Why Does Everything Smell, So Peacefully, of Lavender?

Not long ago Erin Wexstten, the 35-year-old founder of Oxalis Apothecary, a plant-based skin care brand, ticked off all the ways she uses lavender in her life. “I personally have lavender everywhere,” she said. “Hand soap, dish soap. I have sachets you stick in the drawer. It makes the underwear smell nice. Dried bunches. They…

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Opioid Defendants Seek to Disqualify Judge Overseeing 2,300 Cases

Scarcely five weeks before a landmark federal civil trial in the opioid epidemic, the giant retail pharmacy chains and drug distributors that are defendants in the bellwether Ohio case are seeking to disqualify the judge from overseeing it and nearly 2,300 other opioid-related lawsuits before him. In a brief filed in federal court at 1:24…

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In First, California Would Require Public Universities to Provide Abortion Pills

At a time when conservative states are sharply limiting abortion access, California signaled a new frontier in abortion-rights on Friday with the passage of legislation that would require all public universities in the state to provide medication abortion on campus. The bill, which would use money raised from private donors to equip and train campus…

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They’re Coming! How a Joke About Area 51 May Lure Thousands of Partygoers

A wildly popular Facebook joke about “storming” Area 51 inspired plans for an enormous alien-themed party in the Nevada desert. Now there are three events in the works, including one in Las Vegas sponsored by Bud Light. The aliens, if they’re watching, probably have some questions for humanity. You might, too, so here’s a closer…

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Matty Bovan Makes Dog Cones for Fashion Fiends

Stuart Wilson/BFCGetty Images Like hurt puppies and drunk Tinder swipers, fashion needs some self-protection right now. That feels especially true in London, where Brexit is more on-again-off-again than a Bachelor in Paradise romance, and environmental protests are hardcore, sincere, and—in the face of the climate crisis—impossible to discount. Tristan Fewings/BFCGetty Images Into the storm rides…

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Maple Butter Roast Chicken Is Everything

This delicious recipe combines maple and rosemary with melted butter, which is basted over the bird as it cooks. Enjoy it alongside brussels sprouts with walnuts and pomegranates before an apple skillet cake, or make any of the recipes in the collection below.

Their Romance Took Off After He Landed

Adriana Xhakli and Perry Petra-Wong were married Sept. 14 at the TWA Hotel at JFK in Jamaica, Queens. Richard Desroche, a friend of the groom’s mother who was ordained through the American Marriage Ministries, officiated. Ms. Xhakli, 31, who goes by Adri, is a property manager for her family’s mixed-used buildings in the Bronx. She…

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A Ride Through the Streets of Boston, and to Their Future

Alexa Marie Kissinger and Gareth Thomas Rhodes were married Sept. 14 at Toro, a Manhattan restaurant. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo officiated. On Sept. 12, a second ceremony, led by Rick Rector, the mayor of Hudson, N.Y., took place at the home of the couple’s friends, Vernon Stevenson and Paul Cassidy, in Stuyvesant, N.Y.…

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Medical News Today: How birds let squirrels know when it’s safe to relax

A new study has concluded that following a threat, squirrels in the wild use the ambient chatter of birds to help determine when the danger has passed. A new study describes an interesting relationship between bird chatter and squirrel vigilance. Nature is an unfriendly place for small animals. For this reason, many have evolved to…

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Restoring Black Cowboys to the Range

A pack of red cattle dogs bayed with excitement as Larry Callies drove his pickup truck down a Rosenberg, Tex., ranch road one morning. He pulled up to the barn and stepped a booted foot from the cab to the dirt, and the dogs keened even more wildly, eager to get out on the range:…

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