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Putting heat to meat

Among burger aficionados, no question is more hotly debated than that of which cooking method produces the tastiest results. More>>

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Your family's germs may move with you

Your family carries its own unique population of bacteria that accompany you when you move to a new home, a new study finds. More>>

Top reasons to apply for an FHA loan

The FHA provides mortgage insurance on loans for single-family and multi-family homes made by FHA-approved lenders in the U.S. and its territories. More>>

Worried about recalls? Just check your VIN on the Department of Transportation's new website

Has your vehicle been recalled? Now you can check with just a few clicks thanks to the Department of Transportation's new website.
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World's first 'smart' cruise ship features robot bartenders, virtual balconies and more

Dubbed by its owner as “the world's first smartship,” Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship could be just the ticket for tech fans keen to indulge their passion while sailing on the high seas. More>>

How to find -- and use -- hidden storage space

In desperate need of more room to stash your stuff? Examine your home from every angle, and you are likely to find snippets of unused space, just there for the taking. More>>

Back to school laptop bag guide

Check out these five great laptop bags for students.
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A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

6 good reasons to get renter's insurance

If you're renting an apartment or home, you'll need an insurance policy to cover your belongings.  More>>

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married

It's official -- no, seriously this time. More>>

David Chase: Just kidding, Tony Soprano is not "not dead"

The "did Tony Soprano die?" mystery is back to being unsolved. More>>

Artists for Trauma and Rhythm and Joy Festival showcase the power of art

Artists help trauma victims heal and move forward in life. More>>

Eye pigment may help vision in hazy conditions

Having greater amounts of yellow pigment in your eyes could boost your ability to see distant objects in hazy conditions, a new study reports. More>>

Did Tony die in The Sopranos finale? David Chase finally clears up the mystery

The Sopranos has been celebrated for its ambiguous series finale, which left the fate of mob boss Tony Soprano unknown.  But now creator David Chase has taken all of the mystery out of the episode. More>>

Neil Young files for divorce after nearly 37 years of marriage

Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi Young, E! News reports. More>>

Young adults who had depression have 'hyper-connected' brain networks

Young adults who struggled with depression in adolescence appear to have "hyper-connected" networks in their brain, researchers are reporting. More>>

What your employees are really doing on that conference call

The joy of conference calls is that you can do them from anywhere with a phone line or an internet connection--no more being chained to boardrooms or flying across the country to attend meetings. More>>

Overconfident folks may blind others to their real abilities

Overconfident people are better at convincing others that they're more talented than they really are, and therefore are more likely to get promotions and reach high-level positions, a new study indicates. More>>

The Emmys: An SOS (same old shows)

If you take comfort in the Emmy Awards' almost shocking predictability in rewarding so many of the same shows and stars year after year, this might have been your favorite Emmy show ever.
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HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords

HP issued a voluntary recall, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”
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Breaking Bad wins big, Modern Family five-peats at Emmy Awards

Breaking Bad's farewell tour went out on a high note, as the AMC drama won five awards including drama series at Monday's Primetime Emmy Awards, while Modern Family completed a historic five-peat.
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Ban indoor use of e-cigarettes, U.N. health agency says

The United Nations' World Health Organization recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that "vaping" is harmless to bystanders. More>>

Miley Cyrus nabs top honor at VMAs, homeless teen accepts award on her behalf

Miley Cyrus was the big winner at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, but it wasn't receiving the top honor or giving an outrageous performance that had people talking.
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Beyonce puts divorce rumors to rest with a kiss from Jay Z on VMAs stage

Beyonce used the MTV stage yet again to put rumors to rest.
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And the most-stolen vehicle in America is . . .

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has just released its list of most-stolen vehicles for 2013. All of those in the top ten are big-selling, mass-market models. More>>

Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Facebook leads police to wanted man

When 20-year-old Jesean Morris decided to post an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video on his Facebook page, it's unlikely that he thought it would lead to his arrest by police officers. More>>

When it comes to a growing child, the brain comes first

Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. More>>

Diet, exercise counseling urged for overweight Americans with heart risks

Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. More>>

Cheap car insurance for college students

If you're of college age – or have a college-age student in the family – you probably know it's a terrible time to buy auto insurance. More>>

What parents need to know about sports participation

Sports are an important part of school for many youngsters, and proper preparation is essential for reducing their risk of injury, an expert says. More>>

Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan. More>>

Start school later for older kids, pediatricians urge

U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging. More>>

The importance of an emergency fund

4 reasons you need to start saving now.

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2014 Emmy predictions: Who will win?

