By Caroline Humer and Clarece Polke NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the first time on e-cigarettes and cigars, growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of sparing a new generation from nicotine addiction. The Food and Drug Administration's action brought regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco in line with existing rules for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.
High-speed rail advocates had hoped the line, supported by more than $13 billion in state and federal money, would inspire similar government-financed projects. Companies in Texas, Minnesota and Nevada all plan to tap private cash from investors globally, with help from foreign train makers and governments eager to export train technology. “The United States is the Holy Grail of deployment for Japan, China, France, Germany and Spain,” said Tim Keith, Texas Central CEO.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As officials across the South wrestle with what to do about public monuments that reflect a racist heritage, an Alabama county may cover up two courthouse murals that some call offensive.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A mentally ill doctor should not be forced to take medicine in a bid to make him competent to stand trial for the killing of a Yale University physician, a public defender told Connecticut's highest court on Thursday.
The attorney general of Texas has written the chief executive of Target to tell him that the state is concerned about the retailer's policy allowing shoppers and employees to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican and evangelical Christian, said in an interview on Thursday that Target's policy could put girls and women at risk by allowing sexual predators and voyeurs in bathrooms. Minneapolis-based Target last month became the first big U.S. retailer to weigh in on the bathroom policy issue, which is at the center of a national debate pitting social conservatives against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their supporters.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's embattled state's attorney asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the case against a white Chicago police officer she didn't charge until more than a year after he shot a black teenager 16 times.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative government announced Thursday that it is merging a major museum on World War II that was due to open next year with a different museum that doesn't yet exist, a legal maneuver that allows it to take control of an ambitious new institution.