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Temps Have Been Above Average for 355 Straight Months

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014. And June of 2014. And May of 2014. What that means is that for each of these months, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature has never been higher, at least since we started recording …

North Korea Frees Held American

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. There was no immediate explanation for the release of Jeffrey …

Ebola Screening Expanded

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a …

Guidance for Young People On Saving for Retirement

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How much do you need to save for retirement? It’s the million-dollar question that never has a precise answer, especially for young people who have decades to go before retiring. But plenty of researchers and financial advisers try to provide some guidance, even for those just starting out. …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …

A New Game for Dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Youngsville, n.c. — With shouts of “point” and “drive” from her handler, the 3-year-old German shepherd charges into the triangle of brightly colored rubber orbs, scattering them with her nose like a cue stick breaking balls on a …

How to Find the Perfect Diamond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but it can be difficult to figure out which diamond that is. Every diamond is classified by its carat size, color, cut and clarity — and the key to picking the best is finding a good combo of all four that …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …

Consumer Confidential: Phone Carriers Have Big Incentive to Allow Cramming

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AT&T agreed last week to shell out $105 million in penalties and refunds for what regulators said were “hundreds of millions of dollars” in unauthorized charges billed to wireless customers, a practice known as “cramming.” But what makes this settlement — the largest ever for bogus phone charges …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Anand All Over Again

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Just Take It Life and chess have much in common. The king is dead. A new king is appointed and the struggle for supremacy begins anew. It is the “eternal return,” or in the illustrious patois of Yogi Berra, “deja vu all over again.” A …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …

Miss Manners: Facebook Posters Invade Recent Widow’s Privacy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: The morning after my husband’s death, I awoke to discover that “friends” had posted on his Facebook wall a photo of my husband and an obituary they had written themselves. This was done without my permission, and in fact, we had told these people not …

Money Talk: Returning Car Doesn’t Wipe Out Debt

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: My husband returned a car to the dealer when he lost his job. Now the company says he owes it more than $7,000 (the difference between what he owed to the dealer and the price for which the car was sold). He refuses to pay any amount, …