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Long after the smoke is gone, carcinogenic chemicals remain.

Scientists Search For Toxins In Cigarette Smoke Residue

Everybody knows smoking is hazardous. Being around someone who smokes isn't such a good idea either. "There's no safe amount of secondhand smoke," the surgeon general has said.

Now thirdhand smoke is getting scrutiny. What's thirdhand smoke? It's the residue from smoke that settle onto clothes, hair, furniture or anything else in a smoker's vicinity.

Expect Labs' MindMeld app uses predictive computing to push information to us, instead of us having to ask.

Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask

We're already giving voice instructions to virtual personal assistants, like Apple's Siri. But artificial intelligence is getting even smarter. The next wave of behavior-changing computing is a technology called anticipatory computing — systems that learn to predict what you need, even before you ask.

Just the sniffles? Could be the flu.

Even If You Don't Have Symptoms, You May Still Have The Flu

Fever, muscle aches, nausea – these are what we usually associate with having the flu.

But just because you don't exhibit these symptoms, it doesn't mean you don't have the flu, researchers say. And you could be just as contagious. In fact, their study found that roughly three quarters of people with seasonal or pandemic flu show either no symptoms or mild ones that aren't usually linked to flu.

Navy SEALs took control of the Morning Glory on Sunday, the Pentagon said in a statement. The vessel was said to be carrying stolen Libyan oil.

Navy SEALs Take Control Of Oil Tanker Seized By Libyan Rebels

A team of Navy SEALs boarded and took control of an oil tanker carrying Libyan oil, southeast of Cyprus, at the request of the Libyan and Cypriot governments, the Defense Department said in a statement Monday.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the SEALs boarded the Morning Glory on Sunday night local time in international waters; the vessel was seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans.

The 2013 Buick Enclave.

GM Recalls 1.2 Million SUVs For Problem With Air Bags

Already in the news for a recall involving 1.6 million small vehicles with faulty ignition switches, General Motors on Monday added 1.2 million SUVs and nearly 400,000 other vehicles to its list of models with problems that need fixing.

The new recalls, which GM has listed here:

Green cupcakes may mean party time in America, but in Ireland, emerald-tinged edibles harken back to a desperate past.

The Dark History Of Green Food On St. Patrick's Day

Green food may mean party time in America, where St. Patrick's Day has long been an excuse to break out the food dye. But in Ireland, where the Irish celebrate their patron saint on March 17, green food has bitter connotations that recall the nation's darkest chapter, says historian Christine Kinealy.

This image released Monday by Harvard-led researchers represents the gravitational waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background in the microsecond after the Big Bang.

Scientists Announce A Big-Bang Breakthrough

Researchers say they've discovered that gravitational waves rippled through the fabric of space-time in the first sliver of a second after the Big Bang, the first direct evidence for a mysterious ultrarapid expansion at the dawn of the universe. If confirmed, it would represent one of the most profound insights in decades to emerge from the field of cosmology.

CVS announced last month that it would no longer sell cigarettes and  tobacco products in its stores beginning Oct. 1.

Attorneys General Ask Big Retailers To Pull Tobacco From Stores

Attorneys general from 28 states are urging drugstores and large retailers to stop selling tobacco products. In letters sent to Kroger, Wal-Mart, and other store chains, the officials ask companies to follow the example of pharmacy chain CVS, which announced last month that it's going to stop selling tobacco products.

KTLA-TV anchors Megan Henderson, left, and Chris Schauble as they emerged from beneath their desk once the earthquake was over.

VIDEO: News Anchors Dive For Cover As Quake Shakes L.A.

When a 4.4-magnitude earthquake shook Southern California on Monday morning, KTLA-TV morning anchors Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson were live on the air. It was 6:25 a.m. local time.

Police were checking cars throughout Paris on Monday, including near the Arc de Triomphe, as the city tried to cut air pollution by instituting odd-even driving restrictions.

Paris Ends 'Odd Or Even' Limit On Cars After One Day

Hoping to cut down on air pollution that in recent days has reached dangerous levels, city officials in Paris on Monday began trying to cut automobile emissions by enforcing an odd-even system of traffic rules.

For the most part, only cars with odd-numbered license plates could be on the rues et boulevards Monday (since it's the 17th of March). On Tuesday, the city's streets were to be open only to cars with even-numbered plates.

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