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Search a directory of <a href="">Vermont residential care homes and assisted living residences</a> for citations and complaints reported between 2014 and 2019.
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 06:01

Assisted living-type facilities often are subject to less scrutiny than nursing homes. Investigations in Vermont and elsewhere have revealed patterns of poor care and deaths.

Stir-fried mantou buns with cumin and chili. Food bloggers Stephanie Li and Christopher Thomas have eaten the small steamed bread often while on lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak. They had been working on a recipe for the buns before the virus hit, so they had a large supply of the ingredients. "Wanted a new way to finish it up, so stir frying it is," they wrote on their food blog.
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 05:46

For food bloggers Christopher Thomas and Stephanie Li, staying indoors during the coronavirus epidemic means getting creative with what's on hand. They tag dishes on Instagram #cookupinlockdown.

Disposable vapes may be hotter than Juul among kids, according to researcher Bonnie Halpern-Felsher. She received a bag of vape pens recently confiscated by a high school principal in northern California, with flavors like Banana Ice and Cool Mint.
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 05:46

Despite enforcement efforts to stop teen vaping, kids are getting their hands on a new array of disposable products that come in sweet and fruity flavors.

The cold temperatures that pistachio trees need to bloom on time are becoming more scarce as winters get warmer.
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 04:04

Many fruit and nut trees need cold weather to bloom, which is becoming less common in a warming climate. So, farmers and scientists are teaming up to find ways to help orchards chill out and cope.

Prominent Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong speaks during a meeting in Beijing in a handout photo from 2013. Xu has been detained in southern China.
Mon, 02/17/2020 - 01:40

Friends of Xu tell NPR that the prominent legal and civil rights activist was arrested on Feb. 15 in southern China. Xu had managed to evade authorities tracking him for nearly two months.

President Trump has congratulated Attorney General William Barr for "taking charge" of the Roger Stone case.
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 16:38

William Barr's Justice Department lowered the prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, in a move that's led to accusations of political interference.

Elton John performs at the Academy Awards on Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. He had to end a show in New Zealand early. He told his fans: "I gave it all I had."
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 15:55

The legendary showman didn't want to cancel his show in New Zealand despite a pneumonia diagnosis earlier in the day. "I played and sang my heart out, until my voice could sing no more," he wrote.

Buses arrive at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, as the Japan Self-Defense Forces prepare to move American passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship on Sunday.
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 13:54

Not all of the Americans on board the vessel, which is currently quarantined in Japan, are sick. Those who are will remain in Japan for treatment.

Strong currents from the swollen Pearl River flood over the Old Brandon Road Bridge in Jackson, Miss., on Sunday.
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 12:42

Flooding is rippling across parts of the state capital of Jackson. Officials say that with more rain expected, the inundation could worsen. Thousands of residents have already been affected.

The Santa Fe Rail Depot in downtown Redlands, Calif., is the center of one of three "transit villages' where the city is trying to create livable, walkable communities.
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 11:01

San Bernardino County, Calif., is creating a commuter train that reaches the small city of Redlands. While good for the environment, some residents worry it will undo the city's slow growth measures.

Ethan Howard was among 235 people in the southern Indiana community of Austin, Ind., to be infected with HIV in an outbreak that hit in 2015. It was fueled by injection drug use.
Sun, 02/16/2020 - 06:00

Fewer than a third of the 220 counties deemed by the federal government as vulnerable to similar outbreaks have active syringe exchange programs which can stop the spread of the infection.

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 06:00

We asked epidemiologists and doctors to assess the science in the 2011 movie, in which the character played by Gwyneth Paltrow starts a global pandemic. Spoiler alert: It does a pretty good job.

Members of the 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland erect flood barricades in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, as Storm Dennis sweeps in over the region.
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 18:53

Across the United Kingdom, people are enduring another weekend of strong winds, heavy rain and potential flooding as a powerful bomb cyclone hits the region.

Passengers walk along the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, on which about 3,600 people have been quarantined because of fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus.
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 08:34

The State Department informed U.S. citizens aboard the quarantined ship that it would send a charter plane to remove them. This comes as 67 more COVID-19 cases were identified on the ship.

Attendees hold letters that read "CAUCUS" during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa earlier this month.
Sat, 02/15/2020 - 07:25

Democrats in Nevada have been scrambling to adjust their plans, in response to the debacle in Iowa. Early voting opens on Saturday with the state's full caucus set for one week later.


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