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  • A prairie dog is a type of ground squirrel that is a common visitor to urban backyards in Canada. (Julian Stratenschulte/AFP/Getty Images)

    Welcoming Nature While Protecting Our Homes From Wildlife

    OTTAWA—When they are climbing trees or sniffing flowers in our yards, raccoons can be very cute to watch. But when they start eating our garbage,... Read more

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    2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

    The XV Crosstrek is motivated by the feisty 2.0L aluminum-alloy, horizontally-opposed, Subaru Boxer engine with dual, active, valve control system, which puts down 148 horsepower... Read more

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    2014 Toyota Corolla: A More Appealing Best Seller

    For years the compact Toyota Corolla has been widely acclaimed for its reliability, fuel economy, and resale value, and it has been the sedan of... Read more

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    Strange, Beautiful Skies (Photos)

    Lenticular clouds over Mount Otensho, Japan. (Wikimedia Commons) Photo Credit: Broo_am (Andy B) via Compfight cc Photo of a brocken spectre taken by a passenger... Read more

  • This March 19, 2014 photo shows a recreation of a jail cell in Montgomery, Ala. where Martin Luther King was held in 1963 at the newly-renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. The museum, which first opened in 1991, is now ready to show off new, emotionally-moving exhibits and flashy, informative interactive displays. The museum says it attracts 200,000 people every year, but the renovations are impressive enough that they could lead to a spike in visitor turnout. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

    Renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Reopening

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.—One of the first exhibits visitors see at the newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis displays statues of shackled and branded black... Read more

  • In this April 25, 2013 photo, running shoes and other items adorn a makeshift memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston's Copley Square. Thousands of items from the original memorial for marathon bombing victims are going on display at the Boston Public Library in April 2014 to mark the anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Bombing Exhibit Includes Shoes, Runner Bibs

    BOSTON—After the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon last April, mourners began leaving thousands of items at a makeshift memorial near the finish line to... Read more

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    7 Short Videos That Will Make You Laugh Uncontrollably Every Time

    7. The Sneezing Baby Panda     You’ve got to love the Internet.  The world’s knowledge right at your fingertips, and crazy videos of cats and... Read more

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    Growing Sage? Learn More About Its Uses and Fascinating History Here

    Does Sage grow abundantly in your garden? According to old English and French folklore this means either business is thriving or the lady is ruling... Read more

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    How to Make a Lasagna Your Garden Plants Will Love

    Once you’ve finished with pruning and spring cleaning in your garden and you’re wondering what fruitful things you could do with your branches and other... Read more

  • In this March 26, 2014 photo, Nancy and Charles Hardy read about the experience of Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps during World War II as they enter an exhibit titled “Barbed Wire to Battlefields” at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)

    New Exhibit Sheds Light on Japanese After WWII

    NEW ORLEANS—After Japan’s naval and air forces attacked Pearl Harbor and the Philippines in December 1941, life for 7-year-old Lily Imahara and her family changed... Read more

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    Honey: The Miracle Face Wash

    When I was in grade eight, my skin-care knowledge amounted to a vague idea that clean skin was clear skin. Not having access to the Internet back then, nor... Read more

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    Why Parents Should ‘Baby’ a Crying Infant

    In a study of 14,000 US children, researchers found that 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds with their parents—bonds that are crucial to success later... Read more

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    What Your Face Reveals About You

    We know that genetics and diet affect our facial structure, that people who laugh a lot develop laugh lines, and that those who are depressed... Read more

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    Married Couples Have Fewer Heart Problems, Report

    Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds... Read more

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    Tesla to Install Shields to Protect Battery After Investigation

    DETROIT— The U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog has closed an investigation into Tesla electric car battery fires after the company said it would install more... Read more

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    British Summer Time 2014: When is Daylight Savings?

    The daylight savings time in Europe, known as the Summer Time, is coming up. It’s known in the United Kingdom as the British Summer Time... Read more

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    Homemade Natural Deodorant–That Works!

    I’ve always found that deodorant and/or antiperspirant didn’t work for me. No matter what kind, what brand, or how often I put it on, after... Read more

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    Marriage is Good for the Heart. Here’s Why

    Love can sometimes break a heart but marriage seems to do it a lot of good. A study of more than 3.5 million Americans finds... Read more

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    The Best All-Natural Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

    Dishwasher detergent pods look cool and work pretty well for about 50 cents a load.   That doesn’t sound too bad, but if you run... Read more

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    Nike Release Dates 2014: Zoom Kobe Venomenon 4, Kobe 9 Elite EM, Air Jordan 5Lab3 Out on Saturday

    Three pairs of highly anticipated sneakers will be out Saturday.   They include the Kobe Venomenon 4, Kobe 9 EM, and the Air Jordan 5Lab3... Read more

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    How to Get Pregnant

    For couples trying to conceive, the chance of this happening within a year depends on their age. The monthly chance of pregnancy for couples where... Read more

