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Israel suspends taxation legislation for Jerusalem's churches

Al Jazeera

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has announced it will reopen its doors after Israel decided to suspend legislation regarding collecting taxes from churches and their properties in Jerusalem.


Gun Restrictions Legislation Expected to Advance in Vermont

U.S. News

Separate legislation that would raise the legal age for gun purchases, expand background checks and ban high-capacity devices is expected to receive final approval in the Vermont House on Tuesday. That legislation will need to be reconciled with a Senate version.


Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana

Los Angeles Times

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has introduced legislation to let adults to possess 30 grams of marijuana in public. Trudeau has long promised to legalize recreational pot use and sales. Canada would be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition of recreational marijuana. U.S voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted last year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Uruguay in South America is the only nation to legalize recreational pot.


Obama signs legislation designating bison as national mammal of U.S.

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – The bison has become the official national mammal of the United States under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday. Lawmakers spearheading the effort say the once nearly extinct icon deserves the elevated stature because of its economic and cultural significance in the nation's history. Millions of bison once roamed the Great Plains. About 500,000 now live in the U.S. but most of those have been cross-bred with cattle, and are semi-domesticated. About 30,000 wild bison roam the country, with the largest population in Yellowstone National Park.


Obama signs legislation designating bison as national mammal

Los Angeles Times

The bison has become the official national mammal of the United States under legislation signed into law by President Obama on Monday. Lawmakers spearheading the effort say the once nearly extinct icon deserves the elevated stature because of its economic and cultural significance in the nation's history. Millions of bison once roamed the Great Plains. About 500,000 now live in the U.S. but most of those have been cross-bred with cattle, and are semi-domesticated. About 30,000 wild bison roam the country, with the largest population in Yellowstone National Park.