Stories by Rashaan Ayesh

Juul CEO apologizes to parents, says more studies needed

Juul vaping pods being sold
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Juul CEO Kevin Burns admitted his company doesn't know much about the long-term effects of vaping, and apologized to parents whose teens are addicted to the company's products, in an interview scheduled to air Monday on CNBC.

Why it matters: Teen vaping is being treated as a national epidemic, and there is little research about its long-term effects on users. Lawmakers are debating how to regulate vaping products, with some legislators pushing to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 to curb teen use of e-cigarettes.

Hotel attack in Somalia leaves more than 20 dead

Hotel in Kismayo, Somalia following a terror attack by Al-Shabab
The Medina hotel in Kismayo, Somalia July 13, a day after at least 26 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

More than 25 people, including 2 Americans and at least 2 journalists, were killed in an attack on a hotel that began Friday night and lasted at least 14 hours in Kismayo, Somalia, reported BBC.

The big picture: The terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the strike that began when a suicide bomber who rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the gates of the Asasey Hotel. Four gunmen then stormed the building, the AP reports. Al-Shabab retreated from Kismayo in 2012, a "port [that] had been a major source of revenue for the group," says Al-Jazeera.

Track the 2020 Democrats' Q2 fundraising

2020 Presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump and Mayor Pete Buttigieg
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The 2020 candidates are slowly revealing how much they've managed to raise during the second quarter of the year — with Mayor Pete Buttigieg leading the Democratic coalition.

Why it matters: These fundraising numbers will be important for the Democratic candidates as they fight to secure their spots for the primary debates. All candidates have to submit their fundraising numbers to the Federal Elections Commission by July 15.