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Governments and agencies and families have to ask themselves: Why? What could possibly be the appeal? Sure, humans have dabbled with opium for millennia, but while the smoking dens of old might have resulted in listlessness, they didn’t threaten death with every puff.

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“I’m a big believer in going to a region you like and getting lost on purpose,” Rachael Ray said from her home in Tuscany, Italy. “My mom used to do that with me when I was a kid. We’d drive to Vermont and we’d go left instead of right or down a different street or into a different place. You don’t have to go far, but I completely love the idea of getting lost a little bit. I’m an off-the-beaten-path kind of person and I like places that have reinvented themselves.” Currently in her 16th season of the syndicated “Rachael Ray Show,” she also is the author of the upcoming cookbook, “This Must Be the Place: Dispatches & Food from the Home Front,” which will be out on October 26. Ray, who also has a home in New York, shares her travels with fans on Facebook (, Twitter ( and TikTok (

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Madeleine Bakery & Bistro’s popular oatmeal cookie recipe features toasted oats, white chocolate chips, dried apricots and pistachios.

If you travel at all this summer, chances are most of you will be confined to the U.S., and many off those will be hitting big cities. Yes, you can find pricey private sightseeing tours almost anywhere, but some U.S. cities offer public transit trips on spectacular routes that are a lot less expensive, offering flexible schedules, and avoiding extended stops at cheap souvenir shops.

When Franklin Roosevelt tried to “pack” the Supreme Court in 1937, he was shut down. President Joe Biden, who is a student of history, and of FDR, should learn from the mistake.

John Boehner, a chain-smoking former longtime southern Ohio congressman who rose to be floor leader of the Republican Party in the U.S. House and then speaker of the House, has written a memoir of his time in politics called “On the House,” and it is getting a lot of attention.

The year's biggest advertising event is just around the corner, but Super Bowl LV won’t be typical as uncertainty regarding the coronavirus and months of racial tension have kept advertisers wary of whether and how to market a product during a game that may or may not take place.

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