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Nigel Farage and Arron Banks help raise funds for eastern California's exit from rest of state, hope for referendum in 2018 

Nova Scotia forbids Lorne Grabher to continue using his surname on personalized licence plate, considered offensive to women 

Canada parliament passes bill M-103 focused on condemning Islamophobia and hate speech, critics say law will strengthen extremist elements within Muslim community  

Trump communications collected by intelligence agencies, said to be incidental and related to investigation of foreign actors, further inquiries to determine whether Trump team was target, according to Chairman of House Intelligence Committe 

Rare type of cancer linked to breast implants, nine deaths and 359 cases of cancer reported to US authorities, estimated incidence one in 300,000 

Minnesota court requests Google hand over complete list of users who have searched for a specific name, police hope to find out who has used someone else's passport 

Court in Texas classifies gif animation as deadly weapon, was sent in Twitter messages to users with epilepsy in order to trigger seizures 

Philadelphia man jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives loses appeal on federal court, has been in jail for 18 months 

Suicides in rural US up approximately 40% in 16 years, almost double as in large cities where the increase was roughly 10% – suspected causes include lack of health care, social isolation, financial difficulties and more extensive use of opiates  

Food company General Mills Canada to distribute 100 million wildflower seeds in attempt to recreate habitat for bees 

Jews, Chinese and people with few or no children most likely to abort fetuses with serious genetic defects, according to General Social Survey in US – Blacks, Mexicans and Catholics least likely 

Jeff Jones resigns as President of Uber after less than six months on job after several incidents of suspected sexist company culture 

Rock pioneer Chuck Berry dies, 90 years of age 

Good Samaritan half beaten to death after having offered two men to pay part of their bill, robbed while laying lifeless on the floor 

Videos of thousands of previously unpublished US nuclear tests released on Youtube by Lawrence Livermore Lab 

Gun sales fall dramatically after Trump victory, decreased fear of additional gun control as Obama is no longer in charge likely cause, gun manufacturer Remington forced to lay off 120 workers  

Formal request from Japan to remove statue of comfort woman in Glendale, California – protestors want to keep it to remind Westerners of Japanese war crimes 

Wikileaks tells followers to seek internships at CIA to become whistleblowers rather than asking disillusioned employees to leak information 

Bitcoin ETF not approved, insufficient number of regulated exchanges with which surveillance-sharing agreements can be made, does not meet SEC standards for countering market manipulation 

Study shows steady decline in young Americans who support free speech, less people believe communist and racist opinions should be allowed 

FBI chief Jim Comey uniquely powerful and feared in Washington after simultaneously investigating both major candidates in presidential campaign 

US airport security replaces old pat down options with a more invasive one, preemptively warns local police about complaints passengers might make 

Failed water treatment results in fluorescent pink tap water in Onoway, Canada – residents upset that local government did not inform ahead of time 

Berkeley University removes 20,000 audio and video recordings which are currently publicly available, reason is content not being accessible enough for disabled people according to Justice Departement 

Tennesse general assembly classifies pornography as public health crisis, says consumption causes eating disorders and makes men less interested in marriage 

Venice, Los Angeles hotspot for hipsters as well as homeless, small area recently nicknamed Silicon Beach has almost 1,000 people living outdoors 

Sikhs worried by increased hate crimes, perceived safety at same level as after 9-11 when 300 attacks occurred in one month 

39-year-old Sikh man shot in Seattle after altercation on own driveway, FBI helps local authorities investigate due to suspicion of hate crime 

Six days without a homicide in Chicago, longest period since December 2012, fewer homicides so far 2017 than same period last year 

Antifa disrupts Trump rally in Berkeley, violence against elders reported, 10 arrested 

Bird flu discovered in Tennessee, 30 poultry farms under quarantine 

Trump accuses Obama of having tapped phones in Trump Tower in October 2016, makes comparison to Watergate 

Americans have become complacent and risk-averse, must regain nerve to not fall behind in global competition, according to Tyler Cowen [audio] 

Group of students at Georgetown University want to stop Muslim speaker due to her opposition to Sharia law, considered hate speech 