Can anyone defeat Matthew McConaughey? Scratch that — can anyone defeat Modern Family?
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Minnesota leads nation, mandates off-peak electric-car charging rates

So far Minnesota is the only state to pass legislation requiring an incentive for home charging. More>>

Seasonal affective disorder in the summer

Those who are familiar with the term seasonal affective disorder (SAD) most often associated the condition with depression that occurs during the winter months.  More>>

Nick Cannon confirms "trouble" with Mariah Carey, couple living apart

Nick Cannon is coming clean about his reported marital problems with wife Mariah Carey. More>>

College prep 101

College can be a challenging time for young people, but there are a number of things they can do to make the most of their new life, an expert says. More>>

Keeping your PC, smartphone or tablet clean

PCs, Smartphones, and handheld tablets are essentials of daily life. However, these conveniences need some basic maintenance to stay in top working order. Learn how to clean your electronic devices in the following easy, natural ways. More>>

Fresh facts about water

This basic fact is well know: water is an essential component of human health. But why do we need it, how much is enough, and how can we ensure were getting the right amount?
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Dave Grohl, wife welcome daughter

Third time's a charm for rocker Dave Grohl and his wife Jordyn Blum, who welcomed their third daughter recently, People reports. More>>

Air in U.S. cities getting cleaner, EPA says

The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday. More>>

Low-nicotine cigarettes may not lead to more smoking

People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don't smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study. More>>

Fewer U.S. teens using sunscreen

The number of U.S. teens using sunscreen dropped nearly 12 percent in the last decade, a new report shows. More>>

Credit cards for people with bad credit

Consumers with poor credit scores were once locked out of the credit card game. But lenders are beginning to court those whose low scores once typed them as too risky to be offered a credit card. More>>

Billy Crystal will lead Robin Williams tribute at the Emmy Awards

Billy Crystal will deliver the tribute to Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday. More>>

UPS says customer information at risk following hack

Another day, another security breach.The latest global firm to suffer at the hands of villainous hackers is logistics giant UPS, or, to be precise, retail chain The UPS Store, a subsidiary of UPS. More>>

The love of tea

Wherever you are in India, you're never far from a tea vendor peddling chai, a sweet, milky tea, from trays of steaming glasses. More>>

Study: Men, lesbians more likely to have orgasms

When it comes to achieving orgasms during sex with a regular partner, straight women still lag behind men and lesbian women, a new study suggests. More>>

Consumer Reports advises pregnant women to avoid tuna

In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure. More>>

Know cost of living before taking a relocation package

Have you just been offered a new job or promotion that involves relocating? More>>

Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

Jaycee Chan, the son of action star Jackie Chan, has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the Associated Press reports. More>>

Day-to-night chic in a flash

File these five fashion and beauty staples in your desk drawer for an instant after-5 makeover. More>>

Kevin Hart is engaged

Comedian Kevin Hart is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, model Eniko Parrish. More>>

Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Don Pardo, who was the voice of Saturday Night Live for nearly four decades, died in his sleep Monday at his home in Arizona, The Associated Press reports. He was 96. More>>

Want to pass your Facebook account to an heir? Move to Delaware

Becoming the first state to pass broad legislation related to the ownership of digital accounts, a new law in Delaware allows residents to pass digital assets to heirs, just like physical and financial assets. More>>

Want to stay slim? Leave the car at home

Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates. More>>

Types of social security benefits

Social Security isn't just for retired people. The program also pays benefits to the disabled, widows and widowers, children, stepchildren, divorced spouses and others.  More>>

This app will shut down your phone until you call your mom back

Many teenagers can withstand 10 missed calls from mom without batting an eyelash, but when you take away Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and everything else, most won't last five minutes without calling dear old mom and dad to beg for their freedom back. More>>

Will Smith performs with DJ Jazzy Jeff in Vegas

What year is it? Over the weekend, the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, reunited with DJ Jazzy Jeff. More>>

11 unexpected perks of joining a CSA

Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program is a great way to eat fresh, cheap, and local.
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When parents need care, daughters carry the burden

It's no secret that daughters seem to bear the brunt of caregiving duties for elderly parents, but a new study suggests that conscientious daughters often fill the gaps left by sons. More>>

Fitness may boost kids' brainpower

Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. More>>

Education linked to activity levels during the week

College-educated Americans tend to be more physically active on weekends, while adults without a high school diploma are more active on weekdays, a new study finds. More>>

Good neighbors are good for your heart

Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. More>>

GM's 200-mile electric car for 2017: What we know so far

The arrival of a moderately-priced battery electric car with a rated range of 200 miles will change the entire market for plug-in vehicles.
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Doing business in an American war zone: Scenes from Ferguson

Local business owners reflect on how they've been affected by another surge of looting and violence in Ferguson, Missouri over the weekend.

