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2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 piece vanilla bean, about 2 inches long
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and, using a small, sharp knife, scrape the seeds into the butter mixture. Mix well.
2. In a sifter, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Sift the flour mixture directly onto the butter mixture. Reduce the speed to low and beat until well mixed.
3. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball, then flatten the balls into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Let it soften slightly at room temperature before continuing.
4. Preheat to 350°F and butter 2 large baking sheets.
5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out a dough disk 1/4 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes. Transfer the cutouts to the prepared baking sheets. Gather up and reroll the scraps and cut out more cookies.
6. Bake until the cookies are golden on the edges, about 8 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and let cool completely. Decorate the cookies as desired.
If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk. Doctors know dense breast tissue makes breast cancer screening more difficult and it may increase the risk of breast cancer.
In the United States, laws require doctors in some states to inform women when mammograms show they have dense breasts. But just what women should do in response isn't clear.
What is dense breast tissue?
Dense breast tissue refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram. It's a normal and common finding.
Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (nondense breast tissue). When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue.
On a mammogram, nondense breast tissue appears dark and transparent. Dense breast tissue appears as a solid white area on a mammogram, which makes it difficult to see through.
How do doctors determine if you have dense breast tissue?
The radiologist who analyzes your mammogram determines the ratio of nondense tissue to dense tissue and assigns a level of breast density.
Levels of density are described using results reporting system called BI-RADS. The levels of density are:Almost entirely fatty indicates that the breasts are almost entirely composed of fat. About 1 in 10 women have this result. Scattered areas of fibroglandular density indicates there are some scattered areas of density, but the majority of the breast tissue is nondense. About 4 in 10 women have this result. Heterogeneously dense indicates that there are some areas of nondense tissue, but that the majority of the breast tissue is dense. About 4 in 10 women have this result. Extremely dense indicates that nearly all of the breast tissue is dense. About 1 in 10 women have this result.
In general, a woman whose breasts are classified as heterogeneously dense or extremely dense is considered to have dense breasts. About half of women undergoing mammogram testing have dense breasts.
What causes dense breast tissue?
It's not clear why some women have a lot of dense breast tissue and others do not.
You may be more likely to have dense breasts if you:Are younger. Women in their 40s and 50s are most likely to have dense breast tissue. Your breast tissue tends to become less dense as you age, though some women may have dense breast tissue at any age. Are premenopausal. Premenopausal women are more likely to have dense breasts. Take hormone therapy for menopause. Women who take combination hormone therapy to relieve signs and symptoms of menopause are more likely to have dense breasts.
PARMA, Ohio - Nick Meyer says he isn't a "Star Wars" fanatic, but you wouldn't be able to tell that by looking at his front yard.
Meyer built a two-story replica of an AT-AT walker on his lawn, a Cleveland.com report said.
"It was a weekend project," he told Cleveland.com. "We would tinker with it on the weekends."
The replica takes up most of his front lawn and is nearly as tall as his Parma, Ohio, home.
The walker is made with hard foam, wood and plastic barrels. Meyer said he began collecting the materials in April.
Meyer said several buddies came over on the weekend to piece it together.
AT-AT stands for All Terrain Armored Transport. It's a four-legged transport and combat vehicle used by Imperial ground forces, according to Starwars.com.
Tuesday has started off with ample sunshine, but we are tracking a cold front that will bring a few clouds and windy conditions to the area.
A WIND ADVISORY has been issued for areas west of the divide. Wind gusts of 30 to 45 mph will be possible. This could cause damage to trees, difficult travel conditions and rough chop on area lakes. The wind advisory for northwest Montana is in effect from 12PM until 9PM. The wind advisory for west central Montana is from 3PM until midnight.
A few isolated showers will be possible along and north of I-90. Tonight, overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 30s in most of the area, but may not make it out of the 40s in the Bozeman area.
A few showers will be possible Wednesday in far NW Montana. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, ranging from the mid 50s in Kalispell to the mid 60s in the Bozeman area.
Sunshine returns in full force on Thursday. Daytime highs will warm above normal and many areas will have a chance at hitting 70 degrees!
We're tracking a stronger cold front that will make its way into western Montana on Friday, bringing a chance of widespread precipitation chances and cooler temperatures.
(CNN) - Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached a deal "in principle" to restore Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments for two years in exchange for more state flexibility in Obamacare.
One Senate aide said the plan would also restore just over $100 million in funding for Obamacare outreach.
An Alexander aide told CNN that Republicans would get a provision they wanted, a major change in how states measure the affordability of insurance under their waiver requests. This would allow states a lot more flexibility, but that final language was still being ironed out.
