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  • chi-mcdonalds-scary-happy-meal-mascot-20140519.jpeg McDonald's new mascot: Creepy or kid-friendly?

    This week, McDonald's introduced "a new animated Happy Meal character that brings fun and excitement to kids' meals while also serving as an ambassador for balanced and wholesome eating." Not surprisingly, the American reaction to Happy's introduction has been one of horror.

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rules for avoiding those travel road bumps

    The secrets to a hassle-free summer vacation seem simple enough: Keep a checklist. Read the rules, especially if you're flying. Take photos of your rental car. Don't make assumptions about your hotel.

    May 19, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-05-16 at 3.00.12 PM.png Go paperless: 3 apps to keep more info with less mess

    If you're environmentally conscious or just don't like the stacks of paper sitting around, going paperless using your phone is a practical option with the help of a few apps.

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can technology help you and your friends choose a restaurant?

    Deciding where to eat, drink, relax and chat with friends should be a pleasure, but instead it's an engine of hesitancy and chagrin. As a result of that hesitancy and chagrin, you often end up going to the same handful of tried and true restaurants instead of branching out. What if technology could solve this problem by collecting a party's various dietary, monetary and atmospheric preferences and producing a restaurant that will delight everyone?

    May 15, 2014

  • BnmeRcEIYAMpMLt.jpg The end of 'Two And a Half Men:' Twitter reacts

    CBS announced Wednesday that the upcoming 12th season for "Two And a Half Men" would be the show's last. Here is a sampling of reaction to the news on Twitter.

    May 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jobless contend with weight gain as they search for work

    A subject long ignored by policymakers, and one that unemployment counselors are too sheepish to raise with job seekers, the link between bulging waistlines and joblessness is now of intense interest to researchers studying the long-term effects of the country's economic malaise.

    May 13, 2014

  • Catholic Church's best-known exorcist shows how it's done

    The den of the Catholic Church's best-known exorcist is an unassuming place, a small third-floor room in a home for aging priests hidden in an obscure corner of southern Rome. I walk down the hospital-like hallway on my way to meet him, and the priest anticipates my knock before it happens. The door swings open, and there he is.

    May 12, 2014

  • mothersday.jpg On Mother's Day weekend, things I wish I taught my son

    Because every woman has, or has had, a mother — and knows, if only through stories, her grandmaternal forebears as well — to become a mother is to step into a hall of mirrors. In its most essential state, however, motherhood involves a single, mutual reflection. 

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cherry cigars entice teens with candy flavors, researchers say

    Almost every flavor chemical found in tested sweets, including grape and cherry, are used in combinations in similarly flavored cigars and dipping tobacco, Portland State University researchers said in a letter posted Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
    More than 40 percent of middle and high school students who smoke use flavored small cigars, which are similar in size and shape to cigarettes, or use menthol cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a study last year.

    May 8, 2014

  • 20140507-AMX-TROPHY-HOMES7.jpg Homes topping $100 million smash residential price records

    The U.S. trophy-home market is shattering price records this year as an increasing number of residential properties change hands for more than $100 million.

    May 7, 2014 1 Photo

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