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The Food and Drug Administration's proposed guidelines for e-cigarettes do not include restrictions on flavorings or TV advertising that are believed to target youthful users, as some advocates and lawmakers have sought.

FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put...

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday unveiled the most ambitious federal clemency program in 40 years, inviting thousands of...

In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company...

WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may demand compensation from every person...

The latest Albuquerque police officer to fatally shoot a suspect was caught in a lie three years ago during the case of another officer implicated...

New Senate polls offer three lessons and some hope for Democrats

New Senate polls offer three lessons and some hope for Democrats

WASHINGTON — Three lessons jump out from the latest round of polling on key U.S. Senate races.

In Asia, Obama reaffirms alliance with Japan

In Asia, Obama reaffirms alliance with Japan

TOKYO — Declaring that "the United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," President Obama launched an Asia tour designed to assure...

For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

For pizza vendors, Vegas expo is a slice of heaven

Everyone's favorite food is big business at this convention, where people check out ovens, slicers, organic sauces, dough-tossing contests and, of course, samples.

Tiny museum in New York showcases everyday objects

Tiny museum in New York showcases everyday objects

Go down an alley in Chinatown and you'll find the Museum inside a refurbished elevator shaft. Watch out for the vomit; it's art.

Koch brothers and big utilities campaign to unplug solar power

Koch brothers and big utilities campaign to unplug solar power

The Koch brothers have a new ploy to protect the traditional energy business that helped make them the planet’s fifth- and sixth-richest humans....

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Albuquerque police again draw criticism after fatal shooting

Albuquerque police again draw criticism after fatal shooting

Less than two weeks after federal officials rebuked the Albuquerque Police Department for a rash of unjustified officer-involved shootings,...

Obama tours Washington mudslide devastation, praises rescuers

Obama tours Washington mudslide devastation, praises rescuers

OSO, Wash. — Standing beneath a banner proclaiming "Oso Strong" one month after the deadly landslide, President Obama told the...

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt another blow to affirmative action Tuesday, upholding the decision of Michigan voters — and...

Plight of child abuse suspect Shanesha Taylor tugs at public's heart

Plight of child abuse suspect Shanesha Taylor tugs at public's heart

PHOENIX — Depending on the point of view, Shanesha Taylor is either a negligent mom who deserves being charged with child abuse or...

An emotional Boston Marathon ends with an American victory

An emotional Boston Marathon ends with an American victory

BOSTON — The cheers were louder, the runners more determined, the tears of joy and relief at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday...

Oddball bills stand out in Congress

Oddball bills stand out in Congress

Thousands of bills are introduced in a congressional session, but only a fraction become law. Even without that success, they call attention...

Bids to shorten prison terms get bipartisan support (and opposition)

Bids to shorten prison terms get bipartisan support (and opposition)

WASHINGTON — For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by...

A blow to corn-based biofuels

WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a...

Drought -- and neighbors -- press Las Vegas to conserve water

Drought -- and neighbors -- press Las Vegas to conserve water

LAS VEGAS — Deep beneath Lake Mead, a 23-foot-tall tunnel-boring machine grinds through stubborn bedrock in a billion-dollar effort to...

Acceptance rates at elite U.S. colleges decline

Acceptance rates at elite U.S. colleges decline

Throughout the arduous college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson's wish list. So when the Long Beach...

Superhero window washers lift spirits of young hospital patients

Superhero window washers lift spirits of young hospital patients

The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs,...

Spotlighting a law that stripped U.S.-born women of citizenship

Spotlighting a law that stripped U.S.-born women of citizenship

WASHINGTON — Daniel Swalm was researching his family when he came across a disturbing episode in immigration history. That discovery...

Koch brothers, big utilities attack solar, green energy policies

Koch brothers, big utilities attack solar, green energy policies

WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain...

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern

Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific...

Looking back, and forward, to the Boston Marathon

Looking back, and forward, to the Boston Marathon

WASHINGTON — On Monday, if all goes according to plan, I'll be lining up at the start of the Boston Marathon. Let's just say this up...

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