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Hundreds of new state laws went into effect as 2008 began, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Among the laws are one in New York establishing the country's first airline passenger bill of rights, another in Massachusetts mandating health insurance for all residents, and a toughest-in-the-nation Arizona statute against illegal immigration. Illinois becomes the 22nd state to essentially ban smoking in all indoor public places, and in Texas all school employees must submit to criminal fingerprint checks.

The Cincinnati Post said goodbye with its final edition Monday, its presses quieted after 126 years. Like other afternoon newspapers, the Post and its sister Kentucky Post edition had struggled for decades. In the Post's final year, daily circulation was less than a tenth of the 270,000-plus it enjoyed in 1960.

Internet users are more than twice as likely to patronize libraries as non-Internet users, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The findings turn thinking upside down about library users, an author of the report says. Of the 53 percent of Americans who visited a library last year, the biggest users were tech-loving 18- to 30-year-olds. Above, young adults use a computer terminal at the Martin Luther King Library in Washington.


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