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New DEA rule on “marihuana” extracts irks cannabis industry

US News - Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:09

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently filed a final rule notice for establishing a Controlled Substances Code Number for “marihuana” extract, and then categorizing the recreational drug marijuana, hemp as well as their derivatives as Schedule I substances.

The filing states that there is a new for a new code number because the U.N. Conventions on international drug control treats extracts from cannabis plants other than marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). The new rule is expected to go into effect on Jan. 13, 2017.

The rule and its potential effects led to speculation and confusion among cannabis advocates and businesses about what actions the government would take on cannabinoids, cannabidiol and hemp. However, DEA spokesperson Russ Baer assured that the final rule notice is mainly an administrative move and it doesn’t reflect any change in any control status.

Baer added that the new code would allow the agency’s internal accounting mechanisms to be more precise to track elements like medical and scientific research. Codes are used by researchers to identify which substance is subject to the project.

Speaking on the topic, he said, “The rule change recognizes that there is a potential medical benefit to some of the cannabinoids. It’s not intended to be speculative (and) doesn’t read into anything that we’re looking at in the future. It’s just a final order on a rulemaking proposal that was initiated back in 2011.”

A majority of the U.S. states now has laws legalizing some forms of medical marijuana, but most of these and other state-initiated marijuana measures are still in conflict with federal laws.

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Judge blocks Texas rules that would require fetal remains be buried/cremated

US News - Fri, 12/16/2016 - 09:17

As had widely been expected, a federal judge in Texas blocked the state until at least next month from implementing the controversial rules that would mandate burial or cremation of fetal remains.

The rules, which had been slated to take effect on coming Monday, would require hospitals and clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages, instead of disposing of them in a sanitary landfill.

Several national and state advocacy groups, including the Center for Reproductive Rights, challenged the rules in Austin-based U.S. District Court, and Judge Sam Sparks issued injunction on Thursday.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that the controversial rules will not serve any medical purpose; they would rather shame women seeking abortions and make it more difficult for doctors to provide the procedure.

Attorney David Brown who represented the plaintiffs during yesterday’s hearing said, “We look forward to demonstrating that these regulations are unwise, unjustified and unconstitutional, and should be permanently struck down.”

Texas isn’t the first state to be slammed with such a legal action. Previously, legal challenges blocked similar measures in states like Indiana and Louisiana.

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Facebook is working to weed out fake news and hoaxes

US News - Fri, 12/16/2016 - 07:47

In a blog post published Thursday, Facebook's Adam Mosseri - the company's Vice President of News Feed - said that steps are being taken by the company to eliminate fake news and hoaxes, in an effort to address the growing controversy over the role that it allegedly plays in the spread of misinformation on the Internet.

Sharing details about Facebook's plans to weed out fake news, Mosseri said that the company would simplify the hoax reporting process, and will also make it easier for fact-checking organizations to flag fake stories.

In addition, Mosseri also said that Facebook plans to do away with monetary incentives for spammers, and would also look more closely at other indications of a hoax, such as which articles are read by Facebook users but are not shared.

Further explaining that stories which are shared less than normal will be flagged by Facebook, Mosseri said: "We've found that if reading an article makes people significantly less likely to share it, that may be a sign that a story has misled people in some way."

Mosseri also revealed that Facebook would soon release some new features for elimination of what he described as "the worst of the worst," or "the clear hoaxes" which are spread by spammers for their own gain.

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Donald Trump tells tech leaders that his administration is "here to help you folks do well"

US News - Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:36

At a summit organized at the Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the high-profile tech industry executives from the Silicon Valley, to talk about how they can work together in his new presidential administration.

The tech industry had largely supported Trump's rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential election; with some of the bigwig personalities from the industry fiercely opposing Trump. The tech industry was chiefly worried that, under the Trump administration, innovation would be stifled, the hiring of computer-savvy immigrants would be curbed, and the digital privacy of consumers could be infringed on.

In an effort to dispel the fears of the tech industry, Trump had convened the Wednesday summit to assure the industry leaders that his administration is "here to help you folks do well."

Trump said at the summit that his administration wants the tech industry to "keep going with the incredible innovation," and added: "Anything we can do to help this go on, we will be there for you. You'll call my people, you'll call me."

The tech industry leaders who attended the summit included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

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Donald Trump tells tech leaders that his administration is "here to help you folks do well"

US News - Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:36

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At a summit organized at the Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the high-profile tech industry executives from the Silicon Valley, to talk about how they can work together in his new presidential administration.

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Rural U.S. kids are born addicted to heroin, opioids: report

US News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:09

Thousands of American kids, particularly in rural areas, are born addicted to heroin and powerful prescription painkillers or opioids because of prevalent drug abuse by pregnant women, according to a new study.

Widespread drug abuse by pregnant women make newborns addicted to heroin, opioids and potent prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin.

A team of experts led by Dr. Nicole Villapiano of the University of Michigan found that rural communities experienced roughly 80 per cent higher increase in infant opioid withdrawal rates than in urban areas between 2004 and 2013.

