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Money Talk: Cutting Back Is Answer to Debt

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : My wife and I accrued $28,000 of credit card debt over the past eight years. In addition to a sizable student loan bill for law school, our home mortgage and the expenses associated with three young children, we are struggling to get ahead enough to knock our credit card debt down. While we make good income between the two of us, it would seem not enough to pay …

Two Ag-Gag Laws Facing Federal Court

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa — The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful. Among them are Idaho, where this …

Amazon Opens First of 15 ‘Sortation’ Centers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kent, Wash. — As Mike Roth steps into Amazon.com’s newest warehouse here, he spreads his arms wide and asks what is different about this facility from the 96 other warehouses the Web giant operates around the world. To anyone who has ever set foot in one of those 1 million-square-foot buildings, known in …

Teen Program Grows Veggies, Leaders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury …

Has the iPad Already Gone Past Its Peak?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads. The company reported this week that sales of its sleek, pricey tablet were down 19 percent from last quarter and 9 percent year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure investors that Apple’s new partnership with IBM …

BMW’s High-Riding Compact a Fix for Empty-Nest Syndrome

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Munich — Juergen Bergmann likes to spend time in the forests near his home in Hamburg. What the active 72-year-old doesn’t like is squeezing himself into low-slung cars to drive there. “Getting in and out of my wife’s BMW convertible is a struggle,” said Bergmann, who used to …

On Fashion: S.C. Girl’s Barrettes Aim to Tame Bad Hair Days, Bullying

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Columbia, s.c — Gabrielle Goodwin will put a knot in your hair and your heart. The shy, humble 7-year-old Columbia girl says she likes to play tag and draw — she’s also an entrepreneur, an inventor of her very own line of hair barrettes that won’t fall out …

Study Finds That Elephants Have The Best Nose of Any Mammal

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Elephant noses might be the most discerning mammalian sniffers on the planet. According to a new study published Tuesday in Genome Research, African elephants may best humans, mice and even dogs on the measure of olfactory receptor genes. But that doesn’t mean elephants should replace canines on the …

Nuts and Bolts: Chrysler 300

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bottom line: Know what you are buying and why, especially when shopping a multilayered car line such as the Chrysler 300. If you want a big sedan with reasonable fuel economy, be happy with the base 300. If you just want to look tough, get the 300 S, …

Wheels: Big, Bold and Priced Right

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It seems odd that something so large and ungainly should have the temerity to call itself “sport.” But such is the case with the larger-than-life Chrysler 300 S, a full-size sedan available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Blame …

Landscaping Can Deter Intruders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants …

Finally, an Answer To Sooty Marks on Wall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A tip of the Heavens hat to Medford, Pa., architect Charles J. Collins Jr., ably assisted by Joe Ponessa, for helping to solve a riddle from a few weeks back: sooty marks on walls above electric baseboard radiators. Collins has inspected many homes and has renovated houses with …

Federal Reserve Will Continue to Be Too Patient

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Patience is a key attribute for any successful long-term investor. In these days of high-frequency trading, co-location services and millisecond trading orders, patience may be measured in minutes instead of months or years. But patience comes with risks. History will tell us if the Federal Reserve has been …