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Accident During Live-Fire Exercise Kills At Least Seven Marines In Nevada

A mortar round apparently exploded inside an artillery tube, military officials tell NPR's Tom Bowman.

Historian Propels Connecticut To Claim 'First In Flight'

Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, Conn., was the first to fly a plane, according to one expert who examined a photo recently unearthed in a Bavarian museum. This claim has reignited a debate among researchers, and a fight with the Smithsonian.

Bloomberg Wants Retailers To Keep Tobacco Products Out Of Sight

The proposal unveiled Monday comes a week after a judge blocked the New York mayor's effort to limit large sugary drinks. Its aim, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, is to curb the rate of youth smoking.

Maker Of 3-D Printer Guns Now Has Federal Firearms License

A group advocating open-sourced 3-D printing of guns says its founder is now a federally licensed gun manufacturer and dealer. Back in February, the organization released a video displaying the success of a new magazine that holds 30 bullets for an AR-15 rifle.

Among Thousands Of Gun Deaths, Only One Charles Foster Jr.

Charles Foster Jr., 24, died on New Year's Day in Columbus, Ga., just one of tens of thousands of Americans who will be killed by a firearm this year. While mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., attract a frenzy of media coverage, most gun homicides, like Foster's, garner little news attention.

Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Help Prevent Violence?

What if a gun could only be fired by its rightful owner? What if it recognized a grip or fingerprint, or communicated with a special ring? It's been a fantasy for years, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, so-called smart gun technology is back in the spotlight.

Obama's Labor Secretary Pick Could Hit Snags Over Immigration Work

President Obama has nominated Thomas Perez to lead the Labor Department. Perez currently heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, which was recently the subject of a harsh internal review.