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It's Jan. 24! First of all, happy birthday wishes to sister Liz, who turns 54 today, and also to daughter Susan, who shares the same birthday. She turns 27 today. It’s unbelievable that our second born is that old already. A lot has happened in her young life, but with God’s help she was abl…

There are those for whom recycling and composting are not nearly enough, who have reduced their annual waste to almost zero, ditched their clothes dryer or given up flying, and are ready to take the next step in exploring the frontiers of sustainable living.

The Federal Reserve raised a key short-term interest rate Wednesday by one-quarter of a percentage point in its quest to stifle inflation. The action might not have much of an effect on mortgage rates in the short term — but it could help to push them lower in the long term.The overnight federal funds rate...

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Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time. Inslee's office said in a statement Wednesday that he had tested positive and was experiencing very mild symptoms including a cough. He plans to continue working. Inslee, who during the pandemic pushed for mitigation measures including indoor masking and restrictions on public gatherings, is fully vaccinated and has had several booster shots. First Spouse Trudi Inslee has tested negative. The governor also tested positive for COVID last May. More than 1.1 million people in the country have died from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including about 3,700 last week.

The Federal Trade Commission has imposed a $1.5 million penalty on telehealth and prescription drug discount provider GoodRx Holdings Inc. for sharing users’ personal health data with Facebook, Google and other third parties without their consent. In a first-of-its-kind enforcement, California-based GoodRx also accepted that it will be prohibited going forward from sharing user health data with third parties for advertising purposes. Consumer protection advocates are hailing Wednesday’s announcement as a potential game-changer that could seriously curtail a little-known phenomenon: The trafficking in sensitive health data by businesses not strictly classified as health care providers.

Ozempic: Dieters who use scarce diabetes drug could face side effects. Health issues can include nausea and vomiting, erratic heart rate and premature aging of the face, experts say. Read more

The Indiana governor’s proposal for a broad expansion of county-level public health programs has won its first endorsement from state legislators. The state Senate’s health committee voted 12-0 Wednesday in support of a bill laying out the responsibilities that local health departments would have if county officials accept a major increase in state funding being sought by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. Supporters point to Indiana’s poor national rankings in areas such as smoking, obesity and life expectancy. While county officials would have the option of accepting the money and expanding services, some opponents with grievances over government-ordered COVID-19 precautions said they feared the plan would result in the state health department gaining more authority.

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