• Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows. The number of high school students who tried e-cigarettes tripled in one year — to more than 13 percent. Water pipes or hookahs were...

  • Marine helicopter makes emergency landing of California beach

    NBC News
    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A large Marine helicopter made an emergency landing on a Southern California beach Wednesday after an apparent oil leak, authorities said. There were no injuries when the heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter made the landing on Solana Beach near San Diego at around 11:40 a.m.,...

  • Pilot of gyrocopter that landed near US Capitol charged

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The postal carrier who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol is facing two criminal charges. But he's being released from federal custody to return to Florida. Doug Hughes made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday....

  • Lady Antebellum tour bus catches fire along interstate highway

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    GARLAND, Texas — A tour bus for superstar country group Lady Antebellum has caught fire along an interstate near Dallas, though no one was injured. Singer Hillary Scott posted on the group's Facebook page that she, her husband, their tour manager and the driver were on the...

  • Standards for organic seafood coming this year, USDA says

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic...

  • Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrates 88th birthday with pint

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 88th birthday Thursday with a party and a pint of beer. Photos released by the Vatican newspaper Thursday showed the German pope toasting a group of Bavarians in the Vatican gardens accompanied by his older brother,...

  • Lesbian couple wants to lift obstacles to raising children

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Raising two young children in states that don't recognize that their parents are married has confronted Nicole and Pam Yorksmith with a range of problems. They live in Kentucky and work in neighboring Ohio, both states that ban same-sex marriage, and that complicates...

  • Small aircraft lands on U.S. Capitol lawn; pilot in custody

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Police arrested a man who landed his small, one-person helicopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor's Center. The man's identity and motive were not immediately known. Capitol Police identified the...

  • Police: College shooting suspect hitchhiked to Florida

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The man accused of killing a community college worker said the motorcycle he used to get away broke down along Interstate 95 and he walked 30 miles before a woman headed to Florida gave him a ride, according to a police report released Wednesday. The woman...

  • Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez convicted of murder, gets life

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of...

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