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She was selling RBG greeting cards. Then she heard from RBG

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WASHINGTON - At first Janie Velencia thought she was in trouble. The former journalist, who was running her own greeting card company, had just received a message from an assistant to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"I panicked," says Velencia, who'd been making greeting cards with Ginsburg's likeness for a couple years.

The email ...Read more

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Supreme Court fight underscores campaign trail focus on health care

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WASHINGTON - The upcoming Senate battle over a Supreme Court nomination is sharpening the focus on the 2010 health care law on the campaign trail before a high-stakes oral arguments hearing to determine the law's future, which will be held just a week after the election.

In a campaign in which health care was already a top issue for voters, the...Read more

Rock those raspberries

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Raspberries are coveted for their ruby splendor and firm plump flesh that delivers a sunny splash of sweetness.

The folklore

Legend has it that raspberries were originally white until infant Zeus’ nursemaid, the nymph Ida, pricked a finger picking the pale berries for him, tinting them forevermore with her blood. Her tale, and the fact that ...Read more

Store fresh foods so they last longer

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Fact: The United States throws away 150,000 tons of food daily. In addition, the average household wastes about $1,500 worth of food each year.

The good news is that a few simple tricks can help you reduce the amount of fresh food you toss (and benefit the planet and your wallet). This handy guide will help you store fresh foods smarter.

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The role of our minds in the avoidance of falls

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A few years ago, my grandmother suffered a fall and broke her hip. She has never fully recovered and is now constantly fearful of falling, and has significantly limited her activities to prevent a fall from ever happening again. As a scientist focused on translational research in mobility and falls in older adults, of course I asked her how she ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Evaluate hoarseness that doesn’t go away

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For the past few weeks, I have had a hoarse voice, even though I don’t have a cold. Is this something I should be concerned about?

ANSWER: It’s not uncommon to experience hoarseness once in a while, especially with a cold or even after cheering loudly at a sporting event. But when a hoarse voice doesn’t go away after ...Read more


Ex-etiquette: Good parenting doesn't stop when parents break up

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Q. I'm a regular reader of your column and most of the time I find your suggestions helpful, but I did not find your answer last week to a woman with an uncooperative ex of any benefit. Basically, you just told her to call a meeting and work it out. Her point was she didn't get along with her ex. How can you expect exes who don't get along to co...Read more

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Barton Goldsmith: The importance of simple routines and connections

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Routines, even boring ones, actually bring peace of mind, and who can't use a little more of that right now? It's harder to get back into good habits if you take too much time off. If you stop exercising or go off your diet for the summer (or the pandemic), you can lose what you've accomplished, as many of us have. Maybe it's time to reestablish...Read more

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Rare conjoined twins, born locked in embrace, successfully separated in Michigan

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DETROIT - Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin were locked in an embrace when they were born at 11:06 a.m. June 11, 2019.

Coinjoined from their chests to their bellies, the identical twins' arms wrapped around one another as they were carefully lifted from their mother's womb at Michigan Medicine's Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital in Ann Arbor, said Dr. ...Read more


California mountain man who defied evacuation order helps neighbors shut out by fire

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Roland Hill never left his Tollhouse, Calif., home perched on a mountainside when Creek Fire evacuation orders were issued Labor Day weekend. For one thing, officials didn't come knocking up his long, bumpy dirt road, he said.

"Nobody really even knows you're up here," the 60-year-old said of his off-the-grid lifestyle on remote Quail Springs ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Social justice activist embarking on cross-country bike trip to understand America

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There is an earnestness to Seth Gottesdiener's voice that is rather disarming for those who actively wonder how united our states really are.

As if the pandemic, racial reckoning and a pending general election aren't enough, the political fallout from Friday's passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presents yet another opportunity...Read more

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Sculptors find worldwide fame turning 1,000 pounds of butter into art

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PHILADELPHIA - Art is often permanent, hung on museum walls for centuries, or cast in bronze and erected outdoors to face the elements and the changing tide of history. The art Jim Victor and Marie Pelton make is transitory and delicious over lobster.

The Conshohocken, Pa., couple have worked with chocolate, cheese, and ice, but butter's ...Read more

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To pass the time in a pandemic 'prison,' seniors get creative

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SEATTLE - When John Suzick moved into the Brookdale Assisted Living facility in West Seattle, his 700-square-foot unit felt just fine. He had a view of the water and room for all he needed. Comfort.

Then COVID-19 hit, forcing Brookdale residents to stay put. The dining area was closed, meals were delivered to their doors, and the walls started ...Read more

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In face of COVID threat, more dialysis patients bring treatment home

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NIPOMO, Calif. - After Maria Duenas was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about a decade ago, she managed the disease with diet and medication.

But Duenas' kidneys started to fail just as the novel coronavirus established its lethal foothold in the U.S.

On March 19, three days after Duenas, 60, was rushed to the emergency room with dangerously ...Read more


Erika Ettin: A virtual date is still a date

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The world has been massively disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic over the past six months, and the dating scene is no exception - ask anyone who has debated meeting for socially distanced drinks with a complete stranger. Although singles are getting creative with ways to meet new people by replacing in-person first dates with Zoom, FaceTime ...Read more


Mayo Clinic Minute: Youth sports safety during a pandemic

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Besides the obvious physical benefits, youth sports provide social interaction that also can strengthen mental health. But most sports require close contact and interaction among athletes. Amid the COVID-19 setting, this poses a dilemma.

The youth sports playing field has changed significantly in 2020.

"Sports do require oftentimes close ...Read more

She's lost eight people close to her to COVID-19, and she never really got to mourn

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DURHAM, N.C. - For Vannessa Mason Evans, the COVID-19 pandemic first struck in March when it killed her cousin in New York.

At 59, Evans could recall the big-city vacations from her youth - a country girl from Durham riding the subway through Brooklyn and the Bronx, her cousin acting as guide.

But there would be no funeral. No church supper. ...Read more

Addiction to opioids and tobacco increases risk for COVID-19, study finds

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People with substance use disorder - especially involving opioids or tobacco - are at a significantly higher risk for contracting COVID-19. What's more, they also are more likely to develop a serious case of the virus and die, a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found.

Additionally, these findings mark still more ...Read more

Ask Anna: My boyfriend likes me to talk about other men during sex — but my experience is limited!

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Dear Anna,

My partner is very much into me talking about sex with other men while we are making love. He enjoys it more if it was real sex and not something I made up or fantasized about. The truth is, I got married at a young age and really never had hot sex with anyone besides him and my current partner. So, I don't have any real sex ...Read more

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death could mean for millions of Americans with Obamacare

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The future of the Affordable Care Act - under which millions of Americans gained health insurance - has become more uncertain with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case challenging the law, also known as Obamacare, Nov. 10. In the past, the court has upheld the law by a narrow...Read more