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Learning software in classrooms earns praise, causes debate

WASHINGTON — In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation’s capital, he fretted that he would lag behind. But his teachers used technology to identify his weak spots, customize a …

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife welcome new baby girl

NEW YORK — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are welcoming a new daughter in a post — where else — on Facebook. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan already have a toddler daughter, Max, born in 2015. They named their second child August. The couple posted a photo of the family Monday, along with a …

NYC calorie rule scrutinized in courts of law, and science

NEW YORK— As a court fight simmers over New York City’s pioneering requirement for calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, scientists say the jury’s still out on whether giving people the numbers spurs them to eat healthier. The city says that by requiring eateries to tell people that their $4 cheeseburger will also cost them …

Artist David Hockney gives close up look at self in exhibit

LOS ANGELES— The aspiring artist was 17 when he took pencil to paper in 1954 and sketched a stunningly mirror-like image of himself as a student at England’s Bradford School of Art. In the 63 years since, David Hockney has become world famous, not for self-portraits, but for colorful painted landscapes, portraits of others and …

Cincinnati Zoo’s baby hippo to star in Facebook video series

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo says its popular baby hippo will star in an internet video series called “The Fiona Show” starting next week. The zoo says the first video will be available on the show’s Facebook page on Tuesday. It’s not clear how many videos are planned or how regularly they will be produced. …

Princes William and Harry speak candidly about Diana’s death

LONDON—Princes William and Harry have spoken candidly about the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in an interview marking 20 years since she was killed in a car crash in Paris, paying tribute to the actions of their father in breaking the tragic news. Excerpts of the BBC interviews released Wednesday mark something of a …

B.C. study says kids not eating enough veggies, fruit, dairy during school hours

VANCOUVER—Parents tasked with preparing school lunches might reach for convenient packaged foods, but the author of a new study says kids across Canada aren’t eating enough nutritious food during school hours. Claire Tugault-Lafleur, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia’s human nutrition program, says the study is the first to analyze differences in …

Mantel masterpiece moves from rubbish pile to the MFA

When interior designer Heidi Pribell spotted a dust-covered mantelpiece in the basement of a client’s newly purchased home, it was the start of a long relationship. The ornate white marble mantelpiece, with two caryatids flanking each side, was sitting amid rubble and construction debris. But Pribell, a Boston-based designer and antiques dealer, convinced her client …

Serve spicy sauteed fish with pineapple mango salsa

When it comes to landing dinner on the table on a weeknight, fish fillets are among the very quickest dishes you can prepare, rarely requiring more than five minutes to go from raw to ready to eat. And given the relative mildness of a fish’s flavour, they’re a natural canvas for a vast palette of …

How much sugar in that cola? Panera to list it on its cups

NEW YORK — Panera Bread will start listing the amount of added sugar and calories on the cups for seven drinks, including cola and iced teas. The move is the latest by the company to appeal to Americans who are increasingly concerned about what’s in their food and drinks. Panera and other restaurant chains have …

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