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Online shopping safety tips

December 23, 2014 As convenient as Internet shopping can be (stores never close, no parking problems, no cranky salespeople), there are as many hazards. more »»

An unlikely thief

December 22, 2014 Dear Dave, I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Walmart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money. more »»

Cars and Cigars: The case for Cuba Libre

December 21, 2014 Somewhere over the skies of Cuba is Jerry Seinfeld’s private plane, set on a direct course to José Martí International Airport, the main airport of Havana. more »»

Easy last-minute holiday treats

December 21, 2014 Today I have some last minute holiday treats — easy to make but tasty. After you make these you can put your feet up and have thoughts of sugar plums dancing through your head. more »»

Overcooking the steak and eggs

December 21, 2014 Tanning is the process of turning healthy skin into a dark, withered husk. It’s unhealthy, unsmart and, of course, something I’ve done. In college I tanned before a spring break trip to Cancun. more »»

Ruble turns to rubble

December 20, 2014 Russia’s currency, the ruble, collapsed in value this week, falling to an all-time low against the U.S. dollar. more »»

Tortured reasoning

December 20, 2014 Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture. more »»

Pottersville goes online

December 20, 2014 What is it that makes the holiday movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" feel so ancient? It's the relationships, but which ones? Not George Bailey's warm and loving family. more »»

Read the time away

December 19, 2014 Dear Readers: The big TRAVEL SEASON is here, and that means time spent waiting in line or sitting on a train, plane or bus, or in a car. more »»

A Texas-sized plate dispute

December 19, 2014 WASHINGTON -- The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might... more »»

On torture, Obama content to leave dispute 'in the past'

December 19, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Upon release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. more »»

The suicidal hashtags of the West

December 19, 2014 On Monday, Australian police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where an Islamist terrorist named Man Haron Monis had taken dozens of hostages and held them for 17 hours. more »»

Keep toys and snacks handy when traveling with toddlers

December 18, 2014 Q: We're traveling home for Christmas and this will be our 2-year-old daughter's first flight. I'm feeling stressed and anxious about it. more »»

Wise Warren and Crazy Cruz

December 18, 2014 Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are polar opposites, a Tea Party conservative and an Occupy Wall Street socialist. more »»

Dreamers need not apply for health care

December 18, 2014 With the second open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage underway, millions of Americans are gaining new access to health car. more »»

Parent engagement: Strengthening and developing families

December 17, 2014 Marshalltown Community School District’s strategic action plan calls for a single goal — increase student achievemen. more »»

Don't look for culture war arguments in 2016

December 17, 2014 In an earlier column, I looked at the role the abortion issue would play in the 2016 election -- not very much, I concluded -- and promised another column on other cultural issues. Here goes. more »»

To despair is to surrender

December 17, 2014 This is how a Dec. 8 editorial of the St. more »»

How to honor the kids who died at Sandy Hook

December 17, 2014 Confronted by a hostile Republican Congress, President Barack Obama has chosen to flex his political muscles on a range of pressing issues. more »»

You Need an Insurance Check-up

December 16, 2014 From regular oil changes to changing furnace filters and annual trips to the dentist, smart consumers know that preventive maintenance can avoid costly repairs down the road. more »»



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