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  • FDA Seeks to Regulate E-Cigarettes

     

    The FDA will soon begin regulating e-cigarettes, the agency has announced.

    A proposed rule, which the FDA will post online at 9 a.m. Thursday, will seek to place e-cigarettes-along with cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, dissolvable tobacco products and nicotine gels-under the FDA's authority to regulate tobacco products.

    "Right now it's like the wild, wild west in terms of what people are doing, the products are evolving with no regulatory oversight and being marketed in ways that are very worrisome," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told ABC News. "Until we can actually require the companies to give us information about what's in them and how they work, we can't get everything that we need to know, and we certainly, without regulatory authority, can't take some of the actions that might be important to insure the safest use of these products."

    E-cigarettes use nicotine liquid, but because the substance is "derived from" tobacco, FDA officials believe they can claim the

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    Critics are calling it "the guns everywhere" law and depending on how you see it, it's either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.

    Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don't already have door security. People convicted of certain misdemeanors can now legally get gun permits. Police can no longer stop someone "for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license."

    The law does give businesses, churches and schools the right to say no with a sign or notice. A school board, for example, can vote to prohibit guns.

    Georgia's governor, up for re-election, signed the law with pleasure Wednesday.

    "As governor I signed every Second Amendment piece of legislation that has been placed on my desk and today I will put into law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety," Gov. Nathan Deal said.

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  • File this under things you definitely don't need but want once you see.

    It's a handheld chicken pot pie cone, ready for, you know, all those times when you're on-the-go and simply must have a chicken pot pie or else.

    After my Apple Pie Cone turned out way better than I expected there's no way that I wasn't going to follow it up with something similar," Nick Chapman, creator of this culinary innovation on DudeFoods.com, said. "When I got to thinking about other types of pies that I'd like to see in a more portable form, the first one that came to mind was chicken pot pie."

    Chapman bought pre-made pie crust, wrapped it around a cone-form and baked it upside in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for ten minutes. He then filled it with cooked, diced chicken, sliced carrots, peas and chicken broth before covering it with a lattice cup and placing it right-side up inside of a glass and cooking for another ten minutes.

    "With all the chilly weather we've been having here in Wisconsin lately there

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  • Not everything that went down with the Titanic has been lost forever.

    A rare menu is up for auction in England this Saturday, and while it's not the first known menu recovered from the luxury liner, it is only the second known record of second-class fare.

    "I've been doing this for the better part of 20 years and I've sold seven menus from the Titanic in that time, but they've all been first-class," said Andrew Aldridge, head of the Titanic and liner department at auctioneer Henry Aldridge & Son. "So the second-class ones are the rarest of the rare. They never, ever come to market. This particular menu is the only second-class menu that's ever been offered for auction."

    The menu is dated April 11, 1912 and offers a snapshot at the food some passengers ate, which included potato hash, ham and eggs, oatmeal and more.

    "What makes this doubly interesting is that it's a postcard menu. The first class menus were exactly the same size - about three by five - but they have nothing on the back,"

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  • Billionaire investor Mark Cuban is no stranger to the headlines. He owns the Dallas Mavericks, he's Mr. Shark Tank and now he's got a new app, Cyber Dust.

    The new messaging app is being described as a cross between WhatsApp and Snapchat. Cyber Dust deletes your text messages seconds after you read them and the screen doesn't show who the messages are from, just in case a friend who is up to no good has plans to take a screen shot.

    Cuban said his app was created out of necessity after a battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    "Every message that I had, they created a new context for it, if I said the sky was blue they took this message and brought it in the court and said no, you didn't really mean the sky was blue, you meant the sky was green."

    One of Cuban's most admired traits is that he turns problems into opportunities.

    After winning the battle with the SEC, Cuban flipped his legal troubles into a solution for anyone wanting more privacy with their texts.

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  • WASHINGTON - Prison inmates serving sentences for nonviolent crimes have been offered broader guidelines for seeking clemency, the Department of Justice announced today.

    The new rules, only eligible to prisoners who have already served 10 years behind bars, will focus on people who would be handed a lesser punishment if they were charged with the same crime today. It's unclear how many of the nation's 216,000 federal inmates will be affected.

