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Survey: E-cigs surpass regular cigs in teen use

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Fight over marijuana more risky in states than DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Taliban storm Pakistani school, killing 126

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Search intensifies for gunman who killed 6

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Australian leader mourns for siege victims

SYDNEY (AP) — Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where two of 17 hostages were killed Tuesday when police swooped into a cafe to rescue them from a gunman — an Iranian-born self-styled cleric described by the prime minister as a deeply disturbed person carrying out a "sick fantasy."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Senate may confirm up to 88 federal judges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeded no more by Republican blocking tactics, Democrats are on track to win confirmation of up to 88 of President Barack Obama's top judicial nominations this year, a total that would be the highest for any president in two decades.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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Russian ruble down sharply despite rate hike

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble faced intense selling pressure Tuesday falling at one stage by a whopping 20 percent to historic lows despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from the country's central bank.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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