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Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU, HA - Lawmakers have passed a bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

Apple Watch hits the street; first customers receive the new device

The long lines that normally accompany an Apple product launch aren't likely for its new Watch.

Fake bomb prom-posal "blows up" in student's face

A high school student in La Center, Washington has been suspended from school for 5 days, and is banned from attending his school's prom after asking his date to prom using a fake explosive device for flair.

More than 12 hurt as stage collapses at Indiana high school

Police say more than a dozen students are "doing really well" after they were injured when a stage at a central Indiana high school collapsed during a musical performance.

USDA says avian flu could spread to Northeast

Bird flu is ravaging the Midwest, and federal experts say it could spread to the Northeast if birds in the Atlantic flyway become infected with a highly contagious strain.

Reports say Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid

Media reports say Comcast plans to drop its $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after pushback from government regulators.

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, fine for sharing military secrets with mistress

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus gets 2 years' probation, fine for sharing military secrets with mistress.

Local officials respond to Lynch's confirmation

As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race. Those are issues strikingly similar to what she's dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of New York City.

Heavy, binge drinking on the rise; women biggest contributors

Heavy drinking and binge drinking are on the rise in the U.S. and women are the main contributors to the increase.

Research suggests social media a major factor with body image issues

Objectifying images of women in magazines, television and movies are often attributed as a major factor when young women struggle with body image issues. But new research suggests social media, particularly Facebook is now the bigger concern as young women are comparing themselves to peers in unhealthy ways.

New Facebook app allows users to say goodbye to numbers from unknown callers

Facebook is helping its users say good-bye to phone calls from unknown numbers and hello to the face behind them.

Clinton running as a woman, but in subtle ways

During an elegant awards luncheon in Washington, Hillary Rodham Clinton heralded the importance of women having a say at the highest levels of power.

Model for Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting dies at 92

The model for Norman Rockwell's 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the homefront during World War II has died. Mary Doyle Keefe was 92.

Obama says he takes full responsibility for hostage deaths

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he takes "full responsibility" for a counterterrorism operation that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida.

Senate to hold hearings on police body cameras

The Senate is planning to hold hearings on the police use of body cameras, as protests over the death of a black man in police custody continue in a nearby city.

Planned Middle East-North Africa census category progresses

A proposal to allow those of Middle Eastern and North American descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census has cleared another hurdle.

Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices.

CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low

Federal officials say they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's affected the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low.

Senate leaders propose extending NSA phone records storage

With weeks to go before a key surveillance law expires, key Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American.

Penalty phase begins Tsarnaev trial

Jury that convicted Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will now determine if he will spend the rest of his life in prison or face execution