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  • Roger Clarke Dies: EastEnders Confusion After Jamaica MP Reportedly Dies

    Roger Clarke, the former Jamaican Minister of Agriculture, has died, according to reports. The Jamaica Observer reported that his death was confirmed on Thursday. The... Read more

  • Spectator Bill Norris sports a horse-themed bow tie at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Saturday, May 18, 2013, before the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes horse race. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    National Bow Tie Day is Today; Quotes

    National Bow Tie Day is Thursday, Aug. 28. The bow tie has a long history. It was first used as a necktie in the 19th,... Read more

  • The new Polo Tech compression shirt offers smart technology to send heartbeat, respiration, stress levels, and other data to tablets and smartphones. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauren)

    Luxury Fashion Takes On Fitness Technology

    NEW YORK—Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking... Read more

  • Dominic Boileau was visiting a pet shop in Ottawa, Canada, when he came across this Sand Sifting Goby fish gulping down some food. In this close-up footage, the fish appears to ingest food, only to pass some back out through a passage at the back of his face just seconds later. (AOL Screenshot)

    Sand Sifting Goby Shows Off His Food Filter (Video)

    Dominic Boileau was visiting a pet shop in Ottawa, Canada, when he came across this Sand Sifting Goby fish gulping down some food. In this... Read more

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    Forget About the Oven: Chocolate Fridge Cake Classic

    Treasured memories of childhood often involve time spent in the kitchen creating new recipes and making a mess. There are so many recipes you can... Read more

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    Stunning Time-Lapse Video of LA: Neon Nights to Brilliant Dawns

    A transcendent dawn stretches brilliantly over Los Angeles. It settles into a golden sky before melting into a night tinged by the fluorescence of city... Read more

  • On Monday Starbucks announced it would be partnering with Arizona State University to make college courses available to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pumpkin Spice Latte 2014 Recipe, Calories: Drink Blasted for ‘Caramel Coloring,’ ‘Monsanto Milk’

    The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks has been getting slammed on social media after an infographic suggests the drink has heavy amounts of sugar, corn... Read more

  • Breaking Bad Season 6 is just a myth, and creator Vince Gilligan didn’t say it would start shooting January 2015.
Bryan Cranston, winner of the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in “Breaking Bad," poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Breaking Bad Season 6 Hoax: Vince Gilligan Never Claimed Season 6 ‘Begins Shooting January 2015 – Walt Did Not Die!’

    “Breaking Bad Season 6″ is just a myth, and creator Vince Gilligan didn’t say it would start shooting January 2015. A fake article published on... Read more

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, connects with a right to the head of Marcos Maidana, from Argentina, in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

    Floyd Mayweather ‘Challenges 50 Cent’ Article Totally Fake: ’12 Round Boxing Match at MGM Grand for 12 Million Cash via Twitter’ is a Hoax

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t challenge 50 Cent to a “12-round boxing match” in Las Vegas for $12 million. A bogus article published on “satire” website... Read more

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    2015 Lexus NX

    The NX is a sports crossover vehicle that articulates superb technology. It offers a package that strives to meet individual needs and at the same... Read more

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    2014 Nissan NV200: A New Breed of Cargo Van

    A new breed of small compact cargo vans has emerged on the scene in recent years. Unlike the standard hauler of the past, these smallish... Read more

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    Sylvester Stallone ‘Died in Horrible Car Accident’ Just a Scam; ‘Expendables 3′ Star Does Promo in Asia

    Sylvester Stallone, the longtime actor, hasn’t died in a car crash, but a viral Facebook scam is saying otherwise. The hoax, which features an image... Read more

  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows Zoe Soul, left, and Carmen Ejogo in a scene from "The Purge: Anarchy." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Justin Lubin)

    The Purge 2 Hoax: Chicago ‘Chi-town,’ Milwaukee, Louisville ‘Real life purge’ Are Fake; Nick Young Tweets Otherwise

    A so-called “purge” based on movies “The Purge” and “The Purge: Anarchy” in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Louisville, and other cities are fake, but rumors persist... Read more

  • George R.R. Martin arrives at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    George R R Martin Hospitalized Hoax: ‘Rushed to Hospital Following ‘Game of Thrones” Emmy Snub’ is Fake

    An article saying “A Song of Ice & Fire” author George R. R. Martin was taken to the hospital after the Emmy Awards is “satire.”... Read more

