MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s pandemic-hit economy shrank 8.5% in 2020. It was the largest single-year drop since 1932 and the second consecutive year of economic contraction. Mexico’s national statistics agency said Friday Mexico’s gross domestic product grew 3.1% in the final three months of the year. Growth in the second half of 2020 allowed Mexico to beat projections earlier in the year of a double-digit contraction. The second trimester of the year when the pandemic took hold and much economic activity was frozen saw a contraction of 18.7% compared to the same period a year earlier.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who stormed the U.S. Capitol while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns has been moved to a jail in Virginia after a federal judge ordered authorities to provide him with organic food while he’s in custody. Jacob Chansley was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center after his attorney argued that his client hadn’t eaten in nine days because the Washington jail didn’t serve organic food. His attorney says Chansley lost 20 pounds since being transferred from Arizona last week. Chansley calls himself the “QAnon Shaman” and considers eating organic food to be part of his “shamanic belief system and way of life.”
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have passed legislation that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, with retail sales starting several years down the road. Work on the complicated legislation has been a priority for Democrats who control state government. But despite Friday’s votes, the process is far from finished. There are substantial differences between the two bills that must be worked out before they can be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam. If the legislation is signed into law, Virginia would join 15 other states and the neighboring District of Columbia in legalizing small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use.