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Dear Heloise: Why can't people use the complete words these days? For instance: "congrats" instead of "congratulations," "refi" instead of "refinance," "celeb" in place of "celebrity" or "intro" instead of "introduction." There are more such examples, but these come to mind right now. -- Billie M., New Braunfels, Texas

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Some quick, easy-to-pack foods include dried fruit, cheese, crackers, lunch meat, rice cakes, yogurt, applesauce, cottage cheese and fruit, such as apples, oranges, nectarines, plums and bananas. Use a reusable container to pack them, if you can.

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The Japanese macaques in Jigokudani Monkey Park begin most days with a relaxing dip in their own private hot tub.

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The snow monkeys' onsen practice isn't solely about warming their bodies or bobbing for apples -- like the Japanese and visitors to Japan, they seem to appreciate onsen for its stress-reducing properties.

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TRUMP, looking back at his recent trip to Austin, Texas: "Then on Monday I flew to Texas, the great state of Texas and I opened up an Apple computer plant." — Florida rally.

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TRUMP: “Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America. Today Nancy Pelosi closed Congress because she doesn’t care about American Workers!” — tweet Wednesday.

Sure, it’s still hot outside and the leaves aren’t exactly falling off trees yet, but if you’re already ordering your pumpkin spice latte daily, can’t wait to pull your sweater collection out of storage, and planned your Halloween costume in July, you know it’s never too early to incorporate fall home decor trends. These lovely handmade candles will fill your home with all the fall scents you love even if it still feels more like summer outside.

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Google and Facebook have long made it easy to sign into third-party services without having to create new accounts — and new passwords to remember. Trouble is, by leaning on those companies, you're also opening the door for them to collect more data about you. You may find that disheartening given numerous privacy lapses, especially involving Facebook.

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Even if you've denied location access, apps might be able to infer it through Bluetooth connections. A retail store, for instance, might have Bluetooth beacon trackers to detect people who have its app installed. Now, apps must specially ask for that permission. (There are exceptions when a music app, for instance, wants to stream to headphones you've already paired with the phone.)

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A new setting lets you silence unknown callers. You'll still hear from numbers you've recently called or ones stored in your contacts, as well as from numbers the digital assistant Siri finds in other apps, such as within your emails. But the iPhone will assume everything else is spam and send it straight to voicemail.

Preparing healthy meals at home can save you money and help you stay healthy, but sometimes the idea of chopping and dicing veggies at the end of a long work day is enough to push you toward a takeout dinner. Fortunately, meal prep can be a whole lot easier with one simple, affordable, kitchen tool: this veggie cutter and spiralizer from Fullstar.

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If you have a hard avocado and you need it to be soft in a day or so, simply place it in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple and fold the top to close it up. The natural ethylene gases emitted by the other fruit will cause the avocado to ripen faster. Depending on how hard your avocado is, it might take a couple of days.

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