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Office holiday parties get another look as scandals continue

NEW YORK — With a series of high-profile workplace sex scandals on their minds, employers are making sure their holiday office parties don’t become part of the problem.

There will be less booze at many. An independent business organization has renewed its annual warning not to hang mistletoe. And some will have party monitors, keeping an eye out for inappropriate behaviour.

The gift of some mind-blowing cheeses is just a click away

Gift-giving is supposed to be fun, but if you’re an adult, by now you’ve learned that choosing gifts is one of the more stress-inducing aspects of the holiday. Luckily, here at The Culinary Institute of America, we’ve learned a no-fail strategy for gifts that keeps us on the “nice” list.

The 2017 Gift Guide from the chef behind The American Table

This holiday season’s gift guide contains a book by a real-life hero chef who built an empire by valuing his busboys, a set of nifty ceramic stoneware oyster shells, atasty tequila and “the last knife you ever buy.”


“L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home”

By David Lebovitz (Crown, $27)

Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide

CHICAGO—An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged, and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.

Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why the rates went up isn't known.

Women less likely to get CPR from bystanders: study

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason.

Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, the study found.

Bangkok returns to mourning colours, but what of the future?

BANGKOK — Tucked in his cramped clothing stall in an enormous Thai mall, Pirumchai Asiram sits on a plastic chair flanked by two worlds bright, vibrantly colored shirts and dresses to his right, neat stacks of sombre apparel in blacks and whites to his left. Ask him which sells better, and he’ll smile.

After 883 years, Cistercian monastery to close in Germany

BERLIN — A Cistercian monastery that’s existed for almost 900 years in what is now western Germany is closing down for good, due to a shortage of monks.

The Himmerod Abbey, founded in 1134 by the French abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, had just six resident monks before the closure that was decided this week, down from about 30 monks in the 1970s.