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Networks shake up schedules, shedding 'Idol' and bringing back 'Muppets'

Networks shake up schedules, shedding 'Idol' and bringing back 'Muppets'

What would it look like if "The Office" was cast with Muppets?
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Car-centric cities leave the poor in the dust

Car-centric cities leave the poor in the dust

A lot of things make it easier to get a job — education, experience, networks — but one of the biggest factors is just how easy, or difficult, it is for a person to get around.
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Have You Seen This? Worst way to transfer a truck to a boat

Have You Seen This? Worst way to transfer a truck to a boat

THE DOCKS — Some of us are mechanically minded, using innovation to solve the everyday problems in life. I’m looking at you MacGyver.
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What happens if you give some families global aid and some families nothing?

What happens if you give some families global aid and some families nothing?

The idea of global aid — giving a family a cow, or chickens, or micro-credit loans to start a small business — sounds like a good idea. But Dean Karlan wanted to know if it really works.
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Have You Seen This? 2-year-old steals spotlight at NBA presser

Have You Seen This? 2-year-old steals spotlight at NBA presser

BASKETBALL NATION — Postgame press releases are serious business, unless a 2-year-old takes the stage.
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Are schools preparing students for the new workforce?

Are schools preparing students for the new workforce?

Will there be jobs for college grads in the future — and if so, which jobs?
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Have You Seen This? Best athletic shoe review

Have You Seen This? Best athletic shoe review

NIKE NATION — YouTube is a dark and mysterious place full of unusual interests and passions.
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Why Facebook made this domestic abuse victim’s ‘skin crawl’

Why Facebook made this domestic abuse victim’s ‘skin crawl’

Facebook has drawn criticism in recent days from domestic abuse victims who claim the social network’s policy against anonymity has led victims to have unwarranted interactions with their attackers over social media.
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I felt embarrassed, dumb and ashamed

I felt embarrassed, dumb and ashamed

Ellie shared a story with anonymousthankyous.com about her first semester at college. It wasn’t going well; she was failing in her stats class, but then a stranger came to her aid.
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Why you should go slowly into a new relationship

Why you should go slowly into a new relationship

Here’s a new piece of advice for young couples — don’t commit a “relationship DUI” (decision under the influence) and rush into making a long-term decision for your relationship before marriage.
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Why you should go slowly into a new relationship

Why you should go slowly into a new relationship

Here’s a new piece of advice for young couples — don’t commit a “relationship DUI” (decision under the influence) and rush into making a long-term decision for your relationship before marriage.
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6 shows to fill the 'Mad Men' void

6 shows to fill the 'Mad Men' void

As the curtain falls on another of AMC's most critically acclaimed shows, "Mad Men," fans may struggle to find shows that fill the void the show leaves behind. But in our modern culture of cable and on-demand shows, there are plenty of shows "Mad Men" fans might enjoy now or look forward to in the coming year. Here are some of them:
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Majority of Americans don't use sunscreen, study reveals

Majority of Americans don't use sunscreen, study reveals

Just under 10,000 Americans will die of melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — this year alone. But the majority of people in the U.S. still don’t use sunscreen, according to a new study.
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Viral video shows wife announcing pregnancy after 5 years of infertility

Viral video shows wife announcing pregnancy after 5 years of infertility

Grab the tissues. A YouTube video of a woman announcing to her husband that she is pregnant after five years of infertility has gone viral and will hit you right in the feelers.
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‘Batkid Begins’ trailer brings back little boy who captivated millions

‘Batkid Begins’ trailer brings back little boy who captivated millions

SAN FRANCISCO — The boy who donned a cape and fought his way into the hearts of spectators across the world almost two years ago is back, and with a bang.
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6 reasons adults of all ages need to be thinking about Social Security

6 reasons adults of all ages need to be thinking about Social Security

Most people rarely think about Social Security before age 60. That is unfortunate, because many workers need Social Security benefits long before they reach retirement. Also, calculations that determine benefit amounts are based on a person’s complete work history, often extending back to part-time jobs in high school or college.
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How to win a text argument with a loved one, according to Google

How to win a text argument with a loved one, according to Google

You’ve been there. We all have. You and a friend, significant other or family member are discussing where to head for dinner or what to wear for your night out. And for one reason or another, you both can't agree.
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Pros and cons of a cashless society

Pros and cons of a cashless society

This week, Denmark made some giant steps towards becoming a "cashless" society. The government there wants new laws allowing clothing stores, gas stations, restaurants and other retailers to go cash free.
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Have You Seen This? BMXer’s bike-to-bike transfer

RAMPINGTON — It’s one thing to master a trick as a BMXer, it’s quite another to master a trick in a few tries just because you were on a ramp and you felt like it.
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Prepare for hike in interest rates, experts say

The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at record lows for over six years, but financial analysts warn that's finally going to have to end, and if you're not prepared, it could cost you.
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1 in 3 parents with young children worried about their food budgets

1 in 3 parents with young children worried about their food budgets

Many families with young children are concerned they won't have enough food to feed their kids through the end of the school week, according to a new report from Kellogg's.
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With smoking declining on screen, experts turn attention to alcohol

With smoking declining on screen, experts turn attention to alcohol

As a kid growing up in the sixties, Robin Koval made a school art project for her parents: A handmade ceramic ashtray.
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What children can gain from listening to music

What children can gain from listening to music

Prin Dumas loves music. Her husband, a former DJ, does too.
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Bin Laden death story might not be true, legendary investigative journalist argues

Bin Laden death story might not be true, legendary investigative journalist argues

