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The FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:03:24 -0400 
    If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.

In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:24:05 -0400 
    Even as investment in education technology grows, teachers say free tools are just as effective as paid ones.

Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back? 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:14:07 -0400 
    Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty," but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:05:00 -0400 
    The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.

Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:26:00 -0400 
    People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.

The Curious Practice Of Bringing Immigrants Back — To Deport Them 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:18 -0400 
    U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking.

Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:18 -0400 
    The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups.

Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:18 -0400 
    President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.

Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:18 -0400 
    The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.

Under Calif. Law With Teeth, Big-Time Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:18 -0400 
    Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some plaintiffs file hundreds of complaints a year, collecting a living off small businesses that aren't compliant with the ADA. Small business advocates and community leaders say they focus on minority businesses because they make for easier targets.

New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:00 -0400 
    Some New Yorkers are upset about the changing skyline that rims Central Park. They say that as the sun goes behind some of the city's new tall towers, there's a chilling effect to their shadows.

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:27:00 -0400 
    Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?

Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:50:00 -0400 
    The Safe Carry Protection Act, known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is considered among the most permissive such measures in the country.

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:13:00 -0400 
    The ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, made the request to reflect a change in gender identity.

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:53:00 -0400 
    Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.
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