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The United States and Cuba will take a step further towards rekindling their relationship. The two nations plan on announcing the reopening of their embassies for the first time in more than 50 years. “We will formally announce tomorrow that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other’s capitals,” a senior U.S. administration official said. “We expect President Obama and Secretary Kerry to address this publicly tomorrow morning.” This marks one of the final steps in the renewal of diplomatic relations. Last month, Cuba was removed from the U.S.’s list of state sponsors of terror. Read more.

Exonerated Death Row Inmate Dies Of Lung Cancer At 65

A death row inmate, who wrongfully spent 30 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, has lost his battle with lung cancer. Shreveport, La. native Glenn Ford was convicted of murdering 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman in 1983. Despite denying any involvement in the murder, he was put on death row and served three decades in jail before he was exonerated on March 10th, 2014. Upon his release from prison, there were several attempts by activists to have him compensated for the time he spent behind bars, but things never worked out in his favor. Ford died in New Orleans on June 29th. He was 65-years-old. Read more.

Oregon Legalizes Marijuana

At midnight, the state of Oregon decided to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Last November, voters approved the decision with 56 percent of the vote. Under the law, people can legally have up to eight ounces within their home and one ounce outside. They can also grow up to four plants within their household, if it’s not in public view. Other marijuana legal places, including the District of Columbia, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state have seen reduced crime and higher tax revenue. “It supports people who want to succeed in society,” said Anthony Johnson, one of the people who wrote the law. “There’s no reason we should saddle people with crimes on their record that prevent them from having good educational and employment opportunities.” Read more.

NFL Player C.J. Spillman Charged With Sexual Assault

Many NFL players have been making headlines for their scandals, rather than their talent on the field. NFL free agent C.J. Spillman was recently charged with sexually assaulting a woman last September. According to reports, Spillman allegedly assaulted the woman at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine; a hotel at which the Dallas Cowboys stayed. This isn’t the first sexual assault accusation against Spillman. He was accused of assaulting a massage therapist in 2013 in the Bay Area. Read more.


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