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    5 Ways Families on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic Food

    By Mike Adams, editor of Natural News Everybody who cares about their health wants to eat organic, non-GMO foods, but the challenge is being able... Read more

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    Artist Carefully Cuts Fragile Leaves Into Intricate Scenes (Photo Gallery)

    Omid Asadi is an artist living in Manchester, UK. Using a craft knife and a needle, he carves images out of leaves. His inspiration includes... Read more

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    The Beauty-Happiness Connection

    It seems part of humans’ appreciation of beauty is because it is able to conjure the feelings we tend to associate with happiness: calmness, a... Read more

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    Hoax: ’17 Killed, 33 Injured During Roller Coaster Collapse At Kentucky Amusement Park'; No Such Thing as ‘Bluegrass Boardwalk or Noah’s Ark’ Park

    An article saying 17 people were killed and 33 were injured at the “Bluegrass Boardwalk” in Kentucky is fake. The bogus report was posted on... Read more

  • Agrium’s headquarters is pictured in Calgary on May 7, 2014. The company has been very active in buying back its own stock over the past few years. (The Canadian Press/Larry MacDougal)

    Why Investors Should Get More Excited About Share Buybacks

    Wise investors always value dividends, but many investors don’t realize that share buybacks can be just as valuable as dividends, and in some cases, more... Read more

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    Men Say ‘Uh’ and Women Say ‘Um’

    Um, guys. I have some information to share with you, and fair warning, it’s, uh, going to make you scrutinize your speech for several days. ... Read more

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    Top 9 Things Not to Do During a Snowstorm

    Here are some things to keep in mind when surviving Winter Storm Juno. Getting a boyfriend/girlfriend just so you can have someone to snuggle with... Read more

  • Former Baltimore police officer Joseph (Joe) Crystal (R) with his fellow colleagues at his police academy graduation ceremony in 2009. (Courtesy of Joseph Crystal)

    What Happens When an Officer Calls Out Police Corruption Within His Force?

    It was the Friday after Thanksgiving, 2012. Baltimore police Officer Joseph Crystal had just come home after visiting his in-laws. As he and his wife... Read more

  • Over 300 people have fallen mysteriously ill on the Royal Caribbean's "Explorer of the Seas" cruise ship that left New Jersey on Jan. 21., 2014. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

    Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Royal Caribbean Cruise Malpractice Ruling

    MIAMI—A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that opens the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice. The 11th U.S... Read more

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    Creativity Might Be Playful – but It’s Also Work

    The view that art is essentially unworldly and creativity is play has a long history, dating back to the Romantics in the 18th century. According... Read more

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    Why I Stopped Using Coconut Oil on My Face

    Coconut oil hit the scene like a tropical storm with people snapping it up for use in smoothies and skincare alike. But not so fast!... Read more

  • The perpetual calendar, “365 Knitting Stitches a Year.” (AP Photo/Martingale, Brent Kane)

    Looking for a New Winter Hobby?

    NEW YORK—When you’re stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy... Read more

  • In this photo taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, a British King pigeon sits in a cage adorned with a rosette in the fancy pigeon show during the annual British Homing World Show at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, northwest England. (AP Photo/David Azia)

    At the British Homing World Show: Not Your Average Pigeon

    BLACKPOOL, England— Once a major tourist destination for Britons heading to the beach, the seaside town of Blackpool now draws a different kind of visitor. ... Read more

  • In this image released by Paramount Pictures, David Oyelowo portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a scene from "Selma," a film based on the slain civil rights leader. The 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights marches in Selma and the hit movie that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this  Alabama city. Visitors can still walk across the bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965 and visit the churches where they organized the protests. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Atsushi Nishijima)

    ‘Selma’ Sparks Interest in Historic Alabama City

    SELMA, Ala.—The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the movie that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors... Read more

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    Get Ready for the Most Epic POV Ski Clip Ever

    People usually use a GoPro to film the fun and exciting things they do. Running a mud race or jumping off a small cliff into... Read more

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    One Day At a Time

    This is a follow-up to a column I wrote a couple of weeks ago on New Year’s resolutions. Most people make resolutions for the new... Read more

  • A Winchester Rifle that dates back to the 1870s was discovered leaning up against a tree. Great Basin National Park employees shared photos of the find on Facebook. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mystery Surrounds 132-Year-Old Rifle Found in Great Basin National Park (Video)

