…

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