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Teen vaping on the rise as use of other substances remains steady or declines: Survey

Teen vaping on the rise as use of other substances remains steady or declines: Survey

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Cigarettes and other drugs have taken a backseat to vaping as more teens partake in the activity, making it second only to alcohol in substances used, according to a survey. The National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded Monitoring the Future survey looked at vaping rates in teens for the second year in 2018, and found a dramatic increase in the number of teens who used the devices — from 27.8 percent of 12th-graders to 37.3 percent who reported “any vaping” in the past 12 months. That includes students who vaped nicotine, marijuana or hash oil or just flavoring. The survey has assessed drug, alcohol and nicotine and tobacco use — as well as attitudes toward them — in students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades in hopes of identifying and responding to unhe...
Crude oil stays steady with Iranian sanctions just a month away

Crude oil stays steady with Iranian sanctions just a month away

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Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices stayed steady Friday after a volatile week that saw the highest prices in four years.WTI crude was up 26 cents to $ 74.59 a barrel in mid-day trading while Brent was up 9 cents to trade at $ 84.67 a barrel. "Fundamental dynamics have shifted in favor of the bears this week with a huge build in commercial crude oil stocks and news that Saudi Arabia and Russia made a private agreement weeks ago to increase output to help offset the declining exports from Iran," said Tyler Richey, co-editor of the Stevens Report. On Nov. 4, sanctions will go into effect that will prohibit countries from buying Iranian crude oil. The Trump administration wants to cut off money from the Iranian regime to pressure the leaders back into a new nuclear agreement. Oil prices are up...
Gas prices steady after onslaught from Hurricane Florence

Gas prices steady after onslaught from Hurricane Florence

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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Hurricane Florence had little effect on gasoline prices because the storm didn't go near refineries or other energy infrastructure. The Carolinas and surrounding states also had an abundant supply of gasoline, analysts report, explaining the lack of a spike in prices. AAA reports that national prices remained steady at $ 2.85 on the week. Gasoline supplies in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast topped 66.7 million barrels, the highest level since March 2016. But actually delivering gasoline to gas stations in the hardest hit areas of North Carolina could be a short-term challenge. During the build-up to the hurricane, many drivers topped off their tanks, leaving some stations empty. "Gasoline stocks in the hurricane-impacted area are healthy, but delivery of gasoline will be ...
Inflation steady at 3% despite food cost rise

Inflation steady at 3% despite food cost rise

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The rate of inflation remained static at 3% in October - defying expectations of a rise among economists and policymakers at the Bank of England.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said rising food prices were largely offset by falling fuel costs last month.Forecasters had predicted an increase to at least 3.1% - a scenario that would have forced the Bank's governor to write to the Chancellor to explain why the Consumer Prices Index measure had exceeded 3%.Its inflation target is 2%. The Bank raised interest rates earlier this month to help tackle inflation in its belief the figure was to hit 3.2% in October.The ONS figures are likely to reinforce doubts among some economists on the wisdom of that rate hike, which has forced up many families' borrowing costs at a time when their spen...
Ready, steady, bake!!

Ready, steady, bake!!

Health
We know you’re glued to #GBBO as much as we are, but if you’re keen to add a certain nuttiness to your bakes then you’ll love these delicious recipes.Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese Banana BreadBy The Recipe CriticPrep Time - 15 MinsCook Time - 50 MinsTotal Time - 1 Hr, 5 MinsINGREDIENTSBANANA BREAD3 over-ripe bananas, mashed1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted3/4 cup granulated sugar1 egg, beaten1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup walnuts, choppedCINAMMON SWIRL1/3 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon ground cinnamonCREAM CHEESE CENTER4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature1/4 cup granulated sugar1 eggPREPARATIONBANANA LOAFPreheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside.In a large bowl mix mashed bananas, melted butter, 3