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December 19, 2019 - 1:35 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Switzerland have found a way to make brown chocolate colorful, without adding further ingredients. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology said Thursday that researchers discovered a method to imprint a special structure on the surface of chocolate that makes it...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Radford Takashima, left, installer for RevoluSun, and lead installer Dane Hew Len, right, place solar panels on a roof in Honolulu. If you have the cash, most experts agree buying a solar system outright is a better investment than leasing or taking out a loan. Customers should check electric bills to estimate monthly energy use when deciding what size system to buy, and calculate federal or state incentives. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz, File)
December 18, 2019 - 1:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Homeowners are clamoring to power through blackouts that have become a regrettably frequent part of life in California. The cost of solar panels and batteries has fallen. And a new California law will require all new homes to produce as much energy as they consume beginning in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo a man puts his Visa card on a stack of cards for a split check at a restaurant in New Orleans. Knowledge is power when it comes to finances. Still, most people don’t know exactly where their money goes. Tracking your spending for one month will help you identify habits and spot excess expenses, says Colin Walsh, CEO of Varo, an online bank. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
December 17, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Raise your hand if you feel confident about your finances. Not feeling it? That’s OK. Perhaps you’re among the 60% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, or one of the 81.6 million paying off student loan debt. It’s hard to feel confident when your loan balance doesn’t seem to budge and you’re...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 photo students Italia Fraize, left, Ryley Edwards, center, and Taylor Kamrath cut into moose legs in Anchorage, Alaska. Students in Brian Mason's World Discovery Seminar program at Chugiak High School butchered a moose in Mason's classroom. (Matt Tunseth/Chugiak-Eagle River Star via AP)/Alaska Journal of Commerce via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 3:43 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Students at an Alaska high school have received lessons in anatomy, life skills and Alaska cultural traditions through an unusual study source: a moose carcass. About 30 Chugiak High School students de-boned, separated, ground and packaged the animal during a recent World...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 12:47 pm
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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Maine state police investigate the scene, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Burnham, Maine, where a charter bus from New York with dozens of people on board overturned on Interstate 95 after the driver fell asleep, according to authorities. Multiple passengers suffered minor injuries, Maine State Police said. (Maine State Police via AP)
December 12, 2019 - 12:34 pm
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Nebraska theater troupe got scrooged by a bus crash that led to the cancellation of its national tour of “A Christmas Carol.” Now performers are singing a different tune — they just want to be home for Christmas. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan canceled its University of...
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FILE - This Oct. 27, 2018 file photo shows Lizzo performing at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans. The singer-rapper got up and twerked, revealing a cut out at the back of her short black T-shirt dress, and was shown on the stadium's huge television screens during Sunday night's Los Angeles Lakers game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
December 10, 2019 - 1:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lizzo is going to keep doing Lizzo after social media exploded with fat shaming over her exposed, thong-covered backside as she danced at a Los Angeles Lakers game while the team's cheerleaders performed to her hit “Juice.” The singer-rapper got up and twerked, revealing a cut out...
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The word "they" is displayed on a computer screen on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in New York. The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313 percent increase in look-ups on the company's search site, Merriam-Webster.com, this year when compared with 2018. Merriam-Webster recently added a new definition to its online dictionary to reflect use of "they" as relating to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary.(AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
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December 10, 2019 - 11:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A common but increasingly mighty and very busy little word, “they,” has an accolade all its own. The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313% increase in look-ups on the company's search site, Merriam-Webster.com,...
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FILE - in this Friday, March 3, 2017 file photo, People pass by the "The Walled Off Hotel" and the Israeli security barrier the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As visitors descend on Bethlehem this Christmas, they have the option of staying in the restored centuries-old guesthouses, taking food tours of local markets and perusing the dystopian art in and around a hotel designed by the British graffiti artist Banksy. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
December 09, 2019 - 7:39 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root,...
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The word humblebrag is displayed on a computer screen on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in New York. Merriam-Webster sums up the humble-brag nicely: “to make a seemingly modest, self-critical, or casual statement or reference that is meant to draw attention to one's admirable or impressive qualities or achievement.” The dictionary titans say the term has been around since 2002. It was later popularized by the comedian, TV producer and writer Harris Wittels, who died in 2015. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
December 06, 2019 - 3:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in the new year, but let’s leave the humble brag behind, along with a few other oversaturated, cloying or just plain silly cultural quirks that deserve a big goodbye. Among them are pop-up shops, cancel culture and the ever-present “OK...
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