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    Burnout 101 for Caregivers

    Here’s a possible Trivial Pursuit question: “What’s the fastest growing unpaid profession in North America?” I admit I wouldn’t have known the answer. According to... Read more

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    The End of Dieting – Part 2

    Last week, I brought you Part One of the Lean & Lovely Method: Training and Exercise. Learning to exercise efficiently, in a way that gives you an... Read more

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    Fitness by the Minute: 8 Ways to Fit More Exercise Into Your Day

    The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 30 minutes of daily aerobic activity for adults 18–64 years of age. But finding time for a daily... Read more

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    The Best Mattress for a Healthy Night’s Sleep

    A good night’s sleep is a major component of a healthy lifestyle, and yet it’s elusive for many people. I’ve talked at length about circadian... Read more

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    This Doctor Changed His Life With Intermittent Fasting and High Intensity Exercise—You Can Too

    Is there such a thing as a fast diet? Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician like me, wrote a best-selling book on this subject, aptly called... Read more

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    In Relationships, Be Deliberate

    A report released  from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia looks at the many factors that predict a high quality marriage. One of... Read more

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    10 Ways to Burn 100 Calories

    Anything that gets you up and moving is good for your health, so try incorporating some of these 10 ways to burn 100 calories into... Read more

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    3 Common Ways Nutrients are Being Destroyed in your Food

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body One of the greatest concerns with the food supply today is the toxicity and lack... Read more

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    Harmful Compound Found in Many BPA-Free Bottles

    By David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News A chemical found in many products labeled “BPA free” may produce many of the same health problems... Read more

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    7 Scary Ingredients in Food

    Do you know what’s in your foods? Label reading is key for healthy eating, and we believe in it so much we made it a... Read more

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    Train Your Heart to Protect Your Mind

    Exercising to improve our cardiovascular strength may protect us from cognitive impairment as we age, according to a new study by researchers at the University... Read more

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    5 Things Parents Can Do to Help Young People Escape Ice

    Recent news of former NSW premier’s daughter Harriet Wran being charged with murder is another illustration of Australia’s growing problem with the drug ice. Wran,... Read more

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    Top 5 Sources of Plant Protein

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body Good quality sources of protein are widely available, and contrary to popular opinion, many of... Read more

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    The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

    When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m. So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m.,... Read more

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    Ability to Sense When Someone’s Staring at You Is Common, Studies Show

    The cumulative data from tens of thousands of trials shows it is extremely likely that humans (and perhaps animals) have the ability to sense when... Read more

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    13 Fun Facts About the Cool Cucumber

    Americans don’t traditionally consider everyday foods as medicine.  But maybe we should take a few clues from Asian and Mediterranean societies that eat this cool... Read more

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    Multivitamins: Ingredients to Avoid

    Most studies have not shown a consistent benefit of taking multivitamin/mineral supplements for preventing chronic diseases. A 2006 National Institutes of Health (NIH) State-of-the-Science Conference Statement... Read more

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    8 Ways to Naturally Prevent Wrinkles (Infographic)

    This article was originally published on Join their free newsletter. *Image of “woman” via Shutterstock…... Read more

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    The Dangers of Workaholism for You and Your Employer

    The term “workaholism” has been around since the 1971 publication of Wayne Oates’ book Confessions of a Workaholic. But, despite increasing research into the idea,... Read more

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    Labor Day Make Up With Only 5 Products (Video)

    Today Daisy Schwartzberg, Martha Stewart’s makeup artist, will show us how to use only 5 products to create a fresh look for your perfect Labor... 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

  • Keke Palmer arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, 2014. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Primaries at the Emmys

    There was an air of “take the bull by the horns” when it came to the colors chosen by the stars who attended Monday’s Emmy... Read more

  • Eminence Organic’s Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, (L), and Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque made with kale. With a boost in popularity as a food and juice, kale has made its way into the beauty industry. (AP Photo/ Eminence Organic)

    Niche, Mainstream Sellers Carry Kale Into Beauty

    NEW YORK—Kale has crept out of salads and juicers into beauty products from niche and mainstream sellers. The leafy superfood that many love and others... Read more

  • Host Seth Meyers, left, and Alexi Ashe arrive 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)

    Emmy 2014: Reds, Blues Dominate Emmy Awards Red Carpet

    NEW YORK— Lena Dunham showed up for the Emmys in an awkward pink confection and Kerry Washington went for a bright orange dress with dark... Read more

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    Color Me Happy

    Some months ago I wrote a column questioning why so many New York women live in black and asking readers for their comments. Here are... Read more

  • Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Cannes during a vacation on the French Riviera in 1953. (AP Photo, File)

    The Fashion World Looks Back on Lauren Bacall

    NEW YORK—Lauren Bacall had one condition when the Fashion Institute of Technology wrote recently to ask if it could turn hundreds of personal garments she... Read more

