The Vegas Chapels Are Open, and Waiting

For couples seeking a quickie wedding, or a whimsical one, Las Vegas is ready. On some days, the line at the city’s famed Marriage License Bureau — where the engaged need nothing more than photo IDs and a $77 fee — wraps around the block. The bureau closed for six weeks at the start of…

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The Year of Buyer’s Remorse

Jenn Takahashi remembers March 27 as the date she panic-bought a Nintendo Switch Lite. She realized her colleagues were playing an online game called Animal Crossing in which your character, usually an anthropomorphic animal, moves to a deserted island, helps develop it, and then hangs out there with other creatures. “I saw this screenshot they…

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Make tinier New Year’s resolutions this year.

Welcome. A group of friends and I used to gather for brunch every year on New Year’s Day, and at the end of the meal, we’d each write a resolution on a slip of paper and put it in a hat. Then everyone drew from the hat, each receiving a random resolution, an assignment for…

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Britain Opts for Mix-and-Match Vaccinations, Confounding Experts

Representatives of Public Health England and AstraZeneca did not respond to requests for comment. Both Pfizer’s and AstraZeneca’s vaccines introduce into the body a protein called spike that, while not infectious itself, can teach immune cells to recognize and fight off the actual coronavirus. Covid-19 Vaccines › Answers to Your Vaccine Questions With distribution of…

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Getting Married Where It All Began

On the first day of his first college class, Brandon Hsuan-Yuan Shih was nervously awaiting his turn to speak. He was in a freshman seminar at Princeton, and the students were asked to share something about themselves as an icebreaker. Mr. Shih had an answer prepared about how he loved music and playing tennis, until…

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The Kambo Tree Frog Wellness Detox

Even seasoned enthusiasts find the experience grueling. At its peak (or is it nadir?), subjects can find themselves projectile vomiting into plastic buckets for 15 to 40 minutes, or running to the bathroom with gastric distress. After the worst passes, they often peer into their buckets and analyze the color of the discharge to gauge…

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Cold Water Swimming Benefits? My Body, Maybe. My Mind, Definitely.

I thought that I was never going to swim with my friends again, which was ridiculous, because of course climate change doesn’t happen all at once. The horrors would recede, regroup and advance again with new strength, and there was no law saying we couldn’t go swimming through it all. And before long we were…

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Meals for a New Year

We made it! Happy New Year, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. I’m hopeful we’ll have a year that is better than the last, though 2020 was not entirely without small pops of good news. (If you haven’t heard it yet, there is a wonderful episode of “The Daily” devoted to this subject.) For me,…

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AstraZeneca and Sinopharm clear regulatory hurdles in a week of vaccine milestones.

The world hit a few more pandemic milestones this week with the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines developed by Moderna and by Pfizer and BioNTech; the advancement of trials studying other experimental shots; and the approval or authorization of coronavirus vaccines in several countries. The welcome news comes as the number of known infections worldwide…

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Top Sales Show How Pandemic Continues to Influence the Market

Several more Manhattan townhouse sales closed in December, many at holiday-style discounts. The priciest were in Greenwich Village. A stately house at 14 East 11th Street closed at $28 million and was the month’s most expensive transaction in New York City; and a house at 111 Waverly Place went for nearly $18.4 million. In TriBeCa,…

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