December 19, 2018

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Flynn Associate Kian Pleads Not Guilty to Lobbying Charges

Flynn Associate Kian Pleads Not Guilty to Lobbying ChargesBijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga also set a Feb. 11 trial date. Kian and a Turkish businessman were indicted this month, accused of helping President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government secretly influence public opinion and politicians during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.


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Arizona Republican McSally will fill McCain's Senate seat

Arizona Republican McSally will fill McCain's Senate seatMcSally will replace the retiring John Kyl, whom Governor Doug Ducey appointed after McCain died in August following a battle with brain cancer. Kyl, a former senator, committed to serving only through the end of 2018 when he was appointed. McSally, the first female combat pilot in the U.S. Air Force and a two-term congresswoman, will serve until 2020, when a special election will be held to fill the remaining two years of McCain's six-year term.


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U.S. Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemic

U.S. Surgeon General wants tougher action to tackle teen vaping epidemicThe detailed advisory listed various strategies that states, communities, health professionals and parents can apply to restrict the use of e-cigarettes. The devices, which are often thought of as safer alternative to cigarettes, are not harmless, the advisory noted. E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among teens because they come in "easy to conceal" shapes such as USB-flash drives, the advisory noted.


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