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One recent evening, around 75 people gathered in a vast Sodo warehouse for an event that may have been the first of its kind in human history: a housewarming party for a funeral home where bodies would not be burned or buried, but laid in individual vessels to become clean, usable compost. It was an eclectic group (doctors, architects, funeral directors, state legislators, lawyers, investors), ...

"Dawn of X" has arrived at Marvel Comics, and the morning light has revealed the contours of a new world for the X-Men. Here's how it began: Back in July, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman launched two related, six-issue miniseries: "House of X," and "Powers of X." Despite starring the X-Men, both books were pronounced as if the "X" in each title was the Roman numeral 10. The reason for this ...

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The lacebark elm met Old Man Winter's confrontation head-on and won and is now showing out in the Chattahoochee Valley area of West Georgia. While record cold took its toll by freezing leaves to the tree, these small elms are decorating neighborhoods with a soft, orange and yellow glow. The lacebark elm is known botanically as Ulmus parvifolia and is from China and Korea. This foreign beauty ...

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LOS ANGELES - Mati Diop's fiction feature debut "Atlantics" was a groundbreaking work even before it won the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. It was the first film by a black female director chosen for the prestigious main competition at the festival. Since receiving the prize, awarded by the jury at Cannes led by director Alejandro Inarritu, "Atlantics" has dazzled on the ...

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The opening days of the House impeachment inquiry deepened the sharp political divisions that make our country more polarized than we once could have imagined. We seem unable to find common ground on even the most fundamental issues of law and evidence. On those same days, I saw commemorations of the 50th anniversary of "Sesame Street" and began to reflect about an unbelievable series of ...

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CLEVELAND - Since moving to the Cleveland area seven years ago, Malina Cano Rauschenfels has become accustomed to discolored water flowing from her faucet, although she has never fully understood the reason behind the yellow or brownish tinge. Cano Rauschenfels, 41, who tutors schoolchildren in music from her Cleveland Heights home, occasionally sees the city of Cleveland's Division of Water ...

SEATTLE - My first thought when I heard about the NFL's offer of a workout to Colin Kaepernick – completely out of the blue, choosing voluntarily to thrust one of their biggest headaches back into the spotlight – was one of deep but well-earned cynicism. It sure felt like a setup. In the words of Kaepernick's agent, Jeff Nalley, "something didn't smell right." And after seeing the bizarre way ...

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SAN DIEGO - Invoking the name of the alleged Poway synagogue shooter, police say a 23-year-old Concord man threatened to carry out an even deadlier attack. He would wear a Nazi uniform, livestream the massacre to Nazi music and take down more than 30 "subhumans" plus police officers with an "unregistered and illegally converted 'machine gun,'" according to online gaming posts detailed in court ...

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Each year around Veterans Day, we hold parades for our servicemen and women, offer them discounted meals and remember to applaud as they board the airplane first. What we really owe them is year-round attention to their mental health services. Specifically, making sure they're getting the help they need when they need it. Statistics show they're not. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ...

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This savory nutty baked shrimp dinner takes less than 15 minutes to make. It's a quick, light dinner with a cooking method that leaves the shrimp juicy, firm and flavorful. Crunchy walnut and grated Parmesan cheese provide texture and flavor. Short cut elbow macaroni is used in the side dish. The spinach is added just before the pasta is drained so it just wilts, which is all the cooking it ...

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Over the past year, American consumers have seen record stock market highs, the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years and continued wage growth. But they've also experienced trade war tensions, rising credit card delinquency rates, and increased uncertainty about the future. And as growth slows on the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, nearly a third (31 percent) of credit cardholders ...

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Which is it? Is the coal industry on the ropes or is it roaring back? The answer is that it's complicated. Perspective is required to understand where the coal industry currently stands. While it may seem like distant history, the effects of the prior administration's anti-coal regulatory spree persist. From 2011 to 2016, coal industry employment fell 40%. More than 62,000 miners lost their ...

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In the earliest days of the Trump administration, coal baron Robert Murray wrote a check for $300,000 to the new president's inaugural committee. It was, essentially, a bribe. After sending his lavish gift, Murray hand-delivered a policy agenda to the administration to deregulate the coal industry, which the White House has tried hard to implement. Call it a quid pro quo. President Trump has ...

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LOS ANGELES - "Excuse me?" Mark Duplass asked, trying to get the attention of a tourist rushing by him on Hollywood Boulevard. "Have you ever seen 'Everybody Loves Raymond?'" The passerby nodded, staring at the actor's face and trying to place him. Seizing his opportunity, Duplass launched into his pitch: He was sitting outside of the Dolby Theatre at 9 a.m. on a Friday, Nov. 15, to bring ...

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NINTENDO SWITCH LITE Nintendo's versatile console is now slightly more affordable, and its smaller size makes it more adorable. The trade-off is no television support, but you'll probably be playing the latest "Pokemon" in bed anyway. The Switch library gets better by the week, so if you're itching for a "Zelda" fix but also curious about today's best indie games, flipping on the Switch is a ...

