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Protect birds by reining in cats

Although some cat owners still let their pets roam free, the felines are a leading cause of bird mortality, and bird and cat proponents agree that both species are safer if cats are reined in. The good news is that cat owners are, increasingly, keeping their felines enclosed. "The cat realm ...

‘Touch the sun’

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on a mission that scientists have been dreaming of since the Sputnik era, a NASA spacecraft hurtled toward the sun on a quest to unlock some of its mysteries by getting closer than any object sent before. If all goes well, the Parker Solar Probe will ...

From Reese Witherspoon to SJP, the rise of celeb book clubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Jimmy Fallon remembers a summer a few years back when it seemed everybody was reading "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. "Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we read ...

How to reduce plastic, foil and other kitchen disposables

Disposables have become a mainstay of many American kitchens — plastic baggies, plastic wrap, paper towels, aluminum foil, plastic straws and more. Reducing or even eliminating them can save you money in addition to cutting down on trash that ends up in landfills. "It's easy to be ...

Kindness is Contagious: Talents increase everyone’s joy

I went to a conference earlier this month that was basically a two-day party for people who love kindness. Every night, a few folks would stand up and share a five-minute story about their favorite acts of kindness. I wish I would have had the foresight to record their messages. I would have ...

Meat is a food choice, separating political fiction over scientific fact

In July, WeWork, a New York-based company valued at $20 million, announced it will no longer allow its 6,000 global employees to expense meat at meals or pay for any red meat, poultry or pork at WeWork events. In an email memo to employees, co-founder Miguel McKelvey said, “New research ...

Minding Our Elders: Medications can be undetected cause of personality changes

Dear Carol: My husband has been diagnosed with a slow-growing type of leukemia that is well controlled by medication. He takes several medications for other health problems, too, but he’s doing well physically considering the issues. He’s never been easy to get along with because he knows ...

Hopping around New England: Northern states are beer havens

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The woods of northern New England are known for lots of things: bear, moose, towering pine trees, brilliant fall foliage and icy winters. But these forests are luring a new critter — beer tourists. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are emerging as major destinations ...

‘Making It’: Cutting and gluing without being cut-throat

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — They made you laugh, but can they make you craft? "Parks and Recreation" co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are bringing the same silly, sweet sitcom vibe to reality television with "Making It," a competition show that challenges contestants to craft everything from ...

Ask a Designer: Closet organization that lasts

Most people don't start out with a messy closet. Even when a closet is carefully organized at the beginning, however, it might not take long for order to turn to chaos. "It's common for clients to struggle with keeping the momentum going," says interior designer Caitlin Murray. But there ...

Advocates condemn psych techniques used to keep kids online

CHICAGO (AP) — Children's advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry's practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing research that links excessive use of social media and video games ...

Maybe the ‘Worrier Diet’ is right for me

After a lifetime of battling what to eat in order to triumph over the scale, I’ve realized that I’ve been asking the wrong question. Maybe the reaI question is when to eat. It’s true. One of the latest trends in dieting seems to be “intermittent fasting,” a method of alternating ...

The journey is the vacation on this 35-hour train trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was late Friday night and we were scouring the usual sites touting the top things to do in Los Angeles. Uninspired by our options and facing a long weekend without obligations, my husband and I made a last-minute booking on Amtrak's Coast Starlight. Ten hours later we're ...

So you want a new kitchen? Tips for starting the process

So you want a new kitchen? Whether you're considering designing a kitchen using your own architect, a kitchen planner hired through a store like IKEA or Home Depot, or an online planning service, professionals suggest keeping a few things in mind. PLAN AHEAD, PLAN WAY AHEAD "Many people ...

Serious about laughter, National Comedy Center open to public

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Comedian Billy Crystal asks the question in a video that welcomes visitors to the National Comedy Center. "Everybody else has a place," he says. "Why not us?" It may be as good a reason as any for the construction of the high-tech new center devoted to what has made ...

Kindness is Contagious: Retrain your brain to say ‘yes’ to kindness

I think 2 might be my favorite age. Not for my own kids, but for other people’s kids. When my children were 2, I was caught up in diapers and crushed Goldfish crackers and constant laundry duty. Now, as a mom of school-age kids, I can sit back and see how adorable other people’s toddlers ...

I still don’t care about shiplap, but I’m embracing homeownership

For most of my life, I resisted domestication. Yes, for a while I was married and lived in a rambler, but even then I fought my own little (largely imaginary) battle against becoming a Great American Homemaker. I brazenly snubbed the norm by: a.) Refusing to buy chalk-painted signs about ...

Cape-to-Connecticut: Ride shows progress, bumps on Greenway

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — After a white-knuckle trip over a bridge from Portsmouth into Bristol, which involved lifting our bicycles over concrete barriers and construction equipment, the police officer who pulled us over told us something we had already figured out. "You shouldn't try to cross ...