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Massachusetts town seeks first-in-nation tobacco sale ban

A small Massachusetts town wants to see all tobacco sales go up in smoke.<p>Health officials in Westminster, Mass., about an hour outside of Boston, have proposed officially banning the purchase and sale of all tobacco products within city limits.<p>The Board of Health says the ban would make it more …

Palestinians celebrate 'lone-wolf' attack on Jerusalem synagogue

The brutal killings of five worshippers – including three Americans – in a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday by two Palestinians wielding meat cleavers and a gun appears to be a lone-wolf attack, Israel’s national police commissioner says.<p>The violence was met with celebration from Palestinians, as …

Obama orders full review of US hostage policy

President Obama has ordered a complete review of the government's policy regarding U.S. hostages taken overseas, the White House confirmed on Monday.<p>National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Alistair Baskey said the review was ordered over the summer in response to what he called "the increasing …

Thousands flock to see baby born with 8 limbs in India

Thousands have flocked to see a baby born with four arms and four legs in India, reported Central European News (CEN).<p>The baby, dubbed “God Boy” by his parents because they say he looks like an Indian God, was born in Baruipur, a city in India’s eastern West Bengal State.<p>“When he first came out we …

Steve Harvey recalls worst 'Family Feud' guesses

There have been some terrible “Family Feud” guesses through the years, just ask Steve Harvey, who has been hosting the show since 2010.<p>So what are some of the worst answers he has ever heard? He dished to Seth Meyer about the show’s most nonsensical moments.<p>One moment happened when a man was asked …

Top Republican floats new attack plan for Obama’s immigration action

Add "rescission" to the glossary for the looming immigration fight between congressional Republicans and President Obama.<p>No need to run to the dictionary -- it's a way for Congress to take back money that it's authorized through legislation. It's also the newest gambit being proposed by a top …

US worries Russia put a 'satellite killer' in space

The U.S. military is among those tracking an object Russia recently sent into space. Object 2014-28E, which has been moving toward other Russian space objects, was at first thought to be simply debris, the Financial Times reports. It could be intended to repair satellites already in space, or it …

US braces for more icy temperatures and snow as ferocious storms linger

Residents across the U.S. braced for another night of icy temperatures as the mercury continued to drop Wednesday, while residents of upstate New York buried under up to five and a half feet of snow prepared for another round expected to come Thursday.<p>Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught …

Gun dealers report brisk sales ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Gun dealers in parts of the St. Louis suburbs have reported brisk sales, especially among first-time buyers, as local residents wait for a grand jury decision on whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown this past August.<p>One shop, Metro Shooting Supplies, …

Sharpton's debt issues resurface amid his political rise

The Rev. Al Sharpton has made a remarkable rise to national prominence, from community organizer to President Obama’s consultant, amid a long and lesser-known history of debt and tax obligations totaling millions of dollars.<p>Sharpton and his for-profit businesses owe more than $4.5 million in state …

Key ObamaCare official used threats, 'tantrums' to push website launch despite concerns, email claims

A key ObamaCare official engaged in a “cruel and uncaring march” to launch the federal health care website last year and wasn’t open to seeking a delay despite concerns, according to a newly revealed email from her former second-in-command.<p>The damning email from Michelle Snyder, the then-chief …

ObamaCare's whopping Cadillac tax under fire

Of all the taxes in ObamaCare, none is more onerous than the whopping 40 percent Cadillac tax on the more generous employer-provided health care plans, which often are union plans.<p>The now-famous former outside adviser on ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber of MIT, spoke about the Cadillac tax before an …

World's deadliest spiders a toxic myth?

Toxic spiders have a terrible reputation. Yet even though deadly spider bites are regular fodder for scary stories, spider experts say it's actually quite rare for anyone to suffer serious injuries from the world's deadliest spiders.<p>There are more than 40,000 species of spiders, almost all of them …

Lawsuit fights against 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance at NJ school

A judge heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit filed against a New Jersey school district by a family who claims the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against children with atheist beliefs.<p>The Monmouth County family, identified in court papers as John and Jane Doe and their child, sued the …

Former technology policy chief tells lawmakers he knew little of ObamaCare site's problems

The nation's former head of technology policy finally appeared Wednesday to answer questions at a House hearing on the botched ObamaCare website launch -- and claimed it wasn't his job to know about specific technical issues.<p>Todd Park, the former chief technology officer of the U.S., left House …

Berkeley students' surprising reaction to ISIS and Israel flags on campus

I have always thought that there was no connection between intellect and wisdom. To put this theory to the test, I headed out to the University of California, Berkeley.<p>Students at Berkeley clearly have a lot of intellect; it is one of the most prestigious and selective universities in the country. …

Congressmen push to award Harlem Hellfighter posthumous Medal of Honor

The nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, is reserved for soldiers who exhibit extreme valor in wartime efforts. However, for many years, minority soldiers, such as Sgt. Henry Johnson, have been denied the distinction.<p>Now, Congress is pushing to waive a law on the books that says too …

Egypt takes aim at Hamas' terror tunnels

Critics who think Israel is taking a heavy-handed approach in destroying Hamas terror tunnels should see what Egypt has in mind.<p>Facing the same type of underground routes out of Gaza that allowed terrorists to mount attacks on Israel, Egypt is considering creating a huge, 1,000-meter buffer zone in …

Maine logger hailed a hero after crawling into sunken car to save baby

A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said.<p>The baby wasn't breathing and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, police said.<p>Leo Moody, 44, …

Warrants: Man who pushed wife off cliff researched finances of 3 women, then selected a spouse

Before Harold Henthorn married his wife, Toni, he studied the financial statuses of three women and asked his friends whom he should wed.<p>The suburban Denver man settled on Toni, a successful ophthalmologist from Mississippi who also earned money from her family's thriving oil business.<p>Once they …

Tears, anger for slain Miss Honduras, sister in country where violence against women is up

Tears and anger poured out for the dark-haired beauty who was to have flown to London on Wednesday to represent Honduras at the Miss World pageant, only to be found shot to death with her sister on a remote river bank.<p>After the bodies of the reigning Miss Honduras, 19-year-old Maria Jose Alvarado, …

Va. Tech yanks funding for conservative group over Bay Buchanan immigration speech

A conservative group at Virginia Tech is fighting back after a student-run group pulled its funding following a speech on illegal immigration by former U.S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan.<p>Young Americans for Freedom, which co-sponsored the speech by the conservative pundit and sister of former presidential …

'I had promised': Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday in primetime speech

President Obama, following through on his vow to sidestep Congress, will announce in a prime time TV speech Thursday the executive actions he will take to change U.S. immigration law.<p>Obama will make his announcement, expected to protect roughly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, from …

He found the Jonathan Gruber videos — and no media outlet would call him back

The man who changed the ObamaCare debate was at a gas station when I reached him, and he wasn’t dying to talk.<p>“I really want to stay out of the limelight,” said Rich Weinstein, a Philadelphia investment adviser. “This is not about me.”<p>But it is about him in the sense that if not for one slightly …

Sadie Robertson: It's an 'honor' to be compared to the Duggar family

The Robertsons of "Duck Dynasty" are known for their faith and family values so it's not surprise they often get compared to "19 Kids & Counting's" Duggar family.<p>The comparison is welcome, Sadie Robertson told E! News.<p>"It doesn't bother me at all," the 17-year-old told E! "I've actually met the …

NSA Director: China can damage US power grid

The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States.<p>The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command.<p>Rogers said he believed China along with “one or two” …