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8 Cozy Winter Soups That Feel Like a Great Big Hug

Soup is a regular occurrence in my house throughout the winter. A few years ago, I felt into the habit of making soup and a loaf of bread every Monday. My family learned to anticipate it, and we ended up bringing several new soups into the rotation to stand alongside our old standbys. We can always use new soup recipes in my family! Continue reading “8 Cozy Winter Soups That Feel Like a Great Big Hug” » … Read the referenced recipe here: 8 Cozy Winter Soups That Feel Like…

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While The Eastern US Freezes, This Place Is Too Warm

Enlarge this image Ice skaters in Anchorage, AK take advantage of warmer than average temperatures at Westchester Lagoon. Mark Thiessen/AP hide caption toggle caption Mark Thiessen/AP While above average temperatures might sound good to much of the U.S. right now, it’s too warm in rural Alaska. High temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above average are upsetting everything from recreation to hunting for food. Last Saturday, Maurice Andrews won the Kuskokwim River’s first sled dog race of the season. “It felt awesome, man,” Andrews said, “Finally! Finally good to be out.”…

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Hospitals Nationally Hit Hard By Medicare’s Safety Penalties

Enlarge this image Each year, hundreds of hospitals lose 1 percent of their Medicare payments through the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program. The penalties — now in their fourth year — were created by the Affordable Care Act to drive hospitals to improve the quality of their care. Maskot/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Maskot/Getty Images As the federal government penalizes 751 hospitals for having too many infections and patient injuries, some states are feeling the cuts in Medicare payments more than others. This year’s punishments landed the hardest in Connecticut…

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Cold Casualties: Sharksicles And Frozen Iguanas

In Florida, it’s raining iguanas. And in Cape Cod, sharksicles are washing ashore. The unusual cold that has slammed the U.S. East Coast is wreaking havoc with wildlife, particularly the cold-blooded variety. As one no doubt remembers from grade-school science class, reptiles and fish take heat from their environment – when it is warm enough, all is well, but if it gets too cold, you can expect scenes like this. Social media has been flooded with reports of downed iguanas. Suddenly immobilized by the near-freezing temperatures, in their catatonic state…

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