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Moderate earthquake strikes Northern California coast
EUREKA — A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 has struck off the coast of Northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake shook at 1:08 p.m. Wednesday about 40 miles southwest of Eureka. Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said no d...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
UC’s Santa Barbara campus recognized for Latino enrollment
GOLETA — The University of California, Santa Barbara, has become the fourth UC campus and the nation’s first major research university to be recognized for having a student body that is at least one-quarter Hispanic, university officials announced Wednesday. The Hispanic Association of College...
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State declares electronic cigarettes a health threat
SACRAMENTO — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Depa...
By Fenit Nirappil The Associated Press FULL STORY
Things to know about e-cigarette health concerns
WHAT ARE E-CIGARETTES? They are electronic devices that heat liquid nicotine derived from tobacco into an inhalable vapor available in fruity and sweet flavors. Traditional cigarettes burn tobacco leaves, which also releases tar and carcinogenic chemicals. Paper cigarettes are single use and burn w...
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AG nominee defends President Obama’s immigration changes
WASHINGTON — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. “If...
By Erica Werner and Eric Tucker The Associated Press FULL STORY
Government tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by the Associated Press...
By Alicia A. Caldwell The Associated Press FULL STORY
Study shows insurers may be using drug costs to discourage patients
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of Pr...
By Kelli Kennedy The Associated Press FULL STORY
Panel OKs bill easing employee health care count unanimously
WASHINGTON — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama’s health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute. The Senate Finance Committee vote was 26...
By Alan Fram The Associated Press FULL STORY
Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps
WASHINGTON — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assis...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Hezbollah millitants fire missiles and kill two Israeli soldiers
SHEAR YASHUV, Israel — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation since the sides’ 2006 war. The flare-up, which al...
By Ariel Schalit and Zeina Karam The Associated Press FULL STORY
Jordan offers swap to Islamic State group to save pilot
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan offered a precedent-setting prisoner swap to the Islamic State group Wednesday in a desperate attempt to save a Jordanian air force pilot the militants purportedly threatened to kill, along with a Japanese hostage. Late Wednesday, the pilot’s father met with Jordan’s ki...
By Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp
DONETSK, Ukraine — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory. Eduard Basurin, the deputy commander of the separatist forces, said the hi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave
TAMPA, Fla. — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car hit the 1 1/2-year-old cat in Tampa. Bart’s owner was so distraught, he couldn’t stand the thought of burying him, so he asked neighbor to dig a shallow grave. Five days l...
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Man hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say
DOVER, Del. — Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg. Dover Police say 39-year-old Marlow Holmes was arrested Monday afternoon during a traffic stop. They said poli...
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Daily Journal Quick Poll
Do you think electronic cigarettes should be prohibited in the same places cigarettes are?

Yes, we don't know the dangers
No, they are harmless to others
Maybe, but they're still safe
We should do what we can to encourage use since they're less harmfull than cigarettes
Who cares, they're lame


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