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A woman tries electronic cigarettes at a store in Miami.

A Group Of 29 State Attorneys General Ask FDA To Strengthen E-Cig Regulations

A group of 29 state attorneys general are asking the Food and Drug Administration to tighten their regulation of electronic cigarettes.

In a letter (PDF), the attorneys ask the FDA to prohibit flavored e-cigarettes and to restrict adversting and marketing in the same matter it does for traditonal cigarettes.

Fair Isaac Corp. says its FICO credit-score calculations will no longer include information about bills that have been paid off or settled with a collection agency.

Shazam! Now You Look Like A Better Borrower

Credit scores can have a huge impact on your life, largely determining your ability to get a home mortgage, a car loan or credit cards.

Soon, tens of millions of Americans will find their three-digit credit scores levitating upward — and without having to pay any new bills.

What's the magic?

It's a simple trick: Fair Isaac Corp. said Thursday that it is changing its widely used FICO credit-score calculations. The company plans to lighten up on consumers, making it easier for millions of borrowers to look better on paper.

When it comes to the effects of video games, content matters.

Playing Video Games Can Help Or Hurt, Depending On Whom You Ask

Parents worry that video games are bad for kids, but the evidence on how and why they may be harmful has been confusing.

"Most of popular media puts the most emphasis of concern on aggression," says psychologist Jay Hull from Dartmouth College. "But aggression is just the tip of the iceberg."

U.S. soldiers carry Iraqi Kurdish children into the Zakho refugee camp in 1991. The U.S. military provided humanitarian relief to Iraqi Kurdish families fleeing Saddam Hussein's army. The rescue operation announced Thursday by President Obama is taking place in the same region.

This Isn't The First U.S. Rescue Operation In Northern Iraq

When it comes to humanitarian rescues for persecuted minorities in northern Iraq, the U.S. military has valuable experience that may offer some lessons for the latest mission.

President Obama's call to help some 40,000 members of the Yazidi community, who are trapped on barren mountains and surrounded by the extremist Islamic State, has echoes of a 1991 U.S. effort known as Operation Provide Comfort.

Tobacco plants grown at an Owensboro, Ky., biotechnology firm were used to help produce an experimental serum used to treat two Americans infected with Ebola.

Investors Pump Prospects Of Unproven Ebola Treatments

Interest in drugs that might be used to treat Ebola virus has hit a fever pitch, but the buzz isn't simply about fear of Ebola, or about saving lives in poor nations of West Africa. It's also about money.

Flight attendants of Malaysia Airlines walk past their company's counter Friday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

Malaysia's Money-Losing Airline Will Become National Property

Malaysia plans to nationalize its flag carrier Malaysia Airlines after back-to-back disasters and a 12-year stretch that saw the company restructured four times. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing that another complete restructuring will follow, in a bid to pull the airline out of its financial tailspin.

The White House, as seen through the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.

White House Goes On Lockdown After Sneaky Toddler Breaches Fence

The White House went on lockdown Thursday night and it was all for a pint-sized breach.

A toddler apparently got loose from his parents and made a run through the White House fence. If you've ever been to the White House, you know the Secret Service takes any breach very seriously. Plus, there's also guys with powerful guns on the roof.

A volunteer escort waits outside an abortion clinic in Milwaukee. Wisconsin is one of many states that have passed laws requiring doctors to have hospital privileges if they perform abortions.

State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Even if you're trying, it's tough to keep score on what's happening with various lawsuits challenging some state abortion laws.

States led by anti-abortion governors and legislatures have been passing a broad array of measures over the past few years aimed at making the procedure more difficult for women to obtain.

About two-dozen states enacted 70 such measures in 2013, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Those laws range from imposing waiting periods to requiring ultrasounds to limiting the use of the "abortion pill" mifepristone, or RU486.

Chermoula is a friend to a fish dish — but also goes well with meat, poultry and vegetables.

Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table

If you weren't on the guest list for Tuesday's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner, no need to feel left out. We've got the inside scoop — and a few recipes — for one of the meal highlights.

The White House served tender slabs of Wagyu beef, with a side of sweet potato puree and braised collard greens. To add a bit of African flair, the chefs rubbed on a marinade native to North Africa: chermoula.

Born in Morocco, chermoula is a blend of spices like coriander and cumin along with fresh chilies, giving it a rich herby and spicy taste. Olive oil turns the combo into a paste.

Dueling Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Resolve Election Dispute

Following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Afghanistan's two dueling presidential candidates have come to an agreement that aims to resolve a long-running election dispute.

Reuters says that:

"A joint declaration that both of the candidates signed, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, did not provide details on the government's framework, except to say that both sides would form commissions to work on its structure.

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