Los Angeles Bans Electronic Cigarettes in Bars, Restaurants

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_7dcf7bb3d0.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- It is now a crime in Los Angeles to take a drag off an electronic cigarette in a public place, including bars and restaurants. As of Saturday, electronic cigarettes are illegal in public places in Los Angeles, following concerns about chemicals in the cigarettes' vapor. "Vapers"-- people who smoke electronic cigarettes-- fought hard against the law. But Brandi Tseu, who works at a vape lounge-- a place where e-cigarette smoking is welcomed and is still legal-- says the ban makes sense.

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Michael Bloomberg Donates $50M to Gun Violence Prevention Group

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_9070d24868.jpgAndrew Burton/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has invested millions of his own fortune into the push for stricter gun laws. Now, he’s upping the ante by pledging up to $50 million this year alone to a newly formed gun control organization that hopes to rival the influence of the powerful National Rifle Association.

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Book: White House Caught Off Guard by Biden's Gay Marriage Support

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_59835eccf9.jpgThe White House (WASHINGTON) -- A new book claims Vice President Joe Biden blindsided the White House when he told NBC's Meet the Press on May 6, 2012 that he was "absolutely comfortable with" same-sex marriage and that gay and lesbian couples "are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties," Politico reports.

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Administration Downplays New Al Qaeda Video from Yemen

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_15acf812e5.jpgErkan Avci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The State Department says that Americans shouldn't get too worked up over a recent video showing what appears to be a gathering of al Qaeda’s dangerous Yemen affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The video, which was posted on Islamic militant websites two weeks ago, features AQAP leader Nasir al-Wahishi addressing dozens of fighters.

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Congress Gone Wild? Lawmakers Take on Spring Break

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_b812c4b630.jpg Architect of the Capitol (WASHINGTON) -- Congress’ annual two-week spring vacation from the nation’s capital is well under way, and many of the 535 lawmakers are following the tradition of sharing their wild (and in some cases, mild) experiences via social media. What exactly does spring break mean for a typical Washington politician? From what we found, it’s fairly clear that most of them graduated from college a long time ago -- although New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker did spend some time back in high school this week.

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