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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 …

Thai PM plans driving crackdown after deadly van crash

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister vowed Wednesday to crack down on the country’s private van transportation industry after a fiery crash that killed 25 people. Thailand has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world, and vans — especially used for commuting, but also for inter-provincial travel …

Bereavement fares have disappeared on most US airlines

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines used to give discounts to passengers who were traveling to a relative’s funeral, but those days are just about gone. Now buying a ticket to attend a funeral or visit a relative in the hospital is no different than last-minute travel plans for any other reason. …