    Those who have explored Nevada’s Great Basin National Park have likely been treated to stunning views of nature. Recently, however, archaeologists saw something very unusual... Read more

  • Paris Hilton (C) joins former NFL player Terrill Owens with the other nominees on the stage during the taping of the 2015 World Dog Awards at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

    ‘Paw-paparazzi’ Take Note: World Dog Awards Honor Star Pets

    LOS ANGELES—Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements like best mutt... Read more

  • "The findings show that when we see a person moving, our brain extracts the information about the person's identity and the person's movements into two different routes," says Sharon Gilaie-Dotan. (Shutterstock*)

    Why Face-Blind People Can Still ‘Read’ Movement

    When you see someone you know, it seems like your brain effortlessly and immediately recognizes that person by his or her face and body. Your brain understands the person’s movements, which... Read more

  • A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 takes off at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport April 30,2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Barry Williams/Getty Images)

    Delta Flight Forced to Return to LAX After Problem Report

    LOS ANGELES—A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 has landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport after reporting a mechanical problem shortly after departure on a... Read more

  • Molly Sims arrives at the 16th annual InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 11. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

    Molly Sims Wants to Help Women Find Their Inner X-Factor

    NEW YORK—Molly Sims is a self-professed girl’s girl and proud of it. She loves to share the tips and secrets she’s discovered to looking and... Read more

  • Villa Epecuen, a former tourist town in Argentina, is slowly emerging after 25 years under water as flood waters begin to recede. (AOL Screenshot)

    Former Lakeside Town Slowly Emerges After 25 Years Under Water (Video)

    The remains of Villa Epecuen, an Argentinean town southwest of Buenos Aires, are slowly emerging after 25 years of being flooded out by the waters... Read more

  • American Airlines and United Airlines were targeted by thieves steal flyer miles. (Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hackers Try to Steal Frequent Flyers’ Miles From 2 Airlines

    DALLAS—Thieves with stolen usernames and passwords have broken into customer accounts at American and United airlines and in some cases booked free trips. The airlines... Read more

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    Smokies Sees More Than 10 Million Visitors in 2014

    GATLINBURG, Tenn.— The Great Smoky Mountains National Park got more than 10 million visitors last year. It’s the first time that’s happened since 2000 and... Read more

  • Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park's Norris Geyser Basin in Wyoming, erupts on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Robb Long)

    Yellowstone Visitation Exceeds 3M for 8Th Straight Year

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo.— The number of people visiting Yellowstone National Park last year exceeded 3 million for the eighth consecutive year and came close... Read more

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    Advice to Myself as a Young Man

    When I turned 40 it came with the realization that I’m now middle-aged. Here are some meditations on the life lessons that I’ve learned so... Read more

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    Facebook Shapes Women’s Body Image – Just Not as You’d Expect

    If you’re one of the world’s 1.3 billion regular Facebook users, you’ll know the feeling of being consumed by your news feed. If you don’t... Read more

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    Workout of the Week: Break Through a Motivation Slump

    I was chatting with a lady I had never met before at a beauty salon. After finding out that I was a Pilates teacher and... Read more

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    Herb & Vitamin Fillers – Is There a Recommended Dose?

    Labels on most herbal products in the US provide little to no information regarding  the amount of fillers ie. starch, otherwise known as excipients.  Excipients... Read more

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    What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

      Most of us would admit to feeling shy from time to time, or anxious about public speaking: the larger the crowd the greater the... Read more

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    The Rise of Wearable Fitness Tech

    Having trouble staying motivated because you’re not getting any feedback to keep you going? Welcome to the era of the wearable activity tracker. Get instant-feedback... Read more

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    Cancer Nurse Quits After Discovering Nutrition Heals Cancer

    After 17 years as an oncology nurse, Valerie Warwick took a huge risk and walked away from a lucrative income because she could not be... Read more

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    Antiperspirants Can Make You Smell Worse by Altering Armpit Bacteria

    Sometimes “the cure” leads to a worsening of the very problem you’re trying to solve. Such may be the case when it comes to antiperspirants... Read more

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    Tips for Cutting Sugar From the Diet

    The links between sugar consumption and devastating health problems are widely publicized. Not only is it a major player in the realm of weight gain... Read more

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    Rethinking One of Psychology’s Most Infamous Experiments

