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The problem with leaf blowers, and what you can do instead

The problem with leaf blowers, and what you can do instead

When I was a kid, I used to help my mother clear leaves the old-fashioned way — with a rake. These days, I don’t see many rakes in my neighborhood.
‘Trying not to die’: Tourism operators face heavy debt, even as business roars back

‘Trying not to die’: Tourism operators face heavy debt, even as business roars back

Maureen Gordon has weathered hard times before. She and her husband began running ecotourism outfit Maple Leaf Adventures out of Vancouver about a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks devastated international travel in 2001.
Newfoundland director found creeping terror of 'The King Tide' in a tiny coastal town

Newfoundland director found creeping terror of 'The King Tide' in a tiny coastal town

TORONTO — Newfoundlander Christian Sparkes has shot several films around his home province, but with his new psychological thriller "The King Tide" he saw an opportunity to wander into one unique town that had eluded him over the years.
From pop to politics, what to know as Sweden prepares for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest

From pop to politics, what to know as Sweden prepares for the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest

LONDON (AP) — It’s springtime in Europe — time for the annual blossoming of spectacle and sound known as the Eurovision Song Contest .
Writer Leonardo Padura chronicles life in Cuba as his detective 'alter ego' solves gripping crimes

Writer Leonardo Padura chronicles life in Cuba as his detective 'alter ego' solves gripping crimes

HAVANA (AP) — His novels recount gruesome murders, thefts, scams, bribes and humiliating secrets. But those are not even the most important themes in the stories told by award-winning Cuban writer Leonardo Padura .
New federal rule bars transgender school bathroom bans, but it likely isn't the final word

New federal rule bars transgender school bathroom bans, but it likely isn't the final word

A new rule from President Joe Biden's administration blocking blanket policies to keep transgender students from using school bathrooms that align with their gender identity could conflict with laws in Republican-controlled states.
Rail spikes hammered, bullet train being built from Sin City to the City of Angels

Rail spikes hammered, bullet train being built from Sin City to the City of Angels

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $12 billion passenger bullet train linking Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area was dubbed the first true high-speed rail line in the nation on Monday, with the private company building it predicting millions of ticket-buyers will be
'I don't just want to wait': Celine Dion talks return to stage with Vogue France

'I don't just want to wait': Celine Dion talks return to stage with Vogue France

Celine Dion says it's too soon to tell whether she'll ever return to the stage again, but she's not idly waiting to find out.
Without cameras to go live, the Trump trial is proving the potency of live blogs as news tools

Without cameras to go live, the Trump trial is proving the potency of live blogs as news tools

NEW YORK (AP) — They watched from the courtroom or via closed-circuit television in an overflow room — roughly 140 reporters, most with laptops or other silenced electronic devices, serving up news at its most elemental and in rapid-fire fashion.
When red-hot isn't enough: New government heat risk tool sets magenta as most dangerous level

When red-hot isn't enough: New government heat risk tool sets magenta as most dangerous level

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget about red hot. A new color-coded heat warning system relies on magenta to alert Americans to the most dangerous conditions they may see this summer.
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