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    Democrat Charles Booker has railed against Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul as a “barrier” to progress in a solo appearance on statewide television. Booker touted his plans to expand health care access, defended his support for abortion rights and said policymakers must deal with “climate chaos” that he linked to monster storms. With about a month left in the fall campaign, the Democratic Senate challenger had the stage to himself during the half-hour candidate program Monday night on Kentucky Educational Television. Paul was invited to debate Booker but did not participate. Paul is seeking a third Senate term in November.

      Chuck Larsen has lived on Sanibel Island for 12 years, and until last week had never experienced a major hurricane. The 76-year-old who moved from California decided to ride out Hurricane Ian in his condominium with little idea of the horror he was about to go through. One reason Larsen endured the storm is because he's part owner and photographer for the local news website. He wanted to document the storm and its aftermath for publication. He said the island was unrecognizable after the storm passed, calling the scene horrific. He and his family eventually were evacuated by boat.

        MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Intake of all types of coffee is associated with reduced incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Sept. 27 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

          The long list of celebrities promoting cryptocurrencies just got shorter. Kim Kardashian is being barred from doing so for three years — and will pay a $1 million fine — to settle federal charges that she recommended a crypto security to her 330 million Instagram followers without making clear that she was paid to do so. The reality TV star also must give up the $250,000 she was paid for the Instagram post about Ethereum Max tokens, plus interest. That's according to a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement announced Monday. Kardashian is the latest celebrity to get ensnared in regulations that require full disclosure by people getting paid to promote financial products.

          I love October, when the light of summer is fading, and local farmers markets are overflowing with colorful winter squashes in all shapes and sizes. Winter squashes have a golden, velvety flesh and a rich buttery taste. Choose squashes that are heavy for their size and are bright colored.

          Instant espresso powder gives these soft, cakey cookies a subtle yet recognizable coffee flavor. Spread with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with cinnamon to finish. To make these cookies kid-friendly, simply omit the espresso powder.

          Fast-rising home prices and rents nationwide illustrate that supply has failed to keep up with housing demand: the country has a shortage of nearly 4 million housing units. But another challenge is that America’s housing stock is getting older—especially in places where population growth is …

          Typically, the most active portion of the year is spring and summer: for most years in the last decade, monthly home sales peaked in the months of June, July, or August. While seasonality tends to be more pronounced in locations that have especially dramatic transitions between summer and wi…

          President Joe Biden is highlighting his administration’s efforts to protect access to abortion. The president is marking 100 days since the Supreme Court overturned a national right to the procedure. Democrats hope the issue will galvanize their voters to the polls ahead of midterm elections. The White House says Biden will attend the second meeting of the Cabinet-level task force he stood up to coordinate the government’s response to the ruling. Biden will also announce two new steps meant to protect access to reproductive health care. At the same time, he is set to remind Americans that only Congress can restore access to abortion nationally, part of his pitch to vote Democratic.

          The NFL isn't passing the eye test on head injuries. Tua Tagovailoa's horrifying concussion came on Thursday night in Cincinnati four days after he came up wobbly after appearing to his his head on the ground on a hit against the Bills. The Dolphins said he injured his back and never exhibited signs of a concussion before he got hurt against the Bengals. Likewise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers say tight end Cameron Brate complained only of a shoulder injury after getting concussed Sunday night against the Chiefs. They say Brate began experiencing concussion symptoms at halftime after re-entering the game.

          Republican Adam Laxalt is trying to capitalize on his military experience and Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's lack of it as he tries to turn a red seat blue in the swing state of Nevada. The former attorney general served as a judge advocate general in the Navy in Iraq. But he couldn't emphasize that military record much during a sometimes-heated GOP primary. His opponent, retired Army Capt. Sam Brown, was a war hero who was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Now Brown is campaigning for Laxalt, recently appearing with him serving up free hot dogs at the VFW in Reno.

          Asian shares are higher, encouraged by a rally in U.S. shares after some weak economic data raised hopes that the Federal Reserve might ease away from aggressive interest rate hikes. Benchmarks rose in morning trading in Tokyo, Sydney and Seoul. Chinese markets were closed for holidays. Wall Street rallied to its best day since July as falling bond yields eased some of the pressure that’s battered markets. The swing comes as a scattershot market has been mostly falling this year on worries about a possible global recession. The Federal Reserve may not be so aggressive about raising interest rates to beat down high inflation.

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          Game days are as much about the appetizers as they are about football. These snacks will always be winners, even if your team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl.

          Game day wouldn’t be complete without wings. This buffalo wing recipe from Fufu’s Kitchen is packed with flavor thanks to a two-step seasoning process that involves coating the wings in a dry rub before drenching them in buffalo sauce.

          These aren’t your freezer aisle jalapeno poppers. You can eat these with your pinky up. These vegetarian-friendly jalapeno poppers from Cookie and Kate are filled with herbed cream cheese and topped with a little golden cheddar to balance the spice of the pepper.

          Queso fundido is the party appetizer that makes everyone want to grab seconds. This recipe from Chili Pepper Madness has a kick from the spicy chorizo and a little crunch from cooked poblano peppers and onions. Top it with homemade salsa and avocado and serve it hot with your favorite chips.

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