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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.
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Retail Labs Give Patients Information, But Needle Doctors

The shops, located in retail spaces, offer patients convenience and access to medical tests without a doctor's orders. Physicians say that's precisely the problem. Test results could spark panic in some patients and drive up health costs.
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Cigarette Tax Increase Proposed To Lower Va. Car Tax

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A Virginia delegate has proposed a four-fold increase in the cigarette tax to fund anti-smoking programs as well as to significantly lower the local car tax.

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Gains In Afghan Health: Too Good To Be True?

A U.S.-sponsored mortality survey released last year found huge improvements in health across Afghanistan. But the improvements are so dramatic that experts, including several involved in the survey, question the findings.
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Listen Up, Walkers: Watch Out For Traffic When Wearing Headphones

A study of accidents involving pedestrians wearing headphones suggests a real risk from the audio distraction. Fumbling with or listening to music players can divert attention from dangers. The audio can also drown out sounds of trouble.

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