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Start your week smart: Sinema, Kohl’s, Pandemic, Wildfire, NFL playoffs
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Start your week smart: Sinema, Kohl’s, Pandemic, Wildfire, NFL playoffs

Did you know about 40% of American households buy a car every year? That’s quite a statistic, especially with car prices being so high. They’re supposed to ease soon, but don’t expect them to return to pre-pandemic levels. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. The weekend that was •…MORE

Inflation is soaring. Should the Fed unleash ‘shock and awe’?
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Inflation is soaring. Should the Fed unleash ‘shock and awe’?

The Bank of England has already started to raise interest rates to fight inflation. The Federal Reserve is likely to follow soon. But how aggressive will America’s central bank be? Investors will be looking for clues when chair Jerome Powell holds a press conference after the Fed’s meeting on Wednesday. Investors are not expecting the…MORE

The NFL is the rare thing that brings all Americans — Democrats and Republicans — together
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The NFL is the rare thing that brings all Americans — Democrats and Republicans — together

Almost everything in our world today is divided along political lines. Whether it be something as important as a life saving vaccine or something as simple — and you would think would be non-partisan — as what TV programs people watch or jeans people wear, everything seems to be polarized along partisan lines. That’s what…MORE

Two years into the pandemic, Yale’s ‘happiness’ course is more popular than ever
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Two years into the pandemic, Yale’s ‘happiness’ course is more popular than ever

When Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos witnessed the severity of the depression, anxiety and stress her students were facing, she decided to do something about it. Her “happiness” course — which she began teaching live in 2018 — became Yale’s most popular class in over 300 years, according to the university. But when the coronavirus…MORE

A Houston-area deputy who trained and mentored others was killed during a traffic stop, constable says
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A Houston-area deputy who trained and mentored others was killed during a traffic stop, constable says

A Texas deputy constable “was brutally murdered” during a traffic stop for no apparent reason, authorities said. Charles Galloway, 47, was a 12-year veteran and a field training officer, Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap said Sunday morning. Galloway was making a traffic stop on a newer-model, white Toyota Avalon around 12:24 a.m. (1:24…MORE

UFC 270: Francis Ngannou beats Ciryl Gane to retain heavyweight title and unify division
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UFC 270: Francis Ngannou beats Ciryl Gane to retain heavyweight title and unify division

Francis Ngannou beat Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 on Saturday night to retain his heavyweight title and unify the division. Hampered by knee injuries — which he revealed after the fight — Ngannou, known for being one of the sport’s biggest punchers, relied on his wrestling and ground game against Gane. And despite appearing down…MORE

Make this mood-boosting meal right now
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Make this mood-boosting meal right now

If the post-holiday slump is hitting a little harder for you in 2022, you’re not the only one. It’s cold and icy across the country, and many of us feel like staying indoors until spring. It’s times like these when we all need comfort, and a hearty bowl of chili will cure what ails you:…MORE

Humans do a poor job of calculating risk. That’s terrible for the climate crisis
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Humans do a poor job of calculating risk. That’s terrible for the climate crisis

When the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded Francisco Carrillo’s basement apartment in Queens, New York, last year, his subsequent displacement was a wake-up call. He knew the climate crisis was real, but it was the first time he’d ever endured its nearly deadly consequences. As the floodwater rose rapidly, Carrillo grabbed what few, precious belongings…MORE

Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers complete stunning NFL playoff upsets thanks to last-second field-goals
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Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers complete stunning NFL playoff upsets thanks to last-second field-goals

Unless you had a crystal ball or had read the tea leaves, Saturday evening wasn’t a good evening for people in the predicting business. The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers both claimed shock wins thanks to field-goals as time expired despite both coming into their NFL divisional round clashes in the playoffs as underdogs.…MORE

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