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Navy bans vaping on ships after explosions, burns

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is banning vaping on ships after at least a dozen reports of explosions and injuries. Naval commanders said in a statement Friday that the temporary electronic cigarette policy aims to protect sailors and the fleet. It starts next month. Officials cited overheated batteries …

Prince Harry describes mental problems after Diana’s death

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has broken with royal tradition of maintaining silence about mental health issues by speaking candidly of his problems following the death of his mother Princess Diana. The 32-year-old prince told The Daily Telegraph in an interview published Monday that he needed counseling and nearly suffered …

Canine shelter takes on Tehran stray dog problem _ humanely

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — On a cold winter morning in the Iranian capital recently, a homeless dog lay basking in the sun’s rays for warmth. Suddenly, the canine moaned — it had been shot with an anesthetic dart from a blowpipe. It ran several steps, then fell immobilized. The cream-and-gray …

Evangelical Rio mayor skips Carnival, drawing ire and praise

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella did the unthinkable over the last week: He snubbed the city’s legendary Carnival. And in doing so, the retired Pentecostal bishop exposed sharp divisions in a society known for easygoing attitudes toward sex and celebration but with a large-and-growing …