Netflix Criticized for Yanking Patriot Act Episode in Saudi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Netflix faced criticism on Wednesday for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince. The American comedian used his second episode, released on Oct. 28, to lambaste Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal…

Marijuana Legalization Debate Shifts From ‘When’ to ‘How’

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Proposed plans for the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Illinois have shifted from “when” to “how.” Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker campaigned on the legalization issue and its corresponding tax revenue of as much as $1 billion a year. And Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is on board . Two key Democratic lawmakers, Sen.…

Lawmaker Review Of Greitens Over, MEC Complaint Remains

By SUMMER BALLENTINE , Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — While work by Missouri House lawmakers to investigate Eric Greitens officially came to an end Monday when the investigatory committee issued its final report, its leader said he’s still hopeful the former scandal-ridden governor will be held accountable for alleged campaign finance violations. Republican Rep.…

Russia: 4 Die In Building Collapse; Searchers Race Weather

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — At least four people died Monday when part of a 10-story apartment building collapsed in Russia’s Ural Mountains region, and hundreds of rescuers searched for survivors under the rubble in the frigid weather. The nation’s top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said an explosion triggered by…