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Denver residents vote on whether to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’

DENVER (Reuters) - As Denver voters went to the polls on Tuesday for a mayoral election, they were also asked to decide whether to decriminalize possession of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic drug in what is widely known as “magic mushrooms.” FILE PHOTO: Boxes containing magic mushrooms sit on a counter at a coffee and smart shop in Rotterdam November 28, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen If passed, the ballot initiative would make Colorado’s capital the first U.S. city to end the imposition of criminal penalties for individuals at least 21 years of age for using or possessing the psychedelic drug. Psilocybin would remain illegal under both Colorado and federal law.…

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Trump briefs Republican senators on emerging U.S. immigration plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and aides on Tuesday briefed a group of Republican senators on a merit-based immigration plan that would let more highly-skilled workers into the United States and fewer low-skilled workers, a senior administration official said. An art installation depicting a child in a cage is seen during a demonstration marking the one year anniversary of President Trump's family separation policy outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein The overall effect of the plan, the official told a group of reporters, would be to leave the number of legal immigrants allowed into the United States at about…

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Google Says It Has Found Religion on Privacy

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, the company that may know the most about our digital lives, is now preaching the gospel of privacy.Speaking at an annual conference for developers on Tuesday, Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, delivered a message that seemed cognizant of today’s consumer privacy concerns but out of step with the company’s history of intensive online data collection.“We think privacy is for everyone — not just for the few,” Mr. Pichai said. “We want to do more to stay ahead of constantly evolving user expectations.”Google introduced a set of tools spanning a range of its products to provide users with more control over their data…

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Real Estate’s Latest Bid: Zillow Wants to Buy Your House

In today’s on-demand digital world, buying and selling a home remains stubbornly, painfully analog. Most sales still begin with a real estate agent (and a 6 percent commission). Most still end in an office, with the two sides signing page after page of legalese.Silicon Valley wants to change that. Tech companies have begun to nibble away at the edges of the residential real estate industry, offering virtual open houses, digital closings and other services. Now they are coming straight for the real estate transaction itself through “instant buying,” in which companies buy homes, perform some light maintenance and put them back on the market.Established companies like Zillow…

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Wall Street extends decline as China trade worries mount

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks tumbled more than 2 percent on Tuesday as escalating trade tensions between the United States and China triggered global growth fears and kept investors away from riskier assets. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average were on pace for their second-biggest daily percentage drop of the year. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said late on Monday that China had backtracked from commitments made during trade negotiations. Those comments followed President Donald Trump’s unexpected statement on Sunday that he would raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent.…

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Trade worries weigh on shares, yields, oil prices

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Concerns over relations between the United States and China slammed global equity markets, oil futures and U.S. Treasury yields on Tuesday as investors fretted about setbacks in trade talks between the world’s two biggest economies. Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidU.S. equities deepened their losses as the session wore on as investors bet that U.S. President Donald Trump’s weekend threat to hike tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods could actually materialize at the end of the week. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday…

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Britain’s Prince Charles: joyous to have another grandson

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends the Queen’s Birthday Party, an annual event hosted by the British Ambassador at his residence in Berlin, Germany, May 7, 2019. Jens Kalaene/Pool via ReutersBERLIN (Reuters) - Britain’s Prince Charles, in Berlin on the first day of a trip to Germany, drew laughter and applause on Tuesday when he expressed delight at having become a grandfather to another baby. “It is a great joy for me to be here, especially as the grandfather of a new grandson,” he said in German at a reception held in his honor. Charles’ daughter-in-law Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth to a boy on…

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Delighted and thrilled: British royals welcome Harry and Meghan’s baby

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) - Senior members of the British royal family said on Tuesday they were delighted and thrilled at the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby as the couple considered a name for their son. Meghan gave birth in the early hours of Monday morning to the boy, the seventh-in-line to the British throne, leaving his father, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and royal fans across the world enthralled. “We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return,” Prince Charles, the baby’s grandfather and heir-to-the-throne, said to well-wishers while on a trip to Berlin. Harry’s elder brother…

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With low expectations, UK Conservatives and Labour resume Brexit talks

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party resumed Brexit talks on Tuesday to try to find a way to break the deadlock in parliament over the country’s departure from the European Union. FILE PHOTO: Anti-Brexit protesters hold EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File PhotoAfter Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal was rejected three times and she was forced to delay Brexit, the government has spent more than four weeks in talks with Labour - negotiations that have done little to soften positions in either party. So far,…

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UK Conservatives’ Brexit talks with Labour ‘constructive and detailed’

LONDON (Reuters) - Talks held on Tuesday between Britain’s Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party aimed at breaking the impasse over Brexit were “constructive and detailed”, a Downing Street spokesman said. “Today’s meeting was constructive and detailed. The teams have agreed to meet again for follow-up talks tomorrow afternoon, recognizing the need to resolve the current Brexit deadlock in Parliament,” the spokesman said. Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Writing by James Davey; Editing by Frances KerryOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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