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Menthol cigarettes pose risk, FDA says

RICHMOND, VA. — A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes but does not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban the minty smokes – one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business.

The federal agency released the independent review Tuesday and is seeking input from the health community, the tobacco industry and others on possible restrictions on the mint-flavored cigarettes.

The FDA evaluation concluded that there is little evidence to suggest that menthol cigarettes are more or less toxic or contribute to more disease risk to smokers than regular cigarettes. However, there is adequate data to suggest that menthol use is likely associated with increased smoking initiation by younger people and that menthol smokers have a harder time quitting, the review said.

AT&T revenue up, but profits decline

The surge in tablet usage, a trade-in promotion and a fee tacked onto bills helped boost AT&T’s wireless revenue for the latest quarter, but profits declined as costs surged, the company said Tuesday.

AT&T Inc., the country’s largest telecommunications company, said it earned $3.8 billion, or 71 cents per share, in the April-to-June period, compared with $3.9 billion, or 66 cents share, a year ago.

AT&T’s revenue was $32.1 billion, up 1.6 percent from a year ago and well above Wall Street’s estimate of $31.8 billion.

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STARBUCKS SAYS it’s teaming up with French food and drink company Danone to sell Greek yogurt. The ready-to-eat parfaits will arrive in its U.S. cafes in the spring of 2014, before rolling out to grocery stores in 2015.

– Associated Press


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Frazier retires after demotion

Long-time Richmond County principal Wayne Frazier, known for his unorthodox approach to school reform, submitted his resignation Wednesday after being demoted to a teacher this summer.
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