  • A testament to Bacall’s strength of personality was her ability to move beyond the shadow of being Mrs Bogart. (Insomnia Cured Here, CC BY-SA)

    Beauty and Brawn: Lauren Bacall’s Noir Feminine Legacy

    Lauren Bacall carried with her an air of mystery and intrigue in life – and now in death. She died of a stroke today at... Read more

  • Fingernail design by Miho “Mei” Kawajiri. Move over, studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails. Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats and new offerings from fashion royalty have upped the ante on fingertips. (AP Photo/Nails By Mei)

    Flip-Side Manis, Louboutin Red: Five Trends for Nails

    NEW YORK—Move over studded bracelets and chandelier earrings. Right now, it’s all about nails. Rhinestones, 3-D designs, textured topcoats, and new offerings from fashion royalty... Read more

  • Oscar de la Renta 2015 resort collection fashion show on the beach of Kern Schumacher’s Incline Village home on Lake Tahoe. (Drew Altizer)

    Oscar de la Renta Dazzles in Annual Lake Tahoe Event

    INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.—Oscar is everywhere—from the current exhibit: “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” at the George W. Bush Library and Museum in... Read more

  • I’m Fearless

    There are some things of which I’m afraid—insects and men carrying large, ugly knives immediately come to mind. But when it comes to fashion, I’m... Read more

  • Detail of a Romanian sheepskin vest called a cojoc. (Kati Vereshaka/Epoch Times)

    Looking for My Cojoc

    There was a time before everything came wrapped in plastic; when every stitch on a shirt told a story; when sitting around a fire was... Read more

  • World War I uniform supplier Burberry’s more recent incarnation. (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

    From the Somme to the Catwalk: The Story of the Trench Coat

    The words “trench coat” might make you think of a stylish, clean, unisex jacket. That feeling of exchanging your heavy winter coat for smart belted... Read more

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    Wardrobe Tips and Tricks

    I thought you might enjoy some of my tricks to save money and still look chic. As I’ve written, I walk a good deal and... Read more

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    Going Geometric With Handmade Clutches From Etsy

    Coriumi Coriumi’s beautiful leather bags make you want to stare at them for hours to study their textures and unique geometric patterns. The duo behind... Read more

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    On the Delight of Fashion Words

    While sometimes I teem with opinions jostling to be exercised over the page, at other times I’m drawn into meditation, where my engagement with the... Read more

  • This undated photo shows France’s Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, who was named French luxury powerhouse Hermes’ new womenswear designer. (AP Photo/Inez et Vinoodh, Hermes)

    Hermes Names New Womenswear Designer

    PARIS—French luxury powerhouse Hermes has named Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski as its new womenswear designer. The low-profile, 36-year-old French designer will replace Christophe Lemaire, whose departure was... Read more

  • Whether fashionable or functional, the handbag – and what it contains – is intensely personal. The Chanel 2.55. (Liu Wen/Wikimedia Commons)

    The Story of: The Handbag

    Under attack from a flock of killer crows, Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller The Birds, pauses to collect her handbag. It’s an instinctive... Read more

  • Designer Francesca Aiello (C) prepares backstage at Frankie's Bikinis show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at Oasis at The Raleigh on July 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Frankie's Bikinis)

    Swimwear Designer, Age 19, Debuts in Miami Beach

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—It was nearly show time as designer Francesca Aiello snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs. This was Frankie’s Bikinis’... Read more

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    Watch How to Turn Broken Blush Into Cream Blush

    Think outside the box (and into the pot) by turning one cosmetic into another! Howdini shows you how to mix crushed blush with face cream... Read more

  • Dead hammerhead sharks lie on the beach on 6 April 2012 in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. ( Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images)

    Rising From the Deep

    Everyone loves a movie with a good villain. Unfortunately, when a type of wildlife is cast in that role, it can lead to real-world challenges... Read more

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    6 Basics for Nontoxic Cleaning

    By Dr Frank Lipman, Healing the Body I once had an editor write an entire magazine article about the cupboard under my kitchen sink because... Read more

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    11 Low-Cost DIY Headboard Projects for a New Bedroom Look

    If you are contemplating adding a headboard to your bedroom but don’t have the budget for a new one, check these 11 low-cost or recycled... Read more

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    Whale Shark Pups as Fishing Bycatch in India

    The age old man-animal conflict continues to raise its ugly head from time to time and sadly one or the other seems to pay the... Read more

  • A squirrel is seen on August 14, 2014 on a walnut tree in Berlin. (Wolfgang Kumm/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nature’s Inspiration for Artistic Creation

    Summer can be a very inspirational time for creative types. Nature is in full bloom, allowing artists to truly explore the world around them. One... Read more

  • Swimming in clear and chemical free waters is now a reality thanks to a new trend in natural pools.

