Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalize possession and use of recreational cannabis on Wednesday. Cannabis will be sold both in stores and online and delivered to homes. Canadian provinces will have the power to regulate laws regarding marijuana sales such as minimum purchasing age. Concerns persist over the issue of impaired driving.
At least 19 people were killed in a shooting at a college in Crimea on Wednesday. The gunman was 18-year old male student Vladislav Roslyako, He shot and killed himself after opening fire on fellow students. No motive is clear at this point and Russia is treating the shooting as a mass murder.
The Brexit transition period might be extended to allow more time for trade talks. UK Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly suggested she is ‘ready to consider’ a longer transition. EU officials say the transition could be extended by ‘a matter of months.’ The current transition period is set to last until the end of 2020.
Hindu protesters prevented women from entering a holy temple in Kerala despite India’s Supreme Court ruling that ‘the right to practice religion is available to both men and women.’ The temple opened its doors but women were unable to enter due to protester attacks. The Sabarimala temple was historically closed to women of ‘menstruating age.’
eBay filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Wednesday claiming it fraudulently poached high-value sellers by breaching an eBay messaging system called M2M. eBay said Amazon is ‘unwilling to fairly compete for third-party seller business.’ eBay claims the activity has been occurring for years although the company just learned of it a few weeks ago.
Mexican boxer Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez signed an 11-fight deal for a minimum of $365 million, making him the highest paid athlete in the world. The Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games combined to surpass a billion dollars after months without a winner. The Mega Millions prize is $900 million, the second-largest US lottery prize, while the Powerball is $345 million.
A newly discovered charcoal inscription on a wall in Pompeii suggests that the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which killed around 2,000 of the city’s residents happened two months later than previously believed. The inscription shows that the eruption happened on October 17th, 79 AD rather than August 24th. The discovery rewrites history.