The deal would make it easier for states to obtain waivers to customize Obamacare rules to their needs. States have complained that applying for waivers is a long and complicated process. Alaska and Minnesota, for instance, have received permission to use federal funds for reinsurance programs that reduce premiums.
The agreement would also allow all Obamacare enrollees to sign up for so-called catastrophic plans, which have lower premiums but have higher deductibles. Right now, these policies are only open to those under 30.
There are no guarantees that Republican leadership would bring such a plan to the floor without significant support from rank-and-file members. Getting a sizable number of co-sponsors will be key to the Murray and Alexander's success. That work has yet to begin.
President Donald Trump, when asked about the deal, called it a "short-term solution" but appeared supportive of the proposal.
"We have been involved, and this is a short-term deal because we think ultimately block grants going to the states is going to be the answer," Trump said in the Rose Garden.
His comments were consistent with what he said over the weekend. During a phone call Saturday, Trump told Alexander that he supported the effort to reach a bipartisan deal on the CSR payments.
"Lamar has been working very, very hard with ... his colleagues on the other side, and, Patty Murray is one of them in particular, and they're coming up, and they're fairly close to a short-term solution," Trump continued. "The solution will be for about a year or two years, and it will get us over this intermediate hump."
Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, and Murray, a Democrat from Washington, have worked for weeks on the plan, but their work became even more urgent last Thursday after Trump announced abruptly that he would cease making cost-sharing reduction subsidy payments. Now, however, the real work begins in convincing members of their respective parties to back any deal they have reached together.
Democrats and Republicans were each briefed on the deal during lunch Tuesday.
This story has been updated and will continue to update with additional developments.
Sex education often begins as simple anatomy lessons during the toddler years. But during the school-age years, your child might start asking specific questions about sex. Not sure what to say? Consider this guide to discussing sex with your school-age child.
Expect detailed questions
Toddlers and preschoolers are often satisfied with vague answers to questions about where babies come from. But school-age children tend to ask more-specific questions about the connection between sexuality and making babies.
As your child's questions about sex become more complex -- and perhaps more embarrassing -- he or she may turn to friends or other sources for information.
When your school-age child inquires about sex, ask what he or she already knows. Correct any misconceptions, and then offer enough details to answer the specific questions. Don't laugh at your child's questions or use nicknames for your child's sexual anatomy, which may send the signal that these body parts shouldn't be discussed.
Consider these examples:What's an erection? You might say, "A penis is usually soft. But sometimes it gets hard and stands up. This is called an erection." Describe how an erection can happen during sleep or when the penis is touched. This might also be the time to describe a wet dream. What's a period? Explain how menstruation is an important part of the reproductive cycle and a normal part of going through puberty. Offer a description of menstrual bleeding and feminine hygiene products. You might say, "In girls, a period means that the body is mature enough to become pregnant." How do people have sex? If your child wonders about the mechanics of sex, be honest. You might say, "When a man and a woman have sex, the penis goes inside the vagina. This type of sex can make babies." Consider using a book with illustrations or diagrams to help your child understand. Can two girls have sex? Or two boys? It might be enough to say, "Yes. Two men or two women can have sex with each other and love each other." It's never too early to teach your child about respect for others, and to express that you love your child unconditionally. What's masturbation? You might say, "Masturbation is when you rub yourself in the genital area." Remind your child that masturbation is a normal -- but private -- activity.
Even if you're uncomfortable, forge ahead. Remember, you're setting the stage for open, honest discussions in the years to come. Consider who's best to educate your child -- you or the TV, the internet or your child's friends?
Between ages 8 and 12, children often worry whether they're "normal" -- particularly when it comes to penis size and breast size. Explain what happens during puberty for both boys and girls.
Offer reassurance that children of the same age mature at different rates. Puberty might begin years earlier -- or later -- for some children, but eventually everyone catches up.
You might want to share experiences from your own development, particularly if you once had the same concerns that your child has now.
If you want to save money on your monthly energy bills, consider these tips to conserve energy in the kitchen:Install energy efficient appliances. The most effective way to cut down on energy usage in the kitchen is by selecting the right appliances. Go for the Energy Star certified refrigerators, dishwashers, and vent hoods to make your kitchen as green as possible. Replace old pots and pans. Studies show that warped pans waste 50% of the heat used on a stovetop, whereas flat pans utilize energy almost all energy. Upgrade your cookware and save big! Invest in high-quality cookware. While you're at it, invest in high-quality cookware. Glass and ceramic pans are better in the oven, while pans with a copper bottom work best on the stovetop. Cut down on cooking time. This seems obvious, but reducing the amount of time you use appliances will result in lower energy bills. Try defrosting frozen items in the refrigerator or in a bowl of warm water instead of using the microwave and avoid opening the oven door when it's in use to avoid heat escaping. Use countertop appliances as often as possible. Countertop appliances like rice cookers, pressure cookers, and slow cookers are energy efficient and easy to use. Switch to the slow cooker for preparing soups, stews, and meat dishes to save energy you would have used cooking on the stovetop. Embrace leftovers. Cook in large batches and refrigerate or freeze the leftovers for easy meals that you can heat up quickly later. This will save on overall cook time, which is great for you and your energy bill!