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LEGO GOES UPSIDE DOWN With the fourth season of Netflix's "Stranger Things" just announced, it will be a while before the binging begins. In the meantime, you can get your "ST" fix with LEGO's "Upside Down" kit, which includes the Byers house and eight of the series' characters including Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will and the Demogorgon. The set is for "fans and big kids" 16+. $199. ...

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FOR THE LAUGHS "Who's on First?" You'll get the answer, sort of, in "Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection (80th Anniversary Edition)." This complete collection includes 28 films from the comedy duo at the height of their popularity, including "Buck Privates," "Who Done It?" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein." $124.96. https://amzn.to/2PvS3Uz 'KING OF THE ...

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RAKE ASSASSIN Anyone who has raked anything knows the frustration of raking up debris in a garden bed or gravel path - and then struggling to pick up the rakings while leaving the good soil or gravel behind. Enter the Rake Assassin, a handy tool that doesn't just rake but has strong enough tines to shovel up the debris while leaving the good stuff behind. $48. https://amzn.to/35Bn674 MAKING ...

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LOS ANGELES - A coalition of Hollywood's biggest companies has created a survey to examine systemic bias and abuse of power in the entertainment industry, a step toward remedying decades of inequality in one of the world's cultural capitals. The Hollywood Commission, led by the anti-harassment activist Anita Hill and counting as members the largest talent agencies, movie studios and record ...

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Those of you who plan to eat yourselves into a food coma this Thanksgiving aren't alone. As our second favorite holiday nears, Insider.com tallied how much food we'll pack away on November 28 (and the days following). 1. Let's start with the turkey. According to the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, we'll eat about 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving. That's roughly one turkey for every person ...

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Shining a spotlight on opaque hospital billing structures may not be a miracle cure for the rising cost of health care. But medical cost transparency is worth pursuing on principle, alone. No one would buy a car without knowing the sticker price. Few would hire a house painter without getting an estimate - or several - first. Yet, hospital patients usually don't learn the cost of their medical ...

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Not long ago, my dentist referred me to a specialist for a procedure consult. I was shocked by my out-of-pocket cost - the bill was more than I make in a month. And I'm one of the lucky ones - I have dental insurance and a reliable income. Low-income patients, or those on a fixed income who require extensive procedures, often find themselves in even more difficult situations. The issue, ...

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FERMENTATION CROCK Sure, you can make kimchi or sauerkraut in a bowl with some rocks, but why? when you can do it in one of the gorgeous fermentation crocks made by Santa Fe potter Colin Dyck, who became a potter because he liked fermenting stuff. His Mudslide Stoneware's hand-thrown, 1-gallon pots come with water-locking lid and weights, in black, white, rust and blue. $195. ...

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FOR SICHUAN FOOD LOVERS Almost 20 years ago, Fuchsia Dunlop published "Land of Plenty," introducing the Western world to Sichuanese cuisine. This fall, she released an updated version, "The Food of Sichuan." As impressive as the first, Dunlop combines recipes from the chefs, home cooks, and street cart vendors of the Sichuan province with historical facts, cultural insight and personal ...

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Forty-two boxes of returned mail lined a wall of the El Paso County Department of Human Services office on a recent fall morning. There used to be three times as many. Every week, the U.S. Postal Service brings anywhere from four to 15 trays to the office, each containing more than 250 letters that it could not deliver to county residents enrolled in Medicaid or other ...

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ATLANTA - Democratic presidential hopefuls clashed on the debate stage Wednesday night over issues of race and political leadership as front-runners were challenged on their ability to rebuild the diverse coalition that elected President Barack Obama. As the race for the nomination has grown increasingly unsettled, both newly ascendant candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of the South Bend, ...

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ATLANTA - Making a breakthrough is always the goal at a presidential debate. For 10 rivals gathered in Atlanta on Wednesday night, that goal had new meaning. A day of blockbuster revelations in the impeachment hearings overshadowed the party's fifth prime-time primary skirmish, with rivals eager to unleash the toughest, most caustic denunciation. "We have a criminal in the White House," ...

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ATLANTA - The blockbuster impeachment hearings Wednesday in Washington served as a somber backdrop to the Democratic debate in Atlanta, forcing the 10 candidates who shared the stage at Tyler Perry Studios to balance their searing criticism of President Donald Trump with mounting pressure to stand out. Several of the contenders called for a sense of unity as the nation's divide plays out in ...

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The Democratic presidential debate Wednesday was supposed to be a sharp-elbowed argument about the future of the party and how best to defeat Donald Trump. Surprisingly, the candidates had other ideas. In a stark reversal from the tense moments of previous debates, the 10 Democratic White House hopefuls gathered in Atlanta featured few personal attacks or memorable clashes - especially among ...