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China's new indoor smoking ban takes effect

China's latest push to ban smoking in indoor public venues came into effect Sunday, but the vaguely defined rules were not expected to dramatically reduce the country's heavy tobacco addiction.Full story

Beijing police halt house church service

Beijing police on Sunday detained at least a dozen worshippers from a Christian house church who were trying to hold services in a public space after they were evicted from their usual place of worship. Full story

Indiana Senate panel rejects proposed smoking ban

A statewide smoking ban that health advocates assailed as too weak was rejected Wednesday by an Indiana Senate committee after several members said they supported broader restrictions on smoking in public places. Full story

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  What germs lurk in public places?

Did you ever think twice about drinking from a water fountain? From escalators to cabs, TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe examines the public places where germs lurk, then speaks with microbiologist Joe Rubino.