20 Under $20: Minimal Effort, Maximum Pleasure

Weeknights are a state of mind. More accurately, they are a state of fatigue. Whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday, sometimes all you want is an uninterrupted stretch of peace and quiet, maybe some leftovers and a chance to wear out the Netflix subscription. That, and a couple of glasses of decent wine. Wine…

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School Shooting Hoodies Draw Outrage From Survivors

The New York street wear brand Bstroy’s new hoodies are unremarkable at first glance. They come in powder blue, a dark and worn gray, a muted red and a light green. Each one is stamped with collegiate-style block lettering featuring the name of one of four well-known American schools. They look like any other school…

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Sterilized Workers Seek to Collect Damages Against Dow Chemical in France

PARIS — Decades ago, banana plantations around Central America sprayed a powerful pesticide with a terrible side-effect: It sterilized workers on a massive scale. Thousands of victims have sought compensation ever since from the chemical companies that produced it. Now, some survivors and their families are suing three big chemical makers in France to recover…

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Thai Flavors Without Shortcuts at Boran in Carroll Gardens

The fermented shrimp paste known in Thailand as kapi is notoriously funky, an exaggerated expression of just two ingredients: shrimp and salt. It is also an essential ingredient in the fried rice dish khao kluk kapi. At Boran in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, kapi-stained jasmine rice has a diverse cast of mix-ins. Palm sugar-stewed pork, juicy…

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Rock Star Patti Smith, Making Paris Swoon

PARIS — The more Patti Smith rips her French audience, the more they love her. She tells the crowd at the Olympia music hall, the scene of concerts by Édith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich and the Beatles, that they should show more appreciation for their beleaguered president because at least he cares about the environment. Five…

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India Plans to Ban E-Cigarettes, as Global Backlash Intensifies

NEW DELHI — India on Wednesday moved a step closer to a nationwide ban on electronic cigarettes, part of a global backlash amid growing concern about the health risks posed by vaping. The ban could shut the door to a lucrative market for e-cigarette manufacturers such as Juul at a time when they are facing…

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Philippines Declares Polio Outbreak After 19 Years Free of the Disease

MANILA — The Philippines on Thursday announced an outbreak of polio, 19 years after the World Health Organization declared the Southeast Asian country free of the infectious disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said government scientists have confirmed the “re-emergence of polio” after one case in the southern province of Lanao del Sur and another suspected…

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A Powerful Lure: Owning a Guesthouse in Morocco

ESSAOUIRA, Morocco — This Moroccan town offers a tempting formula to visitors: Buy a low-priced guesthouse in the old quarter, settle into an exotic paradise of souks and spice markets and then watch the tourists and money roll in like the hazy waves of the nearby Atlantic. The real estate offices in Essaouira’s walled old…

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Over 70% of US adults unaware of HPV-related cancer risks

Researchers at the University of Texas have found that generally, both men and women in the United States have a limited awareness of the fact that untreated human papillomavirus (HPV) infections can lead to anal, genital, and oral cancers. Many people in the U.S. are unaware of the cancer risks associated with HPV. According to…

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Does Your Dog Need Swim Lessons?

In June, I took my cattle dog mix, Annie Oakley Tater Tot, to the Durango Off Leash Dog Park in Colorado, through which the Animas River runs. She had never shown much interest in water, and whenever she’d be near a lake or stream, stood just deep enough to get her paws wet. But she…

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