    Natural Pools: A Chemical-Free Swimming Experience (+Video)

    Filmmaker and DIY wizard Dave Pagan Butler is spearheading a new trend in ecological swimming pools. Natural pools consists of combining two equal zones: a... Read more

  • Upside down Jellyfish at Arambada, Gujarat. Image courtesy - Wildlife Trust of India

    New Discovery: India’s First Jellyfish Lake

    A routine field visit to coastal areas, turned into an incredible discovery when a team of marine biologists found a marine lake teeming with jellyfish... Read more

  • Janki, an Asiatic lioness, roams in her open enclosure at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden in Ahmedabad on January 23, 2014. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

    Special Names for Endangered Asiatic Lions in India

    If you thought individual names were only for pet animals, you’re wrong! Forest officials – including the trackers and beat guards – of the Gir... Read more

  • Robin Taubman looks for birds during one of the best months for bird watching on May 7, 2014 at Prospect Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Have A Wild Summer!

    It’s summertime and that means one thing: Vacation! And if your summer travels bring you face to face with new and interesting wildlife, there are... Read more

  • Marion Pineau, shows on April 12, 2013 in Le Mans, western France, the vermicomposting process to recycle food waste and to make fertilizer for plants. (Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images)

    Brewing Compost Tea for Your Garden

    Compost tea, compost extract. No matter what term you hang on it, it’s simply compost and water, a perfect lawn and garden feed for those... Read more

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    10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

    Kitchen upgrading can be an expensive and draining endeavour. But with all the time you and your family spend in your kitchen, it’s important that... Read more

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    Sea Turtle Nests Still Conservation Issue

    In yet another unfortunate witness to the negative impact of human development on the ecosphere, and ultimately the biosphere, coastal erosion recently caused hundreds of... Read more

  • A winter scene created by frigid temperatures and moisture from the low lying clouds on December 7, 2013, in the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

    Help Wildlife Survive Winters in Our National Forests

    While it’s full-on summer across the country, it’s time to think about winter for a few minutes. Winter can really make a person feel alive... Read more

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    DIY: Homemade Natural Sunscreen

    Nobody wants a sunburn. At least I don’t think they do. Let’s go on the assumption that they don’t and that nobody wants to rub... Read more

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    Songbirds Dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund Site Blamed

    Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said... Read more

  • A bee flies next to a dandelion flower on a spring day on April 21, 2014 in Popielarze near Warsaw. (AFP Photo / Janek Skarzynski/Getty Images)

    Natural Not-From-Your-Garden Salads

    Have you ever had a dandelion salad? Yes, dandelion salad  is a real thing, not just a made up salad that kids make while playing... Read more

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    3 New Superfood Varieties

    The popular superfood quinoa is expected to become a more common, affordable food with the release of new varieties that can grow in European soil. ... Read more

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    Viking Chess: A Simple Outdoor Family Game With Interesting History

    Legend has it that “viking chess,” or Kubb (Swedish for wooden blocks), is a 1,000-year-old game originally played with leftover firewood bits or the bones... Read more

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    Photographer Gregg Segal: The King of Garbage Exposure

    Californian photographer Gregg Segal thinks you use too much stuff. Or rather, he thinks we all do, and our hyper consumerism is leading to a rubbish... Read more

  • Parabens and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) are present in most shampoos and may cause serious health hazards. Find out why.

    Top 5 SLS-Free Organic Shampoos For Healthy Looking Hair

    SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) is Bad for Your hair— Here is Why  While we often worry about what goes in our cosmetics and skincare, we... Read more

  • Revamp your Bedroom easily with these reative DIY headboard designs.

    11 Low-Cost DIY Headboard Projects for a New Bedroom Look

    If you are contemplating adding a headboard to your bedroom but don’t have the budget for a new one, check these 11 low-cost or recycled... Read more

  • Wooden house from the mountainous region of Maramures, Romania. Displayed at The Ethnographic Museum of Maramures, Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania. (Kati Vereshaka/EpochTimes)

    Connecting the Home With the Heart

    SIGHETU MARMATIEI, Romania—Coming from the hustle and bustle of New York City that surreptitiously inculcates its inhabitants with a fast-paced terminator-like sensibility, it is both... Read more

  • A room in a Palm Beach, Florida, home decorated by interior designer Jan Showers. (AP Photo/Jan Showers & Associates, Jeff McNamara)

    Decorating Touches Help Retreats Sparkle

    DALLAS—From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating. “You love that place,... Read more

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    Do-It-Yourself Garment Care

    I am definitely not the happy homemaker. I don’t own a cookbook, and my culinary skills comprise boiling water for coffee and making a peanut... Read more

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    Right at Home: Style Tips for Off-Campus Living

    For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick... Read more

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    DIY Bird Feeder Pad

    Interior designer Nicholas Rosaci makes a stylish bird sanctuary using a dinner plate and easy big box store materials. Materials Needed: • Wood pieces for... Read more

