More US schools institute mask mandates as COVID cases rise

More schools across the United States are putting mask mandates in place as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Before winter break, districts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania announced they would…

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Best of CES 2023: Nutrition tracking and a very smart mixer

LAS VEGAS — From an AI oven that promises to warn you when your food is about to burn to a mixing bowl designed to take the hassle out of…

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Famed Danish restaurant Noma to start new ‘flavor search’

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The famed Danish restaurant Noma which has claimed the title of world’s top restaurant several times said Monday it will shut down to transform itself into “a…

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Elevated US traffic deaths slipped in 1st 9 months of 2022

DETROIT — The number of traffic deaths on U.S. roadways fell slightly during the first nine months of 2022, but pedestrian and cyclist deaths continued to rise. The National Highway…

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Liz Weston: Sneaky ways inflation affects your money in 2023

By now, you’re probably familiar with the more obvious ways inflation affects your finances. Your money doesn’t go as far at the grocery store, for example. Credit card and other…

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In polar night, Norway-Russia kids event lights up Christmas

BARENTSBURG, Norway — A 15-year-old boy in a polar bear hoodie took turns reading the Gospel passage about Jesus’s birth in Russian with three girls in dresses and bows who…

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Kimchi in grilled cheese? It’s a spicy, crunchy flavor boost

We’ve upped the ante on the original pull-from-the-pantry meal — the grilled cheese — with one potent ingredient: kimchi. And we use it two ways for a double dose of…

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WHO sounds the alarm: XBB.1.5 is most transmissible omicron subvariant yet

The World Health Organization is warning that XBB.1.5 is the most transmissible omicron subvariant detected so far. As COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in some parts of the Northeast — where the…

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CES 2023: Companies tout environmental tech innovations

LAS VEGAS — The mottled bright green leaves of a pothos plant stood out against the flashy expanse of electric vehicles and smart products at the CES tech show in…

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New guidance: Use drugs, surgery early for obesity in kids

Children struggling with obesity should be evaluated and treated early and aggressively, including with medications for kids as young as 12 and surgery for those as young as 13, according…

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