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US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

"While the public generally understands that cigarette smoking is dangerous, there are significant gaps in their understanding of all of the diseases and conditions associated with smoking," said Zeller. If the agency is sued, he added, "we strongly believe this will hold up under any legal challenges."

Books

J.D. Salinger’s books are finally going digital

NEW YORK | You'll finally be able to catch the late J.D. Salinger's books in digital format. Longtime Salinger publisher Little, Brown and Company said...

Peruvian cuisine: the beloved star at Lima’s Pan Am Games

"Peruvian food is the best in the world. Don't get me started, I can talk for hours," said Tjon-a-Joe, a student at Harvard University who has qualified for Tokyo 2020, and who's on a quest to visit restaurants on the San Pellegrino list and the Michelin Guide.

Want a second crop of cabbage this season? 2 methods

I'm not going to sit back and accept splitting cabbage heads, which happens when wet soil suddenly pumps water up into a fully ripe cabbage head. A quick yank on the neck should keep any head together. I'll straddle a swollen head, grab it with two hands, then give it a short jerk skyward. This seemingly brutal act should sever just enough small roots to stave off any rush of water.

How to marinate just about anything

Marinades add flavor — what kind obviously depends on the ingredients and seasonings. You can make (or buy!) anything from a Mediterranean herb- and citrus-centered marinade to a ginger- and soy-based Asian marinade to an Indian, spice-infused yogurt marinade.

Sentinel Music

Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors recall her grace, grit

"As a person, she was extremely kind, she was respectful, she was funny — she treated people like me and my team members as her friends," said Dr. Manisha Shah of Ohio State University. "There is no phone call that would end without her asking about us. Most of the time she would ask about us first. ... It's because who she was: She was really down-to-earth."

That's Weird

Texas: Alamo dig uncovers musket balls believed from 1800s

Crews are digging four pits to help expose the 1700s limestone wall to its foundation in an effort to fight moisture. Archaeologist Kristi Nichols says workers so far have recovered musket balls, a mid-1800s bottle and tin-glazed majolica from the Spanish colonial period.

Hong Kong airport shuts down amid pro-democracy protest

"All other flights have been canceled for the rest of today," the airport statement said. It later said flights would resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday (2200 GMT, 6 p.m. EDT Monday).

US lays out enforcement priorities for animals on planes

The Transportation Department said Thursday that airline employees can bar any animal they consider a safety threat. Airlines, however, can be punished if they ban an entire dog or cat breed, such as pit bulls.

New Orleans council votes to restrict Airbnb-style rentals

"While this vote provides much needed regulatory certainty for home sharing in New Orleans, the rules unfairly punish responsible short-term rental hosts who are contributing to the local economy," Laura Spanjian, of Airbnb, said in an emailed statement.

Shootings prompt other countries to warn about travel to US

CARACAS, Venezuela | The United States often takes a leading role in calling out the...