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Deadly winter storms batter California, chill New Year’s Eve

Snow covers a subdivision neighborhood after a storm brought snow to many southern California locales, in Yucaipa, California.By Eric M. Johnson and Mark Guarino (Reuters) – Two people died on a wind-thrashed California island, and scores of motorists were left stranded on snow-swept mountain roads farther inland as winter storms chilled much of the Western United States on New Year's Eve, officials said on Wednesday. High winds also toppled a tree onto a home overnight in the Northern California town of Redding, killing a woman and injuring a child, a fire official said. …

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December 31st, 2014

Gilmore Girls, Lost Boys Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71

Gilmore Girls, Lost Boys Star Edward Herrmann Dies at 71Edward Herrmann, best known for playing the beloved Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, died Wednesday morning, TMZ reports. He was 71. The Emmy winner was battling brain cancer and had been in the intensive care unit for… Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Gilmore Girls Edward Herrmann

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December 31st, 2014

1.5 Million Lives Spared by Cancer Death Rate Reduction in 20 Years, Study Says

1.5 Million Lives Spared by Cancer Death Rate Reduction in 20 Years, Study SaysMore than 1.5 million lives were spared thanks to a nationwide decrease in cancer deaths in the past 20 years, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society.The report out this week reveals cancer deaths have dropped 22 percent since 1991. If they hadn't and had continued climbing — as they had between 1940 and 1991 — an additional 1,071,600 men and 447,700 women would have died, according to the report.The American Cancer Society attributes the decline in the cancer death rate to a decrease in smoking, as well as "advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. …

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December 31st, 2014

Former Alaska Senator Gravel named chief executive of cannabis products company

Former U.S. senator Gravel talks to demonstrators at their camp at the Lindenplatz square in ZurichBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Former U.S. Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the 1970s, said on Wednesday he would head a Nevada company that develops and markets cannabis throat lozenges and other products in states that have taken steps to legalize weed. Gravel, 84, will run KUSH, a subsidiary of publicly traded Cannabis Sativa Inc, where Gravel previously served nine months on the board of directors, the company said in a statement. "We need to decriminalize drugs and treat them as a health problem," Gravel, who lives in California, told Reuters. …

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December 31st, 2014

New Year’s Eve stampede kills 35 on Shanghai’s Bund tourist strip

Light and laser illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration on the Bund in ShanghaiThe stampede occurred in a waterfront area in central Shanghai, official Chinese government television CCTV America reported on its website. It quoted online media company Sina News as saying that masses of crowds in Chen Yi Square on the Bund led to the stampede. It said authorities were working to rescue and aid the wounded. (Editing by Howard Goller)

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December 31st, 2014
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