The researchers didn't evaluate the root causes of the trend, but Villapiano suggested some likely contributing factors.

Speaking on the trend, Villapiano said, "The magnitude of the difference between rural and urban areas was not expected. We know that patients in rural areas tend to be poorer, have higher rates of chronic diseases, are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and suffer from drug addiction."

Infant opioid withdrawal, which is also called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), can cause low birth weight, a higher risk for seizures, in addition to problems in breathing and sleeping after birth. Affected kids may also develop attention-deficit issues down the road. However, long-term risks remain unclear.

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Rural U.S. kids are born addicted to heroin, opioids: report

US News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 10:09

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Thousands of American kids, particularly in rural areas, are born addicted to heroin and powerful prescription painkillers or opioids because of prevalent drug abuse by pregnant women, according to a new study.

Widespread drug abuse by pregnant women make newborns addicted to heroin, opioids and potent prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin.

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Ohio Gov. Kasich rejects ‘heartbeat bill’

US News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:43

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill," a controversial measure that would have given the state the strictest abortion ban in the entire nation.

However, Kasich also signed a separate measure into law that would prevent abortions after 20 weeks' gestation. Abortion opponents and human rights groups say fetuses start feeling pain when they become 20-week old.

While, Kasich tried to tighten the state's abortion laws by signing the second bill, he faced backlash from conservative Republicans who argued that he could have prevented thousands of abortions by signing the "heartbeat bill," which would have prohibited the procedure as early as six weeks' gestation.

Janet Porter, a northeast Ohio activist, said, "Governor Kasich's political career is over. We must now focus on those who want a future by voting to override Kasich's betrayal and give babies with beating hearts a future."

Rejection of the bill by Kasich represents his increasing clashes with the Republicans. He also threatened to veto a freeze of renewable energy standards. It may be noted here that Kasich had refused to endorse Donald Trump's presidential bid.

In rejecting heartbeat bill, Kasich said the legislation was contrary to the Supreme Court's current rulings on abortion. Some Republican lawmakers also agreed the bill was unconstitutional and that it would have cost the state taxpayers' money to defend it.

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Ohio Gov. Kasich rejects ‘heartbeat bill’

US News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:43

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday vetoed the so-called "heartbeat bill," a controversial measure that would have given the state the strictest abortion ban in the entire nation.

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Oculus Rift reorganization creates unusual vacancy at the top

US News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:05

Facebook-owned Oculus Rift virtual-reality (VR) headset manufacturer has recently undergone a reorganization as a result of which an unusual vacancy has been created for the post of a new CEO.

According to a blog post published by Oculus Rift on Tuesday, the reorganization of the company has led to the creation of two divisions --- a PC-focused division; and a mobile-focused division.

With the reorganization of Oculus Rift in place, the company's CEO Brendan Iribe is stepping down from his role, to spearhead the new PC division (the mobile division will be headed by the company's software chief Jon Thomason). As such, there is now a somewhat atypical vacancy at the helm of the already troubled Oculus Rift. 

About Oculus Rift's vacant CEO post, Iribe said in the blog post that he will work together with Thomason and Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer to look for a new head for Oculus Rift.

Meanwhile, with regard to Oculus Rift's move to create the new PC and mobile divisions, Iribe said: "With our growth and product strategy, we've decided to establish new PC and mobile VR groups to be more focused, strengthen development and accelerate our road map."

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Oculus Rift reorganization creates unusual vacancy at the top

US News - Wed, 12/14/2016 - 08:05

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Facebook-owned Oculus Rift virtual-reality (VR) headset manufacturer has recently undergone a reorganization as a result of which an unusual vacancy has been created for the post of a new CEO.

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Texas sued over controversial rule to bury or cremate aborted fetuses

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:26

In a bid to prevent Texas from enacting a controversial rule that would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated after abortions or miscarriages, multiple abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Monday.

The suit, filed by groups like Americans United for Life and the Center for Reproductive Rights, alleges that the rule is politically motivated and that it was designed to shame women.

Kristi Hamrick of Americans United for Life argued that health authorities need to be humane and the mothers need to be provided with the opportunity to have a say in the matter. The Center for Reproductive Rights added that it would be costly to require burials or cremation of fetal remains.

Nancy Northup, the chief of the center, said, "These regulations are an insult to Texas women, the rule of law and the U. S. Supreme Court, which declared less than six months ago that medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion access are unconstitutional."

Texas' controversial regulation is part of a wave of laws that followed 2015's undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood, in which an anti-abortion activist accused the women's health organization of illegally selling fetal tissue.

Separately in Ohio, state Attorney General Mike DeWine last year called a news conference and alleged that fetuses from abortions and miscarriages were being "cooked" and put into landfills. By 'cooking,' DeWine meant 'sterilized' with steam.