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    Ready for a Fall? This Year’s Fall Decor Does a Scottish Fling

    Where fashion goes, decor follows. And this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland. It was Karl Lagerfeld with his Chanel Pre-Fall ’13 collection, who... Read more

  • This entertaining deck featured on demonstrates how exterior soft wood lattice can add a great deal of privacy between neighboring houses. (AP Photo/Wood, Naturally,

    Ask a Designer: Exploring Wood’s Possibilities

    Working with wood comes naturally to New York interior designer Dan Faires. He grew up in an old farmhouse and has been developing his carpentry... Read more

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    10 Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

    Kitchen upgrading can be an expensive and draining endeavour. But with all the time you and your family spend in your kitchen, it’s important that... Read more

  • The living room off the entry of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House is seen July 10, 2014, in Silverton, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)

    Artful Wright House Right for Art

    SILVERTON, Ore.—People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors, and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of... Read more

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    DIY: Homemade Natural Sunscreen

    Nobody wants a sunburn. At least I don’t think they do. Let’s go on the assumption that they don’t and that nobody wants to rub... Read more

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    9 Natural Ways to Stop Gnats & Fruit Flies

    A recent and annoying outbreak of gnats and fruit flies in my kitchen and adjoining family room nearly drove me to despair. The darn things... Read more

  • Comfortable seating provides a neutral backdrop for the colourful design elements of pillows, flowers, rug, and artwork. (Stephani Buchman)

    Decorate Outdoor Space for Summer Fun

    Your outdoor space should be an extension of the unique style and aesthetics of the rest of your house. With all of the great options... Read more

  • 10 Weekend Bathroom Upgrades

    Top 10 Bathroom Upgrades All Do-able In One Weekend!

    Just because bathrooms are some of the smallest rooms in your house doesn’t mean you need to skimp on big style. Here are the best... Read more

  • Plant materials for making an original eco-dyed scarf. For this particular scarf, eucalyptus leaves (both in the dye as well as in the bundled scarf), marigold petals, red and yellow onion skins, red rose petal, and avocado skins were used. (AP Photo/St. Lynn’s Press, Chris McLaughlin)

    In Search of Natural Hues? A Garden ‘To Dye For’

    Homegrown botanical dyes are in—it’s part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create... Read more

  • Plants placed in raised wooden beds, behind walls, or separate from walkways and patios are easier to manage. (Brenda Carson/Hemera/Thinkstock)

    Creating a Low-Maintenance Outdoor Paradise

    We all dream of having a gorgeous outdoor living space where we can relax, entertain, and pass the warm summer days. But often we spend... Read more

  • To create this understated living room, interior designer Burnham, of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, balanced a subtle palette of neutral colors with a mix of rich textures and unique shapes. The effect is powerful, but the room has a soothing elegance. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Grey Crawford)

    Ask a Designer: Finding Beauty in Subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art... Read more

  • Vintage Patriotic Decor via The Golden Sycamore on Hometalk.

    Fourth of July DIY Extravaganza: 10 Tips That Won’t Cost the Earth

    Decorating your home for special occasions need not cost the earth. Here are some easy to follow craft tips for all the family to enjoy... Read more

  • A wall shelf from IKEA with lots of knobs from P.S. 2014’s collection, designed for the mobile resident. It provides storage and hanging space in one unit. (AP Photo/Ikea)

    Right at Home: Tips for Living in a Small Space

    For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living,... Read more

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    8 Patio Ideas to Kick Off Your Summer Celebrations in Style

    Check these 8 wonderful ways to turn your outdoor space into a beautiful living space for celebrating al fresco dinner parties this summer or for... Read more

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    2015 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD

    Comfort and style are key words when describing the high levels of technology and accomplished luxury this new Yukon Denali possesses—whether you are talking about... Read more

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    2014 BMW 535d: BMW Diesel Done Right

    Diesel engine technology is advancing at turbocharged speeds with engines becoming cleaner, faster, and more fuel efficient. And the public is finally taking notice, as... Read more

  • 2015 Lexus NX 300h hybrid (Courtesy of Lexus)

    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

  • This undated photo provided by Honda shows the 2015 Honda Fit. Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant. (AP Photo/Honda)

    Honda Bolsters Fit to Boost Crash Resistance

    DETROIT—When the subcompact Fit failed a crash test, Honda went back to the drawing board. The tiny Fit, redesigned for the 2015 model year, initially... Read more

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    2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

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    2014 Mazda MX-5: 25 Years and Counting

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  • FILE - This May 22, 2012 file photo shows a demonstration of a side mirror warning signal in a Ford Taurus at an automobile testing area in Oxon Hill, Md. The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and  intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that... Read more

  • In this March 13, 1990, photo a landmark in racing car history, a 1962 Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competition "G.T.O.," is displayed in Bridgehampton, New York. A '62 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold during an auction on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, for more than $38 million at Monterey Car Week according to The Los Angeles Times. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani)

