San Francisco Poised To Ban Sales Of E-Cigarettes

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San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday to ban the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in the city. The city is the corporate home of Juul Labs, the biggest producer of e-cigarettes in the U.S.

Two San Francisco ordinances would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores and also online, if shipping to addresses in the city.

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NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations about the diplomatic options that Iran has on the table after a week of rising tensions with the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India Tuesday. India has hiked tariffs on U.S. imports after being dropped from a U.S. duty-free scheme.

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In the south of Georgia, land and sunshine are plentiful, making it prime territory for solar developers. The dramatic drop in the cost of solar is bringing new opportunities to longtime landowners.

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In India's sixth largest city, lines for water snake around city blocks, restaurants are turning away customers and a man was killed in a brawl over water. Chennai, population almost 10 million, is nearly out of water.

In much of India, municipal water, drawn from reservoirs or ground water, typically runs only for a couple of hours each day. That's the norm year-round. The affluent fill tanks on their roofs; the poor fill jerrycans and buckets.

The Fredericksburg General District Court is a red-brick courthouse with Greek columns in a picturesque, Colonial Virginia town — a horse and carriage are usually parked outside the visitor center down the street.

Federal prosecutors say a lenient plea deal struck more than a decade ago with multimillionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein should be allowed to stand.