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Nepal earthquake death toll reaches 3,200

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Terrifying aftershocks continued to plague Nepal on Sunday, sending people screaming into the driving rain and complicating efforts to rescue survivors after a massive earthquake killed more than 3,200 people in the ...Read More

Business

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'Furious 7' tops US, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' scores overseas

LOS ANGELES -- "Furious 7" took another victory lap at the domestic box office this weekend, but "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" crushed competitors overseas, launching to an estimated $201.2 million in its first weekend in foreign markets.

That ...Read More

Entertainment

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'Furious 7' tops US, 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' scores overseas

LOS ANGELES -- "Furious 7" took another victory lap at the domestic box office this weekend, but "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" crushed competitors overseas, launching to an estimated $201.2 million in its first weekend in foreign markets.

That ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Health

Religion

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: Will seasonal earnings boost retirement benefit?

Q: Although I stopped working a few years ago, I had additional seasonal earnings after my retirement. Will my monthly Social Security retirement benefit increase?

A: Possibly. And you can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and ...Read More

Women

My Pet World: Kathy Ireland extending her passion for fashion to pets

Kathy Ireland's Worldwide brand is 28th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Automotive

Sondors E-Bike, a big crowdfunded project, tangled in legal dispute

A company that raised millions of dollars in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is headed to court.

Entrepreneur Storm Sondors and his Sondors E-Bike have been sued by Agency 2.0, the public relations firm that mounted the crowdfunding campaign. ...Read More

Consumer

Mortgage rates down slightly, Freddie Mac says

Mortgage rates have dropped slightly, Freddie Mac's survey of lenders shows, with the average for a 30-year fixed home loan at 3.65 percent, down from 3.67 percent in last week's report.

The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage edged down ...Read More

Gardening

On Gardening: In praise of a $5 butterfly and its mistletoe

I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they ...Read More

Parents

Hear, hear! Getting teen musicians to wear earplugs is a challenge

CHICAGO -- For New Trier High School sophomore Sophia Pellar, a pair of special earplugs recently donated by a North Shore audiologist has put an end to the pain she suffered when playing flute in the pep band.

Still, the Mozart-loving north ...Read More

Pets

Helping Your Animals Stay Healthy Naturally

You know the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In this day and age of health and fitness clubs, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, organic foods, dietary supplements, chiropractic care, meditation, massage and preventative ...Read More

Knowledge

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History

Science & Technology

Kathmandu's poorly constructed buildings worsen quake outcome

An exploding urban population that led to taller and often poorly constructed buildings, along with an unusually hazardous combination of geological conditions, had prompted years of warnings from scientists that the Kathmandu region of Nepal was ...Read More

Weather

Weather alerts must reach everyone, local emergency chief tells Congress

WASHINGTON -- The top emergency official of Manatee County, Fla., told Congress on Wednesday that the nation's weather forecasting system must capitalize on new technology to make sure even hard-to-reach residents are alerted to impending danger. ...Read More

Politics

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Ex-California state GOP chief Tom Del Beccaro launches Senate bid

Former California state Republican chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Sunday, ensuring a divided GOP field in next year's contest to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Del Beccaro, 53, is a Contra Costa County lawyer...Read More