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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Ronnie Taylor  left, and Brendan Green take a smoking break outside Big John’s pool hall in Omaha, Neb.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Tacoma hospital group won't hire smokers 11 

Ronnie Taylor left, and Brendan Green take a smoking break outside Big John’s pool hall in Omaha, Neb. SEATTLE -- Starting next month, a group of five hospitals in the south Puget Sound area will no longer hire smokers. The Franciscan Health System says it...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

President Barack Obama gets a kiss from first lady Michelle Obama after he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

Obama Quits 20 

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has finally done what millions of fellow Americans are still struggling to achieve – he’s given up smoking. “Yes, he has,” his wife, Michelle, said Tuesday at the White House when asked whether he had conquered a nicotine habit that...

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