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November 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert couldn't wait to address the growing crack smoking scandal that's engulfing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Describing the hefty Ford as a "Chris Farley tribute mayor," Colbert relayed the news that Toronto police had confirmed a video that apparently showed Ford smoking crack cocaine. "On the bright side, he's personally taking crack off the streets of Toronto," Colbert said. To address the bombshell news, Ford gathered reporters at his office and asked them to repeat the question they had asked him in May. That wasn't a rhetorical request.
November 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. " That admission on Tuesday by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had city leaders calling for his ouster. But the controversial city official is not quitting. Ford, red-faced and appearing deeply emotional, held a news conference a few hours after his startling impromptu announcement on his previous drug use . PHOTOS: Political figures, personal indiscretion Here's what he said: "With today's announcement, I know I embarrassed everyone in this city, and I will be forever sorry.  There is only one person to blame for this, and that is myself.
October 31, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A dormant scandal over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's alleged drug use flared anew Thursday when the city's police chief disclosed that a video purportedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine had been recovered from a computer seized in a related drug probe. Canadian media swarmed to Ford's suburban home to confront him over the video, which journalists from the Toronto Star and the U.S. gossip site Gawker had reported viewing in May. The mayor at the time vehemently denied that he used drugs or that the video existed.
October 24, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Wildfire smoke poses a growing health risk to millions of Americans, even for those who live hundreds of miles from the flames, a new report by an environmental group says. About two-thirds of Americans, or nearly 212 million people, lived in counties that two years ago contended with wildfire smoke linked to respiratory problems like asthma, pneumonia and chronic lung diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The group used satellite imagery of smoke plumes from the 2011 wildfire season - one of the worst in recent years - to take a nationwide snapshot of air quality.
October 11, 2013 | By Julie Cart
It didn't seem possible for there to be any more bad news about the health effects of smoking. There is. An Australian study suggests that smoking is even more dangerous than previously thought, with cigarettes linked to the cause of death of more than 60% of smokers and shortening the life of an average smoker by 10 years. The previous estimate for cigarettes causing the deaths of smokers was 50% The study required a four-year analysis of the health records of more than 200,000 Australians.
October 10, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Asking politicians whether they ever smoked pot can produce answers that range from silly to squirming. But when Israeli opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich was asked the question this week, she just said, “yes.” In an interview broadcast Wednesday on the Knesset Channel, the 53-year-old lawmaker said she had smoked marijuana on a number of occasions as a younger woman, the last time about 16 years ago. She is the first senior...
October 4, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- A massive grass fire Friday near California 12 in Solano County was blowing a pall of smoke over the Bay Area, prompting calls to local fire departments from worried residents. The 8-alarm fire in the Suisun City area had spread to 500 acres by Friday afternoon and was only 10% contained. It had burned one structure. Dixon Fire Chief Aaron McAlister told KTVU that it was either a residence or a ranch outbuilding. The fire was reported to the California Highway Patrol shortly after noon.
October 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Americans are becoming more familiar with e-cigarettes, which are beginning to appear in restaurants, bars and coffeehouses where regular cigarettes have long been banned. An e-cigarette is, in effect, a battery-operated nicotine delivery system that works by heating a mixture of water, nicotine and other chemicals. The user inhales and exhales the resulting vapor rather than smoke. E-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes and, for many people, substitute for them. But enormous questions remain.
September 10, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Within minutes of igniting, the Clover fire in Northern California's Shasta County sent up enough smoke to look like a moving black wall, prompting school evacuations, a district official said Tuesday. The Clover fire near the rural community of Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of Redding, started just after 12:30 p.m. Monday near Cloverdale Road, Cal Fire officials said Tuesday. It has destroyed 30 residences and 50 outbuildings, damaged 30 additional homes and is threatening 300 more structures, officials said.
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