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Looking Up: Dim comet to pass bright star near Christmas

When we think of a comet we may picture a bright spectacle with a long tail stretching across the heavens, something to make even someone who never gives the night sky a passing glance, reason to look up...

Survey: Some people think it’s time for a female or gender-neutral Santa

Should Santa Claus have an iPhone? What about a hoverboard? Is it time for Jolly Old St. Nick to “rebrand” himself?Some people say yes, according to a new survey (although a sleigh is definitely way cooler than a...

Travel: Monterey pays tribute to once thriving cannery industry

MONTEREY, California - Once the "Sardine Capital of the World," this charming city on Monterey Bay packs in a lot for travelers to see and do.The canneries are gone, but Cannery Row lives on, with several former sardine-processing...

Ticket to Write: Salinas Valley honors native son in Steinbeck Center

SALINAS, California - Many of John Steinbeck’s most beloved stories take place in the Salinas Valley, where he was born in 1902.Steinbeck once said: “I think I would like to write the story of this whole valley. ......

Meth is back: Overshadowed by opioids, hospitalizations surge

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent...

Shayne Looper: Is the world getting crazier? (Probably not)

Is the country headed down the tubes? It sure seems that way. The sanity quotient is going down and the spitefulness quotient is going up. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming.Consider, for example, the U.S. diplomat who mentioned D-Day...

In pursuit of the perfect throw pillow

A dozen throw pillow contestants lined the off-white corner sectional as if auditioning for a talent show. I stood back judging. Which would go? Ever since the new family room sectional arrived — a decision that in itself...

What you need to know about BRCA and men

When we hear about gene mutations like the BRCA gene, we think of breast cancer screening in women, but researchers say men are also at risk of the carrying the gene, which is linked to other cancers, as...

Podcasts to Listen To: Are We There Yet? and the best space podcasts to...

The topic of space exploration has been in the news recently with NASA landing the InSight lander on Mars to study the deep interior of the Red Planet, and Voyager 2 reaching interstellar space four decades after its...

The Farr Side: Nostalgia dominates holiday music in 2018

What is the holiday season without a little seasonal cheer? And by cheer, I mean new holiday music.It’s as much a tradition as drinking eggnog, untangling Christmas light stands and finding gifts you hid last year and forgot.Each...

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Was the ‘Desert Fox’ a Nazi? German defense ministry official sparks...

A German defense ministry official became the target of an angry Twitter mob after paying tribute to Erwin Rommel, igniting furious debate...

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