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New York could become first major city to raise smoking age

New York wants to become the first major US city to raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. The city council is to vote on the proposal May 2. Backing it is its speaker, Christinne Quinn, who is running for mayor. All it needs for passage is…

Researchers: Preventing pediatric firearm injuries should be a priority

Youths who are injured in gun violence are more likely to need intensive care and are much more likely to die from their wounds than children injured by other means, US researchers said Tuesday. The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offer a rare look at…

Janet Napolitano: U.S. ‘pinged’ when Boston suspect flew to Russia

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday the US government’s security system “pinged” when one of the Boston bombing suspects flew to Russia last year. Her comments at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing came as lawmakers have questioned why US authorities were not keeping a closer eye on Tamerlan Tsarnaev,…

Senator Max Baucus of Montana won’t seek re-election in 2014

US Senator Max Baucus said Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2014, making him the latest senior Democrat to avoid a tough bid to hold his seat in a conservative-leaning state. The retirement of the six-term senator from Montana, who heads the powerful Finance Committee, will provide one of…

Reef fish use sign language to communicate prey locations to others

The roving coralgrouper, a predator fish of the tropical reef, uses sign language to advise fellow hunters of hiding prey, according to a study published on Tuesday. It is the first time that a fish has been known to make “referential gestures,” or specific signs that alert a partner to…

Mysterious water on Jupiter came from comet smash

Enigmatic traces of water in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter came from a comet that crashed into the giant planet in 1994, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. Astronomers have been debating the water for 15 years after telltale molecules were spotted by an infrared telescope. Some argued…

Muslim cleric refuses to attend inter-faith conference because Jews will attend

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi boycotted an inter-faith dialogue conference that opened in Doha on Tuesday, rejecting to sit in the meeting also attended by Jewish representatives, a local daily reported. “I decided not to participate so I wouldn’t sit at the same platform alongside Jews who still violate Palestine…

Greece pulls nude Olympic statutes after Qatar wanted to cover ‘members’ with black cloth

Greece has pulled two ancient statues from an ongoing Olympic Games exhibition in Qatar in a dispute over nudity, a culture ministry source said on Tuesday. “The statues have already returned to Greece,” a culture ministry source told AFP, adding: “Organisers in Qatar wanted to cover up the statues’ members…

Boston suspects’ mother says FBI asked about son years ago

The mother of the Boston bombing suspects was called by the FBI years ago to ask if her eldest son had been radicalised, she said in an interview with a British TV station broadcast on Tuesday. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Channel 4 News that US federal agents had approached her about…

Dutch police release suspect in school shooting threat

Dutch police said Tuesday they had released a former British School pupil arrested in connection with an online threat to carry out a school shooting after ruling him out as a suspect. The threat to “shoot my Dutch teacher and as many students as I can” made on a US-based…

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