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The best ellipticals for every budget

September 6th, 2014
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,...

Vicodin and other prescription painkillers will soon be harder to get

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September 6th, 2014
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...

What's your favorite way to read?

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September 6th, 2014
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...

Roku 3 tops Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast in streaming player shootout

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September 6th, 2014
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...

Don't become a moving company victim

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September 6th, 2014
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...

6 semi-gloss paints that make your front door shine

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September 6th, 2014
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...

Top treadmills for every budget

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August 11th, 2014
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...

What to do after your home is destroyed

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August 11th, 2014
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...

How do you research assisted-living homes for your parents?

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Can you use a mulching blade if you're bagging lawn clippings?

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Why Walmart ice cream sandwiches don't melt

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Are programmable thermostats good for electric heat pumps?

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Make your vacation memorable, not miserable

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August 11th, 2014
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...

All-new 2015 Acura TLX aims to serve as the Goldilocks solution

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August 11th, 2014
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...

When it pays to replace your windows

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August 11th, 2014
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...