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2016 Was ‘Surreal’

Whether you feel 2016 was a dream or a nightmare, Merriam-Webster claims the word to describe the year is something in between. The word “surreal” joins Oxford’s “post-truth” and Dictionary.com’s “xenophobia” as the year’s top choices.

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Most Popular Holiday Cookies

People are in the baking spirit this holiday season. Google shared its data on the most-searched cookie recipes in the U.S. — find out which cookie your state’s residents are baking this year!

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Crashing with Seniors

Next fall, New York University will introduce a novel way to help students save money. The program will allow 15 students to bunk with senior citizens in their spare bedrooms.

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Meet Ryan Zinke

Donald J. Trump has selected Rep. Ryan Zinke to head the Department of Interior. The Montana Republican, elected in 2014, served for 23 years as a Navy SEAL.

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How Healthy is Your State?

The 2016 America’s Health Rankings found Hawaii to be the healthiest state in the country for the fifth consecutive year. The report highlights some long-term improvements in overall health trends across the country, as well as some disturbing new trends.

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Burning Those Calories

It’s the holiday season — and with it usually comes overindulging. Try these fun and easy ways to burn more calories during the day.

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Erasing Shakespeare

Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a prominent portrait of William Shakespeare — arguing he does not represent a diverse range of writers. The politically correct move and other such outrages continue to occur at America’s institutions of higher learning.

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Removing the Cross

Residents of Knightstown, Indiana, were forced to remove the cross from the top of the town's Christmas tree after someone claimed a civil liberties offense. Once the cross was removed, people responded by handing out crosses around town.

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The DNA in Our Wastewater

With every flush of the toilet, valuable health-related information encrypted in our DNA is lost. (Who knew?) Wastewater may be so valuable for public health discoveries that a group of Stanford researchers is studying its potential for good.

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Physical Activity and the Flu

High-intensity training and competition can make athletes more prone to illness. Routine, moderate physical activity, on the other hand, can help protect people against colds and upper respiratory infections.

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Making America Optimistic Again

Donald J. Trump’s election win has brought a surge in optimism. A CNBC All-America Economic Survey found that the percentage of Americans who believe the economy will get better in the next year is at the highest level since President Obama was elected in 2008.

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Police Are Giving Back

Across the country, law enforcement officials generously give their time and care to local communities. LifeZette shares ways our police are creating a lasting impact this holiday season.

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Scott Pruitt for EPA

Donald J. Trump nominated Scott Pruitt, attorney general of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has spent much of his professional time fighting the agency he has been nominated to lead.

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Gen. John F. Kelly

Donald J. Trump has selected retired four-star Marine General John F. Kelly as secretary of homeland security. The 66-year-old had a 40-year career in the Marine Corps and lost a son to combat in Afghanistan.

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