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Garth Brooks cites Ferguson for cancellation

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The Great Smokeout: U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Lowest on Record

American adults smoke less than they ever have, with the latest data showing smoking rates have dropped from 20.9 percent of the general population in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2012, according to a government report. The data was published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Continue reading

Mitt Romney Holds Early Lead in Quinnipiac Poll

The final 2016 presidential poll before Thanksgiving is out. But if the contenders contemplating the race hoped to garner a trove of intelligence about their own prospects by reading it, they’re bound to be disappointed Continue reading

Syrian FM: Russia to boost relations with Assad

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin wants closer ties with Syria’s beleaguered president and tighter cooperation between Moscow and Damascus, Syria’s foreign minister said Wednesday after meeting the Russian leader. Walid al-Moallem said that during the talks in the city of Sochi, Putin “confirmed the determination of Russia to develop relations with Syrian President Bashar Assad” and “strengthening the strategic partnership between our countries.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia supports the proposal floated by the UN envoy to Syria for local cease-fires, which Assad has said is worth studying Continue reading

Some immigrants get benefits under Obama’s actions

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama’s new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House. Under Obama’s actions, immigrants who are spared deportation would be eligible to obtain work permits and a Social Security number Continue reading

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — A dispute between U.S. safety regulators and air bag maker Takata Corp Continue reading

Central African rebels release several hostages

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Several hostages, including a Polish priest, were released Wednesday after being held by rebels in Central African Republic, officials and rebels said. Continue reading

RG3 benched: Redskins to start Colt McCoy vs. Indy

By JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Move over, RG3. Continue reading

Zimbabwe VP blocked from top post in ruling party

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s Vice President Joice Mujuru was barred from running for a seat on a top committee of the ruling party, on Wednesday, amid accusations she plotted to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, 90. Mujuru, 59, once seen as a top contender to succeed Mugabe, was blocked from seeking a seat on the soviet-style Central Committee of the ruling Zanu-PF party, according to reports in state-run media. Several of her political allies, including Cabinet ministers, have also been prevented from running for seats in the 245-member Central Committee, mainly on accusations of undermining Mugabe and his wife Grace Continue reading

Consumer drones are coming from GoPro

(Reuters) – Wearable camera maker GoPro Inc is developing its own line of consumer drones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The multi-rotor helicopters, priced between $500 and $1,000, will go on sale late next year, the Journal said. Continue reading