Pentagon gets budget hike, State Department slashed 30%, expectation of 2.4% growth in budget proposal from White House released for review by agencies 

Group at University of Michigan wants to segregate students based on skin color, demands space to which whites are not allowed entry 

Palestinian terrorist who participated in attack killing two Israelis in 1969 co-organizer of next Women's March, calls for action in name of feminism to stop Trump 

Jeffrey Tucker: Retina scanning ahead of Mexico flight and heavily armed guards made me feel like prisoner in my own country, reminded of 1984 and Hunger Games 

Mom pregnant in 20th week discovers that child is chronically ill, decides to have baby so organs can be donated 

Maine demands federal food stamps be limited to not allow purchase of candy and soft drinks on which 5% of coupon value is currently spent 

Muslim pre-school teacher in Texas suspended after antisemitic tweets encouraging killing of jews, also member of pro-Palestine movement at the university 

Homosexual vancouver man denied entry into US twice, passwords to social media saved in border control system, also warned for clearing his phone 

Triple membership numbers for Democratic Socialists of America since November, Sanders and Trump make way for radicalization of Democratic Party 

Additional 10 bomb threats against Jewish institutions in several parts of US, escalating situation investigated by federal authorities 

Trump supporters bring rifles to guarantee peaceful rally, no confrontations reported, participants claim to use second amendment to protect first 

Obama campaign organization to target lawmakers in their home state, protestors get six-week professional training program and detailed manual 

Trump holds rally in Florida with format like during election campaign, says he wants to be among friends and speak directly to the people unfiltered by media 

California man sentenced to 41 months in prison for letting customers manufacture firearms using his CNC mill, legal under federal law to manufacture weapons for personal use but not to do so for others without licensing 

Fleece coverings with arms considered blankets rather than clothes by US trade court, imports to be taxed 8.5% instead of 14.9% as demanded by Justice Department 

Trump names Steve Feinberg to review US intelligence agencies, intelligence officials who do not view reorganization as necessary are worried 

Intense work to secure dam in Oroville, California as approaching storm threatens to cause extensive flooding, previous evacuation forced 180,000 to flee their homes 

Numerous bomb threats directed at Jewish schools around the United States, constant anxiety causes the parents to relocate their children, which leads to financial problems for schools 

Border Patrol Agents in Arizona encounters catapult built to throw cannabis into the US, Mexican authorities confiscate and disassemble the construction 

Americans refuse to pay federal taxes in protest against Trump, says tax payers are implicated in oppressive system, tax resistance committee notes doubling of web traffic 

Study shows heavy snowfall of at least 8 inches increases frequency of heart attacks among men by 16%, may be due to shoveling snow, women show no increased risk 

Mike Flynn resigns as national security advisor after only four weeks on job, admits lying to Mike Pence about conversations with Russian ambassador 

US man indefinitely jailed for 16 months for not unlocking hard drives, not charged with any crime, disks suspected to contain child pornography 

US-born NASA researcher detained at border until he gives officers password to his phone 

US Tennis Association apologizes for performing Nazi-era version of German national anthem before match 

John Schindler: Intelligence world revolt against Trump begins, security advisor Flynn's conversation with Russian ambassador monitored, parts of scandal dossier confirmed correct through other eavesdropping 

Synthetic opioid Fentanyl causes multiple deaths, mixed with heroin because it's cheaper, impossible for users to know if it's mixed with the drug, often imported from China 

Obama campaign machine transformed into permanent organization with 250 local offices and 30,000 activists, creates headquarters close to White House from which ex-president will lead opposition 

Proposed Tennessee law to stop road-blocking protesters from suing drivers who run them over 

Deflazacort gets orphan drug status in US, drug against Duchenne muscular dystrophy that previously could be imported for USD 1,200 per year now costs USD 89,000 

Groups opposing smoking urge state of New York to expand contributions to programs helping smokers quit and discouraging children from starting 

Canadian man who murdered, decapitated and cannibalized fellow bus passenger 2008 granted absolute discharge, was found not criminally responsible in 2009 due to schizophrenia 

Trump administration forming space policy, considers strong focus on privatization as well as returning to moon by 2020 

