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Omer Serkan Bakir/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Five states will now legalize marijuana for both recreational and medical use. A majority of New Jersey and Arizona residents voted yes on ballot measures to make recreational marijuana legal. Voters in South Dakota approved marijuana for medical use. Lawmakers in New Jersey will now have […]

acilo/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The U.S. officially has left the Paris Agreement, three years after President Donald Trump announced he would leave the international climate change forum. The accord is a collective agreement among nearly 200 countries that aims to prevent the earth’s temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial […]

Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and MARC NATHANSON ABC News (NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.2 million people worldwide. Over 46.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the […]

da-kuk/iStockBy QUINN SCANLAN, ABC News (COLUMBUS, Ohio) — With just one day until Election Day, the question of when Americans will know the results of the 2020 election is top of mind, as President Trump insists results must be in on Tuesday night. But Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose stressed that “election night […]

Courtesy Katherine StadlerBY: LUKE BARR, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — As business owners in Washington, D.C., and New York City board up their storefronts to protect against potential election unrest, law enforcement from New Jersey to California is working to ensure that Americans who show up at the polls have their voice heard and their […]

ABC NewsBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS (NEW ORLEANS) — A white man who pleaded guilty to torching three historically Black Louisania churches in a 10-day span was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in federal prison. Holden James Matthews, 22, learned of his fate in federal court in Lafayette, Louisana, at the conclusion of a […]

South Dakota Department of Public SafetyBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (HIGHMORE, S.D.) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was “distracted” when he fatally struck a pedestrian on a highway in September, an investigation of the crash has found. On Sept. 12, Ravnsborg was driving west on U.S. Highway 14, about a mile west of […]

Sean Pavone /iStockBY: JULIA JACOBO AND ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC NEWS (BOSTON) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has issued an overnight stay-at-home order, among other new mandates, in response to a recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the state. The new stay-at-home advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., but activities […]

acilo/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The U.S. is set to officially withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on Wednesday, three years after President Donald Trump announced his intent to remove the country from participating in the global forum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The historic accord seeks to limit global warming to […]

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesBy KAROLINA RIVAS and ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Actress Lori Loughlin began her two-month sentence for her involvement in the so-called “Varsity Blues” scandal. On Friday, Loughlin reported to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California, which is located just outside of San Francisco. It’s […]

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