Books News: Curtis Sittenfeld’s Next Short Story Will Be an Audible Original

Curtis Sittenfeld, the best-selling writer of “Prep” and “Eligible,” is the latest to join a growing number of authors partnering with Audible to produce audio-first original stories. Sittenfeld’s short story, “Atomic Marriage,” read by the actress Diane Lane, will be released by the company on Jan. 4. “Atomic Marriage” was not originally written with audio…

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Medical News Today: What are the benefits of seaweed?

Seaweed grows in or near salty waters. There are several types, and they generally contain many healthful minerals that are easy for the body to break down. Adding seaweed to the diet may help with thyroid function, digestive health, and weight loss. Types of seaweed include: nori kelp wakame kombu dulse blue-green algae, such as…

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Drug Maker Pays $360 Million to Settle Investigation Into Charity Kickbacks

The drug maker Actelion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to a $360 million settlement stemming from an investigation into whether the company illegally funneled kickbacks through a patient-assistance charity, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Actelion, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2017 and makes expensive drugs to treat a rare lung condition, is the latest pharmaceutical…

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Children Move Less Starting at Age 6

Image Most experts believe that physical activity declines as children reach adolescence, but a new study has found that the decline begins as early as age 6. Researchers measured physical activity at ages 6, 8 and 11 in 600 European children wearing arm band activity trackers. After adjusting for body mass index, the scientists found…

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Burberry Goes Grunge for Vivienne Westwood Collaboration

Courtesy of Burberry/David Sims When Riccardo Tisci took over Burberry earlier this year, the luxury brand faced a historic overhaul that saw Tisci’s creative impulse give birth to a new Burberry logo, a buzzy debut collection that combined Tisci’s personal aesthetic with the brand’s trademark nova check, and a 24-hour Instagram-only pop-up shop. Today, for…

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25 Gifts They Won’t Believe Cost Less Than $5

Does the idea of looking at your bank account send you down a stressful spiral, reminding you of last week’s round of $15 Who Do I Think I Am cocktails? Understandable. But don’t let that effect your holiday spirit. Shop our roundup of gifts under $5 that look way fancier than they cost, here.

Mastanamma, India Cooking Granny and YouTube Sensation, Dies at 107

NEW DELHI — Mastanamma got her big break at age 105. After she prepared an especially delicious eggplant curry, her great-grandson suggested that he film her cooking and then post the videos on YouTube. No matter that she was more than 100 years old, suffered from cataracts, wore dentures, cooked outside on an open fire…

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Why Is Obamacare Enrollment Down?

More than halfway through the sign-up period for Obamacare health plans, fewer people have enrolled in coverage than during the same stretch last year. Enrollment through the federal website Healthcare.gov, which manages insurance marketplaces in 39 states, is down 11 percent compared to 2017, according to government figures released Thursday. Given President Trump’s assault on…

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Tumblr’s ‘NSFW’ Bloggers Prepare to Abandon Ship

Elle Chase, 49, has run Lady Cheeky, one of the most celebrated pornographic blogs on Tumblr, for eight years. It features short video clips, often focused on female pleasure, that she sources from around the internet. Celebrated by Glamour and Cosmopolitan as a great sex blog for women (Cosmo lauded its GIFs as “classy and…

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Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound.

WASHINGTON — The plan was straightforward: After years of being challenged by President Trump and others about a decades-old claim of Native American ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would take a DNA test to prove her stated family origins in the Cherokee and Delaware tribes. But nearly two months after Ms. Warren released the…

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