Settle in with these weekend reads

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A cosmic candy cane. Finding the perfect morning after cure to your holiday hangover. The science of Star Wars. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Here’s what you might have missed during a busy news week.

Spice up your health

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CNN obtained five THC cartridges from an illicit vape shop in California and had their contents tested. The results showed that all contained a variety of pesticides that exceed the legal amount.

Americans finally believe the economy is good

Analysis: As 2019 winds down, the economy is getting its best rating in almost 20 years. Time gets some of the credit. Trump and his bullish megaphone get the rest.

The science of Star Wars

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Lauren Kush, a 36-year-old Uber driver, started living in her car when she could no longer afford an apartment in Los Angeles. Now, she’s one of more than 16,000 in Los Angeles County who live in their vehicle.

A year of micro-resolutions

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Year-long resolutions seem great in theory, but in practice people often quit before the end of February. This year, why not try something new? Here are 12 mini-resolutions that will help lay the foundation for healthy habits.

The man who made nearly 27,000 crosses

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For 23 years, Greg Zanis has delivered white crosses to honor victims killed in mass shootings. Now, he’s ready to hand over his ministry to someone new.

Pashmina herders’ struggle against climate change

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Pashmina is the softest and most expensive type of cashmere wool in the world. But the ancient way of life for the goats’ herders is now under threat from climate change, fake imports and the lure of an easier and more comfortable life.

Analysis: Castro dropping out is another reality check on American politics

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Julián Castro has dropped out of the 2020 Democratic race for the White House. But that’s not really the news. The news is what that says about the continued (white) state of US politics.