Applications to grow hemp pour in to Illinois Department of Agriculture

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture received nearly 400 applications to grow or process industrial hemp in the first 24 hours after they became available. Agriculture officials said Wednesday they received 295 applications to grow the plant on 7,100 acres (2,873 hectares). Another 74 applications to process the harvested crop arrived. A change in state law last summer allowed growing the crop in Illinois for the first time in decades. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Tuesday that applications to grow this season are available. Hemp has been used…

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Virginia man crushed to death by plate glass

DANVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man was crushed to death when plate glass he was loading onto a truck fell on top of him. Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Wayne Davis said Damarcus Laquan Calloway died April 22. Calloway was an employee of Virginia Glass Products in Ridgeway. Davis told the Martinsville Bulletin that several hundred pounds of plate glass fell on Calloway and pinned his body to the ground. The 24-year-old from Danville was given medical treatment at the scene and later airlifted to a North Carolina hospital. He was…

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India planning to land spacecraft on the moon later this year

India is planning to land a spacecraft on the moon in September, which would make them only the fourth country to make journey, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation. The Organisation said that during this mission to the south pole of the moon, the country will send an orbiter, rover and lander. The space crews are preparing for a launch between July 6 and July 16, the Organisation said in a Wednesday press release, adding they anticipate a moon landing on Sept. 6. The mission comes three years ahead…

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Clinton: It ‘makes perfect sense’ to call for AG Barr’s resignation

Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that it “makes perfect sense” for top Democrats to call for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr. “Calling for his resignation makes perfect sense because he’s not discharging the duties of the office, he’s not going to resign, and at this point, I think that we know what we need to know about him” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Bob Mueller has made that abundantly clear that he has not presented accurately the context, the nature and the substance of the…

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Florida lawmakers pass bill allowing more armed teachers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it. The measure expands an existing school “guardian” program to allow any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon if their local school district approves. “It allows the good guys to stop the bad. The bad…

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Ex-CIA officer admits to espionage conspiracy with China

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An ex-CIA officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with China to commit espionage after receiving a promise from his Chinese handlers that he would be financially set for life. Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 54, admitted as part of a plea bargain struck Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria that he received regular “taskings” from his Chinese handlers in 2010 and 2011 after the meeting in which he was promised financial assistance. But the statement of facts filed in court is silent as to whether he actually succeeded…

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Woman with measles saw ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ potentially exposed audience

Thanos has got nothing on measles. A measles-afflicted California woman reportedly went to a midnight showing of “Avengers: Endgame” last week — potentially exposing her fellow theatergoers to the disease, officials said Wednesday. The woman in her 20s, had recently traveled to a country with an outbreak of measles, and didn’t know she was afflicted when she went to the showing, the Orange County Health Care agency said, according to NBC4. She went to work for a few days — and then to the hit movie at the AMC Theater…

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Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme: I’m still in love with Charles Manson

Charles Manson still has her under his spell. Devoted Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme says she’s still head over heels for the late cult leader, nearly 50 years after members of his infamous “family” committed a series of murders at his behest. “Was I in love with Charlie? Yeah, oh yeah, oh, I still am, still am. I don’t think you fall out of love,” she said on the ABC special “Manson Girls,” which aired Tuesday. “I feel very honored to have met him, and I know how that sounds…

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Man arrested for repeatedly raping girl at wife’s Bronx daycare center

A man was arrested for allegedly raping a young girl who attended his wife’s Bronx daycare center, police said. Alberto Hernandez, 60, allegedly perpetrated the sick sex attacks over the course of five years while the victim was 6 to 10-years-old, cops said. The victim, now 13, recently came forward to police with the horrifying allegations that took place while she attended Maria Cortez Daycare in Kingsbridge Heights. Hernandez was hit with 13 charges, including rape, predatory sex assault against a child and forcible touching and was awaiting arraignment. Share…

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Failed subway bomber set to be sentenced

The leader of a foiled attempt to carry out a massive suicide bombing in New York City’s subways in 2009 deserves “extraordinary” credit for the last decade he’s spent cooperating with authorities, prosecutors wrote ahead of his Thursday sentencing. Prosecutors say Najibullah Zazi “provided critical intelligence and unique insight regarding al Qaeda and its members, provided information that led to terrorism charges against numerous individuals, and testified as a witness in two terrorism trials in the Eastern District of New York, leading to successful criminal prosecutions and convictions.” Zazi, who…

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