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SINGAPORE — The air-conditioned buses lumbered out of Singapore shortly after sunrise Monday carrying travelers into Malaysia for the first time in 21 months, modestly reviving what had been one of the world’s busiest border crossings before the pandemic. The launch of the link Monday marked another major step in Singapore’s reopening and its bid to “live with COVID-19” — but it came amid ...

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DETROIT -- Hanging holiday lights? Here's something else to think about: light pollution. Some municipalities, including Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with several states have enacted laws in recent years — sometimes called dark skies legislation — to reduce lighting, arguing that it promotes energy conservation, public safety, aesthetic interests, and astronomical research. The concept of light ...

New York City may already be seeing signs of a winter spike in COVID-19 even though holiday travel, gatherings and colder weather are just getting started. The city’s positive test rate rose to a two-month high as hospitals admitted more than 100 new virus patients on Friday, contributing to a 25% jump in hospitalizations in just two weeks. The city has 463 people in the hospital for COVID-19, ...

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Taking a turn to forge a vision statement for what Livermore should aspire to be in 2045, the city's planning commission on Nov. 16 dissected a proposed 100-word paragraph for nearly two hours, suggesting the addition of phrases including "jobs," "honor," "biological diversity" and "breweries."

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ATLANTA — When Georgia reported last month that half of the state’s residents were fully vaccinated, a lot of people figured the state had maxed out and that those still unvaccinated were a hardcore lost cause. But not everyone agrees. Dr. Theresa Jacobs in Conyers says she regularly convinces new patients to get vaccinated and that she’s tired of hearing such assumptions. Brian Castrucci, ...

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CHICAGO — Five years after leaving South Shore, Jason and Jennifer Parks are convinced the decision to move their family to northwest Indiana was the right one. As Chicago continues to struggle to contain violent crime, the Parkses said they appreciate the town of St. John’s slower pace. The four-bedroom home they had built on a wide lot in Lake County provides space, security and the ...

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When Martin Kessler moved to the Solivita development in Poinciana, Florida in 2008, he says he quickly realized it was a big mistake. This was the first place the 97-year-old had ever lived with a homeowners association. “Living in an HOA is not really a pleasant thing for a resident,” Kessler said. A retired economist, he said the fee he was required to pay was “a capitalist’s perfect dream ...

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(The Center Square) – A new program to help people in prison apply for and receive valid state ID cards when they are released from prison Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced.

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Outside Carson City Hall, a small gathering of residents couldn’t quite agree how to describe the stink that has been plaguing their town. “It’s like a dirty gym sock,” said Jacob Avery, a Carson resident and football coach at Banning High School in Wilmington, chuckling. “I don’t know; it’s like an unclean locker room.” Resident Sarah Fong popped a menthol cough drop into her mouth to combat ...