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Taco Bell testing Cap'n Crunch doughnut holes
This photo posted to Foodbeast's public Facebook page shows Taco Bell's new Cap'n Crunch doughnut holes. The fast-food chain is testing out the menu item in Bakersfield, California.

Updated: 2:18 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

Taco Bell is testing out a new treat: Cap'n Crunch doughnut holes filled with milk icing. According to Time magazine, the menu item is being sold in Bakersfield, California. >> Read more trending stories Click here or scroll down to see what social-media users had to say about the news. ...
Smart Home records movement, behavior so seniors can age in place
Linda Moulder and Jerry White are participating in a Washington State University project to equip homes with specialized computer sensors, including one directly above White, that will track motion and heat. Alyssa Weakley, right, is a WSU doctorate student working with the couple. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash.—If anyone ever noticed, which is unlikely, it appears that Linda Moulder and Jerry White have smoke detectors in every room and a few other peculiar places — inside the refrigerator, for instance — in their Forest Estates home in Spokane’s Rockwood Retirement Community.Visitors are much more interested in ...
Longer life expectancies raise the bar on pensions

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

Americans are living longer. That’s good news for people — but it’s creating challenges in the world of traditional defined-benefit pensions.American men are living an average of two years longer than they were in 2000, and women are getting an additional 2.4 years of life, according to new mortality projections ...
Decluttering, divesting at Kitch-n Collectibles
Rich Boris, 63, owner of Kitch-n Collectibles in Philadelphia, stands amid his wares — restored old appliances that are celebrated and purchased by consumers who aren’t impressed with the modern appliances. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

ROXBOROUGH, Pa. — Surrounded by vintage milkshake machines, waffle irons, Pyrex bowls, percolators, toasters, refrigerators, pizzelle makers, blenders, radios, clocks, electric fry pans, colanders, sifters, pots, lids, aluminum ice cube trays, and 6,000 to 8,000 Life magazines, among other things, Rich Boris had a candid explanation for the origin four ...
Kids call the shots; grandparents foot the bill
Grandparents are more inclined than parents to pay for multigenerational family vacations. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

Multigenerational travel is nothing new; families with little ones have been traveling with grandparents for years. But it does seem to be a growing phenomenon. So much so that Preferred Hotel Group did a study on it to help understand customers.“Multigenerational travel is poised for rapid and sustained growth,” according ...
Life in South Walton, FL is beachy-keen
Strolling Sandestin at sunset. (Photo courtesy Visit South Walton/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

SOUTH WALTON, Fla.—There is something in the air and mood of South Walton, Florida. You can sense it as soon as you arrive in this well-scrubbed, preservation-minded town made up of 16 unique beach communities, close-knit next-door-neighbors that stretch along 26 miles of velvety-white sand lapped by the turquoise waters ...
Estate planning should include provisions for pets
Shirley Alexander is planning ahead for her cats, including, in her arms, Chole, age 5. She has made a will with instructions for their care. Alexander works at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash., and volunteers with Hospice and ends up counseling people on what to do for pets. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

If Shirley Alexander and her husband die unexpectedly, they know exactly what will happen to their three beloved cats.Chloe, Oliver and Sophie are included in their will, just like their Spokane Valley home, valuables and money. It directs that the cats, all adopted from local shelters, go to SpokAnimal for ...
Skyping can take worry, guilt out of long-distance caregiving

12:00 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015

Q: My father, age 87, has lived alone for many years. He’s recently had some health issues and though he remains pretty independent, he now has a live-in aide who helps him with his dinner, errands, transportation, and assists him a bit in the mornings.I live a few hours away ...
Police: Gunfire at party featuring well-known rappers

Updated: 8:52 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

According to police, two people were shot at Label at the North Carolina Music Factory. Medic said one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said the second victim transported his or her self to the hospital. Both victims have non-life-threatening injuries. The shooting happened during a ...
Kid Rock Slams Queen Bey
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

2:12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

DON'T MESS WITH THE BEYHIVE!  In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Kid Rock said that he was "flabbergasted" by the success of Beyonce'. He explained that he didn’t find any of her work as legendary as things like “Purple Rain” from Prince or Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Kid ...

