Cigarette Smoking at an All Time Low

CNN – The number of American adults who smoke cigarettes has dropped to a new low. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking among adults is down from nearly 21 percent in 2005 to just under 18 percent in 2013. But, health officials said more needs to be done to get … Continue reading »

Strong First Week for Open Enrollment

CNN – More than 460-thousand people signed up for health insurance in the first week of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to officials, more than one million applications were submitted to healthcare.gov. 48 percent of the sign-ups are new … Continue reading »

Ferguson protests around U.S.

(CNN) — In Atlanta and Boston and New York and Los Angeles, they marched by the hundreds or the thousands — blocking bridges, tunnels and major highways as they shouted their anger over a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. A day after St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced … Continue reading »

Officer Wilson: ‘I did my job right’

(CNN) — Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, in his first interview since the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, told ABC News Tuesday that he’s not tormented by that fateful encounter in suburban St. Louis last summer. “I don’t think it’s haunting,” Wilson said. “It’s always going to be something that happened. The reason … Continue reading »

No Indictment for Ferguson Officer

Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 10:14 p.m.] Some protesters in Ferguson destroyed a police car, and one demonstrator was seen dousing another patrol car with lighter fluid before police in riot gear moved in, CNN correspondent Jason Carroll said. At least one gunshot was heard near the Ferguson Police Department, CNN’s Sara … Continue reading »

Grand Jury Reconvenes in Missouri

Click on the video above to watch a live press conference on the jury’s decision. It starts at 6 p.m. on Monday. ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CNN) — The city of Ferguson, Missouri is bracing for the final decision of a grand jury in the case of a black unarmed teenager who was shot and killed … Continue reading »

Defense Secretary Hagel Forced Out

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) – New reports suggest Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will step down from his post. President Barack Obama is expected to make the announcement Monday morning. The New York Times reports the decision was made Friday. White House officials are portraying it as a mutual decision, but CNN has confirmed from several sources … Continue reading »

Marion Barry Dies At 78

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, condolences are pouring in after the best-known local political figure in modern Washington history died early this morning. Marion Barry, the iconic four-term former mayor and current D.C. council member, died just before 2 a.m. He arrived at the Howard University Hospital a little after midnight. His death was announced by … Continue reading »

Expansion of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

(CNN) — The New York Times is reporting that President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a more expansive mission for the U.S. military in Afghanistan next year. The reported move would ensure American troops will have a direct role in carrying out missions against militant groups. Earlier, the President had said U.S. troops … Continue reading »

Report Released on Newtown Shooter

(CNN) — A Connecticut state agency released a report Friday on Newtown shooter Adam Lanza. Lanza shot and killed 20 children, six teachers and school staff, and his mother on December 14th, 2012, before killing himself. The report described him as an isolated young man with deteriorating mental health and a fascination for mass violence. … Continue reading »

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