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Dear Abby: Boyfriend kindly ordered flowers, but they arrived looking tattered

Woman tempted to tell him that the online delivery service let him down.

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s new ‘Goop Lab’ show is delightfully wacky

Early in each episode, onscreen text warns the content should be viewed as entertainment, not medical advice.

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Dear Abby: My boyfriend, married but separated, takes his time filing for divorce

Under the circumstances, his girlfriend of a year feels uncomfortable about meeting his son and family.

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Inheriting the fine china? Younger folks saying no thanks

Acquiring a set of china isn’t the rite of passage it was decades ago. Some people still collect it, but nowadays it might not even end up on a couple’s wedding registry.

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Dear Abby: My parents’ mistake decades ago has cost me dearly

Man disabled as a teen considers confronting his elderly mother and father about why they didn’t sue the responsible party.

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Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort to create wraps, pouches

Hoping to help wildlife harmed in the Australian wildfires, thousands of crafters worldwide are churning out swaddling wraps for bats, hanging enclosures for kangaroos, and cozy pouches for wallabies.

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Dear Abby: When my fiance gets mad, he gets really REALLY mad

At times of frustration, he screams and then sulks for hours.

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Dear Abby: White woman likes dating Latino man, but parents pessimistic

They see cultural differences that will be impossible to overcome and urge their daughter to end the relationship.

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Dear Abby: My mother, my fiancee ruin meals for me with their chain smoking

Both insist on lighting up three or four times between and after the courses.

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Dear Abby: Mom’s meddling thwarts a romance that could have been everlasting

After learning her mother scared off a suitor, woman has spent years wondering what could have been.

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Dear Abby: I’m hurt I wasn’t invited to weddings of my longtime friend’s sons

Should reader tell her friend of 52 years that being left out feels like a sucker punch?

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand is heading out to sea with Celebrity Cruises

"Goop at Sea," a one-day experience, will debut Aug 30 aboard the Celebrity Apex. It’s inspired by the company’s "In Goop Health" wellness summits.

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Kitchens get smarter at Consumer Electronics Show, not yet in homes

Appliance-makers are competing with one another to show off futuristic kitchen innovations they hope might resonate with younger consumers.

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Dear Abby: For 30 years, man’s ashes have been destined for Hawaii

The deceased’s friends have held the remains all this time and now wonder how to fulfill his wishes at last.

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Dear Abby: Girlfriend crushed that I’ve remained friends with my ex

After seeing a guy who kept cheating on her, she’d prefer that her current man say goodbye to his former flame.

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Starbucks Almondmilk Honey Flat White and Coconutmilk Latte added to permanent menu

The coffee giant also announced the introduction of the Oatmilk Honey Latte at approximately 1,300 participating stores in the Midwest — including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

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Olay ad to target women during Super Bowl

Olay is offering few details of the coming spot, other than that it stars an all-female cast and is produced by a female-owned creative agency, Badger & Winters.

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Dear Abby: My husband sees his sister more than me and our kids

He yells at his wife when she questions his sibling relationship, which she considers weird.

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Some pet products touted as CBD don’t contain any

The federal government has yet to establish standards for CBD that will help pet owners know whether it works and how much to give. But the lack of regulation has not stopped some from buying it, fueling a $400 million CBD market for pets.

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Dear Abby: Mom, siblings treat the youngest like an outsider, even as adults

The ‘surprise’ son now is grown up and married to a woman tired of seeing him mistreated by his family.

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CES 2020: Cool gadgets that caught our attention — and Amazon Fire TV headed to your car

With few exceptions, you’ll likely never get to buy any of these things. One is way too expensive for the average U.S. consumer. One isn’t even really ready to be used yet. And the other, well, that one you can buy on Amazon.

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Pier 1 Imports to close up to 450 stores — nearly half of its locations

The company will also close certain distribution centers and reduce its corporate expenses because of the "revised store footprint."

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Solar panels — Should you buy, lease or subscribe to the technology?

When weighing whether to buy, lease or subscribe to a solar energy system, it’s worth considering whether there are hidden costs or pitfalls.

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Mexico City plastic bag ban takes residents back in time

By 2021, the same law will ban handing out plastic straws, spoons, coffee capsules and other single-use items.

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Dear Abby: When GoFundMe money outlives the patient, use it to do good

Readers disagree with Abby’s suggestion that surviving family could keep the remaining cash.

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Dear Abby: Husband’s awful snoring leaves me fleeing to the couch

His mate is reluctant to tell the man he’d be quieter if he lost some weight.

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Dear Abby: For our wedding party, fiancee picks my former tormentor

Unbeknownst to the bride, the cousin she wants as a groomsman used to bully her future husband as a teen.

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Parents don’t need a kitten, but kids and pets go together. So welcome to your new home, Shadow.

It’s taken some adjusting. The cute, little tabby likes to do things like poke his head in the freezer drawer as I’m about to slam it shut. But as my older boy says, ‘The day we got Shadow was the best day ever!’

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Dear Abby: My wonderful, ailing neighbor refuses to see a doctor

Now that an arthritic knee is preventing the woman next door from leaving her house, the reader wants to encourage her to get care but doesn’t want to push her away.

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Dear Abby: Woman fears men will be turned off by her dentures

Will they still find her attractive after learning some of her teeth are false?

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Dear Abby: In 2020, here’s how to shed old habits, if only for a day

For starters, chase away the clouds in your mind and fill it with sunshine.

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American Girl’s new doll for 2020 surfs the waves and rocks a hearing aid

Part of the story of Joss, who is 10 years old, is her congenital hearing loss.