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Newport menthol cigarettes, an R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. brand, are displayed at Costco in Mountain View, Calif., in December 2009. (Associated Press)

U.S. regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny.

Newport menthol cigarettes, an R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. brand, are displayed at Costco in Mountain View, Calif., in December 2009. (Associated Press)

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny.
This photo shows a complete copy of a letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis that the Vatican released Saturday, March 17, 2018, after coming under blistering criticism for previously selectively citing it in a news release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it. (Andrew Medichini / Associated Press)

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Stung by accusations of spreading “fake news,” the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.
View in My Room 3D is an augmented reality tool in the Houzz app that lets people preview over 1 million furniture and decor products within their homes, before they buy. (Houzz)

The latest apps for home layouts, inside and out

Planning out how to arrange furniture in your home – or plants in your garden – used to involve a pencil, graph paper, a measuring tape and a lot of imagination. The process has gotten easier – and way more streamlined – thanks to a burgeoning selection of home and garden apps.

5 doctors charged with taking kickbacks to tout painkiller

UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Five New York City doctors were arrested Friday on charges they accepted bribes and kickbacks from an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company to prescribe large volumes of a highly addictive painkiller.
Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands in front of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in November, 2014 in Hagatna, Guam. The Vatican said Friday March 16, 2018, it had convicted the suspended Guam archbishop, who was accused of sexually abusing minors, financial mismanagement and other charges, but didn’t say exactly what crimes he had committed. (Grace Garces Bordallo / Associated Press)

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial.