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Those were the days: A stewardess lights a cigar for a  passenger aboard an American Airlines flight in 1949.

Will Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?

My biggest concern while flying is whether my legs will fall victim to deep vein thrombosis from being crammed in the sardine can we call an airplane seat. But on the bright side, at least I'm not increasing my risk of lung cancer, emphysema and bronchitis because of secondhand smoke.

Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page says the company will place more focus on its key projects.

Trouble Ahead? Searching For Google's Future

It is hard to imagine a world without the ubiquity of Google, and the tech giant is working hard to keep it that way. Google has perfected the art of search advertising on desktop and laptop, and it controls the widely used Android mobile OS, as well as YouTube and Nest. But is the company nimble enough to capitalize on the next best thing in tech?

Some tech industry observers aren't sure.

George Zimmerman answers questions from a Seminole circuit judge in Sanford, Fla., last November.

Feds Close Investigation Of George Zimmerman Without Pressing Charges

Federal authorities have decided to close an investigation of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin back in 2012.

The killing sparked protests and a national conversation on race. Zimmerman, who is white, was acquitted of murder of the unarmed black teenager by a Florida jury, but federal prosecutors were weighing whether to bring hate crime charges against Zimmerman.

These three images taken from CCTV and issued by the Metropolitan Police in London show (from left) Kadiza Sultana, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick Airport before boarding their flight to Turkey on Feb. 17.

British Police Say 3 Missing Teenage Girls Now In Syria

British police say three teenage girls believed to have run away to join Islamist extremists have now crossed into Syria. The girls, ages 15 and 16, left their London homes Feb. 17 and boarded flights for Istanbul, Turkey. Police think they then crossed the border into Syria hoping to join up with militants from the so-called Islamic State.

Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET

The White House has notified the Senate that President Obama has, as promised, vetoed congressional legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.

"Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest," Obama said in the notification to the Senate.

Tea Tuesdays: The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa

Tea is a daily ritual for millions of Britons. And the British are very specific about how they take their cuppa: black, traditionally with milk and sugar. In 1946, George Orwell wrote an essay in which he claimed to have cracked the code to putting together the perfect cup of tea with milk. But taste preferences can be very individual, so his solution may not be your ideal brew.

Finnish Public Broadcasting To Read Entire Quran In New Series

Finnish public broadcasting is reading the Quran — all of it, a half-hour at a time.

Radio 1, the radio arm of broadcaster Yle, will begin reading Islam's holy book on March 7 in 60 installments of a half-hour each.

The readings will begin with a discussion between Anas Hajjar, an imam from the Islamic Society of Finland, and professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila, who translated the Quran into Finnish.

American boys re-enact George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River in 1776.

The Great U.S. History Battle

William Faulkner wrote, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." And that's never more true than when people start arguing over how American history should be taught in school.

The current fight involves the Advanced Placement U.S. history exam. Nearly half a million high school students took the test last year, hoping to earn college credit.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup (right) sits next to Roberto Gualtieri, the chairman of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, during a meeting Tuesday at the European Parliament in Brussels. The European Union's executive branch said the list of Greek reform measures for final approval of the extended rescue loans is sufficiently comprehensive to be a valid starting point.

Eurozone Approves Greek Overhaul Plan

European finance ministers have approved Greece's proposed economic reforms and agreed to extend financial assistance to the country by four months.

In a statement, the Eurogroup said it would begin "national procedures" – including parliamentary votes in some member states – to give the deal a final approval.

Burmese migrant Thazin Mon Htay and her father Ko Ngwe Htay were trafficked to Thailand to peel shrimp. They worked 16-hour shifts, seven days a week, for less than $10 a day, Ko Ngwe <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world-july-dec12-thaishrimp_09-20/">told</a> PBS NewsHour.

Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

Some recall getting burned. Others say they've been strangled or attacked by dogs. Many suffer from depression and anxiety. These are only a small sampling of what tens of millions modern slaves endure daily, researchers in London reported Wednesday.

The study, published in The Lancet Global Health, is the largest one, so far, to detail the mental and physical health of people who have survived human trafficking.

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