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The best ellipticals for every budget If you’re in the market for an elliptical, you should know it’s a complex machine with lots of moving parts. That’s part of the appeal, since it makes for a complete,… Read more

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Vicodin and other prescription painkillers will soon be harder to get U.S. healthcare providers write more prescriptions for Vicodin and other narcotic painkillers that combine the opioid hydrocodone with acetaminophen… Read more

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What’s your favorite way to read? Since we’re about to talk literature here, allow me to paraphrase Gertrude Stein. A book is a book is a book. Or is it? We’ve been wondering how bookworms are reading… Read more

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Roku 3 tops Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast in streaming player shootout Quick—when was the last time you rented a DVD or Blu-ray? For a growing number of us, it’s probably been a while, since more… Read more

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Don’t become a moving company victim A recent complaint New Jersey officials filed against a moving company illustrates why you must investigate movers carefully before deciding which one you’ll trust to handle… Read more

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6 semi-gloss paints that make your front door shine A new coat of paint is all it takes to kick up your home’s curb appeal from drab to fab. In fact, just painting the front door, window trim, and shutters can… Read more

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Top treadmills for every budget You can spend $400 on a new treadmill or 10 times that amount. Based on our latest treadmill Ratings of more than 40 models, paying top dollar will get you top… Read more

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What to do after your home is destroyed What can a homeowner expect in the aftermath of a major catastrophe—say a fire or tornado that destroys a home completely? Pam Johnson, a Property Field Adjustor with USAA… Read more

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How do you research assisted-living homes for your parents? Q. How do you research an assisted-living facility for your parents?—Marilyn McCabe, via e-mail A. Start by asking sources that you know and… Read more

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Can you use a mulching blade if you’re bagging lawn clippings? Q. I always mulch when mowing, and sometimes I bag clippings to reduce thatch buildup. How is bagging efficiency affected as a result of using a mulching… Read more

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Why Walmart ice cream sandwiches don’t melt Have you picked up on all the buzz about Walmart Great Value ice cream sandwiches that, so the story goes, don’t melt? We’re not kidding. One YouTube video about the… Read more

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Are programmable thermostats good for electric heat pumps? Q. Many sources, including Consumer Reports, extol the advantages of programmable thermostats. But are they a good thing for electric heat pumps, which deliver… Read more

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Make your vacation memorable, not miserable If you’re planning a final summer getaway, take note of these travel gotchas so your trip is memorable, not miserable. Car-rental hassles To avoid getting sucked in by… Read more

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All-new 2015 Acura TLX aims to serve as the Goldilocks solution Designed to be the Goldilocks model in the automaker’s three-sedan lineup, the 2015 Acura TLX is not too big, garish, or striking looking. It… Read more

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When it pays to replace your windows Owning a home has its joys but there’s always something to add to the to-do list. Replacing all the windows comes to mind when rooms feel drafty and flyers arrive in the… Read more