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Consumer spending inches up in October as cautious Americans save more

WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending inched up last month, rising at a rate well below expectations, as cautious Americans saved more of their growing incomes, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Personal consumption expenditures increased just 0....Read More


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Barbie beats Elsa as top toy for girls

See you later, Elsa. Barbie has put the freeze on Disney's "Frozen."

The classic doll with the exaggerated measurements once again tops the list of toys that shoppers plan to buy for the young girls on their holiday gift list, according to a ...Read More

Health & Spirit

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Man has no memory of a freak accident that fractured his spine

LOS ANGELES -- It was Friday night and Vamsi Polisetty was headed to Las Vegas for the weekend. But his bus was late.

The 33-year-old software engineer from Costa Mesa, Calif., waited at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport, a 16-...Read More


Pope Francis stuns Kenyans by traveling in a Honda — with windows down

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Almost as soon as Pope Francis alighted from his flight to Kenya's capital on his first trip to Africa, he sent a powerful message of humility and equality.

The pope stunned Kenyans not only because of the modest ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: What is the maximum benefit I can receive?

Q: I'm planning my retirement. What is the maximum Social Security benefit I might receive?

A: The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire and how much you earned in your lifetime. For example, if you retire at age 62 in 2015, your maximum ...Read More


My Pet World: Kathy Ireland extending her passion for fashion to pets

Kathy Ireland's Worldwide brand is 28th most powerful brand in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine, topping $2 billion in licensed products in 2013. When it comes to home decor, the one-time super model is a superstar and more ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Fiat Chrysler agrees to limit Michigan state tax credit

LANSING, Mich. -- The state of Michigan on Tuesday modified its tax credit agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to nearly $2 billion in an effort to cap a broader liability that critics say helped blow a hole in the state budget earlier this ...Read More


The Mortgage Professor: The HECM reverse mortgage decision process

The Federal Housing Administration's home equity conversion, or HECM, reverse mortgage offers multiple options that are designed to meet a wide range of senior needs and capacities. This is a major strength of the program, but it can also be a ...Read More


On Gardening: No snow job: Arizona cypress makes a lovely Christmas tree

The Arizona cypress is one of those plants that horticulturists and season gardeners alike look upon with amazement at its beauty and performance in the hot and humid Southeast. Right now we are planting small ones as living Christmas trees in ...Read More


Raising screen-free kids: If 2 hours a day is the norm, some parents say...

For Katie Silberman, the turning point came when a house painter accidentally ripped out the TV cables.

Silberman and her husband, never big TV fans, had fallen into the habit of letting their sons, Lincoln, then 7, and Haven, 4, watch television...Read More


Kickstarter campaign raises $200,000 for cat music

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- David Teie, an accomplished orchestral cellist, put his theory on music appreciation in mammals into action by launching a Kickstarter campaign to compose an album designed to appeal specifically to cats.

Teie's campaign ...Read More


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A thought for the day

A thought for the day: And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. -- President John F. Kennedy

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Science & Technology

Inside Snapchat's newest feature: Story Explorer

LOS ANGELES -- Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel grabs his iPhone, opens his Los Angeles company's app and taps an icon for "Los Angeles."

Instantly, he's watching short, full-screen videos that Snapchat users across LA have recorded ...Read More


El Nino may trigger floods, famine and sickness in much of the world

A fog of suffocating smoke settles over the Indonesian countryside, sickening hundreds of thousands of people and triggering an environmental crisis.

In Peru, officials abandon plans to host the lucrative Dakar Rally and prepare instead for ...Read More


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Clinton says Pfizer-Allergan leaves taxpayers 'holding the bag'

NEW YORK -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton attacked Pfizer Inc.'s plan to move its tax address to Ireland through a merger with Allergan Plc, saying it would hurt U.S. taxpayers and urging a crackdown on such deals.

"This ...Read More