February Is Children’s Dental Health Month – Yankton Press & Dakotan: Healthlines

The following are a few tips to reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay:

• Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.

• Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.

• If your kids chew gum, make it sugarless — Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.

• Monitor beverage consumption — Instead of soft drinks all day, children should also choose water and low-fat milk.

• Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits.

• Schedule regular dental visits.

Source: February Is Children’s Dental Health Month – Yankton Press & Dakotan: Healthlines

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Defense Secretary James Mattis: ‘We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil’ : The Two-Way : NPR

In an unannounced visit, Defense Secretary James Mattis traveled to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders. He arrived during a fight to retake western Mosul, with allies’ faith in the U.S. at a low.

Source: Defense Secretary James Mattis: ‘We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil’ : The Two-Way : NPR

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Man survives 20m (66ft) fall down cliff in Sydney – BBC News

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He was winched to safety almost five hours later and treated for shoulder and chest injuries, paramedics said. The man remains in a stable condition.

New South Police Sergeant Peter McMaugh said it was remarkable the man was alive.

“Police and paramedics were able to abseil to the man and administer first aid,” Sgt McMaugh told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

Source: Man survives 20m fall down cliff in Sydney – BBC News

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16-year-old shot and killed in Northview Heights courtyard | TribLIVE


Northview Heights neighborhood, police said Monday morning.

Police responded shortly before 11:30 p.m. to Mt. Pleasant Road for a report of someone shot in a courtyard, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

Paramedics transported Derrick Brown, 16, of Arnold, to Allegheny General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Toler said.

Police are continuing to investigate.

Source: 16-year-old shot and killed in Northview Heights courtyard | TribLIVE

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Tornado, storms damage 150 homes in San Antonio

A family of five hid under a mattress as tornado-like winds howled over their San Antonio home.

Severe overnight storms ripped through south-central Texas, damaging more than 150 homes and injuring several people in San Antonio. At one point Sunday night, 46,000 customers were without power in the San Antonio area.

The National Weather Service confirmed Monday morning that a tornado hit San Antonio.

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Is there mail on President’s Day? A look at what’s closed

Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year.

While Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday to celebrate George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday, it didn’t become a federal holiday until 1879, when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law, and not a national bank holiday until six years later, according to the History Channel.

Many now consider it a day to recognize all presidents, and a time to cash in on some Presidents Day deals.

Here’s a look at what’s open and closed:

Government offices:

Presidents Day is a federal holiday, so most federal government offices are closed.

Public Schools:

Most public schools are closed on Presidents Day, but some use the holiday as a chance to make up a snow day.

Big box stores:

Most are open. Walmart, Macy’s, Target and Nordstrom are open in most locations, as are many other big department stores that may be holding Presidents Day sales.

Banks:

Wells Fargo and TD Bank are open, but many others are closed, including First Citizens. 

Is the Post Office open?

No. The U.S. Postal Service is closed in observance of Presidents Day.

Will mail be delivered?

The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail on President Day, but FedEx and UPS offer regular pickup and delivery.

Source: Is there mail on President’s Day? A look at what’s closed

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