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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.

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…

A Michigan judge has dismissed felony charges against seven people charged in the Flint water crisis. Judge Elizabeth Kelly cited a Michigan Supreme Court order in June that charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others must be dismissed because the court said the process was invalid. Snyder's case wasn't among those dismissed Tuesday because he's charged with misdemeanors in a case before a different judge. The Flint crisis began in 2014, when Flint’s water source was switched to the Flint River without treating it to reduce corrosion. As a result, lead in old pipes broke off and flowed through taps. By 2015, many children of Flint had been found with elevated levels of lead, which can harm brain development and lead to attention and behavior problems.

A new report says Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker paid for an abortion for his girlfriend in 2009. Walker has vehemently opposed abortion rights and calls the accusation in The Daily Beast a “flat-out lie." The Daily Beast spoke to a woman who said Walker paid for her abortion when they were dating. The news outlet also reviewed a receipt showing her $575 payment for the procedure, along with a get-well card from Walker and her bank deposit records showing the image of a $700 personal check from Walker. Asked Monday night by Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity whether he remembered sending a $700 check, Walker says he sent people money all the time.

Three major medical associations are asking the U.S. attorney general to investigate and prosecute people who are threatening violence against children’s hospitals and physicians that provide gender-affirming health care. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and the Children’s Hospital Association wrote Monday to Attorney General Merrick Garland. Their demands come amid a spate of threats against doctors and institutions that provide medical care for transgender kids that can include hormones or surgery for older teens. Children’s hospitals nationwide have substantially increased security. Garland did not immediately respond publicly. A spokesperson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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