Rising cigarette taxes tied to lower infant deaths: Study

CHICAGO (AP) — When it costs more to smoke, fewer babies die, according to a new study that links rising cigarette taxes with declines in infant mortality, especially among blacks. With nearly 4 million annual births nationwide, the results suggest that a $1 increase in cigarette taxes would be expected to lead to 750 fewer...


In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The House passed two resolutions Tuesday disapproving Obama's power-plant rules and rendering them inoperative. A measure blocking an...


Chilean mom restricted access to baby for smoking marijuana

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her right to see her newborn daughter because she acknowledged smoking marijuana days before she gave birth. Sindy Melany Ortiz said that during labor she told hospital officials that she had smoked pot to alleviate pain in one of her arms that had...


In massive stranding, 337 whales beached on Chilean coast

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The coast of southern Chile has become a grave for 337 sei whales that were found beached in what scientists say is one of the biggest whale strandings ever recorded. Biologist Vreni Haussermann told The Associated Press Tuesday that she made the discovery along with other scientists in June during an...


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