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$1 cigarette tax defeated in Calif.

$1 cigarette tax defeated in Calif.

A California initiative to slap an additional $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes to pay for cancer research failed by less than a percentage point in the June 5 election. With about 5 million ballots cast, opponents of Proposition 29 led by about 28,000 votes. The Associated Press analyzed areas where the roughly 105,000 uncounted votes remain and determined Friday there were not enough places where "yes" was winning to overcome the deficit. Proposition 29 was failing 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent.

Killers of 6 lions will face charges

Maasai warriors who speared to death six lions near a national park on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, will be arrested for killing wildlife, which is a crime, an official said Friday. The warriors killed the lions to satisfy a cultural tradition that ranks killing a lion with a spear as one of the highest honors a man can achieve, said Paul Mbugua, a spokesman with the Kenya Wildlife Service. Two adult lionesses, two younger lions and two cubs were killed. The villagers said the lions had been devouring their goats. Kenya's lion population is about 2,000.

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$550,000

Amount raised so far in fund drive for Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor in Greece, N.Y., who was cruelly taunted by four seventh-grade boys in a video.

$1 cigarette tax defeated in Calif.

06/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:26am]

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