    The decision is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to reduce the U.S. prison population by turning back the use of harsh sentences for drug crimes. The administration has also sought to reverse a legacy of racial disparity in convictions. For example, the use of crack cocaine has historically resulted in longer sentences than for using its powdered form, with the former drug more likely found on black suspects and the latter on white suspects.

    Only inmates charged with a federal crime are affected by the initiative,

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  • The Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia welcomed a newborn baby boy this week.

    That's right: Jessie, a 13-year-old reticulated giraffe, is finally embracing motherhood. She is tending to her calf, allowing the baby to nurse and creating that maternal bond, a job she has rejected three times before.

    "The first baby that she delivered [at age 5], she didn't know what was going on, she was actually scared of it," Richmond Zoo Director Jim Andelin told ABC News. "As soon as the baby landed on the ground, she turned around and was trying to stomp it."

    Jessie gave birth to two more female calves, Josie and Chrissy, that were both bottle-raised.

    "We want the moms to take care of their own babies," Andelin said. "We think it's important."

    This time around, after a 15-month gestation and a two-hour-and-seven-minute labor, a calm and collected Jessie gave birth to her fourth calf at approximately 5:10 p.m. in the African exhibit on Monday.

    The baby boy stood just over six feet tall and

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  • Madeleine McCann Probers Focus on Child Sex Attacker

    LONDON - Detectives are investigating whether Madeleine McCann, the toddler who vanished in Portugal seven years ago, may have been abducted by a serial sex attacker.

    One of the suspect's victims was a 10-year-old girl who was assaulted in 2005 in the same resort where Madeleine went missing.

    Scotland Yard has recently learned for the first time of five sexual assaults, and one attempted sexual assault, on British girls between 2004 and 2006. Police say they attach particular significance to one of the attacks: the sexual assault in 2005 of a British 10-year-old girl in Praia de Luz, the resort where Madeleine's family were staying. That attack was not reported at the time.

    McCann was 3 when she vanished from the family's resort room in 2007 while her parents dined nearby.

    These latest cases were brought to police attention after a public appeal for information last month.

    Senior investigating officer Andy Redwood calls the new leads "extremely positive" and a "priority" for his

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  • Prince William and Duchess Kate have not missed a mark on their trip Down Under, and now the royals can say they have not missed a beat either.

    After spending a night alone at a luxurious resort near Uluru in Australia, the duke and duchess arrived today in Adelaide, Australia, where they visited a music studio and gave DJ-ing a spin, literally.

    (Reuters) William and Kate Evoke Charles and Diana in Photo

    Kate, 32, and William, 31, egged each other on as to who would be the first to spin tracks as they visited the Northern Sound System, an alternative learning center focused on music in the suburb of Elizabeth, which is named after Prince William's grandmother, the queen.

    (Reuters) All the Best Photos of William, Kate and George Down Under

    "She was fantastic," Shane Petersen, a workshop facilitator in the hip-hop class the couple visited, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation of Kate's DJ-ing ability. "But [William] can fly a helicopter, so it's horses for courses."

    Kate also showed

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  • This man has a serious need for "Speed."

    Ryan Beitz, of Pullman, Wash., is trying to collect every single copy of the movie "Speed" ever made on VHS.

    He's calling his efforts "The World Speed Project," and already owns more than 550 copies of the 1994 movie starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock trying to save a bus from exploding.

    Beitz bought the first few copies in a pawn shop as prank Christmas gifts, and now, just like the bus in the movie, can't stop.Courtesy Ryan Beitz

    "I realized it was really fascinating to have that many, like, same copies of a thing," Beitz told Vice.com of his unusual endeavor. "What really cemented it was when I went to another pawn shop, and they had, like, 30 copies. I said, 'I'll take them all.' They sold them to me for 11 cents a copy."

    Now he's even running a Kickstarter campaign to fix up his 15-passenger van to look just like the bus in the movie so he can tour the collection around the nation in super "Speed"-style.

    "I think 'The World Speed Project' is awesome in

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