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This take on an Agatha Christie novel is so much fun to read. We all know the “group of people trapped in a mountain chalet in a snowstorm” routine, and yet, this one has twists and an undercurrent of rich techie millionaires.

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We first noticed rail lighting in trendy restaurants, and today they’re popular in homes with fixtures mounted on rails across a ceiling or along a wall. They offer a lot of versatility to create a dramatic design element or a practical solution used as general overhead lighting in a room or to showcase a particular wall or feature.

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An AFCI (arc-fault circuit interrupter) can protect you and your family from unseen dangers in your home’s wiring. It is a safety device designed to protect against residential fires caused by a leak in the current outside a wire’s insulation. The device takes over where conventional circuit breakers, which can’t detect damaged wires or faulty electrical insulation, leave off.

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After living in a home or apartment with motion-sensing switches, it’s a safety convenience you take for granted. Whether you’re finding your way on a dark walkway outside or entering a room at night, a light switch with a sensor that turns on when it detects motion is very helpful. These sensors anticipate movement and make it safe going down a dark staircase to the basement, in public bathrooms and even while cruising the lighted freezer section in grocery stores; they conserve energy while providing instant lighting.

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SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — New wildfires ravaged bone-dry California during a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of more than 200 people trapped by flames and ended with the state's largest utility turning off power to 172,000 customers to try to prevent its power lines and other equipment from sparking more fires.

Against the odds, linemen from the Ravalli Electric Cooperative and other electric cooperatives from Montana brought electricity to a rural village in Bolivia last month.

Getting to know Daniel Carlino has been one of the best parts of my last year.

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She props up her husband so many times, she should get to fly the sled. Her character shines through as she praises the elves’ rendition of “We Are Santa’s Elves” despite the weak tenor section and her husband’s indifference. It is troubling that a woman with her power did not do more to improve working conditions for the elves. But she is living with a weather-obsessed headcase who won’t even eat her home cooking.

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The fall and early winter is a great time of the year to run — if only the sun would cooperate. Of course, it doesn’t, amd while you may not be sweating bullets five minutes into your workout, you often have to do it in the dark. Headlamps are fine, but they don’t necessarily provide enough light, particularly if you’re going fast or running on tree-covered trails. But here’s a solution that can be a big help: Nathan’s Luna Fire chest/waist light. Rather than fitting around your head, this 250-lumen lamp is designed to be worn around your chest or waist. It’s easily adjustable, so you can point the light exactly where you need it. You can also remove the light from the strap and clip it onto your jacket or hydration pack. The lithium-ion battery is rechargeable via a USB port, and on a full charge you’ll get a burn time of 25 hours. For trail runners, this is an excellent option to light up your whole path — not just where your head is pointing. For those on the roads, you don’t need to rely on those street lights anymore. And for everyone, you can enjoy the cool running weather without worrying about the sun.

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