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Rate Of C-Sections Is Rising At An 'Alarming' Rate, Report Says

The rate of cesarean sections around the world is increasing at an "alarming" rate, reported an international team of doctors and scientists on Thursday. Since 1990, C-sections have more than tripled from about 6 percent of all births to 21 percent, three studies report in The Lancet . And there are no "signs of slowing down," the researchers write in a commentary about the studies. C-sections now outnumber vaginal deliveries in parts of southeast Europe, Latin America and China. Even in poor...

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Media Mavens Merci Bouquet Honoree

This week's Bouquet goes to community servants: Helene Leonard and husband, Gene Stilwell! Together they founded Stages Creative Drama Workshop on the East End in 1994!

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To try to stave off the type of wildfires that have scorched California, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. warns it may pre-emptively turn off power for about 87,000 customers in 12 counties.

These areas are forecast to have weather conditions conducive to fires, including low humidity and gusty winds of up to 60 mph.

Phoebe Robinson has set out to change the demographics of comedy: "It's a very white male, straight male-dominated industry — and that can be exhausting," she says.

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The British royals announced today that Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, are expecting their first child, due in the spring.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse has good timing.

That's not because his new book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal, comes at a time when prospective presidential candidates are starting to publish arguments for their potential 2020 bids (the Nebraska Republican hasn't ruled out a run, but he's said it's unlikely.)

Esi Edugyan's new novel, Washington Black, opens on wretched terrain: The year is 1830; the location is a sugar plantation in Barbados. Our narrator, an enslaved 11-year-old boy named George Washington Black — "Wash" for short — tells us that the old master has recently died.

Wash is now standing to attention as a carriage carrying his new master arrives; he's a pale sinister-looking man named Erasmus Wilde. Looking at him, Wash comments, "He owned me, as he owned all those I lived among, not only our lives but also our deaths, and that pleased him too much."

When I was growing up in the early 2000s in Jersey City, N.J., I was, for the most part, ashamed of my family's cultural heritage. I felt the heat of embarrassment when substitute teachers butchered my name during morning roll call and when my large, boisterous family piled into restaurants shouting at one another in foreign dialects. But my most vivid memories of my shame took place on a train.

Flash floods have killed at least 13 people in the Aude region of southwest France, according to multiple local news outlets. A resident in one village called it "the apocalypse" as intense rains overwhelmed roads and drainage systems overnight into Monday morning.

Three months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours, France's Interior Ministry says, adding that some areas saw up to 14 inches. The rainwater was driven by winds up to 60 mph.

Sushi lovers will tell you that full-grown eels, called unagi, are pretty tasty. That's why Sara Rademaker started raising baby eels a few years ago ... in her basement near the coast of Maine.

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