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E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

Health
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams has declared that e-cigarette use doesn't help smokers quit -- but it may get non-smokers to start. Adams made the remarks Thursday as he presented his office's 2020 report on tobacco. He noted that despite the fact that many e-cigarette -- or vaping -- products are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, scientific evidence supporting these claims remains mixed. The 2020 report -- the 34th overall -- was the first in roughly three decades to address smoking cessation specifically, and it comes in the midst of ongoing debate in Congress and elsewhere about flavored vaping products and their appeal, particularly among young people. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on flavored e-cigarette prod...
At least 56 killed in stampede at burial ceremony for Iranian general

At least 56 killed in stampede at burial ceremony for Iranian general

World
At least 56 mourners have been killed in a stampede, causing the burial of Iran's top military commander to be postponed, Iran's state television has reported.More than a million people were on the streets for the funeral procession of Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike near Baghdad airport on Friday. The stampede in the general's hometown of Kerman has also left 213 people injured. He was due to be buried in a "martyrs' cemetery" today. Image: Iranian mourners gather around a vehicle carrying the coffin of Qassem Soleimani It is not now clear when Major General Soleimani's burial will now take place.As mourners gathered in Kerman, the semi-official Fars news agency reported that a top Iranian security official said T...
US forces kill top Iranian general in airstrike on Baghdad airport

US forces kill top Iranian general in airstrike on Baghdad airport

World
By Alison Chung, news reporter US forces have killed a top Iranian general in a drone airstrike on Baghdad airport - an attack that marks a dramatic escalation of tensions with Tehran.Iran immediately threatened a "crushing revenge" for the assassination in Iraq of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and spearhead of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East. The Pentagon confirmed US forces had killed the general, a revered figure in the region, on Friday. Image: Qassem Soleimani was one of Iran's most powerful figures It said Maj Gen Soleimani, 62, had "orchestrated" attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past few months and appro...
General Election 2019: How computers wrote BBC election result stories

General Election 2019: How computers wrote BBC election result stories

Technology
For the first time, BBC News published a news story for every constituency that declared election results overnight - all written by a computer.It was the BBC's biggest test of machine-generated journalism so far.Each of nearly 700 articles - most in English but 40 of them in Welsh - was checked by a human editor before publication.The head of the project said the tech was designed to enhance the service provided rather than to replace humans."This is about doing journalism that we cannot do with human beings at the moment," said Robert McKenzie, editor of BBC News Labs."Using machine assistance, we generated a story for every single constituency that declared last night with the exception of the one that hasn't finished counting...
General election: Markets surge on Tory election victory

General election: Markets surge on Tory election victory

Business
The pound and the FTSE 100 have surged higher as the Conservatives secured a majority in the general election.Sterling climbed three cents against both the dollar and the euro as the result emerged overnight while UK-focused stocks helped the FTSE 100 rise by about 1.5%, or more than 100 points, in morning trading. That was partly held back by the performance of dollar and euro earning companies whose values were depressed by the pound's strength.The more domestically-focused FTSE 250 rocketed by about 5% to hit fresh record highs.It came as the election result seemed to ease some of the uncertainty over Brexit. Advertisement Image: The pound hit a three and a h...