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E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a [...]

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Woman accused in babies’ deaths appears in court

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors have been granted more time to determine what charges to file against a Utah woman accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage. Megan Huntsman, 39, was in court Monday wearing a baggy prison jumpsuit, her hands and ankles shackled. She mostly [...]

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GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost$10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts [...]

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Mauritania to hold presidential elections in June

  NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Mauritania has announced that its next presidential election will be held in June. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has not yet announced his candidacy, but his party has asked him to run again. The party, the Union of the Republic, secured a majority of seats in last year’s parliamentary elections, [...]

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Street theater in Mexico City’s rough Tepito area

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City’s main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers. But a theater project led by one of Mexico’s best-known actors has been taking middle-class audiences into the lives of Tepito residents in recent [...]

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Va. Gov. McAuliffe touts first 100 days in office

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated his first 100 days in office Monday by highlighting his work to improve the state’s economy and by renewing his call to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents. The Democratic governor gathered state agency heads at the Library of Virginia to talk about improvements in transportation, health care, [...]

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Shooting reported at federal courthouse in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A shooting inside a federal courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 21st, 2014 left at least one person injured, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney said. The shooting occurred in connection with a gang-related trial, U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said. Police were called to [...]

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Michelle Obama: ‘splurging is the key to life’

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says “splurging is the key to life” if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority [...]

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Dance show ‘Soul Train’ may boogie onto Broadway

  NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking song-and-dance show “Soul Train” is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create “Rock of Ages,” has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday, Apr. 15, he’s hoping to repeat his success by turning “Soul Train” into a show that [...]

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Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

  PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there’s just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that’s why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved [...]

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Mexican president to head homage to Garcia Marquez

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez were being taken Monday to Mexico City’s majestic Palace of Fine Arts, where thousands of admiring readers were expected to pay tribute to the Colombian Nobel laureate considered the greatest Spanish-language writer in three centuries. The presidents of Mexico and Colombia were expected at [...]

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus

  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections. The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a 49-year-old resident of the city of Jiddah, which has [...]

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GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It [...]

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Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

  DENVER (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The 4:20 [...]

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Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

  PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there’s just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that’s why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved [...]

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High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.The battle has moved out of viewers’ living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their [...]

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Va. history learning center to be named for couple

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Historical Society is naming its new Learning Center in honor of a Richmond couple. The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center will complement the society’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. The society says the Weinsteins have played leading roles in developing its educational programs. The new center is part [...]

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Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

  WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is applying a healthy-eating theme to this year’s Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th [...]

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