A veteran investigative journalist has published an article claiming that the Obama administration's narrative about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden was largely fabricated.
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Teens more likely to get hearing loss than 20 years ago, doctors say

Teens more likely to get hearing loss than 20 years ago, doctors say

If your teenager can't hear you as well as you once heard your parents, there is a reason for that. Teenagers usually have their headphones on a lot these days, and it’s doing significant damage.
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The one thing you’re not giving your husband that may be hurting your child

The one thing you’re not giving your husband that may be hurting your child

Dads may be the reason children are on their worst behavior, but it’s not because they can't be good parents.
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When students stand up for their janitors

When students stand up for their janitors

Tufts University's possible decision to cut 35 janitors has been anything but clean.
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Have You Seen This? 2 bicycle kicks, 1 goal

Have You Seen This? 2 bicycle kicks, 1 goal

DOUBLE TAKE TOWN — Whether or not you’re a fan of any sport, there’s always something compelling about seeing clips of incredible feats of skill and/or strength.
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The importance of helping your baby learn

The importance of helping your baby learn

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff suggested in his column that education reformers should shift their efforts toward early childhood education — the time when children are too young to head to class but old enough to develop social, language and educational skills.
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The president of the United States just joined Twitter...again

The president of the United States just joined Twitter...again

"Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States."
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Where you live may affect your likelihood of getting married, study shows

Where you live may affect your likelihood of getting married, study shows

If you’re not married by the time you are 26, you can blame your hometown, a new study shows.
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This company makes it easier for your family to help you buy a home

This company makes it easier for your family to help you buy a home

The Family Building Society is a financial organization based in the United Kingdom that's got one goal in mind — to help families pay for their family members' mortgages.
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Video: Unique daddy-daughter tandem snowboarding

Video: Unique daddy-daughter tandem snowboarding

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Some father’s cultivate relationships with their children by reserving one special activity that only they do together.
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Have You Seen This? Award-winning barbershop choir choreography

Have You Seen This? Award-winning barbershop choir choreography

LA LA LAND — I don’t know about you, but as far as I have ever known, barbershop music only came in the form of quartets.
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Have You Seen This? Petite, sneaky candy thief

Have You Seen This? Petite, sneaky candy thief

LOLLYVILLE — As kids, we all tried to sneak something, from candy and toys to an older sister’s super-cute shirt.
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Amazon just did something that may change the way parents buy toys

Amazon just did something that may change the way parents buy toys

It’s about to get a little harder for parents to find toys for their children.
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Pay-as-you-go schooling might not be an option for college students any more

Pay-as-you-go schooling might not be an option for college students any more

In the grand tradition of summer jobs, many of America's freshly minted high school grads will pick up work flipping burgers and delivering pizzas this summer. But it's unlikely that those jobs will come close to paying tuition in the fall.
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How automation of "routine' jobs is making it harder to bounce back from recession

How automation of "routine' jobs is making it harder to bounce back from recession

The American labor market was once built on routine work -- jobs in factories and offices that required human bodies to perform repetitive tasks, whether it was stamping widgets or making phone calls.
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Texas man discovers hidden treasure in estate sale chest

Texas man discovers hidden treasure in estate sale chest

MISSOURI CITY, Texas — Blackbeard would be jealous.
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Does it matter where you go to college?

Does it matter where you go to college?

This month, high school kids across America will throw their caps in the air with an eye toward college in the fall. Many will head to community colleges and state schools around the country, and a select few will head to the country's elite campuses. But does it really matter where you go to college?
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Have you Seen This? Dog plays dead to stay at park

Have you Seen This? Dog plays dead to stay at park

THE DOG PARK — I hope we all remember that feeling we had as children, wanting just one more run down the slide or one more ride on the swings before heading back to the boring old house. The park was the place to be.
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Why you should think twice before panicking over the Game of 72

Why you should think twice before panicking over the Game of 72

When you play the Game of 72, you disappear from your family for 72 hours and you lie about where you’ve been. There is no middle ground.
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A reason why Americans don't save

A reason why Americans don't save

America may be first in the world in many things, but saving money isn’t one of them.
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49-year-old single mother about to graduate from the same college as her daughters

49-year-old single mother about to graduate from the same college as her daughters

Darla Ray, a 49-year-old single mother, always dreamed of graduating from college.
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Statesboro area lawmaker is new majority leader

Statesboro area lawmaker is new majority leader

An office closer to the gold dome comes with the job of majority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, so Rep. Jon Burns was in Atlanta Tuesday, moving his office contents from the second floor of the Capitol to the third.

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Privacy debate intensifies as court rules NSA data collection process illegal

Privacy debate intensifies as court rules NSA data collection process illegal

A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the NSA's formerly secret collection of phone records is illegal.
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Have You Seen This? Biggest jump in action sports history

Have You Seen This? Biggest jump in action sports history

UP IN THE AIR — When is the last time you heard of daredevils and stuntmen setting and breaking world records? Probably not since the era of Evel Knievel for most of us, if we’re honest.
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Baltimore's economy — then and now

Baltimore's economy — then and now

Just over 30 percent of families that live in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland live in poverty, according to a 2011 report by the Baltimore City Health Department.
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One thing mothers around the world have in common

One thing mothers around the world have in common

What do mothers in Tanzania have in common with mothers in America?
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The best summer reading tip: have kids pick out their own books

The best summer reading tip: have kids pick out their own books

Here’s a pro tip for teachers and parents who want their students to read over the summer break: Let children choose their own books.
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