MIAMI — What’s that on the sand up ahead? Is that a giant eyeball that washed up on the beach? A burned piano? A huge hamster wheel? A bomb? A large cross? And we thought the only things that washed up on Florida beaches were seaweed, seashells, dead fish — and bales of drugs. But through the years, we have seen a series of oddities that have mysteriously found their ways from sea to shore ...

is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. It's a good reminder that frequent hand-washing remains one of the best defenses against getting sick with the flu or COVID-19. But to be effective, it has to be done the right way. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, offers a demonstration on hand-washing. To properly wash your hands, follow these steps: — Wet your ...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Someone at your office had COVID a few days ago and is now back at their desk in the cubicle next to yours. That can’t be okay, can it? COVID still spreads to an average of 12,000 Floridians a week or more if you count at-home tests. But what exactly does it mean to test positive in Florida now that masks are off and life is back to normal? What are the COVID rules ...

(This story contains references to suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call or text 988.) ____ Do suicide deaths really spike during the winter holidays, as is so often claimed in the media? To the contrary: Historically, December has the lowest suicide death rate. Yet the myth that suicide deaths increase in the "jolly season" persists — potentially putting people who ...

ATLANTA -- It’s 5:45 a.m. on a brisk Wednesday as about two dozen men and women gather in the parking lot of The Varsity restaurant in Atlanta. After warm-up exercises, they are off for either a 3-mile or 2-mile run or walk on Peachtree Street. This, though, is not your typical running club. These runners are part of Back on My Feet Atlanta, a nonprofit that changes lives - step by step - of ...

PHILADELPHIA — For years, scientists have tried, and failed, to make a one-and-done vaccine that would provide at least partial protection against all types of the flu. A University of Pennsylvania scientist now thinks he has cracked the case, using the same technology that was the basis for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines: messenger RNA. In November, Scott Hensley and his colleagues ...

Her name was Ruby. She was one of mine. A sophomore. I offered her one-on-one support in my academic lab as an intervention tier for kids who needed extra pushes in the right direction. I see her face, and I hear her voice. Long jet black hair and dark frames. Super bubbly and talkative and always beefing with her teachers. “Mrs. G., I like coming here. You cool, Mrs. G. Like you listen to me ...

Progress can be painfully slow in the American constitutional system. That makes it all the more important to recognize when the process works as it should. Last week, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that will require states and the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages that have been conducted in any state or U.S. territory where such unions are legal. It also affirmed the ...

Donald Trump often blames the messenger for his own words, but he’s got nowhere to look but the mirror for his weekend screed about terminating the Constitution, posted to Truth Social, which the former president created after being kicked off Twitter. So the message was purely Trump’s: “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and ...

Kevin McCarthy said that if he becomes the next speaker, members of the House of Representatives will take turns reciting the Constitution in its entirety on Jan. 3, the first day of the new session. It’s a stunt apparently calculated to promote GOP members as the true constitutional guardians, as they replace Democrats as House leaders. Republican speakers began conducting similar readings in ...

The United States and its allies in Europe have spent the last 10 months turning the screws on the Russian economy in retaliation for Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine. The Western coalition blocked Russia from accessing around half of its more than $600 billion in foreign reserves, disconnected multiple Russian banks from the global financial system, diversified away from Russian natural gas ...

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. Since then, taxpayers have spent more than $20 trillion on anti-poverty programs that achieved mixed results. Then last year, Congress passed President Joe Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which included an expanded child tax credit program. Under the plan, families began receiving monthly checks of up to $300 per ...

Elon Musk’s Twitter has lasted more than a month, in spite of his own self-sabotaging. He is operating with a bareboned staff, rolling out features before thinking them over and simply tweeting through it all. He’s also welcoming the worst of Twitter back on his platform. He brought back Kanye, who subsequently tweeted a photo of a swastika and a star of David merged together and got banned ...

An experimental drug appears to slow cognitive decline in people with early onset Alzheimer’s. New data on lecanemab, which is manufactured by Biogen and Esai, was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed people who took the drug experienced “moderately less decline on measures of cognition and function.” However, some patients also experienced negative side ...

The Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments over whether business owners can refuse service to LGBT couples based on their religious objections to the would-be customers’ marriage. If you’re getting déjà vu, it might be because that circumstance played already, exactly five years before to the day, when the court heard arguments in a case involving gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig ...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity around the nation is increasing. Vaccination can help prevent serious illness, especially in high-risk groups, like pregnant women, but the CDC says that's the group showing lower vaccination rates. "Pregnant women are a group that should especially get a flu shot," says Dr. Thomas Howell Jr., an OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic ...

ATLANTA — Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Herschel Walker Tuesday in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff, securing a 51st seat for Democrats in Congress’ upper chamber, giving the party greater power to push its agenda in a closely divided Washington. The Associated Press projected Warnock as the winner Tuesday night, though official results will take longer. Warnock’s victory ...

Juul Labs Inc. reached a settlement of more than 5,000 lawsuits blaming the company for a youth vaping epidemic across the U.S. As part of the accord, the embattled e-cigarette maker isn’t allowed to immediately disclose the settlement amount, the company said in a statement, adding that the accord will be funded with an equity investment. “These settlements represent a major step toward ...

MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — On the third full day since an intentional attack left thousands of homes and businesses in Moore County without power, residents’ lives continued to be upended Tuesday. Meanwhile, the investigation into the sabotage is continuing at a “fast pace” as the county’s tip line receives a heavy volume of calls, said Chief Deputy Richard Maness. A curfew continues and schools ...

ATLANTA — Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Herschel Walker Tuesday in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff, securing a 51st seat for Democrats in Congress’ upper chamber, giving the party greater power to push its agenda in the chamber. The Associated Press projected Warnock as the winner Tuesday night, though official results will take longer. Warnock’s victory means Senate Democrats ...