    In 1961, Yale University psychology professor Stanley Milgram did a scientific study. Hundreds of people showed up at Milgram’s lab for a learning and memory... Read more

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    This Broccoli Compound May Treat Prostate Cancer

    Broccoli is frequently touted as a food that can help prevent cancer, but a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables also may treat... Read more

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    Vitamin D Combined With Exercise Is Crucial for Reversing Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetics, Study Shows

    By Jonathan Benson, contributing writer to Natural News Exercise is invaluable when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition. But a new study out of... Read more

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    Dangers of Shoveling Snow

    What’s the most common cause of winter-time heart attacks, shoveling snow or breathing cold air? A study in Toronto showed that most heart attacks occur... Read more

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    Keeping January Warm and Cozy

    While the winter snow is starting to thaw, it is going to be several months before the warmer weather returns and spring finally arrives. Traditionally,... Read more

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    Top 9 Things Not to Do During a Snowstorm

    Here are some things to keep in mind when surviving Winter Storm Juno. Getting a boyfriend/girlfriend just so you can have someone to snuggle with... Read more

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    Cracking the Code of Chronic Pain

    NEW YORK—The chiropractic profession was built on the idea that health comes from within and that if the body has the proper physical, chemical, and... Read more

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    Stoned to Death: Calcium Supplements Proven to Kill Again

    New research published in the journal Heart has confirmed the findings of two controversial studies on calcium supplementation and heart attack risk published in the... Read more

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    Baby Formula Is Loaded With GMOs – Avoid These Brands

    By Jonathan Benson, contributing writer to Natural News A petition is circulating to persuade three of the top infant formula brands in the U.S. —... Read more

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    7 Superb Superfoods to Power Up Your Life (Infographic)

    Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods You Can Eat Eating healthy is almost synonymous to staying healthy. Almost 80 percent of the positive effects you reap from... Read more

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    Find Out Why the Best (and Most Fun) Way to Peel Potatoes Is With a Toilet Brush

    The “Crazy Russian Hacker” is a storehouse of useful, simple life hacks. Here’s a good way to get the kids, or pretty much anyone, to... Read more

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    The Dark Side of Soft Drinks

    Sodium benzoate is a synthetic chemical produced when benzoic acid, which is found naturally in some fruits and spices, is combined with sodium hydroxide. Since... Read more

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    Keeping January Warm and Cozy

    While the winter snow is starting to thaw, it is going to be several months before the warmer weather returns and spring finally arrives. Traditionally,... Read more

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    Find Out Why the Best (and Most Fun) Way to Peel Potatoes Is With a Toilet Brush

    The “Crazy Russian Hacker” is a storehouse of useful, simple life hacks. Here’s a good way to get the kids, or pretty much anyone, to... Read more

  • Jean-Philippe Baty works on a 1950s glass-and-oak coffee table by Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino at Miguel Saco Restoration Inc. in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Buying and Maintaining Antique and Fine Furniture

    Whether looking to buy or just wishing to maintain your beautiful pieces of furniture, this guide may be of some help. What to look for... Read more

  • This clump of lucky bamboo is slated to bring wealth to its caretaker—it has five stalks (one hidden). (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

    ‘Lucky Bamboo’ May Be Lucky, but It’s Not Bamboo

    The New Year is still young so let’s continue to welcome it in—with some lucky bamboo. At this time of year, this plant appears in... Read more

  • Hip cutting boards from Solo Home Design created with bicycle rims and salvaged wood. (AP Photo/SOLO Home Design)

    Right at Home: Decor Made of Bicycle Parts

    Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking, and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of... Read more

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    A Bathroom That Will Grow With You as You Age

    When planning a major bathroom renovation, it is important to consider functionality both for today and for the future. Be it from natural aging, an... Read more

  • The dining room is neutral, with pops of colour brought in with floral arrangements and dishes. (Donna Griffith)

    Elegance That Will Last a Lifetime

    Corey and Lauren Mandell with their lovely young daughters are the happy owners of this magnificent home. They are also a busy, energetic, hard-working family... Read more

  • A tufted headboard makes a stunning focal point and adds an element of sophistication and elegance to a guest bedroom. (Courtesy of Bassett Furniture)

    Create a ‘Hotel Chic’ Guest Bedroom

    When creating a guest bedroom, think back to the last time you stayed in a hotel. That feeling of comfort and luxury is what you... Read more

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    Top 10 Cleaning Hacks, From Carpet Stains to Cleaning Grout

