Democrats lose Florida governor's race amid mixed results

World / Politics Nov 7, 2018

Democrats lose Florida governor's race amid mixed results

Democrat Andrew Gillum lost his bid to become Florida's first black governor on Tuesday, suffering a razor-thin defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis in a contest that drew national attention and allegations of race-baiting. "I want to encourage you not to give up," Gillum, the 39-year-old ...

Brexit leaves U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit'

World / Politics Jun 26, 2016

Brexit leaves U.S. secessionists hankering for 'Texit'

Emboldened by Brexit, U.S. secessionists in Texas are keen to adopt the campaign tactics used to sway the British vote for leaving the European Union and are demanding "Texit" comes next. The citizen-driven vote in Britain can be a model for Texas, which was an ...

Business / Economy Jun 18, 2016

California surpasses France as world's sixth-largest economy

California is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, surpassing France, thanks to a robust state economy and a strong U.S. dollar. California was the world's eighth-largest economy in 2014, Irena Asmundson, chief economist of the California Department of Finance, said in a phone interview ...

California gets first comprehensive regulations on medical marijuana

World Oct 10, 2015

California gets first comprehensive regulations on medical marijuana

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state's first comprehensive regulations on medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug. The package of three laws, viewed ...

World / Crime & Legal Jul 1, 2015

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Oregon

Recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday as a voter-approved law took effect that will ultimately see it sold in shops, similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado. The new state laws reflect a shifting legal landscape for a drug that remains ...

World / Social Issues Mar 28, 2015

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill that, according to its authors, is intended to protect religious freedoms but which critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican governor of Indiana signed into law a similar "religious ...

Business Feb 11, 2015

World's largest solar farm opens in California

One of the world's largest solar energy farms has opened in Southern California's desert, with 160,000 homes now able to power lights and appliances through sunlight converted into electricity, federal officials said on Tuesday. The Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Riverside County about 170 ...