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In honor of National Espresso Day, here's a look at the history of the espresso machine and how it came to be. The first steam-powered coffee machine was patented by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, in 1884.

There’s nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season’s celebratory gatherings. If you’re looking to enhance this year’s menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based foods. Adding plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains, is a great way to make a meal healthier.

The landmark trial over Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming care for children has resumed. A psychiatrist was called to the stand by the state on Monday as it defended its ban on doctors providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under the age of 18. A federal judge last year temporarily blocked the law, which also would have banned doctors from referring patients elsewhere for such care. The psychiatrist who testified Monday criticized the use of such care for trans youth, but also said he was concerned about the impacts of the law cutting off treatments for some children.

A greater-than-expected demand for aid has forced the Connecticut General Assembly to considering how to cover the extra cost of promised bonuses for thousands of frontline workers who remained on the job the during the coronavirus pandemic. Connecticut lawmakers were meeting Monday in a special session to revamp the distribution formula for the $30 million Connecticut Premium Pay Program for private sector workers. A proposal also would earmark an additional $76.6 million. The move comes after officials predicted planned bonuses of up to $1,000 for eligible workers would end up being only $233, given the large number of claimants.

Fentanyl has become a scourge across America and is taking a toll on the growing number of people living on the streets of Los Angeles. About a third of the 2,000 homeless deaths between April 2020 and March 2021 were from an overdose. The federal government says the highly addictive and lethal synthetic drug has quickly become the deadliest drug in the nation. While help is available, it is outpaced by the magnitude of misery on the streets. Homeless addicts in Los Angeles can be seen sprawled on sidewalks or passed out in alleys. Others peddle tiny doses and puffs of smoke to the desperate seeking their next high.

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Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

It is common for families to include their pets in the holiday celebrations by giving them a taste of their favorite dishes. However, there are some traditional holiday foods that can be quite harmful to your pet.

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