    As 2015 rolls in, you’re probably getting geared up to take on that laundry list of resolutions! Well, instead of exhausting yourself from tackling hardcore... Read more

  • A Burnham Design kitchen featuring Sherwin Williams “Olive Grove”/SW7734 paint in a satin finish, dark olive green cabinets, and a textured black stone countertop in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Sarah Dorio)

    Ask a Designer: Improving the Kitchen in Small (or Big) Ways

    Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of counter... Read more

  • A chandelier crafted from brass feathers makes a striking statement. (AP Photo/Anthropologie)

    Feathers Soar as a Decor Trend

    When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures... Read more

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    11 Worst Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

    We all know that bathrooms, and toilets in particular, are serious germ zones, but there are many other places that are equally packed with bacteria... Read more

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    The Tiny House Movement (Video)

    Curious about tiny homes? You’re not alone, because the tiny house movement continues to gather steam, and more people take up the tiny house challenge... Read more

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    Natural Fragrances to Scent Your Home This Holiday Season

    You can smell the holiday season coming even before it arrives. Whether it’s the crisp scent of a fresh breeze on a chilly winter morning,... Read more

  • This Dec. 7 photo shows three Christmas tree ornaments made from toys. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

    Turn Toys Into Christmas Tree Ornaments

    From tractors and trains to cats and knights, my son’s evolving obsessions all find a place on our Christmas tree. Like many families, we buy... Read more

  • A design board created by Christina Marzilli pulls together elements of white, cream, gold, copper, and brass for a classic holiday décor. (CHT Media)

    Dreaming of a White Christmas

    Whites and creams paired with elegant coppers and golds give a space a feeling of luxury that will never go out of style. We love... Read more

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    Five Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

    If you live in a poorly insulated home, and many of us do, you could spend thousands this winter on energy bills. But our ancestors... Read more

  • Felt feathers in warm winter white give a sculptural quality to a soft wreath. Besides the beloved evergreen standard, each year sees more and more inventive versions of the wreath. (AP Photo/West Elm)

    Right at Home: New Twists on a Holiday Symbol

    Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind—unadorned or dressed for the holiday season with lights, bows, fruit, or ornaments. Each year, however,... Read more

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    Brilliant Ancient Battle Tactics With Modern Daily Life Applications

    It’s not that we should necessarily treat the obstacles we encounter in daily life as enemies that must be annihilated—but sometimes ancient battle strategies have... Read more

  • Jennifer Ewing, and her husband Florian Thiel hold their children Max (R), 3, and Felix, 8-months, as they pose for a photo on the steps of their new home in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, on Oct. 15, 2014. The couple recently closed on the three-bedroom house , which cost slightly less than $500,000. They moved to Seattle from New York, another city that matches the pattern of high-income jobs and even more expensive housing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Why Areas With Good Jobs Have Hard-to-Afford Homes

    WASHINGTON—It’s the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most... Read more

  • A model presents a creation by Zuhair Murad during the 2015 Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection fashion show on January 29, 2015 in Paris. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

    First Stars at Haute Couture Week in Paris

    PARIS—At Paris’ high-octane couture week, what happens on the catwalk is only half the story. Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn and her daughter Kate Hudson... Read more

  • Models pose backstage before the Y-3 Menswear Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 25, 2015 in Paris, France. (Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Y-3)

    Paris Menswear Highlights for Fall-Winter 2015

    PARIS—Fashion royalty Salma Hayek, the Academy Award-nominated wife of the luxury heir François-Henri Pinault, led the front row pack at Saint Laurent show—the final of... Read more

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    Why I Stopped Using Coconut Oil on My Face

    Coconut oil hit the scene like a tropical storm with people snapping it up for use in smoothies and skincare alike. But not so fast!... Read more

  • Models walk the runway during the Ermanno Scervino show as a part of Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015/2016. (Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images)

    Blue, White, and Warm

    Perhaps it is testimony to the concept of synchronicity or is it telepathy that designers chose to keep to the familiar in the Fall/Winter 2015/2016... Read more

  • Models wear a creation for Louis Vuitton by fashion designer Kim Jones during his men's fall-winter 2015/2016 fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Kate Moss Holds Court at Louis Vuitton, Rick Owens Bares All

    PARIS— If fashion had a monarchy, she would be its queen. Kate Moss certainly acted like one from her regally-placed seat in the center of... Read more