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Watch Katy Perry pierce her nose

Because simply photographing your brunch apparently isn't that cool anymore, Katy Perry pierced her nose this weekend and posted the video to Instagram. More>>

Christina Aguilera welcomes daughter

Christina Aguilera and her fiancé Matt Rutler welcomed a daughter on Saturday, according to Us Weekly. More>>

Co-workers take dim view of women who seek flex time

Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds. More>>

The more Fires Amazon lights, the more its flame flickers

Amazon successfully expanded from selling books to just about everything short of houses and cars in the physical world. But that success has been hit-or-miss in the tech world. More>>

Doctors ID new ways to get more kids vaccinated

Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children. More>>

Should you change banks?

Nearly 20 percent of consumers have considered switching their checking accounts to a different financial institution, a 2012 Consumer Reports survey found.  More>>

Chris Kattan sentenced to three-year probation for DUI crash

Former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan has been sentenced to three years of probation following his February arrest for a drug-induced car accident. More>>

When will electric cars compete in the mainstream market?

Electric-car advocates often take it as an article of faith that electric propulsion will one day compete directly with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. But for battery-electric cars to compete directly, they will need to be as good as -- and probably better than -- their counterparts. More>>

The road to self-driving cars remains a long one

If carmakers are to be believed, autonomous cars are right around the corner. Some like Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have in fact been so bold as to put a 2020 debut date on their first self-driving models. More>>

Cape Town's classic shake

This avocado-mint milkshake from South Africa makes a cooling summer treat. More>>

4 little-known disadvantages of exercise

Exercise: it's got to be good for you and the more the better, right? Wrong. Too much or the wrong kind of physical exertion may do you more harm than good. More>>

Adaptor, converter or transformer? Which do you need for travel?

When traveling, it is important to realize that not all countries have the same electrical system as the United States. More>>

Robin Williams' wife says he was battling Parkinson's Disease

Robin Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement Thursday revealing that the actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease when he committed suicide earlier this week.
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Expert offers backpack safety tips

Parents need to make safety a priority when shopping for school backpacks for their children, an expert advises. More>>

More employers moving to high-deductible health plans

Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds. More>>

8 green solutions to garden bug problems

Munch! Munch! That should be the sound of you happily chowing down on organic veggies picked fresh from your home garden.  But all too often, any munching that's going on is being done by pesky insects that have gotten to your crop before you. More>>

The top credit reporting bureaus: How different?

There are three major, nationally recognized consumer credit reporting agencies. They all collect information about consumers, calculate credit ratings and sell credit reports.. More>>

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans drinks at least 1 soda a day

A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. More>>

Comcast abandons customer on hold for three hours, then closes

In yet another Internet video that sheds light on poor customer service practices at Comcast, YouTube user Aaron Spain uploaded a video this week that details the length of time he was kept on hold by the Comcast retention department.  More>>

Justin Bieber avoids jail in Miami speeding case

Justin Bieber has struck a plea deal to avoid any jail time for his arrest in Miami earlier this year, The Associated Press reports. More>>

Celine Dion steps away from career indefinitely due to husband's cancer

Céline Dion is standing by her man, and stepping away from her music career indefinitely. More>>

Southern comfort, Indian-style

Crisp griddled dosas -- savory South Indian fried crepes -- pave the way for new friendships.
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Popular southern fare may harm your kidneys

The types of food that many Southerners seem to prefer -- fried foods, sweet drinks and processed meals -- may be deadly for people with kidney disease, a new study suggests. More>>

Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Legendary stage and film actress Lauren Bacall, best known for roles in films like To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, has died at the age of 89. More>>

The best financial careers for women

Women and men don't always have the same wants and needs when it comes to careers.  More>>

Fewer unmarried women having children

Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday. More>>

Police: Robin Williams hanged himself

California's Marin County police department announced during a press conference Tuesday that Robin Williams' preliminary cause of death is due to asphyxia from hanging. More>>

40 percent of Americans will develop diabetes

Approximately two out of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their adult lives, according to new U.S. government estimates. More>>

Robin Williams' death shines light on depression, substance abuse

The apparent suicide Monday of Academy Award-winning actor and comic star Robin Williams has refocused public attention on depression, its sometimes link to substance abuse and, in tragic cases, suicide. More>>

Selling your house? Avoid these mistakes

Selling your home - especially if you've never done it before - can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging. More>>

Robin Williams dies of suspected suicide at 63

Beloved comic and Oscar winner Robin Williams died Monday at the age of 63, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
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Pauly D cuts his trademark hair shorter

It's about time! The Jersey Shore's Pauly D has chopped his signature spiky blowout. More>>

Ebola vaccine trials set to begin in September

Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month. More>>

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