'My new dealer is the prime minister:' Ashley MacIsaac embraces legal weed

SYDNEY, N.S. -- Ashley MacIsaac says he's spent 25 years feeling like a criminal, but he doesn't have to feel that way anymore.Sign up to receive the Pot Post newsletter delivered to your inbox The 43-year-old Cape Breton-born fiddler has spent decades bringing his particular brand of rock-infused Celtic music to audiences across the country, and along the way has been a frequent cannabis user.
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Thai monk sentenced for raping teen girl he impregnated

BANGKOK -- A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced a former Buddhist monk known for his jet-set lifestyle to 16 years in prison for raping a young teenage girl who he also impregnated.
Wirapol Sukphol became infamous when he appeared in a 2013 YouTube video in his monk's robe aboard a private jet wearing aviator sunglasses with a Louis Vuitton carry-on by his side.
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Indian temple set to allow entry to females who menstruate

NEW DELHI -- A temple in southern India that's one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centres in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the country's top court.
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Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in U.S., study finds

WASHINGTON -- Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting -- decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows.
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Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

DUBBO, Australia -- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were jokingly thanked for bringing England's notoriously inclement weather to a drought-stricken Outback town on Wednesday in a rain-drenched visit to Dubbo during their Australian royal tour.
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Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside U.S.

BEIJING -- Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Wednesday to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.
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Cannabis Canada: Live updates from across the country

The countdown is finally over as Canada becomes only the second country in the world to legalize cannabis.Sign up to receive the Pot Post newsletter delivered to your inbox Canadians are expected to line up or log online Wednesday to be among the first to purchase marijuana legally.
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Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

LONDON -- Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate Assange from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a diplomat to Moscow.
The files made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the manoeuvr late last year.
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Three Myanmar journalists in court over story gov't calls false

YANGON, Myanmar -- Three detained journalists appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges filed against them by the Yangon regional government, which alleges a story they published was false.
An increasing number of journalists have been arrested and jailed for their work under Myanmar's civilian government, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner.
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Ontario residents can now buy cannabis online, must wait for retail stores

TORONTO - Ontario residents can now legally buy cannabis online, though they'll have to wait until early next year to purchase some from a store.
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada for those 19 and over as of today, with each province responsible for regulating the sale and consumption of the drug.
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Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

BATH, Ont. -- Convicted rapist and killer Paul Bernardo is due to plead for release today.
The 54-year-old Bernardo is expected to argue at a parole hearing that he has improved himself during his 25 years behind bars.
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Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

JERUSALEM -- A rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential home in southern Israel early Wednesday and the Israeli military began attacking militant sites in Gaza in response after days of rising tensions.
The Magen David Adom medical service said a woman and her three children, whose home in Beersheba was struck, were being treated for shock after they fled to their shelter upon being awoken by warning sirens shortly before 4 a.m.
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