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*The Missouri House has given initial approval to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for patients.  The bill, approved Monday in a voice vote, would allow anyone over 18 dying of a terminal disease to access smokeless medical marijuana. People with cancer, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of other conditions would also qualify.

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*A man driving a white rental van on a Toronto sidewalk early Monday afternoon killed nine people and injured 16, police said. The suspect driving the van was taken into custody following the incident.

Although the incident seems to mirror a few similar confirmed terrorist attacks, police in Toronto declined to say whether the action was deliberate or to call it terrorism. Acting Toronto Police Chief Peter Yuen's only initial comment was, "Pray for our victims."

A man who was able to avoid being hit by the van, but witnessed the tragedy said, "He was obviously intent on killing as many people as possible."

At total of 10 adult victims were taken to nearby Sunnybrook Hospital. Two of those were declared dead, five were in critical condition and three others in serious condition. 

Source: The Washington Post


*The man arrested Monday for allegedly killing four people at a Nashville area Waffle House this weekend is refusing to answer questions from authorites.  Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old man arrested for the killings, was found hiding out in the woods about a mile from the Waffle House where the shooting took place. He surrendered to police without incident.  He was booked on four counts of criminal homicide. According to police, Reinking requested a lawyer and refused to answer questions or make a statement. Bond has been set at $2 million, which amounts to $500,000 for each person killed. Reinking is set to make his first appearance in court on Wednesday mornings. 

Source: The Washington Post


*John McCain Is Out Of The Hospital - 

U.S. Senator John McCain is out of the hospital and back at his Arizona home.

The six-term Senator underwent surgery due to an intestinal infection last week at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Meghan McCain told "The View" audience she may take time off to be with her dad. McCain is battling brain cancer and has been back in Arizona since December due to complications from his treatment.  Yesterday the senator’s wife of 38 years, Cindy, posted that they were home “in our beloved Hidden Valley.”

Source: AZ Central


Trump VA Chief Pick Confirmation Stalled -

 A Senate panel is reportedly pushing back a confirmation hearing for President Trump's nominee to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Reports say that lawmakers are uneasy about Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson's lack of management experience. There are also reportedly new concerns about his time leading the White House medical office.

Then there are new allegations that Jackson acted inappropriately “in more than one stage of his life.” White House staff and the senate committee are reviewing the claims.

Jackson is the White House doctor and recently gave Trump a glowing report on his yearly physical. He had been slated to give testimony to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs tomorrow.

Source: The Hill


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*The Cards take on the Mets today at 7:15pm


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