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Illinois ag director resigns over response to rape email

John O'Connor, The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's agriculture director has resigned after acknowledging he received, but did not act on, a lobbyist's email seven years ago that referenced an alleged rape coverup and illegal hiring practices.

John Sullivan said in a statement Monday that he did not read the email thoroughly at the time but that “I accept responsibility for what was truly an unintentional oversight and the subsequent inaction.”

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments.

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US drops designation of China as currency manipulator

St. Louis prosecutor: Racist interests try to force her out

Jim Salter, The Associated Press

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North American stock markets start week higher

Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:

8 proposals made to privatize N.B. pot sales

Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

Booker ends presidential bid after polling, money struggles

Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa - Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety.

Booker ends presidential bid after polling, money struggles

Alexandra Jaffe, The Associated Press

New Mexico kicks Carlton Bragg Jr. off team after DWI arrest

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico forward Carlton Bragg Jr. has been dismissed from the Lobos basketball team following his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Pot politics: Some Northeast states regroup on legalization

Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK - A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast — it had already passed in three of the region’s states and was a priority for governors in three more, including the populous New York.

Indonesia sentences American man to 9 1/3 years for drugs

Firdia Lisnawati, The Associated Press

DENPASAR, Indonesia - An Indonesian court sentenced an American man to 9 1/3 years in prison on Monday after finding him guilty of selling cocaine and marijuana on the resort island of Bali.

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