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    Going Green With 17 Organic Beauty Brands

    Let’s face it–most organic beauty products we read about in English language magazines are from America or the UK. Whether it’s Josie Maran, Green People... Read more

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    Not Everyone Is Beautiful

    You probably aren’t beautiful. It’s statistical, not personal. Most of us are average, a few of us are ugly, and a tiny number of us... Read more

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    See 100 Years of Black Beauty Trends in Less Than One Minute

    Beauty trends are colorblind, except when it comes to hair. Cut Video, released: “100 Years of Beauty: Marshay,” which features an African American woman. YouTube... Read more

  • A model wears a creation for Gucci men's Fall-Winter 2015-2016 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Gucci Salutes France in First Post-Giannini Collection

    MILAN—The fashion curtain call is part of the ritual of the runway show, with each designer’s personality reflected in that final bow. Some, like Miuccia... Read more

  • Models wear creations for Dolce & Gabbana men's Fall-Winter 2015-2016 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Milan Fashion Designers Celebrate Normality

    MILAN—Tactile fashion is setting the trend on Sunday, the second day of Milan Fashion Week previews for next autumn and winter menswear. Designers are luxuriating... Read more

  • Kimono-Shaped Coverlet (Yogi) with Lobster and Crest dated Meiji period (1868–1912) in plain-weave cotton, resist-dyed and painted with dyes and pigments (tsutsugaki). ( Fund, 1966)

    The Beauty of the Kimono

    Recently, I saw the most beautiful and interesting exhibit on kimonos. It should be on the must-see list of everyone who loves fashion. But you’ll... Read more

  • Actress Keira Knightley and her husband James Righton (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Fashion at the Golden Globes

    We enlisted the help of “American Style Guru” Derek Warburton to talk us through some of the fashion choices made by the celebrities attending the... Read more

  • Mumbi O’Brien, with Palm Beach Modern Auctions, lays out handwritten notes by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with drawings into lots for auction, in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Jacqueline Kennedy’s Notes to Designers Up for Auction

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—In private, even the stylish former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis admitted to tiring of the all-black attire long considered chic in... Read more

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    DIY: Herbal Chapped Lip Balm

    We keep our lips pretty busy on a daily basis: eating, sipping, talking, smooching…it’s good stuff! So much so, in fact, that we can find... Read more

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    Look in the Mirror

    I recently went to an awards event where everyone was very dressed up. Looking around was a revelation. Doesn’t anyone have a full-length mirror? If... Read more

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    Serums: Healthy Elixirs or Snake Oils?

    They promise no less than youth-in-a-bottle, nature’s own concentrated bounty delivered to your face, blasting away everything from sun spots to wrinkles. It all comes... Read more

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    8 of the Best Natural Hair Dyes

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  • Eva Radke, founder of Film Biz Recycling, in her prop shop and drop-off center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. The non-profit has reduced hundreds of tons of waste in New York City since 2008. Props, furniture, and wardrobe items donated from local film, television, and theater sets are given to charities, recycled, and sold for discount at Film Biz Recycling in Gowanus. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

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  • In this Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 photo, Steven King, left, fills out paperwork before selling a handgun to first-time gun owner Dave Benne at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Mo. King says he’s sold two to three times more weapons in recent weeks than normal as a grand jury decides whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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  • Elizabeth (2nd L) and Grant Moyer (L) of Rye, N.Y., with sons Carter (2nd L) and Tyler in a family vacation photo they used for their 2014 holiday card taken while visiting Florence, Italy. (AP Photo/Flytographer, Alberto Sarrantonio)

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  • James Swartz, director of World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., points out the term "Play Safe and Enjoy!!!" on the package for the Catapencil, a combination pencil and slingshot, at Children's Franciscan Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The consumer watchdog group has released its annual list of what it considers to be the 10 most unsafe toys as the holiday season approaches. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Consumer Group Lists ‘Ten Worst Toys’ for Kids

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    Home Funeral: An Unusual Gift of Time and Space

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  • In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, Pakistani students gather around Humaira Bachal, the founder of a charity school as she teaches them in a classroom in Karachi, Pakistan. At the age of 13, Bachal began teaching other girls what she learned in school. Those classes at home between friends grew into her life’s work: Bringing education to children in the working-class Muwach Goth neighborhood on the outskirts of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, where families often keep their girls out of school and where even boys struggle to get decent learning. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

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