    1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta Sells at Auction for $34 Million

    CARMEL, Calif.—A rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO once owned by a famed racing driver and Olympic gold medalist has sold for $34.65 million. Thursday’s sale... Read more

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    2015 Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRT

    The executive branch and government agencies like the EPA are making it more difficult for car manufacturers to build more advanced muscle cars. The government... Read more

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    Chevrolet Adds Trax Crossover to Lineup

    Compact crossovers like the Buick Encore, Nissan Juke, and Mini Countryman have been popular enough to encourage serious competition that will come from the Honda... Read more

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    GM’s Third Recall: SUV Can Catch Fire

    General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls have surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time... Read more

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    2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited

    The Sonata Limited was my car to drive for a week and the focus of this report. The Sonata is also found in SE and... Read more

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    Honda Odyssey Is the Go-To Bus for the Child-Endowed

    Parenthood brings an adjustment of your vehicular responsibilities. In question are little red Miatas, powerful Corvettes, and fancy-pants sport sedans. Nope, they won’t do. If... Read more

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    2014 Honda Civic Si: Elevating the Fun Factor

    The slightly reworked 2014 Honda Civic Si is not about horsepower and straight ahead performance. The Si version of the popular compact Civic has always... Read more

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    2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2WD

    The Tahoe has three trims to choose from, starting with the LS in the low $50s and the LT in the mid $50s. The LTZ... Read more

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    2015 Volvo V60 T6 R-Design

    Volvos and wagons go together like, well, you fill in the blanks. For the better part of a half-century, the Swedish manufacturer has been a... Read more

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    2014 Cadillac CTS Turbo Sedan with Premium Collection

    The CTS is a longer, lower, and leaner sedan that mixes well into the midsize luxury segment. Its weight reduction technologies include aluminum door structures... Read more

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    2014 Toyota 4Runner Trail Premium 4×4

    Every inch of the 4Runner is built with off-road ability. It has an aggressive exterior, while underneath the striking new front end lies a reinforced... Read more

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    2014 Nissan Rogue

    The SUVs over at the Nissan Motor Company have been going through a growth spurt lately. The Nissan Pathfinder was the first to be massaged... Read more

  • Walgreen Co.—which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy”— is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. These deals, called inversions, have raised concerns among some U.S. lawmakers over the potential for lost tax revenue. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Labor Day Open Stores: Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Trader Joe’s, Best Buy, Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods, Publix, Home Depot Closed? Hours

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  • 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)

    Labor Day: Target, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King Open, Closed? Also, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, Subway, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell Hours

    Labor Day is Monday, and a number of US residents want to know the hours of fast-food locations. The vast majority of fast food restaurants... Read more

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    In Relationships, Be Deliberate

    A report released  from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia looks at the many factors that predict a high quality marriage. One of... Read more

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    International Bacon Day 2014: Date, Quotes, History, Photos

    International Bacon Day is Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The day is the unofficial observance to celebrate all things bacon and bacon-related on the Saturday before... 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

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    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

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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

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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

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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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    These Hermit Crabs Crawled Into Amazing Works of Art (Photo Gallery)

    The hermit crab travels from shell to shell, changing its appearance while remaining essentially the same. Aki Inomata relates this to human questions of nationality... Read more

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    Connecting the Home With the Heart

    SIGHETU MARMATIEI, Romania—Coming from the hustle and bustle of New York City that surreptitiously inculcates its inhabitants with a fast-paced terminator-like sensibility, it is both... Read more

  • This undated image shows Tesla Motors charging stations neat Truckee, Calif. Tesla Motors is building a supercharger station in the Sierra north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of their electric cars can recharge along U.S. Interstate 80 between Sacramento and Reno, Nevada. Tesla officials announced plans earlier to build a station near Truckee about 30 miles southwest of Reno, but haven't confirmed an exact location or opening date. (AP Photo/Sierra Sun, Margaret Moran)

    Tesla Building Supercharger Station at US Interstate 80

    TRUCKEE, Calif.—Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company’s electric cars can... Read more

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    Obsessive ‘Sharenting’ Could Be More Than Digital Narcissism

    It’s summer and Facebook news feeds are awash with idyllic, sun-drenched snapshots of family life. This kind of “sharenting” is bigger than ever but we... Read more

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    Computers Can Find Similarities Between Paintings – but Art History Is About So Much More

    Some computer scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey have written a computer programme that finds connections between paintings and can even discover influences between... Read more

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    Adorbs New Words Will Only Really Join the English Language When We See Them in Print

    Listicle: an article made up of lists. This may be regarded as Bare lazy as it obviates the need for coherent paragraphs, or as Douchebaggery,... Read more

  • President Barack Obama, left, maneuvers his golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Obama is vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Obama Taking Less Vacation, but Too Much for Some

    CHILMARK, Mass.— President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island... Read more

