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Oregon Gun Control Law Faces Lawsuit

A gun control law that narrowly passed in Oregon now faces a lawsuit that could put it on hold just days before it’s supposed to take effect. A judge in Portland heard arguments Friday on whether Measure 114 violates the Second Amendment right of Americans.

Rhode Island Starts Selling Grass

Rhode Island has officially begun to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in stores. Customers began lining up at stores across the state on Thursday, just six months after Governor Dan McKee (D) signed the legislation making pot legal for those 21 and older. Currently, only five stores are allowed to sell cannabis products in The Ocean State, but the state could eventually have as many as 33.

Google Appeals $4 Billion Antitrust Fine

Google has filed an appeal against a more than $4 billion antitrust fine for the Android operating system’s alleged role in restricting mobile competition and consumer choice. The company said they made the filing because there are several areas that require legal clarification from the EU’s top court.

Over-The-Counter Overdose Reversal May Be Coming

A startup working to produce one of the first overdose reversal drugs that can be bought over-the-counter says they’ve submitted their data to the FDA. Officials at Naloxone Corp say a randomized trial of 60 healthy volunteers shows its drug works more quickly than prescription drugs.

The Orient Express Returns

A French firm is reportedly restoring 17 of the original Orient Express carriages dating from the 1920s and 30s. The train service is expected to launch in 2024 in Paris. The service was made famous by Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel “Murder On The Orient Express.”

Oakland Residents To Receive $100 From Taxpayers For Political Funds

Adult residents in Oakland, California, will each receive $100, funded by taxpayers, to donate to a political campaign of their choice. The move is a bid to increase civic participation among voters and to seed funding to candidates who lack financial resources. Voters passed the measure by a margin of 74% in November.

Obama Stumps For Warnock

Former President Barack Obama arrived in Georgia Thursday to campaign with Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) ahead of the U.S. Senate runoff.

On December 6, Georgia voters will choose between Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker. So far, voters in the state have cast over 1 million ballots in the runoff.

Russia Accuses The West Of Direct War Involvement

Russia’s foreign minister accused the West this week of becoming directly involved in the conflict in Ukraine by supplying the country with weapons and training for its soldiers. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said that Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian energy facilities and other key infrastructure were intended to weaken Ukraine’s military potential and derail the shipments of Western weapons.

China Easing Lockdowns?

Chinese authorities are reportedly moving to ease COVID measures in the wake of historic protests over the last month. Lockdowns have been lifted in multiple cities, including Beijing, and some mandatory mass testing requirements have also been lifted.

Starbucks Suspends Worker Over “Monkey” Drink Label

A Maryland Starbucks worker has been suspended after a black female customer received a drink labeled “monkey.” The customer’s name is Monique. In an effort to make amends for the incident, the store has promised to provide additional DEI training for the staff and will add the word “monkey” to the list of blocked words in the computer system.

American Soccer Battles The Dutch

And, finally, the U.S. Men’s soccer team faces off against the Netherlands Saturday morning in their first match in the Round of 16 knockout stage.

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