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In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York. the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes to "vapers" in a growing movement that now includes celebrity fans and YouTube gurus, online forums and vapefests around the world. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

FDA outlines plan to regulate e-cigarettes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration will for the first time regulate the booming market of electronic cigarettes, as well as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs, under a proposal to be released today. The move would begin to place restrictions on the nearly $2 billion-a-year e-cigarette industry, which for years has operated outside the reach of federal regulators. If adopted, the … 0

Horse track warns 2014 racing season could be last

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Suffolk Downs, New England’s only thoroughbred facility, warned yesterday that the 2014 racing season would likely be the last one at the 79-year-old track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Suffolk Downs has promised to continue racing for at least the next 15 years if the Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives the license to Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun, which … 0

Drug company objects to new Massachusetts rules

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A San Diego company that makes the new prescription painkiller Zohydro said it is disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge said his attempt to ban it outright was unconstitutional. The new requirements, announced by Patrick on Tuesday, include the doctor’s completion of a risk assessment and a “pain management treatment agreement” … 0

3 Pennsylvania residents to run Boston Marathon to help school stabbing victims

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three people from the western Pennsylvania town where 21 students and a security guard were wounded in a high school stabbing rampage hope to raise money for the victims by running the Boston Marathon. Kim Pekarcik said her 15-year-old daughter, Gracie, witnessed the carnage April 9 when another … 0

Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter’s gay wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department … 0

Earth-sized, ‘Goldilocks-zone’ planet found in distant solar system

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The hunt for Earth’s alien twin reached a new milestone with the discovery of a faraway exoplanet that’s not much bigger than our own globe and is theoretically capable of retaining liquid water. The planet is the first Earth-sized sphere found outside our solar system that also resides … 6

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions – for now

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed yesterday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. … 0

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road in Elk Point, S.D. But the 17-year-old girls weren’t known for … 0

Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn’t afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Obama’s signature health care law. The law is prompting Beigel and others to spend more at the … 0

Pistorius expert defense witness finds himself undergoing trial

Thursday, April 17, 2014

An expert witness for the defense of Oscar Pistorius in the Paralympic athlete’s trial for the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp found himself fighting to preserve his own reputation yesterday. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel repeatedly challenged former police investigator Roger Dixon about his qualifications to testify about … 0

Study: Brain starts slowing at 24

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twenty-four is the new 40. That is according to researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, who have found that measurable declines in cognitive performance begin to occur at age 24. In terms of brainpower, you are over the hill by your mid-20s. The researchers measured this by studying … 0

New SAT puts focus on achievement

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like obsequious, propinquity, enervation or lachrymose. But you will need to be alert to the several possible definitions of words such as “intense.” In … 0

Defense says Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s family key to case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said yesterday that understanding Tsarnaev’s family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty. Tsarnaev’s lawyers have previously indicated that … 0