Germany Mandates Measles Vaccine

BERLIN — Parents in Germany must vaccinate their children against measles or face fines of several thousand euros under a law passed on Thursday that aims to stop the spread of a disease that has returned in recent years after decades of decline. The law, which is to take effect from March next year, will…

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The Allure of the White Dress

Few visuals are as symbolic or instantly recognizable as the white wedding dress. “The white dress lets you be a celebrity for the day where all the attention is on you,” said Beth Montemurro, a sociology professor at Penn State University. “People spend $10,000 on a dress, so there’s the idea of indulging in yourself…

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How Style Can Help You Land the Job You Want

Every day on the job is different for 25-year-old Hannah Miller—and that’s how she likes it. «I couldn’t just sit at a desk all day—I would go crazy,» she says. Miller is a photo producer for Hearst Digital, where she produces all of the branded content shoots (including for ELLE)! «It’s nice always being on…

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A Sprawling Menu and Goan Cuisine at Cardamom in Queens

At Cardamom, an Indian restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens, aromatic green pods of cardamom — one of the world’s most expensive spices, alongside saffron and vanilla — flavor everything from basmati rice to dessert. But for the chef Alwyn Gudhino, naming his restaurant was partly about phonetics. “Mom is the last three letters,” he said, spelling…

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How to Shop Better: 5 Tips for Buying Meat and Dairy

Looking for ways to buy better quality meat and dairy products? With so much available in stores and online, it can be hard to know when you’re getting quality products or a good deal. Check out our 5 essential tips to keep in mind when shopping for meat and dairy. 1. Buy Less We all…

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Social Climbing Has a Whole New Meaning

On a Friday evening last spring, Zack Woodruff picked up two college friends and drove seven hours down Interstate 65: through Indianapolis, bourbon country and the rolling hills of Appalachia. In the middle of the night, they arrived at Miguel’s Pizza in Slade, Ky., and pitched tents in the backyard, near a gear shop that…

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Before ‘The Crown,’ Revelations About the Actual Crown

This is a halcyon time in royal fashion. The Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex — Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle — set trends and sell products as never before. Tabloids and Vogues alike hang on their every clothing choice, parsing the messages sent: about sustainability or diplomacy, affordability and British industry. Devoted websites list how…

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From a Sewing Needle to a Laser Cutter, a New Approach to Fashion

This article is part of a continuing series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. When many people think of couture they think of the most traditional, time-intensive kind of fashion; of seamstresses…

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36 Hours in Indianapolis

Naptown. India-No-Place. My hometown had a lot of nicknames when I was growing up there in the ’80s and ’90s, few of them charitable. Even more generous ones, like “Crossroads of America,” seemed to say that Indianapolis was a place one merely passed through. But things have changed since then. These days, I’m playing catch-up…

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To Make This Tofu, Start by Burning Toxic Plastic

ImageA commercial tofu kitchen in Tropodo, Indonesia. The tofu is processed in boilers fueled by burning plastic.Credit…Ulet Ifansasti for The New York Times TROPODO, Indonesia — Black smoke billows from smokestacks towering above the village. The smell of burning plastic fills the air. Patches of black ash cover the ground. It’s another day of making…

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