HELENA, Mont. - The ACLU of Montana is challenging the constitutionality of a proposed ballot initiative that would require transgender residents to use public bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in District Court in Cascade County on behalf of seven transgender Montanans, the parents of a transgender 9-year-old and the City of Missoula. Bozeman voted Monday to join the effort.
The lawsuit argues the Locker Room Privacy Act would deprive transgender Montanans from equal protection under the law and violate their right to privacy. It asks the court to declare the initiative unconstitutional and to prevent it from being placed on the ballot.
Montana Family Foundation President Jeff Lazloffy argues that predators claim they are transgender to access public bathrooms used by the opposite sex.
Every parent knows how hard it is to protect a child from injuries related to falling. When a baby learns to walk, preventing falls requires constant supervision. Later, a toddler might tumble while trying to get to the cookie jar -- and an older child might slip while rocketing up hardwood stairs in socks. Still, there's plenty you can do to promote fall safety and minimize injuries when falls happen.
Preventing falls at home
Taking basic precautions in these hot spots can help prevent falls at home:Windows. Most children 5 years old and younger can fit through a 6-inch opening. To prevent falls from windows, install a stop that prevents windows from opening any further than 4 inches. Alternatively, install window guards that cover the lower part of the window. Other prevention strategies include opening double-hung windows only from the top, moving furniture away from windows, and supervising children in a room with open windows. Don't rely on a window screen to prevent falls. Stairs. Install safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases. Put doorknob covers on doors that lead to staircases, such as basement doors. Install lower stair rails that are easier for younger children to reach. Don't leave clutter on stairs. Porches and balconies. Don't let a child play unattended on a balcony, porch or fire escape even if there are railings. Lock doors and windows that provide access to these areas. Baby furniture and equipment. Use preinstalled safety straps on a changing table or highchair. Select a highchair with a wide base that makes tipping less likely. Don't leave a child unattended on a changing table or in a highchair. Beds. Install safety rails on beds for toddlers. Bunk beds should be used for children who are six or older. Safety rails on bunk beds should be on both sides of the bed, and gaps between rails should be 4 inches or less. Use a nightlight near the bunk bed stairs or ladder for safe use at night. Other furniture. Don't leave a baby unattended on furniture. Place bassinets or portables car carriers on the floor, rather than on tables, counters, beds or other furniture. Place bumpers or guards on sharp corners of furniture to protect toddlers when they fall. Bathtubs. Use a bathmat in tubs to lower the risk of falls. Don't leave your child unattended in a bath. Use a nonslip bathmat and clean up wet floors promptly. Baby walkers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using baby walkers, which can lead to falls. Consider alternatives, such as a stationary walker center or activity center. Nightlights. Use a nightlight in your child's bedroom, the bathroom and hallways to prevent falls at night.
Teens in Colorado broke into a home while the owners were at dinner and caused thousands of dollars in damage.
(CNN) - Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine have revealed that their third child is due in April next year.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2018," Kensington Palace's official Twitter feed posted on Tuesday.
Kate's pregnancy was announced by the palace last month.
At the time, she was said to be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, severe levels of nausea and vomiting, a more serious health risk than the morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy.
The duchess was affected by the same condition during her two previous pregnancies.
The newest addition to the royal family will be William and Kate's third child, a brother or sister for Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2.
The baby will become fifth in line to the throne, behind big sister Charlotte, bumping William's brother Prince Harry farther down the line of succession.
A change in the law after William and Kate were married in 2011 gave women the same rights of accession to the throne as men.
The child will be Queen Elizabeth's sixth great-grandchild.
The Cambridges moved back to London this year so that they can take on more royal duties on behalf of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip. The 96-year-old prince retired from public duties in August.
Prince William, 35, had been working as an air ambulance helicopter pilot for the past two years. It was the first time a royal who is in direct line to the throne had taken a civilian job; he donated his salary to charity.
Since 2014, William and Kate have used Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace in London -- which underwent a $7.6 million overhaul in 2014 -- as their official residence.