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It’s hard to believe that an ingredient now considered such a shining star in the firmament of fine dining was once simply discarded as a throwaway item when it appeared unwanted in fishing nets.

If you feel like you’ve been throwing out your sponges, you may need to make some changes to how you use them. Here are some tips on how to get more mileage out of your sponges before throwing them out.

Grout is porous, making it tricky to keep clean. And because the grout lines between tiles are often slightly deeper than the surface, simply wiping down your tiled surface often isn’ t enough for tough stains or grime. On tile floors, crumbs, dirt and other debris can be left behind along the grout lines, even after sweeping.

Ask anyone with an herb garden who enjoys cooking, and they’ ll tell you that freshly picked basil, rosemary– or most any herb– can make an ordinary dish extraordinary. You’ ll hear them predict that once you plant a few herbs and use them, you’ ll get carried away because it’ s so enjoyable, not to mention productive. You’ ll use the bounty every day to add zest and flavor to all...

Pfizer says it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world’s poorest countries. The drugmaker announced the program Wednesday at the World Economic Forum’s annual gathering in Davos, Switzerland, and said it was aimed at improving health equity in 45 lower-income countries. Most of the countries are in Africa, but the list also includes Haiti, Syria, Cambodia and North Korea. The products include 23 medicines and vaccines that treat infectious diseases, some cancers and rare and inflammatory conditions. A company spokeswoman says New York-based Pfizer will charge only manufacturing costs and “minimal” distribution expenses.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has turned back eight primary challengers to win the GOP gubernatorial nomination without a runoff. Ivey easily outdistanced her two closest challengers, Lindy Blanchard and Tim James. Ivey will now face the winner of a Democratic primary runoff between educator Yolanda Flowers of Birmingham and state Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier of Selma. Speaking in Montgomery, Ivey thanked her opponents, touted her economic record and promised to keep being President Joe Biden’s “biggest roadblock.”

President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order on policing Wednesday, the second anniversary of George Floyd's death. Most of the order is focused on federal law enforcement agencies — for example, requiring them to review and revise policies on use of force. It would also create a database to help track officer misconduct. The administration cannot require local police departments to participate in the database, which is intended to prevent problem officers from hopping from job to job. But officials are looking for ways to use federal funding to encourage their cooperation. The order would also restrict the flow of surplus military equipment to local police.

Residents of Bakersfield are concerned for their health and safety after a state agency found that six idle oil wells near homes were leaking methane in the past several days. State and regional inspectors found concentrations of methane in the air around some of the wells at levels considered potentially explosive and environmental activists in the region are concerned about what other chemicals could be leaking from the wells. Uduak-Joe Ntuk, head of the California Geologic Energy Management division of the California Department of Conservation, the agency that confirmed that wells were leaking, said leaks were “minor in nature and do not pose an immediate threat to public health or safety.”

TikTok creator @diyonabudgetofficial used an Ikea doll bed as the base for this cute cat bed. Of course, the cat loved the cardboard box the doll bed came in just as much as the DIY.

DIYer @lonefoxhome is know for upcycling pieces into unique expensive-looking décor, and this rattan pet home is no exception. If you have an old Ikea side table on hand, that’s the perfect base for this project.

With boating season ramping up, it's a good time to talk about best practices for pet-friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. Before hitting the lake, river or sea with your pet, it's important to plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged first mate in mind.

Misinformation in the pet food market abounds. To help determine fact from fiction, here's research on the most common misconceptions about pet food.

Misinformation in the pet food market abounds. To help determine fact from fiction, ManyPets researched 10 of the most common misconceptions around pet food.

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