Study Finds Teens Who Vape Are More Likely To Use Marijuana Later

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New research is pointing to a potential link between teens' tobacco product use and smoking marijuana later on. 

According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, young people who used e-cigarettes and hookah were much more likely to use marijuana later. 

Researchers looked at more than 2,600 students from public high schools in Los Angeles. The students were asked at 14 years old if they'd ever tried hookah or e- cigarettes. A follow-up survey two years later asked the same students about their marijuana use. The findings showed that the students who had tried e-cigarettes when they were freshmen were more than three times more likely to have tried marijuana compared to students who hadn't tried vaping. The group that reported using hookah showed similar results. 

It's not clear exactly why e-cigarette use preceded marijuana use. One tobacco researcher suggested that nicotine exposure could prompt central nervous system changes, leading to other drug dependence. Still, experts say the findings may not necessarily indicate a causal relationship and recommend more research. 

The CDC reports an increase in young people using tobacco products, although conventional cigarette smoking has declined in that demographic. Earlier this year, the FDA started taking steps to cut down on vaping in young people, targeting companies that it says market to youths. The move was part of a broader regulatory plan launched last summer to prevent nicotine addiction.  

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Are Silicon Valley Imitators At Risk Of Affordable Housing Crises?

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San Francisco is one of America's wealthiest regions and home to the some of the world's most successful technology companies, like Google and Twitter. But not everyone has benefited from the strong local economy. 

"While it may seem incongruous to you, it may be sort of helping to accelerate the problem of the lack of affordable housing," said Brian Sullivan, Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

As the tech industry grew, housing prices skyrocketed. In the first half of this year, the average house price rose by $205,000—the largest six-month increase in history. It's not much easier for renters out there, either. 

San Francisco isn't the only tech hub in America, though. Over the past few years, several imitators have popped up around the country, like Silicon Prairie in the Midwest and Silicon Hills in the South. If those areas see an influx of high-paying tech jobs at the same rate San Francisco has, they might have to prepare to deal with the same affordable housing problem. 

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"City and county and state planners have really gotta give serious attention to whether or not a housing market can absorb these new industries without, at the same time, creating all this rent burden on those people that have maybe grown up there," Sullivan said. 

In Atlanta, GA—known as Silicon Peach—rent prices grew 4 percent year-over-year. During the same period, home prices jumped 8 percent. While it's too early to tell how, if at all, the booming tech scene has influenced that, it's clear that there's less affordable housing available—even as the regional economy flourishes. 

While the U.S. has made progress by decreasing the number of homeless veterans and those experiencing chronic homelessness, the lack of affordable housing has become a new headwind to battle. 

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EU Says It’ll Protect Companies Doing Legitimate Business With Iran

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As U.S. sanctions on Iran are set to snap back into place Monday, the European Union announced it'll protect companies doing legitimate business with Iran. 

The EU foreign policy chief and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the U.K. made the announcement in a joint statement on Monday. They said the EU's updated Blocking Statute would go into effect at the same time as the U.S.' sanctions. 

The Blocking Statute's goal is to protect EU companies doing business with Iran from secondary U.S. sanctions. The statute allows EU companies to recover damages from sanctions. It even "forbids" companies from complying with the sanctions unless authorized to do so. 

The EU said it "deeply regrets" the U.S. putting the sanctions back into place. But it said it will remain "fully committed" to the Iran nuclear deal, which includes Iran limiting its uranium enrichment program in exchange for relief from sanctions.

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At Least 57 People Shot, 11 Dead After Violent Weekend In Chicago

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Dozens of people were shot in Chicago over the weekend. At least 11 people have died as a result. 

CBS News called it "one of the most violent weekends on record." 

At least 57 people were shot between Friday and Sunday. 

At a press conference on Monday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department ordered additional deployments of officers in the areas where there were shootings. He pointed out that so far this year, there has been an overall reduction in shootings. But he did admit the police department and city could do better. 

Police said the shootings were gang related. 

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Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian Lawmakers To Visit The Capitol

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul invited a delegation of Russian lawmakers to visit Washington, D.C., for the first time in almost three years.

The Kentucky Republican was in Moscow meeting with Russian officials on Monday. 

One of those officials was the chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs. Paul said the two "agreed on the importance of continued dialogue."

Prior to his trip to Russia, Paul wrote in an op-ed for Politico that he'd scheduled the trip partly to "help prevent further, unnecessary escalation of tensions."

Neither House Speaker Paul Ryan nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately commented on Paul's invitation.

It's unclear when those Russian lawmakers plan to visit the U.S. Capitol.