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    Teen Speaks 20 Languages; See YouTube’s Most Famous Polyglots

    Perhaps the most notorious polyglot on the internet is 18-year-old teenager Tim Doner. The above video features a 16-year-old Doner speaking 20 languages. This far... Read more

  • This Nov. 23, 2009 photo released by Starpix shows actor-comedian Robin Williams performing his stand-up show, “Weapons of Self Destruction,” at Town Hall in New York. After thousands of fans petitioned the creators of the online role-playing video game "World of Warcraft" to memorialize Williams, the game's lead designer said Thursday that Blizzard Entertainment planned to create a character inspired by the actor, comedian and avid gamer, who died Monday, Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. Williams was a notable fan of the massively multiplayer fantasy game, which is currently played online by about 6.8 million people. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

    Robin Williams ‘Goodbye Video’ With Cell Phone and CCTV Facebook Posts Are Both Scams; Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute Next Week

    There’s been a spate of scams surrounding the death of Robin Williams–namely one being spread through Facebook claiming he said “goodbye” and recorded it before... Read more

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    Boiling Water Challenge? Hot Water ‘Injures Multiple Teens’ Article a Hoax; No Opposite to Ice Water (Bucket) Challenge

    An article saying a so-called “boiling water challenge” has left several teens injured is bogus. It was published on the National Report, a so-called satirical... Read more

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    Join a Co-Op and Bulk Up for Cheap!

    Grocery prices got you down? Organic foods seem out of your budget? Join a co-op and buy your natural foods in bulk. Order ahead and... 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

  • 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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    Can Money Buy Happiness?

    If survey data are to be trusted, there’s a surprisingly weak relationship between money and happiness. As national incomes rise, happiness does not increase. Consider... Read more

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    Rent-to-Own as a Successful Real Estate Investment Strategy

    A popular type of real estate investment strategy is what is known as “rent-to-own” investing, or “lease option” investing. I will use the term “rent-to-own”... Read more

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    Considerations for Canadians on Owning US Real Estate

    More and more Canadians are purchasing U.S. real estate for personal and/or rental use. It’s important to understand how different ownership options lead to different... Read more

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    The 3 Hidden Financial Traps of Cottage Ownership

    If you already have a cottage in the family, there may be looming ownership, tax, and estate-planning problems if you’re thinking of selling or transferring... Read more

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    Exploring the Nascent Future of Bitcoin (Videos)

    In terms of a life-cycle of technology, it is easy to see Bitcoin as being at the same developmental stage as babies going through the... Read more

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    Selling Real Estate With Gadgets

    The real estate industry has long been a word-of-mouth driven hub of activity where brokers guarded all the information. The power of a referral is... Read more

  • Depending on the degree of distress, a home’s fix-up costs can be elevated, requiring additional skill in managing the renovations. (AP photo/Jim Mone)

    Estimating Costs Critical in Buy, Fix, and Flip Real Estate Investing

    In my last article, I talked about the two most popular real estate investment strategies. Last time we covered buy, rent, and hold; this article... Read more

  • Condos in Toronto are commonly bought and rented out as part of a popular real estate investment strategy. (The Canadian Press/Pawel Dwulit)

    Preparing for Your First Real Estate Investment

    Most people have heard of real estate investing as a profitable investment strategy, especially these days with the current state of the stock market. People... Read more

  • Three Ways To Cut Investment Costs

    Do fees matter? Of course they do!  It wasn’t always that way. When market performance is strong overall, fees don’t seem to matter (when your... Read more

  • Do You Really Need Mortgage Insurance?

    You’ve bought a new house, and you’re sitting with the bank’s loans officer ready to sign for that mortgage. Then she casually asks, “Would you... Read more

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    Investors Group Mortgage Deal Comes With Strings Attached

    If you’ve been shopping around for a mortgage, you’ve probably heard about Investors Group’s offering of a variable-rate mortgage for 1.99 percent for a three-year... Read more

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    Which Is the Best Retirement State?

    Florida and Arizona may be home to some of the country’s most popular retirement spots, but South Dakota is the best state for retirees. Read more

  • How Much to Save, What to Invest in for Retirement

    As the editor and publisher of Dave Paterson’s Top Funds Report, I get many investment-related questions. But there are two questions readers ask most often:... Read more

  • Stock traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1, 2013, in New York City. The new heights reached by stock markets in the U.S. in recent months have been tempting investors to use leverage to participate. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Understanding the Risks of Leverage

    Should you borrow to invest? Looking to add to their investment in a hot, new stock, or to get in on the latest investment fad,... Read more

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    Best Money Apps for Budgeting

    Managing your budget can get pretty tricky but these mobile apps will help you stay on top of your bills and spending habits.  …... Read more

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    Tax Tips for Canadian Taxpayers

    With the extended tax-filing deadline of May 5 rapidly approaching, you still have time to make sure you’re taking advantage of every single tax break... Read more

