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    The new year is a time for goal setting, and losing weight is one of the typical post-holiday goals, especially after holiday eating. Diet culture is ablaze this time of year with ads and talk about quick weight-loss schemes.

      Americans produce 25% more waste during the holidays — weighing in at 25 million tons! The mounds of trash vary from food waste to packaging, from clothing to last year’s “must-have” toys. In Florence and Darlington, litter is one of our main pollutants of concern. Aside from looking bad on roadsides and affecting real estate values, it can reach our water sources, pollute our drinking water, damage wildlife habitat, and clog storm drains.

        Survivor’s Guilt. Google describes it as a particular kind of guilt that develops in people who have survived a life-threatening situation.

        After taking a hot shower in a poorly ventilated bathroom, there’ s often an unpleasant and damp feeling. Over time the buildup of humidity creates the creeping growth of mold and mildew on surfaces. In a one-bathroom home with several family members it can become a real issue.

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        Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

        Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

        A judge has denied a family’s attempt to sue Lebanon on allegations that the country’s security agency kidnapped and tortured their family member before he died in the U.S., and the agency could not intervene in the case. The family’s lawsuit filed last year against Iran says Amer Fakhoury developed lymphoma and other serious medical issues while imprisoned during a visit to Lebanon. The family had sought to expand the lawsuit to also target Lebanon. Messages seeking comment were sent to lawyers on Monday. Fakhoury, a Lebanese American man, died in the United States in August 2020 at age 57 from stage 4 lymphoma.

        Asian shares are mostly rising after a rebound on Wall Street, despite regional investor risks reflected in negative economic data out of China. The benchmark in Tokyo was little changed, erasing earlier gains, but indexes in South Korea, Australia and China gained in morning trading. Falling oil prices are one positive factor for the region. In Japan, recent economic data have shown a recovery, but high rates of COVID-19 are fueling fears people will hold back on travel and other economic activity. Stocks recovered from early losses and ended higher on Wall Street. Investors remain focused on the economy and upcoming reports from retailers this week.

        Authorities say migrants were stopped fewer times at the U.S. border with Mexico in July than in June, a second straight monthly decline. Flows were still unusually high, particularly among nationalities less affected by a pandemic-era rule, Title 42, that denies migrants legal rights to seek asylum on grounds of preventing spread of COVID-19. In theory, Title 42 applies to all nationalities. But costs, diplomatic relations and others considerations usually dictate who is expelled under the public health authority. Customs and Border Protection says authorities stopped migrants nearly 200,000 times at the Mexican border in July, down 4% from June.

        This super simple creamy cucumber salad from @feelgoodfoodie only uses a few ingredients, but the crisp red onion and cucumber perfectly compliment the sour cream and red wine vinegar dressing.

        TikTok creator @bakedbymelissa is probably best known for her viral Green Goddess salad, but that’s not the only delicious healthy recipe on her page. This rainbow kale salad uses the same fine chopping method to get great flavors and texture in every bite.

        If you want a healthy option to bring to your next backyard barbecue, try this summer salad recipe from @haribeavis. The fresh nectarines and basil give you the summery flavor.

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