JUUL HALTS SALES OF MINT, ITS TOP-SELLING E-CIGARETTE FLAVOR
WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs says it will halt sales of its best-selling mint-flavored electronic cigarettes.
The company said in a statement Thursday the move is in response to new research. The studies released this week showed that mint was the most popular vaping flavor among many high school students who use e-cigarettes.
Federal officials are expected to soon release their plans to remove most vaping flavors from the market to combat the surge in underage vaping.
After stopping mint sales, Juul will only sell menthol and tobacco flavors.
APNEWSBREAK: STUDY SAYS SCHOOL SHOOTERS SHOWED WARNING SIGNS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the students who commit deadly school attacks were bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others, but wasn’t reported.
That’s according to a study by the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center of 41 school attacks since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Colorado.
In the report obtained by The Associated Press, investigators reviewed instances where a current or former student purposefully used a weapon to kill at least one person.
The research will help train school officials and law enforcement on how to better identify students who may be planning an attack and how to stop them before they strike.
Most attacks happened at high schools. In the attacks studied, 19 people were killed and 79 injured.
MATCHBOX CARS, COLORING BOOK, MAGIC MAKE TOY HALL OF FAME
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Matchbox cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering have all been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
The newest honorees debuted decades ago but occupy store shelves even today.
The Class of 2019 was installed Thursday from a group of finalists that also included Care Bears, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, the smartphone and the top.
Anyone can nominate a toy, but to make it into the hall a toy has to be innovative, widely recognized, and foster creativity or discovery through play.
A national selection committee picks the winners.
The National Toy Hall of Fame is inside The Strong museum in Rochester.
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HAWAII MAN FOUND DEAD AFTER FALLING INTO TUBE FORMED BY LAVA
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii police say a man who had been missing for several days was found dead in an underground tube formed by lava.
Police say it appears the man accidentally fell into the tube through a soft area on his property in Hilo on the Big Island.
Lava tubes are formed where lava once flowed and then hardened.
Firefighters responded to a report Monday about the missing man. They rappelled into the lava tube and found his body about 22 feet down.
He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name hasn’t been released.
ILLINOIS MAN TRAPPED IN TREE OVERNIGHT AFTER DOG ATTACK
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois authorities say a man was seriously injured when he spent a night trapped in a tree he’d scaled to escape an attacking dog.
The Belleville Fire Department says a woman heard the 38-year-old man calling for help Wednesday morning and found him stuck about 4 feet off the ground in a tree in Belleville’s Bicentennial Park.
The man told firefighters who rescued him after about 11 hours in the tree that he’d climbed it Tuesday night after a dog chased him, but his knee became lodged in a fork in the tree, trapping him there.
Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour says the man’s knee was seriously injured due to a lack of circulation. KTVI-TV reports the man was flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.
TICK TOCK, IN HOCK: NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK LOOMS OVER ATLANTA
ATLANTA (AP) — A nonpartisan organization has placed a national debt clock in downtown Atlanta, right on time for a Democratic presidential debate coming to the city in two weeks.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports New York-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation placed the billboard on Ted Turner Drive between Walton and Marietta streets, near Centennial Olympic Park.
The clock displays the nation’s nearly $23 trillion debt and pegs each American’s share of the number at about $68,000.
CEO Michael A. Peterson says the debt issue affects everyone not just lawmakers. He says he hopes the billboard sparks conversation on the enormous debt and ways to manage it.
The foundation says the clock will remain in the city indefinitely.
The Democratic presidential debate will be on Nov. 20 at Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta.
PEOPLE PUZZLED BY PECULIAR TEXTS, AND NO ONE CAN SAY WHY
UNDATED (AP) _ If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren’t alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.
Friends who hadn’t talked to each other in months were jolted into chatting. Others briefly panicked.
The best explanation seems to be that old texts sent in the spring suddenly went through.
It’s not clear why this months-long delay happened. Phone companies blamed others and offered no further explanations.
Stephanie Bovee, a 28-year-old from Portland, woke up at 5 a.m. to a text from her sister that said just “omg.” She immediately thought something had happened to her newborn nephew at the hospital. It was three hours before she learned that everything was fine and the text was an odd anomaly.
“Now it’s funny,” she said. “But out of context, it was not cool.”