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What You Missed – April 11-19, 2016

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Earthquake devastates Ecuador

Earthquake devastates Ecuador

Over 500 people are dead, 2500 are injured and 1700 are missing after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Latin American nation on Saturday, as rescue teams work to try and save those still trapped under rubble.

The President Rafael Correa has said that it could cost over $3 billion, about 3 percent of its gross domestic product, to rebuild the area devastated by the quake.

The quake in Ecuador comes within days of earthquakes in Japan on Thursday and Friday, which killed over 40 and forced thousands to flee to earthquake shelters.

Clinton, Trump win New York primary

Clinton, Trump win New York primary

In the New York presidential primary on Tuesday, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton won by large margins over their opponents.

The Republican race was called for Trump just seconds after polls closed at 9:00 P.M., and is projected to win most of the 95 delegates up for grabs.

For the Democrats, the race was called about 40 minutes after polls closed, with Clinton leading 57.9 percent to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ 42.1 percent.

Pennsylvania legalizes medical marijuana

Pennsylvania legalizes medical marijuana

Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation Sunday that legalized access to medical marijuana through a prescription for a range of ailments from autism to epilepsy with bipartisan support.

It will take 18-24 months for the program to fully take effect with over 150 state-approved dispensaries across the state, but people are allowed to cross state lines to receive it in neighboring states’ dispensaries.

Pennsylvania now joins 23 other states and the District of Columbia in having legalized medical marijuana.

Appeals court in Philadelphia upholds NFL concussion settlement

Appeals court in Philadelphia upholds NFL concussion settlement

The federal appellate court in Philadelphia upheld the settlement between former NFL players and the NFL about trauma caused by concussions this week, almost a year after the original ruling was handed down.

The NFL will pay out almost $1 billion to the almost 20,000 retired players who had sued the NFL because of the trauma.

Over 99 percent of retired players support the ruling, with those who oppose it say that it will not help players who developed neurological conditions over time.

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