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Immigrant detainees resume hunger strike at Washington state facility

By Bryan Cohen SEATTLE (Reuters) - Dozens of detainees at an immigration holding center in Washington state have begun refusing meals, renewing a hunger strike launched by hundreds of inmates earlier this month, attorneys and activists supporting the group said on Tuesday. The protesters have been demanding improved conditions for the 1,300 inmates held at the privately run Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma and an end to routine U.S. deportations of immigrants who have entered the United States illegally.

Smokers group challenges NYC e-cigarette ban

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A smokers' rights group filed a legal challenge on Tuesday to New York City's ban on electronic cigarettes in restaurants, parks and many other public places. The city has increasingly restricted places where regular cigarettes can be smoked over the last decade under the Smoke-Free Air Act. Last year, the city council expanded those laws to include e-cigarettes, a measure that took effect in December.

Smokers' advocacy group files lawsuit seeking to overturn New York City's e-cigarette ban

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A smokers' advocacy group says it has sued New York City seeking to overturn the city's ban on electronic cigarettes. The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment announced the lawsuit Tuesday. The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law in December, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last month in office. It prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where regular cigarettes are banned. The lawsuit says regulating both tobacco smoke exposure and e-cigarettes violates the "One Subject Rule" of the city's charter.

E-cigarette use not linked to quitting smoking

People who use electronic cigarettes do not report higher rates of quitting than regular cigarette smokers, according to a US study out Monday. The findings were based on survey answers from 949 smokers, reported in a research letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. Just over 13 percent of the people in the study reported quitting smoking within one year. E-cigarette use "did not significantly predict quitting one year later," said the letter, written by three researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

Man accused of sexually assaulting teen says he thought youth was older

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - A Halifax man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy while the alleged victim was confined in a cabin in September 2012 told police he was told the youth was not a minor. A video of a four-hour interview John Leonard MacKean gave to the RCMP was submitted as evidence and being played before a jury Wednesday in the province's Supreme Court. In the video, MacKean says Wayne Alan Cunningham, another man accused in the case who later died, told him that the youth was 21 or 22 years old.

Fast-paced 'parkour' offers outlet for Iranian girls

In a Tehran park, a group of young women brave sneering men and shocked looks as they perform flips, mid-air somersaults and bound from pillar to pillar in a surprising sight in a conservative Islamic country. The group has discovered parkour, the fast-moving sport blending acrobatics and gymnastics that has become their outlet for evading social constraints and dealing with stress. "As a woman, it's a bit complicated," concedes their teacher Maryam Sedighian Rad, a 28-year-old who holds a masters in physiology .

Golf: Canizares pulls clear in Morocco

Alejandro Canizares pulled six shots clear of the chasing pack after the third round of the Trophee Hasan II on Saturday to close in on his first European title since 2006. The Spaniard, who held a one-stroke lead from England's Seve Benson overnight at the Golf du Palais Royal, shot a three under par 69 for a 17 under par total of 199. Benson carded a 74 to lie second, one shot clear of Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands with Sweden's Magnus Carlsson in a five-way tie for third, two shots further away.

Spain patient gets pneumonia by e-cigarettes

A patient in Spain caught pneumonia from smoking an electronic cigarette too much, the second ever recorded case of lung illness from the devices, the hospital treating him said Thursday. The patient, identified by media as a man aged 50, was admitted in the northwestern city of A Coruna for a separate illness and came down with the lung complaint while there, a source at the hospital told AFP. "He was diagnosed with exogenous lipoid pneumonia caused by an excessive use of electronic cigarette," said the source at the A Coruna University Hospital, who asked not be named.

Dead Indian guru in freezer for 'deep meditation'

An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesman said. Devotees placed Ashutosh Maharaj, whom authorities declared clinically dead on January 29, in the freezer and have been watching over his body in the sprawling ashram in a small town in northern Punjab state.

Dead Indian guru in freezer for 'deep meditation'

An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesman said. Devotees placed Ashutosh Maharaj, whom authorities declared clinically dead on January 29, in the freezer and have been watching over his body in the sprawling ashram in a small town in northern Punjab state.
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