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  • FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes

    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 health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a multibillion-dollar industry, according to officials who described the agency's proposal.
  • 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 pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts. In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential...

    E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say

    E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say
    WASHINGTON — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine electronic-cigarette...

    Is Obamacare too big to fail?

     Is Obamacare too big to fail?
    When Obamacare's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot...

    Obama, lampooning GOP, calls for hike in minimum wage

    WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday that Republicans were "not necessarily coldhearted" in their policies but then devoted much of his speech at the University of Michigan to lampooning GOP opposition to his views on economic issues,...