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Texas sued over controversial rule to bury or cremate aborted fetuses

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 10:26

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In a bid to prevent Texas from enacting a controversial rule that would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated after abortions or miscarriages, multiple abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit on Monday.

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Apple launches iOS 10.2 update for iPhone; unfolds new emojis

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:41

In a Monday announcement, tech biggie Apple announced the official rollout of its iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone. The update was earlier available in beta.

Announcing the launch of the iOS 10.2 software update, Apple said that the update unfolds a broader range of new emojis to choose from. Some of the new emojis coming up for iPhone users as a result of Apple's latest software update include new facial expressions, professions, and foods.

With the launch of the iOS 10.2 update, the emoji keyboard for iPhone users will now include symbols which represent a number of new professions, such as scientist, teacher and firefighter, among others. In addition, the update will also come with new people-themed emojis, including one which depicts a pregnant woman.

Moreover, the latest batch of emojis will also include novel kinds of smiley faces -- for example, an emoji face with a Pinocchio-like nose -- for showing an array of different emotions and actions.

Apple's latest software update, which brings a wider selection of new emojis, comes at a time when several tech companies and organizations are making attempts to develop more 'inclusive' emojis as well as those which represent a broader range of people, interests, and activities.

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Apple launches iOS 10.2 update for iPhone; unfolds new emojis

US News - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:41

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In a Monday announcement, tech biggie Apple announced the official rollout of its iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone. The update was earlier available in beta.

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Top Silicon Valley executives to attend meeting with Donald Trump

US News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 08:02

According to a Re/code report, invitations were sent out last week to the some of the most prominent executives of the Silicon Valley, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

The invitations were signed by Jared Kushner -- Trump's son-in-law and adviser -- as well as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

As per the Re/code report, based on the information shared by unidentified sources over the weekend, tech industry executives who are likely to attend the meeting with Trump Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.

In addition, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty would also be attending the meeting. Two other likely attendees at the meeting are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

Meanwhile, about the meeting with Trump, Oracle CEO Catz, confirming his attendance, said in a statement: "I plan to tell the President-Elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can. If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U. S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever."

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Top Silicon Valley executives to attend meeting with Donald Trump

US News - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 08:02

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According to a Re/code report, invitations were sent out last week to the some of the most prominent executives of the Silicon Valley, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

The invitations were signed by Jared Kushner -- Trump's son-in-law and adviser -- as well as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

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Magic Leap CEO responds to critical report about the company’s mixed reality product

US News - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 06:56

In a Friday blog post, secretive startup Magic Leap's CEO Rony Abovitz issued a public message related to the company's not-much-known augmented reality/mixed reality product. The message marked Magic Leap's indirect response to The Information's critical story - published on Thursday - about the hype surrounding the product.

Abovitz said in his message that he does not get "precious about anything," and added that Magic Leap's mixed reality device will be much better than the rival devices currently available on the market.

Abovitz talked specifically about Magic Leap's mixed reality device in the blog post in an attempt to rebuff The Information's report which drew attention to the company's less than impressive demo of the device.

The report had said that the first prototype of Magic Leap's mixed reality device - used in a demo for fund-raising purposes - hardly had the likelihood of a reasonable inclusion in a commercial product. The report also asserted that "Magic Leap may have oversold what it can do."

Against the backdrop of the critical report, Abovitz said that the units of the mixed reality device currently being built by Magic Leap are for some significant parameters like "engineering and manufacturing verification/validation testing, early reliability/quality testing, production line speed." Abovitz further added that "There is also a lot more going in our development of software, applications, cool creative experiences and overall operational readiness. Stay tuned - the fun is just beginning."

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Magic Leap CEO responds to critical report about the company’s mixed reality product

US News - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 06:56

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In a Friday blog post, secretive startup Magic Leap's CEO Rony Abovitz issued a public message related to the company's not-much-known augmented reality/mixed reality product. The message marked Magic Leap's indirect response to The Information's critical story - published on Thursday - about the hype surrounding the product.

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U.S. Surgeon General calls e-cigarettes major health issue

US News - Sat, 12/10/2016 - 11:18

The increasing use of electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among teens across the United States has prompted the U.S. Surgeon General to call it a major health issue.

According to a fresh study, the number of high and middle school students using e-cigarettes has almost tripled over the period of last five years. More than a quarter of school students in 6-12 grades and more than a third of young adults were founds to have used e-cigarettes.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called it a major health issue, and stressed on the need of more research on use of cigarettes or vaping. However, he warned that e-cigarettes are not harmless.

Dr. Michael Sevilla, from Salem-based Family Practice Center, also said that he is concerned about increasing use of e-cigarette, particularly among young children.

Speaking on the topic, Sevilla said, "What we do know is that, especially in kids, the brain is still developing at that age, and if you expose them to substances like nicotine - whether it's smoking or e-cigarettes - it can really influence them, as far as nicotine being addictive."

Health experts have recommended that parents should do their best to be aware of what their children are doing and they should immediately confiscate such products, if they find any in their possession. 

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