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Shaping The Minds Of the Young

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dallas — A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curricula and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants. What happened? Science happened. Experts on early childhood education have reached a broad but hardly unanimous consensus about what best helps the youngest children learn. …

Superheroes Invade the Upcoming Fall Television Lineup

Monday, September 1, 2014

Los Angeles — Holy comic book heroes! Not since the late 1970s has there been as many network TV shows based on the super-powered characters from the colorful pages of comic books. Joining the already established Arrow on the CW and Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC on the fall network TV schedule, are these comic-book inspired shows: ■ Gotham, begins Sept. 22 …

Iraqi Forces Break Siege of Shiite Town

Monday, September 1, 2014

Baghdad — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at …

Dogs Get Blue During School

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Los Angeles — Young people aren’t the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and …

Luxury Lines Turn Attention To Fitness Gear

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. “We actually think the fashion industry should be in the …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, …

Visual Search to Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. …

Investors Who Seek Advice on Their 401(k)s Save More, Study Finds

Sunday, August 31, 2014

People who get professional advice about their 401(k)s save more and have a better chance of meeting their goals. Yet few people seek out that help, according to a study released last week. For instance, 74 percent of people who had professional help knew how much money they …

Take Steps to Limit Damage If Hackers Snare Your Data

Sunday, August 31, 2014

You might have gone to a supermarket, mailed a package at UPS or gone to a restaurant or hospital and thought nothing about holding your wallet tightly. Yet, a thief might have preyed on you anyway. And if you are like millions of Americans, you are just finding …

Companies Slow To Alert About Data Breaches

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rumors of a data breach at a major New York bank started circulating more than a week ago in cyber-security circles. So for insiders, news that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized was more confirmation than revelation, just the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no …

Miss Manners: Silent Treatment Is Justified in Cases of Bad Behavior

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I’m in a sticky situation at my college. During my freshman and sophomore years I was bullied by a group of five men. They made fun of me to my face, and they spread mean exaggerations and untrue rumors about me inside and outside class. …

Album of Lost Dylan Songs Due Nov. 11

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, an ambitious new project in which a few contemporary musicians have completed unfinished songs by Bob Dylan nearly half a century old, now has a release date: Nov. 11. A …

As Stocks Rise, So Does Anxiety: Is It Time to Sell?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Is it time to cash out of stocks? The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years, and with each record close, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee. If only you had done that in the crashes that began in …