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In one week, Connecticut has had 12 earthquakes

There's no fracking or tectonic plate boundaries in Connecticut, so experts haven't got a ready explanation for a swarm of earthquakes that has hit the eastern part of the state over the last week.<p>There have been 12 quakes since last Thursday, the strongest of them a 3.3-magnitude quake that came …

Smoking, drinking, prescription drug abuse by teens is down, survey says

Teens are losing some of their rebellious reputation with this news from the federal government.<p>The latest Monitoring the Future survey, released on Tuesday by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, finds children are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol and abusing fewer prescription and …

GOP: Few options to block Obama immigration plan

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans acknowledged Tuesday that the party has limited immediate options to curtail President Obama's executive actions on immigration, but they vowed to continue their efforts next year when the GOP will take full control of Congress.<p>"We're looking at a variety of …

Rain brings hopes, fears to drought-hit California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy rain from a powerful Pacific storm swept through parched California on Tuesday, providing some relief from a three-year …

U.S. hospitals make fewer serious errors; 50,000 lives saved | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday.<p>A Registered Nurse poses for a photo in trauma center of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in …

Militants kill 36 non-Muslims in northern Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The heavily armed men roused the sleeping quarry workers in the dead of night.<p>As in previous such attacks, the gunmen singled …

Cold snap jolts parts of U.S. into early winter

<b>(CNN) —</b> An early blast of cold air will leave more than half of the United States shivering into the weekend.<p>About 200 million people will be affected by the severe cold, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.<p>The unseasonably cold temperatures associated with an arctic air mass will continue to …

U.S. Coast Guard searches off Miami for two missing Cuban migrants | Reuters

MIAMI BEACH Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard searched on Tuesday for two missing Cuban rafters, a day after 11 others on their homemade vessel were plucked safely from the waters off Miami.<p>The rescued members of the all-male group said they spent more than a week trying to cross the …