Vaping Damages Your Lungs, But Is Still Safer Than Smoking, a Long-Term Study Suggests

Jamie Ducharme At the heart of the hysteria over vaping is what seems like a simple question: Is it safer than smoking? Answering that question, however, is complicated. While e-cigarettes contain and produce fewer known cancer-causing toxins than cigarettes, that’s not the only factor at play. There are a host of unknowns about e-cigarettes, largely because long-term studies on their use have not yet been completed. A new paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine presents the findings of what’s thought to be the first longitudinal analysis of the association between vaping and lung disease. Researchers tracked e-cigarette … Continue reading Vaping Damages Your Lungs, But Is Still Safer Than Smoking, a Long-Term Study Suggests

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Urges Hong Kong to ‘Come out of Its Dilemma’

Hillary Leung / Hong Kong Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam on Monday, and said the semiautonomous territory has yet to “come out of its dilemma” as protests continue to roil the city and disrupt the economy. Speaking at the Great Hall of the People, Li insisted more needs to be done to “study the deep-rooted conflicts and problems in Hong Kong’s society and economy.” Pointing to the recession Hong Kong has fallen into, he said, “The city is facing unprecedented, serious and complicated situations,” according to the Hong Kong government’s video of his remarks. … Continue reading Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Urges Hong Kong to ‘Come out of Its Dilemma’

China Is Threatening Media Freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan, CPJ Says

AMY GUNIA / HONG KONG Taiwan and Hong Kong are on the frontlines of a battle to preserve media freedom from the Chinese government, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists. As Beijing actively tries to manipulate global opinions about its growing role in the world, Taiwan and Hong Kong’s media landscapes provide case studies in how China exports censorship, CPJ argues. While both markets are bastions of free press, Beijing has increasingly put them under strain as it attempts to influence editorial content and spread propaganda, says the report, “One Country, One Censor,” which was … Continue reading China Is Threatening Media Freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan, CPJ Says

Five Aides to Party-Switching House Lawmaker Resign Over ‘Values’

ALAN FRAM / AP (WASHINGTON) — Five aides to a House Democrat who plans to become a Republican are resigning, saying his party switch “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.” The staffers wrote the letter on Sunday, a day after a Republican official said GOP House leaders had been informed that New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew was planning the switch. Van Drew, a freshman, has said he will vote “no” this week when the House decides whether to impeach President Donald Trump, a decision that puts him at odds … Continue reading Five Aides to Party-Switching House Lawmaker Resign Over ‘Values’

Dozens of People Decontaminated After Houston Mercury Spill

Associated Press (HOUSTON) — Dozens of people were decontaminated as a precaution Sunday after trace amounts of mercury was spilled at three locations in Houston, city officials said. Fire Chief Sam Pena said at a news conference Sunday evening that the situation was under control and crews were cleaning up the spills. There’s no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete. Someone called 911 around 11:15 a.m. to report a white liquid on the ground, Pena said. Officials later determined that mercury was spilled outside a Walmart, a Sonic Drive-In and a nearby gas station. All three locations were … Continue reading Dozens of People Decontaminated After Houston Mercury Spill

U.S. Diplomat Says Washington Won’t Accept North Korea’s Year-End Nuclear Deadline

KIM TONG-HYUNG and HYUNG-JIN KIM / AP (SEOUL, South Korea) — A senior U.S. diplomat said Monday that Washington won’t accept a year-end deadline set by North Korea to make concessions in stalled nuclear talks and urged Pyongyang to return to a negotiating table immediately. “On this point, let me be absolutely clear: The United States does not have a deadline,” Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, told reporters. “We are fully aware of the strong potential for North Korea to conduct a major provocation in the days ahead. To say the least, such an action will … Continue reading U.S. Diplomat Says Washington Won’t Accept North Korea’s Year-End Nuclear Deadline

All the Questions We Still Have After the End of Watchmen

Eliana Dockterman The biggest revelation in Watchmen came just two episodes before the finale: Doctor Manhattan had been hiding inside the body of Angela’s husband Cal all along. It was hard to imagine that creator Damon Lindelof could wrap up the series so quickly after re-introducing the most powerful and popular character from the original graphic novel so late in the game. But the season finale of Watchman tied up most of the loose threads in the series. We learned why the Seventh Kavalry was collecting batteries — to create a prison for Doctor Manhattan — and why horseshoes kept … Continue reading All the Questions We Still Have After the End of Watchmen