E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey

E-cigarette usage nearly doubles in U.S. high-schools: survey(Reuters) - The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 percent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday.




Hondurans who fled political violence fear for lives if sent home

Hondurans who fled political violence fear for lives if sent homeActive in the leftist opposition Libre Party, the Pinedas believe their tormentors were loyal to conservative President Juan Orlando Hernandez. "They told me that for getting people involved in political parties they were going to fill me with lead," said Secundina Pineda, 25, one of four sisters living with their 65-year-old father and a toddler inside a tent at a migrant camp in Tijuana, Mexico.




After outcry over appointment, Trump's top law enforcer treading lightly

After outcry over appointment, Trump's top law enforcer treading lightlyMatthew Whitaker flew to Dallas last week to deliver his latest speech since U.S. President Donald Trump installed him as acting attorney general, an appointment embroiled in criticism and court challenges. In the aftermath of the blow-up, Whitaker's public remarks in the last five weeks have been notable for what they lacked - any hint of controversy. Whitaker's speeches, which have to largely stuck to conventional subjects such as opioid crisis, reflect the inconspicuous approach adopted by the 49-year-old lawyer since Trump named him as the nationís top law enforcement official.




Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family

Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor familyNery Caal, 29, and his daughter Jakelin were in a group of more than 160 migrants who handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. Jakelin developed a high fever and died hours later while in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. "Because she'd never seen a big country, she was really happy that she was going to go," she added, explaining how her husband had gone to the United States to find a way out of the "extreme poverty" that dictated their lives.




Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignments

Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignmentsPresident Donald Trump said on Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down at the end of December, the latest senior official to exit Trump's high-turnover administration. An ex-congressman from Montana, Zinke has faced scrutiny over several matters. Trump gave no reason for Zinke's departure after announcing it on Twitter.




As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next week

As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next weekTrump did not give a reason for Zinke's departure. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation," Trump said on Twitter. "The Trump administration will be announcing the new secretary of the Interior next week." Zinke has run the Interior Department, which oversees Americaís vast public lands, since early 2017.




Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida

Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in FloridaElections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ballot initiative launches one of the largest enfranchisement efforts in modern U.S. history. Democrats and voting rights advocates cried foul this week when Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, a Republican and critic of the measure known as Amendment 4, said the Republican-controlled state legislature must first pass a law to implement its changes.