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See the toys expected to ‘sleigh’ this Christmas

CHICAGO – It may be hot outside, but talk is already underway about hot holiday toys!. The countdown to Christmas is on, and WGN News Now went inside the ASTRA Toy Show in Long Beach, California to learn about some of the items that will be popular when the weather cools off.
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Biden signs landmark gun measure, says ‘lives will be saved’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school. “Time is of the essence....
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Best Instant Pot springform pan

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. You may or may not be surprised to find out that your Instant Pot can be used to bake. You’ll need some accessories, though, sold separately from the Instant Pot. If cake is your main goal, you’ll need a springform pan. You can also use the pan in the oven if you find you prefer the oven over your Instant Pot, so this option gives you flexibility in the kitchen.
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Best Instant Pot accessory

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. When it comes to pressure cookers, it’s tough to find a more reliable brand than Instant Pot. You probably understand just how powerful the appliance can be, but if you add a few Instant Pot accessories to your kitchen, you’ll be impressed by your new culinary options.
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Best Maytag range

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. The most important appliances in any kitchen are the stovetop and the oven. With these two appliances, frequently combined into one for convenience, you can create almost any dish you’d like. These are high-cost, long-term investments, however, so you should love, trust and care for your appliance.
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Best massage pillow

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. A soothing and relaxing massage is always great for relieving back pain and muscle aches, but you can’t always go see a massage therapist or spa at any time of day. When you have a massage pillow, you can get the effects of a massage in the comfort of your office, home or car without seeing a massage therapist in person. It’s important to know what to look for in a massage pillow, as well as the best massage pillows on the market.

Best light therapy lamp

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. A light therapy lamp can help boost your mood, whether you are experiencing depression or your mood is simply worse than normal. Light therapy lamps impact the chemicals in your brain linked to sleep and mood, and they can help decrease the signs and symptoms of seasonal depression. It’s important to understand what to look for when purchasing a light therapy lamp, as well as the best options on the market.
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Best lancing device

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Daily blood glucose testing is a crucial part of the daily routine for many type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Your blood glucose levels determine the effectiveness of blood sugar control routines and how many units of insulin to inject before meals.
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Best face shield

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Washing your hands frequently, maintaining a safe social distance from other people and wearing a face mask are all excellent ways to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and other illnesses. If you want an extra layer of protection, a face shield is another great piece of personal protective equipment or PPE. It’s important to understand why face shields are necessary, which features to look for and the best face shields on the market today.
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Best Oster knife set

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Anthony Bourdain once said that the only knife you need in a kitchen is a good, sharp chef’s knife. Bourdain, though, was a culinary graduate and knew how to get the most out of a single blade. He knew how to mimic the effects of all the excellent knives contained in a given Oster knife set. Oster is a brand that’s well-known for providing quality knives at an affordable price, so once you find a set with blades that you like, you can feel confident in your purchase.
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Best Instant Pot steamer baskets

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. There’s a tremendous amount of recipes that you can try out in your Instant Pot, but some of them require extra pieces of equipment, like steaming with a steamer basket. Anything from fish to dumplings to vegetables can be perfectly steamed in almost no time. You can even steam different types of food simultaneously with certain stackable steamer basket configurations.
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Best Fjallraven product for hiking

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Fjallraven is known for two things in the outdoor industry: quality packs and hard to pronounce names. If you want to get outdoors but feel overwhelmed by the number of brands, Fjallraven has high-quality materials that will help you enjoy every mile you hike. If you want a pack that can handle day hikes, overnight camping, and cross-country travel with ease, check out the Fjallraven Abisko Hike 35L Backpack.
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Best USB headset for Zoom meetings

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. If you take large numbers of Zoom calls then you know the importance of having a quality headset. Purchasing a professional-grade USB headset is a great way to hear your colleagues clearly and improve your own microphone quality as well.
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The best Mega Bloks toy

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Every kid likes to build, but not all kids are old enough or coordinated enough for intricate builds or tiny pieces. Mega Bloks has been making large, stackable building blocks for over 35 years. For many parents, it is a top choice for building sets for younger kids.
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Best foam roller for sciatica

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. Shooting pain that radiates down the legs from the lower back is associated with sciatica and can be debilitating. One way to naturally relieve sciatica pain is to stretch the affected area with a foam roller. There are a wide variety of foam rollers on the market that can be used to manage sciatica. The top choice for an inclusive foam rolling kit that can be used to target the pain from sciatica is the Odoland Foam Roller Set. However, there are other foam roller options that effectively prevent the onset of sciatica pain.
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The best N95 carbon filter mask

BestReviews is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission. Details. When contaminants from the environment get into your lungs, they can do damage. A proper respirator mask can filter out these undesirable elements and help to ensure you’re breathing clean air. To be the most effective, a mask must...
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Six key races to watch on Election night

CHICAGO – Whether it’s congressional, state or local, Illinoisians will find a number of key races on the ballot when they head to the polls for the Illinois Primary Election on Tuesday June 28th. WGN Political Analyst Paul Lisnek shared the six races he thinks you should watch...
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