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W.H.: New gun rules for mentally ill

The Obama administration proposed two new federal rules Friday that it said would provide more information about the mentally ill to gun-background-check databases.<p>The rules, proposed by the Justice and Health and Human Services departments, would allow the federal database access to some mental …

Legal Pot in Maryland?

A key legislator in Maryland came out in support of legalizing marijuana on Friday.<p>Amsterdam, Vancouver, and Silver Spring?<p>Maryland could become the …

Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.<p>Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — …

Non-genetically tweaked Cheerios more marketing boon than health boost

A non-Frankenfood Cheerios may not make much of a difference to consumers’ health, but it could deliver some benefits to General Mills’ bottom line.<p>Opponents of genetically modified foods cheered the cereal maker’s announcement Thursday that its original flavor Cheerios now is made without GMOs and …

Cuba lifts decades-old ban on new car sales

For the first time in more than 50 years, people in Cuba can freely buy new cars after a law limiting such sales was abolished on Friday.<p>However, markups as high as 400 percent are preventing many people from taking advantage of the new market.<p>Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan reports.

W.H. faces tough contraception fight

As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception.<p>On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from …