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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…

TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When men become parents, a lot changes in their lives -- less sleep and more time devoted to taking care of their children come to mind -- but new research now suggests that distinct changes also unfold in a new father's brain.

Prosecutors trying to sentence Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz are trying to show he is faking having fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. They spent hours Tuesday showing charts of IQ tests, explained averages and standard deviations but then turned to a simple test Cruz took earlier this year to bolster their contention he is malingering. They used video from his 2018 massacre of 17 at Parkland Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to show he is capable of rapidly pulling a trigger. On a jailhouse test of his mental fitness, he tapped a lever slowly. Cruz pleaded guilty last year. His trial is to determine if he is sentenced to death or life without parole.

President Joe Biden is highlighting administration efforts to protect access to abortion as he marks 100 days since the Supreme Court overturned a national right to the procedure. Democrats hope the issue will galvanize their voters in the midterm elections. Biden attended a meeting of the Cabinet-level task force he stood up to coordinate the government’s response to the ruling. He also announced two new steps meant to protect access to reproductive health care. At the same time, he reminded Americans that only Congress can restore access to abortion nationally, part of his pitch to vote Democratic.

Finalists for the National Book Awards were announced Tuesday. They include Gayl Jones’ “The Birdcatcher,” a short, lyrical novel about a writer’s trip to the island of Ibiza and the gifted, unstable couple she stays with. The activist and former Olympics gold medalist Tommie Smith is a young people’s literature nominee for “Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice." Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds is a poetry finalist for “Balladz." Robert Samuels’ and Toluse Olorunnipa’s “His Name Is George Floyd” is a nonfiction nominee. Winners will be announced Nov. 16 at a dinner that will also honor cartoonist Art Spiegelman and American Library Association Executive Director Tracie D. Hall.

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