Here are the stories TIME is watching this Thursday, May 8:
- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are going ahead with an autonomy vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s calls to postpone it.
- Colorado’s legislature passed a bill that would give legal marijuana sellers expanded access to banking services.
- American fast food workers plan massive strikes next week, calling for a pay raise to $15 an hour.
- Nintendo says it does not plan to add same-sex relationships in its simulator game “Tomodachi Life.”
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