Friday, December 19, 2014 02:03

Teen abuse of cigarettes, alcohol, painkillers declining, new survey shows
The National Institute on Drug Abuse's 2014 "Monitoring the Future" survey reveals that use of cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription painkillers among teens has dropped in the past year.
Cigar lovers take to Twitter to celebrate change in U.S.-Cuba policy
People who love Cuban cigars are celebrating the news that the loosening of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba means authorized American travelers will be allowed to return to with up to $100 of alcohol and tobacco products.
The fracking controversy
Protesters demonstrate against fracking, as New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo takes part in a book signing promoting his new book, "All Things Possible", in New York October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENERGY)
Blind woman shows YouTube blind life is what you make of it
Licia Prehn suffers from a rare hereditary eye disease that causes near-blindness, but that doesn't mean she's putting her life on hold. She's started a Web series to prove that “blind life is what you make of it.”
Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy
Alan Gross embraces Tim Rieser (C, back to camera), a member of Senator Patrick Leahy's office, on the tarmac as he disembarks from a U.S. government plane with wife Judy (L) at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland outside Washington December 17, 2014 in this photo courtesy of Jill Zuckman. The United States plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after they were severed, a major policy shift after decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday...
After Alan Gross release, Obama seeks to resume full diplomatic ties with Cuba
In a move to wipe away one of the last vestiges of the Cold War, President Barack Obama launches negotiations with Cuba on resuming diplomatic ties five decades after they broke off. Obama's decision comes after Cuba freed US aid contractor Alan Gross.
Jerry Garcia's letter to Vogue cover model going up for auction
A rare handwritten letter by Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia to an unnamed Vogue cover model he had met at a party in New York City in 1980 is going up for auction.
Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll
While Hillary Clinton may be the prohibitive favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the margin of American voters who would support her in a general election is razor thin.
Vastly changed electoral system presents risks and opportunities for Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush is often said to have a big advantage in being able to raise money from his family's network of donors. But it may be the Internet that represents his best hope of becoming the GOP nominee.
Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016
Democrats are worried that they've become too focused on specific groups within their coalition and have lost focus on winning over moderate voters who care most about the economy and view government with skepticism.
Hanukkah begins around the world with latkes and menorah lightings
Members of Hungary's Jewish community gather to celebrate Hanukkah and to light the first candle on the menorah in downtown Budapest December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (HUNGARY - Tags: RELIGION)
Terrorist massacre of children ‘blowback' from U.S.-backed Pakistani offensive against Taliban, officials say
The Pakistani Taliban assault on a school — killing 145, including 132 children — appears to be ”blowback” from a months-long Pakistani military offensive against the terror group that was encouraged and supported by the U.S. government, Pakistani and U.S. officials said today.
Yahoo News Special Report: #PeshawarAttack
In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege.
3D printed legs help disabled dog run for the first time
Derby the dog's newfound ability to run marks a huge step forward for the small but remarkable field of animal prosthetics.
New death sentences, executions continued to drop in 2014, report says
The Death Penalty Information Center says the number of executions in 2014 was the lowest it's been in 20 years.
Accused Boston marathon bomber makes first public appearance since 2013
The scene that unfolded in a federal courtroom in Boston on Thursday was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's first public appearance in 17 months. The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, said just five words in the final hearing before his trial begins in January on charges that he, along with his older brother, set off two deadly bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013.
Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agents
After a prostitution scandal and consternation over how a fence-jumper at the White House got deep into the presidential mansion before he was stopped, the Secret Service needs to make sweeping changes like building a taller fence, hiring many more agents and stepping up their training, an independent commission says.
Cuba's retro rides
A vintage taxi waits for customers at Cuba's Capitol in Havana, May 27, 2009. (REUTERS/Desmond Boylan)
Photos of the day - December 18, 2014
Filipino young cadets march on a parade during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 79th Anniversary celebration at Camp Aguinaldo headquarters in Quezon city, eastern Manila, Philippines, December 18, 2014. The Philippines' government announced a month-long ceasefire with the communist rebels from December 19, 2014 to January 19, 2015 for the Christmas and New Year celebration and for the papal visit...
Car parked in crosswalk turns out to be a big surprise
Due to the mounting expenses from his wife's illness, Kendrick's car was recently repossessed.