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Survey: Three-quarters of adults say raise smoking age to 21
More than three-quarters of adults, including 7 in 10 smokers, support raising the age of sale for tobacco products to 21, according to a national survey the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2014 Internet survey found that 50.4 percent of adults strongly supported and 24.6 percent somewhat supported raising the age to 21.
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New York City takes steps to increase the safety of employees at homeless shelters
The New York Times
The huge, turreted castle that looms over Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn is the first stopover for many of New York City's homeless men. Some call it Castle Grayskull after the forbidding fortress in the Masters of the Universe stories. The building, a former armory, was turned into the Bedford-Atlantic Men's Shelter in the early 1980s and serves as an assessment center and gateway to the city’s network of homeless services. As many as 350 men at a time are evaluated there for treatment programs and other shelters.
States face shaky financial futures; pensions at risk
States are mounting an uneven fiscal recovery from the Great Recession, with energy-rich states leading and Northeastern states with big pension obligations lagging, a new study shows.
Is it time to rethink emergency service delivery?
It's arguably the best known, least acknowledged and most inconvenient truth in local government: "Fire departments" — in the precise meaning of that label — no longer exist anywhere in America. Thousands of official entities bear this or a similar moniker. But given what they and their employees actually do, "Emergency Medical, Incident Response and Every-Once-in-a-While-an-Actual-Fire Department" would be far more accurate.
Serious risks and few new benefits from FDA-approved drugs
Over the past year, the U.S. Senate and The New York Times have been investigating the failure of the nation's auto safety regulators to protect citizens from cars with occasionally dangerous faulty devices.
But neither august institution has paid attention to the Food and Drug Administration's failure to protect the 170 million Americans who take prescription drugs from adverse reactions that are killing more than 2,400 people every week. Annually, prescription drugs cause over 81 million adverse reactions and result in 2.7 million hospitalizations.
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Eyes on the road: Smart car dashboards raise safety concerns
When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them.
But are they really a good idea?
Drone wars: Airspace and legal rights in the age of drones
It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to reflect the growing problems we can anticipate as their use becomes more and more common, both privately and commercially.
CDC: The US is experiencing a 'dramatic rise' in heroin-related deaths
Heroin use in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2007. In 2013, more than 500,000 people said that they had used heroin in the past year — a nearly 150 percent increase in just six years, according to a CDC report. And what's worse is that almost all people who use heroin also use at least one other drug. Taken together, these two findings might explain why heroin claimed almost four times as many lives in 2013 as it did in 2000.
New York lets pregnant women sign up for Obamacare coverage
New York state has decided to let pregnant women sign up for insurance outside of enrollment periods, arguing poor birth outcomes matter too much to let people go uninsured. California and others could be following.
4 burning questions about medical marijuana
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Many of us have laughed at movie scenes from cult classics, like "Half Baked," "Pineapple Express," "Dazed and Confused" or Cheech & Chong's "Up in Smoke," in which the hapless stoner employee is depicted as someone who cannot perform even the simplest task correctly or fails to show up for work altogether because the employee is so "high" from smoking marijuana. Unfortunately for employers, the legalization of marijuana is no laughing matter.
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