Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill raising the smoking age to 21 in California.
Brown had until midnight to act on six bills to restrict tobacco use in California, including one to raise the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21.
Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, author of the bill to raise the legal age, said if California makes the move, other states will follow.
"It's going to send a shockwave across the country," Hernandez said.
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Officials have identified the man who shot and killed a former co-worker before turning the gun on himself two weeks after he was fired from a transportation center in Harris County, Texas.
Marion Guy Williams, 65, returned to Knight Transportation's Katy Service Center on Wednesday morning, where he shot and killed 35-year-old employee Mike Dawid, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said the shooter was armed with two guns — and shotgun and a pistol — and burst through the door shouting that his life had been ruined. He fired a "warning shot" and moved through the building as if looking for someone, authorities said.
An anonymous Twitter account claiming to detail a gang rape has prompted an investigation at two elite Atlanta Universities and triggered a social media firestorm, NBC News reported.
The owner of the @RapedAtSpelman account posted the first tweet on May 2, alleging to be a freshman at Spelman who was gang-raped by a group of Morehouse College students at a party.
Subsequent tweets allege reporting the attack to campus security and speaking with school officials, who took a month to get back to her.
The president of Atlanta's Spelman University urged the voice behind the @RapedAtSpelman account to come forward "so that I may offer you my full support and assistance."
The president of Morehouse said the school's Office of Campus Safety has been "activated" to fully investigate the claims, noting the information shared on Twitter was "our very first indication of this incident."
Atlanta police tell NBC Affiliate 11Alive there is no police report or investigation into the alleged Spelman rape because no one has come forward to report a crime.
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The family of a Florida teen has sued over her death at a high ropes course last summer in South Carolina, claiming negligence on behalf of the group that ran the camp and the company that sold the swing from which she fell.
Authorities have said Olivia Paige Grimes, 16, of Lakeland, Florida, died in July after falling more than 100 feet from a pendulum swing at Carolina Point Camp in Sunset, on the South Carolina-North Carolina state line.
Grimes was supposed to be attached to a large pendulum swing along with two other people, but she became unhooked and fell more than 100 feet to the ground, authorities said.
Attorneys representing the companies did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday.
Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
He promised residents that the aging pipes that contaminated the water with lead will be replaced, but cautioned that the project will take time.
"It's not going to happen overnight, but we have to get it started," Obama told hundreds of people gathered at a high school. Obama spoke after he was briefed on the federal response to the water contamination and had met privately with nine residents.
A federal judge said it "may be necessary" to depose Hillary Clinton about her personal e-mail server, in a freedom-of-information lawsuit over the employment of aide Huma Abedin, NBC News reported.
Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan made the observation about the arrangement that allowed Abedin to do outside work while she was working for Clinton at the State Department.
The question in the lawsuit is a narrow one: did the State Department do everything legally required when it searched for documents, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, about the Abedin employment arrangement?
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A Mill Valley, California doctor’s office became Ground Zero for all-things Prince on Wednesday, a day after a newspaper reported that the late pop artist had been trying to get drug recovery help from him the day before he died.
But Dr. Howard Kornfeld, who runs “Recovery Without Walls,” did not answer the door or phone at his practice, which became a media stakeout in the affluent Marin County city. News outlets from NBC News to Extra were there, all trying to get an interview with the man who reportedly was trying to help Prince overcome his problems.
"Dr. Kornfeld felt his mission was a life-saving mission," the doctor's attorney William Mauzy said. "He felt it to be urgent."
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It gives new meaning to "deer in the headlights."
A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officer rescued a deer after the critter got its head stuck in a light globe on Long Island.
Conservation Officer Jeff Hull went to check on the deer after he received a call Tuesday morning.
Hull found the deer with its head stuck inside of a light globe that had been lying in the woods of Centereach since the previous night.
With the Obama administration counting down its final year, many Democrats are finding less to like about the president's health care law, unsure about its place among their party's achievements.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for "Medicare for all" seems to have rekindled aspirations for bigger changes beyond "Obamacare." That poses a challenge for Hillary Clinton, who has argued that the health care law is working and the nation should build on it, not start over.
Two recent polls have shown an uptick in negative ratings of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, and the shifting sentiments seem to come from Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. For example, in the latest installment of the Kaiser Family Foundation health care poll, the share of Democrats with unfavorable views increased by 6 percentage points.
The 2017 Bentley Bentayga will be the most expensive SUV in the U.S. with a base price of $229,000, NBC News reported.
It's being billed as "the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious, most exclusive SUV in the world." Add the long list of accessories and some buyers are likely to double that figure. An optional Breitling clock alone is listed at $160,000.
Within the next few years, the world's most exclusive automotive manufacturers will be launching SUVs of their own, including the likes of Lamborghini, Aston Martin and even Rolls-Royce. Even as U.S. auto sales surge to record levels, the market share of so-called light trucks, including pickups, minivans and SUVs, has also climbed to an all-time high. The shift is happening at every price level, from entry level to the market's most rarefied segments.
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Two Boston Public Schools facilities employees have been placed on administrative leave after lead was found in the drinking water of several schools in the city.
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang said in a statement that the two facilities department workers will remain on leave pending the results of an internal investigation.
School officials said water fountains installed at six schools were prematurely activated before testing had been completed.
Doug O'Neill was all smiles after early 3-1 favorite Nyquist drew the No. 13 post for the 142nd Kentucky Derby.
The number with an unlucky reputation didn't faze the trainer. In fact, it brought back good memories.
Nyquist left from the same spot when he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year at Keeneland, part of his 7-0 career record.
The Powerball jackpot has grown even larger.
There was no jackpot winner in Wednesday night's drawing, increasing the prize from $348 million to an estimated $415 million.
While that's not chump change, it's a far cry from the $1.6 billion Powerball prize shared by three winning lottery ticketholders in January, the largest ever jackpot draw in the world. No one has won the full jackpot since March 2.
Powerball says the odds of winning the top prize are one in more than 292 million.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the last of Donald Trump's rivals for the Republican nomination, suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday.
"The Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone, and as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life," Kasich said in Columbus.
Kasich, 63, launched his campaign last summer, the 16th Republican to join the field.