Honolulu Bans Texting While Crossing Streets

The capital of the tropical state of Hawaii has banned citizens and tourists from crossing the street while texting or using their mobile phones. The aim is to reduce injuries and deaths from “distracted walking,” and will take effect in October. First offenders caught staring at their phones while crossing will receive a fine of $15 to $35, with repeat offenders facing fines of up … Continue reading Honolulu Bans Texting While Crossing Streets

Shooting at a Nightclub in Germany

One person has been killed and others wounded during a shooting at a German nightclub in the southern city of Konstanz. The shooter was an Iraqi Kurdish son-in-law of the nightclub’s owner. The man was thrown out of the club after an argument with the doorman and came back minutes later with an M16 machine gun. The doorman was shot dead and several others were … Continue reading Shooting at a Nightclub in Germany

Putin To Cut U.S. Embassy Staff

In retaliation to the recent passage of a U.S. sanctions bill, Putin announced on Sunday that the U.S. embassy in Moscow will cut its staff by 755 employees. On Friday, it was revealed that Russia would reduce the embassy’s staff, but Sunday was the first time that Putin addressed the issue and made a final decree. Putin told Russian state-controlled media outlet Rossiya 1 that … Continue reading Putin To Cut U.S. Embassy Staff

Governor Baker Makes Changes to Marijuana Law

Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law on Friday which made changes to the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law. The new bill sets up different procedures for cities and towns to follow if they want to restrict marijuana stores, depending on how their residents voted on the November ballot question. Opponents of the bill say the law is vulnerable to a constitutional challenge. The … Continue reading Governor Baker Makes Changes to Marijuana Law

Trump and McConnell Lose Healthcare Fight

In the early hours of Friday morning, three Republicans and all Democrats rejected the “skinny repeal” bill which effectively ended the Republicans chance of repealing Obamacare. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, cast the deciding vote and ended Trump’s hopes of passing healthcare legislation. A recent Congressional Budget Office report suggested that the “skinny repeal” bill would have increased the number of … Continue reading Trump and McConnell Lose Healthcare Fight

North Korea Launches Missile Into Japan’s Water

North Korea once again tested the patience of the international community with another missile launch on Friday. The missile launched in northern Jangang province flying for 45 minutes and landing in the sea off its east coast, possibly in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, according to South Korean and Japanese officials. It is unclear whether the missile was an intercontinental one capable of reaching the continental … Continue reading North Korea Launches Missile Into Japan’s Water