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Activists gather during a rally in support of marijuana legalization in central Tbilisi in June 2015.

Drug use decreased significantly in 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic endured

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The FINANCIAL — The percentage of adolescents reporting substance use decreased significantly in 2021, according to the latest results from the Monitoring the Future survey of substance use behaviors and related attitudes among eighth, 10th, and 12th graders in the United States. In line with continued long-term declines in the use of many illicit substances…


Cheshire Investment Advisor Sentenced to 30 Months for Stealing More Than $600K from Elderly Client

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MATTHEW O. CLASON, 40, of Cheshire, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for stealing more than $600,000 from an investment client.…


Sony is the Most Hated Brand in 10 Countries

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Don’t give in to hate, Luke. That leads to the dark side. You know that quote, right? From the popular Disney-branded Star Wars franchise. The franchise you hate more with every new episode – and continue to hate-watch anyway. Obi-Wan was onto something. Just look at Disney. We found that more than a third (34.32%)…


Affluent Americans Gave 48% More on Average Last Year, Finds 2021 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy

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The FINANCIAL — According to Bank of America, Research Reveals Differences in Giving Behaviors among Younger Affluent Households. Average giving to charities by affluent Americans increased by 48% last year compared to 2017 ($43,195 vs. $29,269), according to the 2021 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households, released today.…

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters gather storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Declining Share of Republicans Say It Is Important To Prosecute Jan. 6 Rioters

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As the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol ramps up its investigation into the events of that day, most Americans continue to say it is important to find and prosecute those who broke into and rioted at the Capitol. However, since March, there has been a decline in the…


Top US Military Officer Defends China Calls

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The top U.S. military officer told Congress on Tuesday that two calls to his Chinese counterpart in the last months of the Trump administration were made openly and in response to legitimate concerns.…


Top US Military Officials Set for More Afghanistan Testimony

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A day after giving their assessments of the end of the war in Afghanistan and future terror threats that may emanate from the country, the top U.S. military officials return Wednesday to Capitol Hill to testify before another congressional panel about the conclusion of the two-decade mission.…

One in Three Americans Already Had COVID-19 by the End of 2020

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The FINANCIAL — New study published in the journal Nature estimates that 103 million Americans, or 31 percent of the U.S. population, had been infected with SARS-CoV-2 by the end of 2020. Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers modeled the spread of the coronavirus, finding that fewer than one-quarter of infections (22%) were…

Headed Away to School? Here’s What Students With Health Issues Need to Know

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For those heading to schools far from home, it can be especially tricky navigating the complex world of insurance to pay for such crucial care. Coverage networks from back home might not cover a patient’s new doctors or a trip to an urgent care clinic. New plans may not cover the same medicines or procedures.…

At-risk Homeowners May Forgo Flood Insurance

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UGA researchers find unrealistic expectations may influence insurance decisions. Fifteen million homes in the United States are at risk of flooding, according to the nonprofit First Street. And homes on the coasts aren’t the only properties at risk.…

Statement On International Relief And Development

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The FINANCIAL -- On January 26, 2015, USAID imposed a suspension on IRD and issued a press release asserting that USAID had made certain findings regarding IRD’s financial controls, management, and lack of present responsibility.…

U.S. Chamber Statement on SEC Pay Ratio Rule

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The FINANCIAL -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness President and CEO David Hirschmann today issued the following statement in regards to the final pay ratio rule released by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC):…

U.S. Retains a Big Manufacturing Cost Advantage over Europe, and Other Developed Countries

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The FINANCIAL -- The rise of the U.S. dollar against the euro and other world currencies over the past year has reduced the cost-competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing compared with economies such as Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. But the U.S. still maintains a very significant cost advantage over these economies, and therefore manufacturers are…

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate for Passing Bipartisan

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The FINANCIAL -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten today issued the following statement upon Senate passage of the "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act":…


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The FINANCIAL -- On July 28 President Obama announced that Feed the Future, his signature global hunger and food security initiative, is delivering on his promise to reduce hunger and malnutrition through agricultural development. New data demonstrate that, thanks in part to Feed the Future and other U.S. Government efforts, stunting rates have declined in…

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