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‘CRITICAL JUNCTURE’ Ariz. monitors 1,000 as measles outbreak spreads

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Jan. 22, 2015: Mickey Mouse performing during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (AP)Arizona health officials are keeping tabs on 1,000 people, including 200 children, who could have been exposed to measles at a Phoenix-area medical center.The outbreak originated in California’s Disney parks has now spread to the state. Those who have been exposed to […]

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DR. ABLOW: Do our digital devices own us? – VIDEO: Why we should unplug

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Last Tuesday, a ninth-grader at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J., was caught on video throwing his 62-year-old teacher to the ground and wrestling with him in order to retrieve his cellphone, which the teacher had confiscated. Teachers at the school allow cellphones to be used for educational purposes in the classroom, but […]

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

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California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in pushing back against the fast-growing device.The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine, although there is […]

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Colorado to California: Hands off our water supply – VIDEO: Concern over decision to keep river water

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Colorado is moving to keep tighter control over its own water supply, rankling drought-stricken western states like California.In the process, Colorado is learning a valuable lesson in interstate diplomacy.James Eklund, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, initially gave some tough remarks in explaining his state’s intentions in an interview with The Associated Press. “If […]

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Christmas tree fueled deadly electrical fire at Maryland mansion, authorities say

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Jan. 19, 2015: Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire at a home on Childs Point Road, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller)MILLERSVILLE, Md. –  An electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree prompted a blaze that reduced a 16,000-square-foot riverfront mansion near Maryland’s capital to ruins, killing a couple and four […]

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Congressional travel to Cuba surged last year – Raul Castro demands U.S. pay back Cubans for ‘damages,’ return Guantanamo – OPINION: Five ways Obama could make Castro pay Cuba’s $6 billion debt to Americans

Travel by members of Congress to Cuba shot up last year ahead of President Obama’s December executive action normalizing relations with the island nation.Thirteen Democratic House members traveled to Havana in 2014 on at least three separate trips sponsored by nonprofit outside groups, according to travel reports members are required to file with the House […]

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Alabama pol threatens to out lawmakers’ alleged affairs over gay marriage criticism

Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker says if her colleagues don’t stop calling same-sex marriage immoral, she’ll publicly out her heterosexual colleagues she claims are having extramarital affairs.State Rep. Patricia Todd said she was furious and disappointed by comments made after a federal judge struck down the state’s gay-marriage ban last week. “I’m sick of the hypocrisy,” […]

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‘BRADIE’ BALL REVEALED Pa. candy maker gets kicks from ‘Deflate-gate’ scandal

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Jan. 28, 2015: A “deflated” chocolate football called a “Bradie” Ball is on display at Sarris Candy store in in Canonsburg, Pa. (AP)A Pennsylvania candy maker got some kicks out of a deflated chocolate football it made as it poked fun at the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal.Sarris Candies owner Bill Sarris created a chocolate football […]

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AirAsia co-pilot was at controls before fatal crash, investigator says

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Jan. 19, 2015: An Indonesian police officer stands guard near the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 at a warehouse at Kumai port in Pangkalan Bun. The plane disappeared Dec. 28, 2014 en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)The lead investigator looking into the fatal crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 said the co-pilot […]

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At least 1 dead, 6 injured in San Francisco fire

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Jan. 28, 2015: San Francisco Fire Department members fight a four-alarm fire at 22nd and Mission Street in San Francisco, Calif., (AP)A massive four-alarm fire in San Francisco at a residential building has left one dead and six others injured, fire officials say.A man was pronounced dead at the scene as a blaze engulfed a building […]

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