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Your local beach may be getting slightly cleaner, or maybe not

Tightened EPA guidelines on allowable bacteria levels at beaches would be more effective if mandatory.

California’s Central Valley is tired of taking Los Angeles’ shit

Literally.

Paris to ban older cars, ruining all of your chase scenes

Everything you know about Paris (that you learned by watching the Bourne Identity) is about to change.

This bonsai-shaped solar charger is one of the cutest gadgets we’ve seen

Unlike many solar gadgets, it's an object you might actually want in your house. And it can more than handle all your wireless charging needs.

Does your state suck at reproductive rights? Find out

If you live in Mississippi, the answer is yes. A new report card grades states on availability of birth control, teen pregnancy rates, and more.

Ask Umbra: Should I trash my old tree lights?

A reader wants to upgrade to LED Christmas lights. Umbra strings together some options for his old lights.

Umbra’s second helpings: Post-Thanksgiving detox before you retox

Did you overstuff your giblets this Thanksgiving? Umbra gets the (non-toxic) ball rolling on working out.

Forget Buy Nothing Day: Could you hack Buy Nothing Christmas?

This year the folks behind Buy Nothing Day up the ante by challenging everyone to opt out of the entire holiday shopping season. Join us -- and share your tips.

Please get my kids nothing for Christmas

This holiday season, think of the children! And please, please don’t give mine any more stuff.