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CVS kicks the tobacco habit - industry waits to see if it's a retail rebel, or the future

It has long been gospel among retailers that tobacco pulls so much business into stores, with smokers also picking up water, gum or a bag of chips, that dumping it would be a sales killer. However, with pressure from anti-smoking forces growing, tobacco use waning and now a national drugstore chain jettisoning cigarettes for good, is this calculus starting to crack?

U.S. judge questions SAC Capital plea pact ahead of sentencing

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday raised a series of questions about a proposed $1.2 billion insider trading accord with billionaire Steven Cohen's investment firm, formerly known as SAC Capital Advisors, in advance of its sentencing on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in Manhattan issued an order directing the parties to address how to calculate the proposed penalty and the qualifications of a newly appointed compliance consultant.

Two men charged in mob beating of motorist in Detroit

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Detroit charged two men with assault on Tuesday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he struck accidentally last week, raising to three the number of people now charged in the "vigilante-style" attack. Wonzey Safford, 30, and James Davis, 24, were charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the beating of Steven Utash, 54, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

EU's top court nixes snooping legislation, strengthens privacy rights

BRUSSELS - The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance." The European Court of Justice scrapped EU legislation allowing the indiscriminate collection of such communication data in crime-fighting efforts, finding that the rules were too broad and offered too few privacy safeguards.

European court scraps phone, email data collection law

Europe's top court on Tuesday struck down an EU law forcing telecoms operators to store private phone and email data for up to two years, judging it too invasive, despite its usefulness in combating terrorism. By allowing EU governments to access the data, "the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data," the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said.

European court scraps phone, email data collection law

Europe's top court on Tuesday struck down an EU law forcing telecoms operators to store private phone and email data for up to two years, judging it too invasive, despite its usefulness in combating terrorism. By allowing EU governments to access the data, "the directive interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data," the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said.

Seoul mulling U.N. office on N. Korean human rights

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will positively consider hosting a United Nations office on North Korea's human rights violations if it receives a formal request, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. Following a U.N. commission of inquiry's report accusing the North of dire human rights violations, the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in late March calling on the international community to take steps to bring those responsible to justice.

Smartphone addiction highly linked to cyber-bullying: poll

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- One out of five adolescents in South Korea is addicted to smartphones, with the addicts more vulnerable to bullying in cyberspace, a poll showed Tuesday. According to the survey of 4,998 students aged 10 to 17 conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in November, 2.9 percent of the respondents were categorized as "a high addiction-risk group" and 16.1 percent were in a "potentially" dangerous group. Those who were prone to addiction experienced more cyber-bulling both as bullies and victims.

Smartphone addiction highly linked to cyber-bullying: poll

SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- One out of five adolescents in Seoul City is addicted to smartphones, with the addicts more vulnerable to bullying in cyberspace, a poll showed Tuesday. According to the survey of 4,998 students aged 10 to 17 conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government in November, 2.9 percent of the respondents were categorized as "a high addiction-risk group" and 16.1 percent were in a "potentially" dangerous group. Those who were prone to addiction experienced more cyber-bulling both as bullies and victims.

San Diego mayor accused of sex harassment released from house arrest

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned last year amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and was later convicted of abusing three women, said on Monday he had spent his court-ordered home confinement working to correct his behavior and regain his integrity. Filner was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest in addition to three years of probation in December after pleading guilty to criminal charges of false imprisonment and battery involving three women.
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