  • Using the Home Buyers’ Plan to can be an effective way to tap into an existing RRSP for a home purchase. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    How to Tap Into Your RRSP to Buy a House

    There’s a cardinal rule for making RRSP withdrawals before maturity: Don’t!  The tax hit on withdrawals has always been a huge obstacle to using your... Read more

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    Bankers Should Look Eastwards for Ethical Guidance

    The crash of 2008 revealed an ethical crisis in banking, one of our most powerful and critical industries. To encourage bankers to clean up their... Read more

  • This photo combination shows the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm. Top row, from left: Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million; Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million; Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million; Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million; and Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million. Bottom row, from left: Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million; Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million; David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million; Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million; and Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million. (AP Photo)

    5 Reasons Why CEOs Are Getting Huge Raises, and Why You Are Not

    WASHINGTON—Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging. While pay for the... Read more

  • How to Succeed at Working Remotely Without Going Crazy

    The Challenge: You recently joined the 13.4 million Americans who work remotely at least once a week. The flexibility is great, but home office pitfalls... Read more

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    Women Entrepreneurs Infuse Events With Passion

    NEW YORK—It takes a lot to make history lectures or business presentations exciting. Yet two aspiring New York City businesswomen, Danielle Oteri and Deborah Asseraf,... Read more

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    How to Succeed at Working Remotely Without Going Crazy

    The Challenge: You recently joined the 13.4 million Americans who work remotely at least once a week. The flexibility is great – but home office... Read more

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    Top 6 iPhone Apps to Help Advertising Executives Sell More

    If you are in the business of selling advertising, regardless of your title and if you’re prospecting for new ad clients you can probably take... Read more


    Happy People Work Harder (Especially If They Get Chocolate)

    Economists at the University of Warwick have found happiness increases productivity by around 12%. Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgroi carried out a number... Read more

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    Tips for Networking Moms in New York City

    Many of us are seeking meaningful connections in this giant, overpopulated city. Networking can be tough. It’s hard to know the best communities to place... Read more

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    10 Everyday Tasks That Can Be Skipped

    Much of the time so desperately needed throughout the day could be gained by getting rid of time-wasting tasks.…... Read more

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    Big Whopper Economics in Fast-Food Franchises

    In August, Larry and Kathryn Baerns and their son, Christopher, filed court papers charging that the two new Steak ’n Shake restaurants they had just... Read more

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    Teaching with Elan

    David Malan is standing before the audience in Longfellow Hall asking for step-by-step instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In front of... Read more

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    More Education and Lower Workload for Nurses Sees Patients’ Lives Saved

    Hospitals where nurses are qualified to bachelor’s degree level and have lower patient-to-nurse ratios have lower mortality rates. In a cross-European study published in The... Read more

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    UK: We Need to Fall Back in Love With Learning Languages

    The drop in applications to European language programmes at UK universities will not have come as a great shock to anybody teaching languages. For at... Read more

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014 shows U.S. Navy Commander Valerie Overstreet poses on the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md. Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated. So she decided to take advantage of a fledgling Navy program that allowed her to take a year off and return to duty without risking her career or future commands. Now, three years later, she’s got a two-year-old daughter and a nine-month old son, she’s back at work at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and her promotion to captain has been confirmed.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Sabbaticals May Help Military Keep Women in Ranks

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.—Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her... Read more

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    A Creative Résumé to Attract Employers: 1-Page Job Proposal

    Author Patrick G. Riley has developed a new, proactive job application tool. He provides job-seekers with a guide to building a one-page job proposal. The... Read more

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 photo, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, right, talks with employees of DeNA, a video-game and e-commerce company founded by a woman, at their office in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took office a year ago, has made the advancement of women a pillar of his economic revival policies in the most aggressive and ambitious initiative to back the rise of Japanese women in years. During a recent trip to Tokyo, Biden visited DeNA to drive home Abe’s message of promoting women. “Women are half the sky. They are half the brainpower. They are half the energy. They’re half the innovation,” Biden said. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan Promises Equality, But Women Find Few Jobs

    TOKYO— Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants women like Tomo Tamai to go back to work. Tamai is eager to do so, nearly two years... Read more

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    You Know Who Else Uses Unpaid Interns? Colleges and Universities

    For students interested in a career in sports management, Arizona State University has what seems like a great opportunity. The school’s athletic program, which boasts of... Read more

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    Essential Networking: Always Carry Business Cards

    Necessary or not necessary? When it comes to business cards that’s the burning question. The answer? Necessary. It is a golden rule when attending networking... Read more

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    Essential Networking: Introducing Exclusive Target Networking Events

    I have now returned to London, following my month long research networking trip to New York. My purpose was to identify the differences between New... Read more

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    From London to New York: Cultural Impacts of Networking

    NEW YORK—For New Yorkers, the most determining factor in whether someone is valuable to their network is—it may sound surprising—likability. “I may not be selling... Read more