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Nebraska lawmakers soon will take on budget, tax changes

Apr. 21, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With the legislative session more than two-thirds over, Nebraska lawmakers are getting ready to confront some of the biggest issues they'll face this year, including the state budget, a contentious property tax plan and a longshot attempt to repeal the death penalty. All the proposals...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...

Markets Right Now: Stocks end holiday-shortened week higher

Apr. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Major U.S. indexes managed small gains on Wall Street but not enough to prevent a losing week for the S&P 500 following three weeks of gains. Industrial companies rose Thursday as traders welcomed solid earnings...

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

Apr. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...

Bill would hike smoking, vaping age from 18 to 21 in Florida

Apr. 16, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The minimum age for Floridians to possess tobacco and vaping products that deliver nicotine would rise from 18 to 21 under legislation a state House committee readied Tuesday for a floor vote. The measure that cleared the House Appropriations Committee would also establish 21 as...

Indiana panel backs 20 percent tax on e-cigarette liquids

Apr. 11, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana would impose a 20 percent tax on the liquids used in electronic cigarettes under a proposal endorsed by a legislative committee. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday in support of the bill. The vote came after the committee adopted the tax on price of the vaping...

Pritzker signs bill banning tobacco sales to Illinois minors

Apr. 7, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill banning the sale of tobacco products to minors. Pritzker on Sunday signed legislation raising the legal age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. With Pritzker's action, beginning on July 1, Illinois will join California, New Jersey,...

Lawmakers urged to raise age to buy cigarettes to 21

Apr. 7, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cancer survivors, medical professional, local youth and their families plan to press Connecticut lawmakers to pass legislation this session that increases the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. The legislation also includes e-cigarettes. The American Cancer Society Cancer...

Florida lawmakers push to exempt premium cigar industry

Apr. 6, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — They say politics makes strange bedfellows. Sometimes in Florida, cigars do too. Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis are pushing to exempt premium cigars from federal rules that require a Surgeon General's warning to...

US investigates seizure risk with electronic cigarettes

Apr. 3, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has reviewed 35 reports of seizures among e-cigarettes users, mainly in young people....