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From Juul to Puff Bar: Disposable Vape Pens Are 'Extremely Popular' With Teens : Shots - Health News : NPR

Despite enforcement efforts to stop teen vaping, kids are getting their hands on a new array of disposable products that come in sweet and fruity flavors.

2 Big Teachers Unions Call For Rethinking Student Involvement In Lockdown Drills

About 95% of American public schools have adopted some form of active shooter drills. But there's little proof they're effective — and there's growing concern they can traumatize children.

Would a Terrain Warning System Have Helped Prevent the Kobe Bryant Crash? - The New York Times

The N.T.S.B. has long advised installing ground warning systems on helicopters, but the aircraft carrying Mr. Bryant did not have the voluntary system.

Toy Commercials Are Being Replaced by Something More Nefarious

Kids are getting less exposure to traditional TV ads, but marketers have found sneaky ways to reach them anyway.

Amid Nike Controversy, Track's Governing Body Sets New Rules For Shoes : NPR

Concerns have swirled for years over whether Nike's Vaporfly line of shoes gives athletes an unfair advantage. The new rules appear to ban one Vaporfly model, but another will reportedly qualify.

As Regulations Roll Back, Could Clean Water Protection Business Dry Up? : NPR

The Trump administration is stripping clean water protections put in place by President Barack Obama, and some in the industry worry that the regulatory changes will threaten their business.

New U.S. Travel Ban Shuts Door on Africa’s Biggest Economy, Nigeria - The New York Times

The visa rules will affect nearly a quarter of the people on the African continent, including many hoping to join loved ones already in the U.S.

Should Public Transit Be Free? More Cities Say, Why Not? - The New York Times

Mayors are considering waiving fares for bus service as a way to fight inequality and lower carbon emissions. Critics wonder who will pay for it.

Family Caregivers Bear Much Of The Burden Of Home Hospice Care : Shots - Health News : NPR

The for-profit hospice industry has grown, allowing more Americans to die at home. But few family members realize that "hospice care" still means they'll do most of the physical and emotional work.

Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas - The New York Times

Exxon, Marathon, BP and others are flaring natural gas, a wasteful practice with consequences in the fight against climate change, at a record pace. 

Opinion | The Misguided Push for an Equal Rights Amendment - The New York Times

There are better ways to help women, that are less prone to generating backlash.

Does Domestic-Violence Rehabilitation Work? - The Atlantic

A class developed in Duluth, Minnesota, has heavily influenced how domestic abusers are rehabilitated across the U.S. But does it work?

Human Hibernation Is a Real Possibility - The Atlantic

The science of adapting to cold weather could change treatment of inflammatory diseases, insomnia, and trauma.

The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We? - The New York Times

A new genetic engineering technology could help eliminate malaria and stave off extinctions — if humanity decides to unleash it.

Opinion | Injustice on Repeat - The New York Times

From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial.