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Facial Recognition Helps Find Lost Dogs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Los Angeles — Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors’ doors hopes there’s a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County Animal Services with its owners. Joanne Cox’s family in San Diego turned to FindingRover.com, a website and app that uses technology built …

How I Learned to Love RV-ing

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This is what it has come to, I thought grimly, as we steered our rented RV onto a gravel road, past a dimly lit, shuttered gas station and toward a dark, unseeable campsite. I am now a person who sleeps behind Chevron stations. This bleak pull-off in the middle of Nowhere, Utah, was …

Social Security Q&A: How to Protect Against Identity Theft

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Q uestion: How can I protect myself against identity theft? Answer: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will request your number, it is your decision whether to provide it. Ask if there is …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Don’t Miss Death Comes to Pemberley — So much for the happily-ever-after that Jane Austen gave us in Pride and Prejudice. In P.D. James’ enticing mash-up of period drama and whodunit, Mr. Darcy (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Anna Maxwell) are six years into their marriage when a murder …

Seven Ways to Save on Holiday Gift Shopping

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It’s late October, meaning the holidays (and your in-laws) will be here before you know it. But if you’re stressing about how to afford gifts for everyone on your list, you’re probably going about your holiday shopping the wrong way. While we’re just weeks away from the season, …

Hybrids Are More Popular. Hating Them Is Too.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

When people ask Chris Bellios what he drives, he says it’s a Toyota — a black one. “The stigma that goes with owning a Prius is palpable,” said Bellios, 43, who loves his Prius so much he’s owned …

McDonald’s Innovation Center Studies Service Improvements

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Inside this nondescript warehouse some 30 minutes from McDonald’s suburban Chicago headquarters, uniformed crew members cook burgers, sling fries and hand food to customers. But here, cashiers accept fake money. Workers and customers wear tracking chips to record …

New Combination Herbicide Gains Federal OK

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Minneapolis — A new herbicide, long awaited by farmers as a tool to fight “superweeds” but long opposed by environmental groups, has received final federal approval and is likely headed for Midwestern fields next year. Enlist Duo, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, could become an important competitor to Monsanto’s …

Scandal May Deter Female Video Gamers

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The confusing, nasty muck of the Gamergate scandal, in which anonymous attackers have harassed and sent death threats to women linked to the video-game industry, has morphed into a bitter culture war over the world’s $100 billion gaming …

Before You Have a Plumbing Crisis ...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Plumbing has always been one of the most frequently searched categories on Angie’s List. Naturally, if the sink is stopped up or the commode’s kaput, you want it fixed, and fast. That’s why I advise homeowners to establish — before an emergency — a connection with a highly …

Tips to Cut Risk of Fire

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Here are some tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches), to help reduce the number of electrical fires. ∎ Extension cords are intended only for temporary use. Each year 3,330 residential fires originate near extension cords, the Electrical Safety Foundation International says, often …

Survey: Online Harassment Is Widespread

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent …

Reality Check

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Less than two weeks ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as …