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Would California’s proposed tobacco tax hike reduce smoking?
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Would California’s proposed tobacco tax hike reduce smoking?

Four states will vote on whether to raise their tobacco tax in November: California (by $2), Colorado ($1.75), North Dakota ($1.76) and Missouri (15 cents).

Measuring 'best' practices to curb farm pollution
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Measuring 'best' practices to curb farm pollution

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, researchers are testing how well methods to limit agricultural pollution to the Chesapeake Bay actually work.

Amazon says it puts customers first — but its pricing algorithm doesn't
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Amazon says it puts customers first — but its pricing algorithm doesn't

The company's algorithm substantially favors Amazon and sellers it charges for services, an examination by ProPublica found.

Better training, tourniquets and techniques since 9/11 are saving lives
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Better training, tourniquets and techniques since 9/11 are saving lives

Across the country, a public safety campaign is under way to teach both first responders and average citizens how to stop trauma victims from bleeding to death.

Voters in Wisconsin, other states navigate maze of new voting rules
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Voters in Wisconsin, other states navigate maze of new voting rules

Lawmakers pass 37 new requirements in 20 states to require IDs and restrict early voting; court challenges leave rules in some states unsettled.

For more efficient escalator rides, people should all stand
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For more efficient escalator rides, people should all stand (not walk up), research suggests

Implementing the strategy could be tricky, however — riders in London mutinied when transportation authorities tested a similar idea on a real subway escalator.

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Study says Ohio’s virtual charters can’t replace the traditional school experience

The study found that virtual-school students are missing out on what researcher June Ahn called “the rich social ecosystem” of relationships with peers and teachers.

People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions
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People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

People who got insurance through the health law were significantly more likely to get prescription medications than they were before.

Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled
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Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

About one-third of patients over 70 years old and more than half of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived, research shows.

Sleep could be an Olympic athlete's secret weapon
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Sleep could be an Olympic athlete's secret weapon

Getting enough shut-eye, say experts, could give athletes that elusive edge in competition.

Democrats want to open more doors to college
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Democrats want to open more doors to college, but can their plan get more students to the finish line?

The extra financial burdens that many low-income aspiring college graduates carry can lead them to drop out, often with debt — and with few job options to help them pay it off.

Problem care harms almost one-third of rehab hospital patients
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New report: Problem care harms almost one-third of rehab hospital patients

Many patients sent to rehab facilities to recover from medical crises or procedures sometimes suffer additional harm from the care itself, a government study concludes.

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core
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Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

What one Brooklyn school is doing differently to help its students pass the tests.

Google's new quantum computer may be best of both worlds
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Google's new quantum computer may be best of both worlds

Engineers at the search engine giant combine the two major quantum computing techniques.

Hearts and stars in fireworks: How do they do that?
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Hearts and stars in fireworks: How do they do that?

Fireworks are so advanced they turn into all kinds of shapes — even smiley faces. But have you ever wondered how they're done? 

Fire Fight: The homebuilding industry’s war on fire sprinklers
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Fire Fight: The homebuilding industry’s war on fire sprinklers

The homebuilding industry has spent millions of dollars in state capitals to block a life-saving upgrade included in the nation’s model building code.

Women and the Zika virus: smart questions and a few solid answers
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Women and the Zika virus: smart questions and a few solid answers

Most of the scariest headlines come from Zika’s potential to cause birth defects — the big one is microcephaly. But there are other potential consequences as well.

Undersea waves may melt Arctic ice
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Undersea waves may melt Arctic ice

Only the biggest waves can stir up warm water in ocean depths.

Roger Cook
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How one educator broke rules, influenced a state law and got all his students to graduation

Roger Cook, a superintendent in rural central Kentucky, took a risky path to becoming a champion for academic success.

In 2015, motorcycle crashes helped drive highway death toll to highest level
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In 2015, motorcycle crashes helped drive highway death toll to highest level in years

2015 is expected to be the third-worst on record for motorcyclist deaths. A new estimate shows that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide.