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Racial Politics Flavor Debate Over Banning Menthol Cigarettes

Lorillard Tobacco gave campaign cash to half of all black members of Congress, as opposed to just one in 38 non-black Democrats, according to an analysis by FairWarning.

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Talc-Ovarian Cancer Link Sparks Growing Legal Battle

Deane Berg’s doctor called her in the day after Christmas, 2006, to give her the crushing news: she had stage III ovarian cancer, and her prognosis was poor. Talc powder might be a cause ovarian cancer--who knew? It turned out that some people did. Berg was stunned to learn that since the early 1980s, a slew of studies had found that women who regularly used talc powder for feminine hygiene had higher than average rates of ovarian cancer.

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After More Than a Decade and Thousands of Disfiguring Injuries, Power Tool Industry Still Resisting Safety Fix

Every year, thousands of U.S. workers and do-it-yourselfers suffer disfiguring, life-changing injuries from the whirring blades of table saws, though technology exists that could virtually eliminate this.