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US Sanctions On Iran Snap Back Into Place

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The first round of U.S. nuclear sanctions on Iran officially snapped back into place on Tuesday. 

President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday announcing the reinstatement of the "most biting sanctions ever imposed." He also reiterated his earlier statements that anyone doing business with Iran won't be doing business with the U.S. 

The sanctions affect Iran's trade in gold and other precious metals, its automotive sector and its purchases of U.S. dollars. 

In 2015, France, the U.K., Germany, Russia, China, the U.S. and Iran signed the nuclear deal. It put restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions. 

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement back in May. Since then, some of those world powers have been scrambling to keep the deal intact without the U.S.' participation. 

Iran's economy has been suffering in recent months, sparking protests. The country's currency, the rial, has reportedly lost about half of its value since April. 

The Washington Post reports Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Iranian government would have to make an "enormous change" to get out of U.S. sanctions. 

The White House says the next round of sanctions, which will affect Iran's oil industry and banks, is set to go into effect Nov. 5. 

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‘The Facts Of Life’ Star Charlotte Rae Dies At 92

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Actress Charlotte Rae died Sunday at the age of 92. 

Rae revealed last year that she'd been diagnosed with bone cancer after undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer years before.

She was best known for playing the character of Mrs. Garrett, a role she played on both "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life."

Rae was nominated for an Emmy award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on "The Facts of Life" in 1982.

Beyond on her work in TV, Rae also had a successful career on the stage, earning two Tony nominations.   

Rae is survived by one of her sons and multiple grandchildren. 

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Another Earthquake Rocks Indonesian Tourist Island Of Lombok

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6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, killing at least 91 people and injuring hundreds more. 

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency, or BNPB, says the number of victims and amount damage due to the earthquake is expected to continue increasing. 

First responders are in the process of evacuating people trapped after some structures on the island collapsed. A disaster agency spokesman estimates 20,000 people have been displaced by the earthquake

This is the second earthquake that has rocked the area in just over a week. More than a dozen people died and hundreds were injured in the first earthquake July 29. 

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area that has a lot of seismic and volcanic activity. 

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Report: Another Trump-Kim Summit To Maybe Take Place This Year

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Another summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could reportedly happen this year.

An unnamed official told CNN there's a "strong possibility" the summit will happen, but noted the two sides have yet to decide when and where it would take place.

The news comes as North Korean state media accused the U.S. on Monday of not honoring its end of the denuclearization bargain by keeping sanctions in place.

The outlet specifically called out the U.S. State Department. On Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said once again that the Trump administration wouldn't lift North Korean sanctions until the country gets rid of all of its nuclear weapons.

His comments came on the same weekend that a report commissioned by the United Nations Security Council said North Korea has violated U.N. sanctions by refusing to stop its nuclear and missile programs.

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‘Christopher Robin’ Delivers Lowest Disney Debut In Past 2 Years

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Holding on to the No. 1 spot this week is "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," bringing in an estimated $35 million in its second weekend out. That's a great sophomore weekend for Cruise and company, and "Mission: Impossible 6" is still making waves overseas. The worldwide box-office total for "Fallout" sits at $329 million. 

Taking the No. 2 spot in its debut weekend is Disney's "Christopher Robin," bringing in an estimated $25 million in its first weekend out. This is only the second time this year that a Disney release hasn't placed No. 1 in its debut. Moreover, it's the lowest nationwide opening for any Disney title since summer 2016.

For what's it's worth, that's less a knock on Pooh and Tigger and more so a sign of just how dominant Disney has been over the past few years. 

Disney's live-action remakes have done extraordinarily well. "Beauty and the Beast," for example is the second highest-grossing PG-rated film of all time. "The Jungle Book" opened with a $100 million dollar debut. 

"Christopher Robin" is one of few live-action remakes from the Mouse House to have a less-than-stellar debut. 

That said, this was an expensive film to make. You wouldn't know it by looking at them, but it cost Disney $75 million to bring these exceptionally "not-cute" characters to life.

Fortunately, this film did fare well with film critics and moviegoers, which could help with the film's box-office staying power. 

Last but not least this week is "The Spy Who Dumped Me," bringing in an estimated $12 million in its first weekend out. The Mila Kunis-Kate McKinnon spy-comedy cost about $40 million to produce, which makes this debut less than ideal. 

But it does seem that Kate McKinnon is receiving quite a bit of praise for performing well in a bad movie — which, unfortunately, has been her calling card as of late.

As for next week, Jason Statham manages to find someone bigger than Dwayne Johnson to get into a fight with. 

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