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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Michael Crespo enjoys an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on February 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. As the popularity of E- cigarettes continue to grow, leading U.S. tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc. the maker of Marlboro cigarettes are annoucing plans to launch their own e-cigarettes as they start to pose a small but growing competitive threat to traditional smokes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

E-Cigarettes to Be Regulated as Tobacco Products

E-cigarettes will be regulated as tobacco products, federal authorities announced. The U.S. FDA finalized guidelines that give the agency authority to regulate all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco

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North Carolina Will Not Back Down from Bathroom Law

North Carolina Republican state leaders are gearing up for a clash with the U.S. Justice Department over its controversial new bathroom law banning people from certain bathrooms, saying they won't back down

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Taylor Swift Is the Top Earning Musician of 2015

Swift topped Billboard's Top Money-Makers list for 2015, beating out heavy hitters like Adele and One Direction with a total revenue of $73.5 million. The majority of her earnings for the year came from her 1989 World Tour

EU Heads Of State Meet With Turkey To Finalise Migrant Deal

Why Turkey's Prime Minister Had No Choice But to Resign

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu resigned in a dramatic move that clears the path for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to further consolidate his already extensive power as the leaders of two key opposition parties denounced the move as a power grab

Activists: Airstrike on Syrian Refugee Camp Kills 28

An activist monitoring group says at least 28 people have been killed in an airstrike on a refugee camp in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border. The camp is home to hundreds of people who have fled from the surrounding Aleppo and Hama provinces

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Powerball Jackpot Shoots to $415 Million

The Powerball jackpot total will land on the top 10 list of largest U.S. lottery sums ever this Saturday at $415 million. The prize jumped to its latest height when no one won the Wednesday drawing for the seventeenth time in a row

Smoke from wildfires near Fort McMurray in Alberta are shown in this NASA satellite photo captured on May 3, 2016.

Fort McMurray Wildfire Prompts More Evacuations

Evacuations to protect people from a giant wildfire in Fort McMurray, Canada continued after more than 88,000 people had already fled the region. The fire has burned more than 18,000 acres in the Canadian province of Alberta

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Walmart Is Bringing Back Greeters

Walmart is bringing back door greeters after a successful pilot program indicated customers appreciated being met at the door. While greeters were a staple at Walmart locations for years, the store changed the position back in 2012, moving employees to the aisles


Inside the Rare Meeting of North Korea’s Communist Elite

North Korea holds its Workers Party Congress on Friday — the first time this apex political meeting has happened since 1980. The event brings together Kim Jong Un and the Hermit Kingdom’s governing top brass, and as such security is tight

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Channing Tatum Announces Magic Mike Live Show

It’s not quite Magic Mike XXXL, but it’ll do for most fans: The series’ star announced that Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the live spinoff of the movie series starting next March