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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Tuesday that local restrictions, including bans on indoor vaping, are needed to reduce youth e-cigarette use. Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Surgeon General Warns Youth Vaping Is Now An 'Epidemic'

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a forceful advisory about vaping by U.S. teenagers, saying electronic cigarette use among young people has reached levels that require urgent action.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the revival of the U.S. Space Command, saying on Tuesday that it will oversee more than 18,000 military and civilian personnel who currently work "in space operations for our national security." White House/ Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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U.S. Space Command Is Revived, As Vice President Pence Unveils Plan In Florida

"A new era of American national security in space begins today," Vice President Mike Pence said at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Sarah Witter fractured two bones in her lower left leg while skiing in Vermont last February. She had two operations to repair the damage. The second surgery was needed to replace a metal plate that broke after it was implanted. Matt Baldelli for KHN hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: $43,208 For Repeat Surgery To Replace Broken Medical Device

Kaiser Health News

If implanted medical devices fail, patients and their insurers usually have to pay for repairs. That financial responsibility falls to them even when the problems were solely with the devices.

Bill Of The Month: $43,208 For Repeat Surgery To Replace Broken Medical Device

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Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have been in decline for decades. Tyler Jones/UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones hide caption

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Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money

Oyster harvests in the Gulf of Mexico have declined dramatically. Now scientists are working to rebuild oyster reefs, helped by settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf Oyster Reefs Are Hurting. Now There's Help From Oil Spill Aid Money

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Dutch innovator Boyan Slat poses for a portrait next to the anchors of his plastic collecting system in 2017. The trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating is not capturing any garbage. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Creator Of Floating Garbage-Collector Struggling To Capture Plastic In Pacific

A young innovator wants to remove all the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his invention — a long floating boom — is moving too slowly to hold the trash it collects.

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A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins His Debut As A Professional Boxer

After an injury forced Patricio Manuel to withdraw from the women's Olympic boxing trials, the fighter faced a reckoning. He decided to start living publicly as a man — and rebuild his boxing career.

A Trans Man Steps Into The Ring – And Wins His Debut As A Professional Boxer

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Dermot Kennedy, NPR Slingshot's Best New Artist

NPR Music fans have chosen Dermot Kennedy as Slingshot Best New Artist of 2018. In a conversation with NPR's Ailsa Chang, Kennedy talks about the pressures of newfound success and his dedication to the craft.

Dermot Kennedy, NPR Slingshot's Best New Artist

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6 Simple Rules For Saving Money

If you're not good at saving money, it's not your fault: Humans are hardwired to focus on the present. But there's a way to beat evolution and build for your future.

6 Simple Rules For Saving Money

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