Man from Morganton, Georgia seeks medical care after being exposed to ricin, FBI investigates connections to Creativity Movement 

Buffalo woman has kids taken away for not enrolling them in school despite having permission to homeschool, arrested for obstruction when trying to stop agents from taking her children 

Restaurant owner in Nebraska publishes pictures of minors trying to buy beer, prosecuted for obstructing police investigation since teens were part of sting operation, risks one year in jail but is acquitted 

Political differences destroy more families and friendships in the US, 22% of Clinton voters say they have terminated contact with a family member or friend because of their political opinion 

Setback for nine US broadband providers utilizing federal subsidies to gain competitive advantage by offering cheaper internet connection to certain groups, FCC reevaluates applications 

San Francisco conservatives keep views and meetings secret out of fear of political violence after Berkeley riot 

Federal judge rules Google in domestic search warrant must release data stored out of country 

Lopez Obrador resembles Mexican version of Trump and is fueled by opposition against US president, favorite in next year's presidential election may mark Mexico becoming part of global populist wave 

Trump executive order partially suspends Dodd-Frank regulations of financial markets which were introduced in 2010 but are burden to economy according to current administration 

Federal employees encrypt communication to coordinate resistance against new managers appointed by Trump, seek support from former bosses appointed by Obama 

Former Norwegian PM Kjell Magne Bondevik detained at airport in Washington due to Iranian passport stamp, thinks diplomatic passport should exempt him from law implemented by Obama 

US productivity growth decreased in Q4 2016 to 1.3% annual rate compared to 3.5% during Q3, productivity per worked hour has grown less than 1% annually for six years straight 

George Friedman: American opposition to immigration not xenophobia as no resistance to well-integrated immigrant groups such as Indians and Chinese 

Protests against Milo Yiannopoulos event at UC Berkeley turn violent, university cancels would-be speaker 

Jewish congregation in Texas hands key to synagogue to town's Muslim inhabitants after mosque fire 

Canada would benefit by legalization of all drugs, question of public health rather than criminality, war on drugs abject failure says MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith 

246,000 new jobs in the American private sector during January, largest number in seven months 

Republican Jason Chaffetz suggests privatizing 3 million acres of federal land in ten states, "lands have been deemed to serve no purpose for taxpayers" 

Mayor of New Hope, Texas announces sex change, remains married to wife but will live and act officially as woman, first openly transgender elected official in state history 

Lawyers claim faulty California court system adopted in 2016 is still jailing innocents, company responsible for software denies errors pointing out that system is used in other courts without any issues 

All police officers in New York will have body camera by 2019, regulations of turning camera on and off is ongoing discussion, critics concerned that rules could violate US constitution 

Milo Yiannopoulos creates scholarship to help white men pay college tuition 

Neil Gorsuch nominated by Trump to succeed Scalia in US Supreme Court, considered one of the most conservative candidates and at 49, one of the youngest 

US Air Force now accepts tattoos covering more than 25% of body parts and no longer requires that they are concealed by uniform, tattoos on the head and linked to gangs still illegal 

Black Lives Matter activist protesting in Seattle says group should start killing people, initially the White House 

Passenger plane from Bogota to Miami had 14 kilograms of cocaine in nose, discovered by mechanic examining landing gear 

Boy Scouts of America says it will accept transgender persons, abandoning birth certificates in favor of individual gender identity to determine eligibility 

Former Federal Reserve employee fined after using bank's server for bitcoin mining 

Police in Chicago commit suicide 60% more often than police in other parts of the country, twice as many take their own lives than are killed on duty 

After less than two weeks out of the spotlight Obama returns as a pundit, encouraging protests against the travel ban which he says endangers American values 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns one of the largest ranches in America, plans building new city on 290,000 acres in central Florida, to have 500,000 inhabitants by 2080 

Donald Trump signs executive order requiring federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new one introduced, repeal need not be done at same time as implementation of new rule 

Trump introduces stricter rules for battling revolving doors in politics and lobbying, employees in administration will now be forced to wait five years before they can try to influence government area they previously worked for - can make it difficult to recruit