A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 4:04 PM EST2013-12-09 21:04:36 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS, IND (WTHR/NBC) - An Indianapolis family is in mourning after a 3-year-old accidentally shot and killed himself. Police said that at about 6 p.m. on Saturday they received a 911 call sayingMore >>
Family mourns loss of toddler to gun accident during holidays. More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 7:00 AM EST2013-12-07 12:00:14 GMT
(WBIR/NBC) - Foster children Eva and Jasmine shared the same Christmas wish. During Vacation Bible School at their East Tennessee church this summer, the girls, ages 7 and 8, sent up their written prayerMore >>
(NBC) - With flavors like grape and strawberry, cigars are growing in popularity.
Teens are especially drawn to them, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"This is new data, and it's very disturbing. It finds that about four out of 10 kids who smoke are smoking flavored little cigars," says Dr. Tom Frieden, a CDC director.
Flavored little cigars are cheaper than cigarettes and not much bigger. The small cigars are not subjected to some of the same restrictions.
Other than menthol, flavorings are banned in regular cigarettes. Experts said flavorings make tobacco more palatable for beginning smokers.
"Flavorings do make it easier for people to start to smoke. They mask the harshness of tobacco, and because of that, they're particularly used for kids and they're more likely to result in kids getting addicted," states Frieden.
A company that makes flavored little cigars, Altadis USA, issued a statement saying, "We support efforts at retail to only sell products to adults."
Federal data show sales of cigarettes have fallen by more than a third over the past decade, but have risen steadily for cigars and other flavored tobacco products.