Release relaxing scents into the air with plug-in

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Parents looking for a restful night of sleep over the winter months for you or your kids should check out the non-medicated ZzzQuil Scented Sleep-Aid Plugged-In Sleep Enhancer, available from the makers of Vicks NyQuil. This plug-in wall unit releases the scents of chamomile and lavender into the air, for ...
Enjoy hearty meals with fresh winter produce
Even in winter there are fresh seasonal foods to be enjoyed, like this Root Vegetables Gratin. (MCT)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Eating foods “in season” may seem simple — and logical — during spring and summer months. However, even in winter there are fresh seasonal foods to be enjoyed. Whether grown fresh or combined with fall foods that store well, like apples, pears and potatoes, there are many fruits and vegetables ...
Pop.Earth turns to tech to help autistic children in emergencies
Deborah Stone, center,, Founder and Creative Director of Pop Earth, poses for a group photo with her son Dylan, Patrick Bardsley, center left, Pres and co-founder of Spectrum Design, and the rest of her staff at Pop Earth in the print workshop of Spectrum Designs in Port Washington, N.Y. Spectrum Design has partnered with Pop Earth, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and serving the Autistic community, using t-shirts and other products to raise funds and awareness. (Daniel Brennan/Newsday/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

When Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teen from Queens, walked out of his school and went missing in October 2013, the story resonated deeply with many parents who fear having their autistic child wander off.For Debbie Stone, founder and creative director of Pop.Earth (popearth.org), whose son, Dylan, 12, is a limited-language ...
Embracing your child’s messes

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Before we had kids, our homes were clutter free and everything had its proper place. For many of us, those days are just a distant memory as we step over toys as if navigating a mine field in our living rooms. As toddlerhood approaches our children’s curiosity and imagination become ...
TeenSafe allows parents to watch kids’ digital lives
Deana Rodriguez, of Long Beach, Calif., is a parent has used the app for almost two years to monitor her children when they leave the house. TeenSafe provides parents with the tools to monitor their children, but also links them with reading materials from field experts to help teach digital parenting. (Michael Goulding/Orange County Register/TNS)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Deana Rodriguez’s sons were 7 and 10 when she bought them their first smartphones in 2013, and the Long Beach mom didn’t quite trust the pair to navigate the technology on their own.It was a lot of power and information to place in the hands of children so young, she ...
Teen brains, though still maturing, are capable of self-control

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

True or false: Adolescents’ brains aren’t wired for responsible behavior until they’re well into their 20s, so parents and teachers should give them a free pass.False.The idea that teenagers lack the ability to control their impulses is “Neuromyth No.4” on a list published online this month by the Dana Foundation, ...
Seek creative solutions for family/work balance
Deborah W. Brooks (Lean In)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

In 2006, I was six years into my job as CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation — a job that had been more like a crusade since day one. I’d transitioned to the nonprofit sector after nine years at Goldman and launched the Foundation with Michael late in 2000. ...
Styloko offers new fashion discoveries
Styloko CEO Shannon Edwards (Handout)

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Netflix, Spotify and Pandora have long used algorithm-based technology to provide customized suggestions for TV, movies and music, allowing for pop culture favorites to meet new entertainment discoveries in queues and playlists alike. Oyster and Scribd promise the same in the realm of literature.Now we can add online retail to ...
Learn how to remodel, repair, refresh at Spring Atlanta Home Show
After: The stamping process creates a pattern with the appearance of hand-cut stones. Contributed by Concrete Resurfacing Products

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Whether you pin design ideas online, snap photos of inspirational rooms or rip pages out of magazines, the Spring Atlanta Home Show offers an opportunity to meet remodeling and landscaping experts ready to help you confront design challenges and dreams.“They’re looking for new things, for things that will inspire them ...
Do genealogy TV shows help or hinder research?

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

The question has been raised among longtime genealogists as to whether the proliferation of television shows related to genealogy — “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Genealogy Roadshow” and those programs presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr. — help or hinder genealogical research.We are seeing more and more people who ...
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