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Adult coloring books are not just a fad; for some, they are a lifesaver

Adult coloring books are not just a fad; for some, they are a lifesaver

Dee Ledger can remember exactly when she found solace, if not salvation, after the death of her 10-week-old son, Obed. It is where she found it, and how, that surprised her: in a coloring book.

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What's the origin of Cinco de Mayo celebration in the US?

Now comes the time of year for stressed office workers and the college-age party crowd to cut loose, don culturally stereotypical outfits, turn up the appropriate folk music, and drink.

Chatting with celebrity cook Rachael Ray

Chatting with celebrity cook Rachael Ray

Back in the 1980s, when Rachael Ray was a student at Lake George Junior-Senior High School, she didn’t spend her summer days sunbathing and swimming. She was too busy working.

Every home, big or small, should have a mudroom

Every home, big or small, should have a mudroom

Given the volatile weather this spring, we all need to be prepared for all conditions, all of the time.

Let your kids use sharp knives and hot stoves

Let your kids use sharp knives and hot stoves

Seven ways we can get a grip on our fears or controlling behaviors and inspire our kids to cook instead.

Lawsuit challenges TSA's use of full-body scanners in airports

Lawsuit challenges TSA's use of full-body scanners in airports

Two groups that say fear of airport security body scanners forces some would-be fliers to risk driving instead have challenged their use by the Transportation Security Administration.

Quaker Oats’ 100% natural claim questioned in lawsuit

Quaker Oats’ 100% natural claim questioned in lawsuit

While the level of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, detected in the oatmeal falls well below the limit set by federal regulators for human consumption, the lawsuit accuses Quaker of false advertising because it markets the oatmeal as “100% natural.”

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ their bodies fought to regain weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ their bodies fought to regain weight

But in the years since, more than 100 pounds have crept back onto his 5-foot-11 frame despite his best efforts. In fact, most of that season’s 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously. Some are even heavier now.

Malia Obama part of the growing wave of students taking a 'gap year'

Malia has not decided what she will do during her year off, according to someone familiar with the process who asked for anonymity to discuss the private decision. "She has yet to even graduate [from high school], so she's going to take time to think about her opportunities," the individual said.

Greenmarket returns to outdoor location

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Greenmarket returns to outdoor location

The Schenectady Greenmarket is back outdoors — and vendors and customers are thrilled, even if the weather wasn’t helping Sunday.

The week's best travel deals around the globe

A roundup of great deals.

Is @ProfJeffJarvis Twitter's best parody or its least repentant troll? Possibly a bit of both.

Rurik Bradbury, the man behind @ProfJeffJarvis, hopes the name change will settle his raging four-year fight with the real Professor Jarvis. Jarvis, a pundit and journalism professor at the City University of New York, has long argued that Bradbury's use of his name constitutes harassment.

Cracker Jack replaces beloved plastic toys with QR codes and a 'mobile experience'

Cracker Jack replaces beloved plastic toys with QR codes and a 'mobile experience'

Instead, you find a QR code, and realize not even Cracker Jack could escape those millennials.

Spring colds are common, can be treated with hand washing and fluids

Spring colds are common, can be treated with hand washing and fluids

The season for snow and ice has passed, but spring and summer colds are still in season.

Wolff’s Biergarten: Lots of sausages, friendly setting

Wolff’s Biergarten: Lots of sausages, friendly setting

Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is more of an outpost of the European-style biergarten, and I’m glad they’re here.

Florists get busy with Mother's Day on the way

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Florists get busy with Mother's Day on the way

Flowers will be front and center this week as kids of all ages get ready for Mother’s Day, which runs neck-and-neck with Valentine’s Day as the biggest day of the year for giving flowers to loved ones.

Together time makes Mother's Day special for ‘dog moms’

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Together time makes Mother's Day special for ‘dog moms’

Not every mom has a kid. But some treat their pets like children, and many will be getting cards and other gifts from their four-legged kids next Sunday.

Walt Whitman promoted a paleo diet. Who knew?

Walt Whitman promoted a paleo diet. Who knew?

“Let the main part of the diet be meat, to the exclusion of all else,” Whitman wrote, sounding more than a little paleo.

New discovery means more US states will face a risk from Zika

During the summer months when U.S. mosquito populations are at their peak, albopictus is more ubiquitous than the Aedes aegypti mosquito that has been the primary vector of the spread of Zika elsewhere in the Americas. Unlike the aegypti mosquito, which is mostly present in southern United States and along the Gulf Coast, the albopictus has a range as far north as New England and the lower Great Lakes.

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients

Hospital discharge: It's one of the most dangerous periods for patients

Between January 2010 and July 2015, the analysis found, inspectors identified 3,016 home health agencies - nearly a quarter of all those examined by Medicare - that had inadequately reviewed or tracked medications for new patients. In some cases, nurses failed to realize that patients were taking potentially dangerous combinations of drugs, risking abnormal heart rhythms, bleeding, kidney damage and seizures.

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