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Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show NEW YORK (AP) — Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.
Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

Giuliani associate gets year in prison in foreign donor case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man who helped Rudy Giuliani seek damaging information against Joe Biden in Ukraine was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and fined $10,000 Friday in an unrelated campaign finance case.

Conservative Nebraska Sen. Groene sponsors medical pot bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A conservative lawmaker from rural, western Nebraska took a leading role Thursday in the push to allow medical marijuana in the state, although some advocates say his bill is too restrictive. Sen.
Quebec anti-corruption police investigating fake COVID-19 vaccine passports

Quebec anti-corruption police investigating fake COVID-19 vaccine passports

MONTREAL — Quebec's anti-corruption unit says it is carrying out a "large-scale" investigation into cases of alleged fraud related to the production and sale of false COVID-19 vaccine passports.

Rhode Island governor releases proposed $12.8B state budget

Rhode Island's governor submitted a $12.8 billion state budget plan to the General Assembly on Thursday that seeks to address the pandemic, build more affordable housing, invest in schools and help businesses. Democratic Gov.

Thai health ministry proposes easing rules on cannabis use

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand, which in 2020 became the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, moved Thursday to further loosen regulations on the drug.
Medical marijuana moves 1 step closer in Mississippi

Medical marijuana moves 1 step closer in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is moving closer to joining most other states in allowing people to use marijuana to relieve medical conditions. The state House voted 104-14 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a medical marijuana program.

Most actively traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (21,205.16, down 69.41 points.) Bombardier Inc. (TSX.BBD.B). Industrials. Down 12 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $1.
Hexo unveils expected savings from strategic plan, facility reconfiguration

Hexo unveils expected savings from strategic plan, facility reconfiguration

GATINEAU, Que. — Hexo Corp. says it expects its new strategic plan to reduce selling, general and administrative expenses by about 30 per cent by the end of fiscal 2023. The Gatineau, Que.

Police: Nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana found in camper

LEEDS, Ala. (AP) — Two California men were jailed in Alabama after police said they found almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $3 million hidden in a camper just off Interstate 20.