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Sunday July 3rd, 2022 night edition

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: On Friday, THC-infused edibles and beverages became legal in the great state of Minnesota, after a law containing the legalization measure was included in a health and human services funding bill.

Critically, a key Republican state senator who co-chaired the committee that passed it didn’t read the text closely enough.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Sen. Jim Abeler “said he didn’t realize the new law would legalize edibles containing delta-9 THC before it passed,” and thought he was just regulating existing CBD products:.

House Democrats and Gov. Tim Walz, both of whom support recreational marijuana legalization, are unlikely to agree to such a request.

Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, called Abeler’s suggestion to roll back the law “ridiculous” and said Democrats have no interest in doing so.

But Minnesota isn’t entering the Wild West entirely; as the Star-Tribune notes, it’s still imposing some basic guidelines, such as child-proof packaging and an over-21 age restriction.

Still, by opening its stores to edibles, Minnesota made history: It’s the only state in America that’s legalized only edibles for recreational use. »

Google let a sanctioned Russian company access data belonging to Americans and Europeans for months. The report's author says there's a 'huge danger' if it was shared with the Russian government.

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A Russian company accessed user data via Google for months after it was sanctioned, a report found.

The report's author said there is a "huge danger" if RuTarget shared data with the Kremlin.

Google let a sanctioned Russian company access data belonging to Americans and Europeans, including user activity on websites based in Ukraine, according to a new report. »

‘Polluting the air we breathe’: Mechanic sentenced for selling thousands of devices that allowed trucks to bypass emissions controls

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Matthew Sidney Geouge, 35, of Hendersonville, N.C., pleaded guilty last year to violating the Clean Air Act and tax evasion.

Some drivers believe the federally mandated control systems, which drastically reduce pollution, inhibit the performance of their trucks.

In 2015, the EPA issued a citation to Geouge ordering him to stop selling the devices, which prosecutors say he ignored. »

Spain to crack down on videogame 'loot boxes' blamed for pathological behaviour

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MADRID, June 1 (Reuters) - Spain is set to become the first European country to have a law regulating the use of so-called loot boxes in videogames, aiming to avoid "thoughtless, compulsive or even pathological" consumer behaviour, the government said on Wednesday.

The loot boxes – digital packages of virtual items that can be purchased using real money - are an important source of developers' revenue.

They give players the chance to win desirable or often randomised game-changing equipment, and allow gaming companies a stream of high-margin income. »

Uvalde schools’ police Chief Pete Arredondo resigns from City Council

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Chief Pete Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News on Friday that has decided to step down for the good of the city administration.

The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions.

Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and spent much of his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement in the city. »