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Bad timing: End to pot prosecutions comes too late for many

Bad timing: End to pot prosecutions comes too late for many

Health
They might be the unluckiest pot smokers in New York. Saying the government's war on marijuana has hit minorities too hard, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said last month that his office would stop prosecuting people for simple possession or public use of the drug as of Aug. 1. But that midsummer start date comes too late for the people still being dragged into court on the charge now. College student Allain Laporte, 24, was pinched by police in April for smoking marijuana on a bench in Union Square. "I had no idea there were two undercover detectives across from me who waited till I almost finished the joint," he said. "They came up to me, confiscated the joint, patted me down, put handcuffs on my wrists and brought me to the precinct. It was embarrassing." He was fingerpri...
How the timing of your Social Security check impacts your financial health

How the timing of your Social Security check impacts your financial health

Finance
Your financial wellness could hinge on the timing of your Social Security check every month, according to new research.For 28 million beneficiaries, Social Security checks are issued on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of every month according to birth date. Other beneficiaries get their checks at other times of the month.The timing of those checks and how they correspond to the due dates for your bills can make a big difference whether you are cash rich or cash strapped, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found.For every one week increase in the timing between when the money comes in and when bills are due, there is an 18 percent increase in the likelihood you will come up short, the research found.A one-week discrepanc...
Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods

Science
Climate change has had a significant impact on the timing of river floods across Europe over the past 50 years, according to a new study. In some regions, such as southern England, floods are now occurring 15 days earlier than they did half a century ago.But the changes aren't uniform, with rivers around the North Sea seeing floods delayed by around eight days.The study has been published in the journal Science.Floods caused by rivers impact more people than any other natural hazard, and the estimated global damages run to over a $ 100bn a year. Researchers have long predicted that a warming world would have direct impacts on these events but until now the evidence has been hard to establish. Floods are affected by many different factors in addition to rainfall, such as the amount of moist...