The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 7th, 2021 evening edition

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Here's the problem – a dog will indicate "a drug" is present, but can't communicate "which drug."

A handler can't determine if the dog found meth, heroin or a legal amount of marijuana.

"Now marijuana is legal -- if the dog alerts on it, and we got a search warrant, we'd be violating somebody's rights.

So that meant the easiest, simplest thing was to just stop using those dogs for that purpose," said Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe.

New Mexico State Police is also planning to retire all nine of its dogs that were trained to detect marijuana.

"Once the new canines are trained, the handlers will have the option of retiring their current assigned canine to their home, or we will look at other options to the likes of donating them to other law enforcement entities outside of the state of New Mexico who have yet to legalize marijuana," the department said in a statement.

One fiscal impact report estimates that replacing all nine dogs at state police would cost about $194,000. »

Elon Musk says making autonomous cars is much harder than he expected, after Tesla's timeline for the latest 'full self-driving' software slipped again

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Musk said Tesla's latest full self-driving (FSD) software would arrive "soon," after the timeline slipped again.

"Didn't expect it to be so hard, but the difficulty is obvious in retrospect," Musk tweeted on Saturday.

Self-driving was a "hard problem" that "requires solving a large part of real-world AI," Musk tweeted. »

Sha’Carri Richardson Is Left Off the U.S. Olympic Team

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Team USA’s roster of track and field athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will be missing its biggest newsmaker ahead of the Games: sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson.

The 21-year-old winner of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials’ women’s 100 meters last month was left off the team named Tuesday by USA Track & Field, after an anti-doping test detected a chemical found in marijuana.

Richardson was disqualified from the 100 meters, but USATF, the sport’s national governing body, had the option to select her to run in a relay in Tokyo. »

NSW may have to give up on lockdown and live with Delta variant, government admits

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Key points: Brad Hazzard says if the state can't control transmission there will be no choice but to live with the Delta variant.

NSW is grappling with an outbreak of the ultra-infectious Delta COVID-19 variant, which has been spreading through the community — albeit at low levels — since last month.

Watch Duration: 2 minutes 41 seconds 2 m 41 s Greater Sydney lockdown extended for one week. »

Police beat crowds marching for gay Spanish man Samuel Luiz

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Riot police in Madrid, Spain, responded with brutality and batons to the thousands protesting the killing of Samuel Luiz, a gay man whose death has sparked a national outcry.

Demonstrations erupted Monday (5 July) in response to the attack across A Coruña, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao and Zaragoza.

As unrest gripped the country, many protesters held signs reading “Your homophobia is killing us” as they called for government action. »