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IPads, big-screen TVs, gaming consoles were top sellers on Thanksgiving

MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. said it sold an iPad an average of every second on Thanksgiving Day. And Wal-Mart said it sold enough movies on Thursday to watch for close to 3,000 years.

The Black Friday shopping bonanza appears to be off to a ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Study: A single energy drink may increase heart disease risk in young ...

ORLANDO, Fla. – New research shows that drinking one 16-ounce energy drink can increase blood pressure and stress hormone responses significantly. This raises the concern that these response changes could increase the risk of cardiovascular ...Read More


Pope Francis stuns Kenyans by traveling in a Honda — with windows down

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Almost as soon as Pope Francis alighted from his flight to Kenya's capital on his first trip to Africa, he sent a powerful message of humility and equality.

The pope stunned Kenyans not only because of the modest ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: What is the maximum benefit I can receive?

Q: I'm planning my retirement. What is the maximum Social Security benefit I might receive?

A: The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire and how much you earned in your lifetime. For example, if you retire at age 62 in 2015, your maximum ...Read More


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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Motoring Q&A: More on downshifting

Q: I always enjoy your columns, but the recent one on downshifting confused me a little. We have a 2013 Toyota Corolla with 7,000 miles and a 2012 Toyota Sienna with 44,000 miles. Both have automatic transmissions. When we bought the cars, the two...Read More


The Mortgage Professor: Selling a house to buy a house

Homeowners sell their homes and buy other homes for a variety of reasons, including a need to live closer to a place of employment, to be closer to family, to enjoy a better climate, or simply to upgrade. This article is about finding the best ...Read More


On Gardening: This advices contains some great possibilities for winter ...

The last few weeks I have touting if not celebrating the arrival of pansy and viola planting season. No matter where you live there is a season for pansies and other cool season flowers. There are, however, those neighborhoods where the deer ...Read More


Raising screen-free kids: If 2 hours a day is the norm, some parents say...

For Katie Silberman, the turning point came when a house painter accidentally ripped out the TV cables.

Silberman and her husband, never big TV fans, had fallen into the habit of letting their sons, Lincoln, then 7, and Haven, 4, watch television...Read More



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A thought for the day

A thought for the day: Film is one if three universal languages; the other two mathematics and music. -- Frank Capra

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Science & Technology

Gold and platinum offer clues about the moon's mysterious tilt

A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about once every year and a half, on average. But imagine if it happened every single month. For this to be the case, the moon would have to orbit Earth in the same plane in which Earth travels ...Read More


El Nino may trigger floods, famine and sickness in much of the world

A fog of suffocating smoke settles over the Indonesian countryside, sickening hundreds of thousands of people and triggering an environmental crisis.

In Peru, officials abandon plans to host the lucrative Dakar Rally and prepare instead for ...Read More


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How to make America great again? National service

What if there had been one really big idea -- not necessarily a new idea, just a big one -- on either side during the excessively long and embarrassingly expensive race for the White House in 2012?

National service, for example?

It is ironic ...Read More