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Tacoma Police Officer Plows Through Crowd

Two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a Tacoma, Wash., police officer drove his vehicle into a crowd gathered for a street race on Saturday night, the Seattle Times reports. The unnamed officer is now under investigation by an independent police-review body. “I am concerned that our department is...

Asian shares rise on recovery hopes, markets eye…

Asian shares are rising amid some hopes for recovering economies slammed by the pandemic, as market attention turned to upcoming company earnings

Unusual rescue dog with missing left legs is…

Unusual rescue dog with missing left legs is defying odds

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The Scientific Reason Why Laughter Is Actually…

The Scientific Reason Why Laughter Is Actually the Best Medicine. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “laughter is the best medicine,” but did you know it’s actually true? . Here are five science-backed ways laughing has a positive effect on your well-being. . 1. Laughing with other people releases endorphins in your brain called opioid receptors, which create a feeling of euphoria. Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Matt Bellace says the “natural high” you get from laughing is far “superior” to a drug-induced one. 2. Both men and women view a sense of humor as one of the most attractive traits in a potential mate. Couples that laugh together have also been found to have a higher-quality relationship. 3. Laughter can improve your heart’s vascular function and circulation, which in turn lowers your risk of a heart attack. . In addition, the endorphins released by laughing can lower your blood pressure, which reduces anxiety and takes tension off of your heart. 4. Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes has been found to burn between 10 and 40 calories. Laughter also reduces cortisol levels, which is a stress hormone that causes fat to be stored around your belly. . 5. Laughter can cause the brain's cerebral cortex to release electrical impulses, which block the passage of negative thoughts. According to Shilagh Mirgain, a psychologist from the University of Wisconsin, laughing can help promote a “positive, optimistic outlook.”

Yellowstone Region's Oldest Grizzly Was Euthanized

A 34-year-old grizzly bear that was captured in Wyoming last summer and later euthanized has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region, the AP reports. “He was born in 1986,” Dan Thompson, a Wyoming Game and Fish biologist tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide . “That’s...

Study Finds Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn't…

A commonly prescribed treatment for people suffering from chronic back pain may not be providing any relief. A new review suggests that antidepressants when prescribed for chronic pain, provide little to no back pain relief. The review did find that the medications could however offer a modest benefit for osteoarthritis and sciatica. Their review looked at data from 33 clinical trials studying the use of antidepressants for chronic pain. Antidepressants are frequently prescribed by doctors to help chronic pain sufferers with their mental distress.

Badlands get a nice rain shower

Despite the shining sun, rain fell on Death Valley, California, on Jan. 24, giving some life to the dry area.

The Canyonlands

Trailer for 'The Canyonlands' starring Stephanie Barkley, Marqus Bobesich, Wayne Charles Baker, Sheldon D. Brown, Larry Yazzie

Chicago Teachers Vote Against Returning

Public school teachers in Chicago have voted to keep holding classes online, despite the school district's plan to have them back in classrooms Monday. The Chicago Teachers Union resolution received about 61% approval from the total membership of 25,000, the Sun Times reports, or 71% approval among the members...

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Liz Cheney Might Be in Trouble

Liz Cheney is the No. 3 Republican in the House and has long been expected to rise even higher. However, the 54-year-old Wyoming congresswoman is now in political peril, reports Politico . She risks not only losing her leadership position as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference but her very seat...

Samsung scion Lee won't appeal prison sentence…

Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong will not appeal a court ruling that sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for bribing South Korea’s then-president for business favors

Woman drives 400 miles to save cat with the…

Woman drives 400 miles to save the world's saddest cat

When Will It Be Safe to See Vaccinated Loved Ones?

When Will It Be Safe to See Vaccinated Loved Ones?. Despite the fact that the vaccine is a step toward normalcy, it will not eradicate the coronavirus just yet. Here are a few reasons to hold off on reuniting with friends and family and when you may be in the clear to see them. While the vaccinated person won’t get sick, it may still be possible for them to spread the virus and infect others. The vaccine trials only looked at symptomatic cases, so its efficacy against asymptomatic cases remains unknown. Vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks. If you do decide to see a vaccinated loved one, be sure to wait a couple weeks after they receive their second dose

Fauci: UK Strain Could Be Worse Than Thought

Recent data suggests the UK strain of the coronavirus is more deadly, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. "We want to look at the data ourselves," Fauci said. Until that happens, he said, the US needs to "assume now that what has been circulating dominantly in the UK does have a...

Biden Extends Pause On Student Loans

President Biden issued an executive order extending a pause on federal student loan payments. The order will cover the vast majority of all federal student loans. Under President Biden's direction, the pause will allow borrowers to defer payments without penalty and reset interest rates to zero. According to HuffPost, the pause will be in effect through at least the end of September 2021. A pause on payments initially went into effect in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was extended in December and was scheduled to expire on Jan.31

Blustery wind and snow cover the scenery

Heavy snow fell on Dumont, Minnesota, covering the brush alongside the road on Jan. 24.

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Meltdown

Trailer for 'Meltdown'

33 Missing Children Found

An investigation launched during Human Trafficking Awareness Month found 33 missing children in Southern California, the FBI announced . One person was arrested on California human trafficking charges, USA Today reports. Eight of the children were being sexually exploited when they were found, officials said, and others were exploited in the...

All Capitol Rioters May Not Be Charged

Since the attack on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, investigators have been working to identify and arrest the rioters. Now, prosecutors are considering what to do with them, the Washington Post reports. About 800 people breached the building, but among that group, some people committed acts of violence and...