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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, a smoker holds his cigarette outside Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City. A federal health panel wants to widen the number of Americans who get yearly scans for lung cancer, by opening the screening to less-heavy smokers. Lung cancer is the nation's top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Smoking is the chief cause and quitting is the best protection. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Health panel may open lung cancer screening to more smokers

Jul. 7, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

A U.S. health panel wants to widen the number of Americans offered yearly scans for lung cancer by opening the screening to less-heavy smokers. Lung cancer is the nation's top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths each year. Smoking is the chief cause and quitting the best protection. Usually, lung...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.” She...

In this June 24, 2020 photo, Dean Loveland, a worker at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City N.J., installs plexiglass barriers between player positions at a card table at the casino a week before it was to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak. Smoking, drinking and eating will all be prohibited when Atlantic City's casinos reopen after being shut for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak under rules imposed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

No smoking, drinking or eating as Atlantic City casinos open

Jun. 30, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. It worked so well that Nucky Johnson, the legendary politician and racketeer, built a Boardwalk empire immortalized on HBO nearly a century later. It also tried banning smoking, too. That lasted for 20 days as smokers stayed away,...

Workers wearing protective gear disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus in a class at a high school in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Jo Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea reports 27 new virus cases

May. 30, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea reports 27 new virus cases, including 21 from...