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Study Finds That the Dust in Your House Reveals Quite a Bit About You

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Even if you live by yourself, you do not live alone. In a recent analysis of dust samples collected from 1,200 homes across the United States, researchers report that most of us cohabitate with a few thousand species of bacteria and about 2,000 species of fungi. But don’t reach for the scrub brush and disinfectant just yet. “I don’t want any readers to be paranoid about this,” said Noah Fierer, …

Colo. Theater Gunman Gets 12 Lifetimes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The gunman who shot and killed 12 people inside a packed Aurora, Colo., movie theater in 2012 was formally sentenced Wednesday morning to life in prison without parole. In July, a jury found James Holmes guilty on each of the 165 charges he faced in the case, unanimously rejecting an argument made by his attorneys that he was not guilty by reason of …

S. Sudan Leader Signs Peace Deal

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Juba, South Sudan — South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy. Kiir signed the agreement in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in a ceremony witnessed by regional leaders. Kiir …

The Man Who Rescues Abandoned Chickens

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Chicago — The orphan chicken came to Robert Grillo in the usual way. A woman who’d found the injured bird slumped on the side of the road on Chicago’s South Side scooped up the chicken, came across Grillo’s …

Donation Boxes: Nuisance or Great Cause

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Los Angeles — When they first started popping up around town, the colorful metal collection bins for donated shoes and clothing didn’t cause much of a stir in Stanton. And then they multiplied. “Within a year, they were …

To Your Good Health: Early Satiety Often Due to IBS

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I was successfully treated for H. pylori five years ago. I continue to have stomach pain, which has been diagnosed as gastritis. For the past three weeks, when I eat even a small amount of food, I feel extremely full and bloated for hours. I …

Miss Manners: Leaving Lengthy Dinner Party Requires Firm Approach

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I would appreciate some suggestions as to how a guest should express to a host her desire to leave a small dinner party at which she’s had a very nice time — but it’s getting late, and she’d like to go home! We were still …

On Fashion: Testing Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star II vs. the Original

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In late July, Boston-based Converse made headlines with news that it was set to release an updated version of the beloved Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Since the design of the original All Star had changed very little …

Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.23-29

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Don’t Miss Fear the Walking Dead — This “companion” series to prime time’s monster hit tells the story of the zombie apocalypse from an entirely different angle. Set in Los Angeles at the brink of the scourge, it follows a dysfunctional blended family, led by a high school …

A Look Inside Hemingway’s Cuban Estate

Sunday, August 23, 2015

When he was not writing letters or working on the books that earned him the Nobel Prize, Ernest Hemingway wrote notes, in pencil, on his walls and in the margins of many of the 8,000 books in his …

Warsaw Sheds Its Communist Past

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Warsaw, Poland — Almost every month brings something new in Warsaw. With nearly 2 million people, Poland’s capital city has been developing fast ever since the once-communist nation joined the European Union in 2004. From skate parks and …

Parents Turn to Uber, Others To Ferry Kids

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Forget the big yellow bus or even mom’s taxi. This fall, more and more kids will be heading back to school via Uber and other ride-hailing options. From car pools to practices, a growing number of families are …

Leader of the Midsize Sedan Pack

Sunday, August 23, 2015

If you want to stand out in the marketplace, take something ordinary, give it a twist and you’ll wind up with something perceived as quite different. For instance, if you renovated Kmart stores and stocked them with items …