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June Gloom: What California Beaches Are Really Like in the Summer

The phenomenon dubbed "June Gloom" is one of those things that no California visitor's bureau or publicist wants to talk about, but every California …

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The 10 Reno Mistakes Everybody Makes — And How to Fix Them

Pictures of the Week 2.12.15

4 Top Chefs on the Kitchen Knives You Need at Home

For these kitchen essentials, we went to the pros for advice.<p>For these kitchen essentials, we went to the pros for advice.

This Charming Tiny House Has Everything You Need (And It Travels With You!)

The interior looks surprisingly comfortable.<p>The tiny house trend is still going strong, but even though these homes help families minimize living costs and are often dolled up in bright colors, most of us remain skeptical about how long we could actually stay in one (even if it tries to entice us …

10 Unique Lighting Ideas for Your Bedroom

Decorating Hacks You Can Complete In An Hour

Feeling crafty but don't want to spend the whole weekend tethered to a hot glue gun? These wildly easy D.I.Y.s will make a major impact on your space.<p>Feeling crafty but don't want to spend the whole weekend tethered to a hot glue gun? These wildly easy D.I.Y.s will make a major impact on your …

10 Ways Accessories Can Transform a Room

See 10 tricks to finally finish decorating your home.<p>Want to perk up the color palette or personality of your home but don't want to redecorate every room? Here are ideas on how a few little touches can yield big results.

10 Genius Ways to Decorate With Wrapping Paper

Even the tiniest leftover scraps are enough to finish one of these DIY projects.<p>Even the tiniest leftover scraps are enough to finish one of these DIY projects. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com

Peter Kassig 'killed by gunshot before he was decapitated'

Analysis carried out by surgeon suggests American aid worker killed by Isil may have resisted his captors<p>Peter Kassig, the American aid worker murdered by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria, may have been killed by a gunshot wound rather than beheading, new research …

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7 Things You Should Never Store in Your Basement or Attic

Don't make these spaces your catch-all dumping ground. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>During a big move or organizing project, it's tempting to stash boxes in out-of-the-way spots. But if you want your stuff to survive, you need to be careful about what you place in these …

You've Never Used A Lemon Like This Before

When life gives you lemons, use them in more ways than you ever imagined.<p><i>Getty Images</i><p><b>Help Toothaches</b><p>Lemon juice is no replacement for going to see your dentist—and exposing your teeth to fruit acids isn't a great long-term strategy. But if you've already got a toothache, the citric acid in lemons …

How a Classic Color Combination Got a Bold Update

Bold, uncomplicated, livable — and it's pretty.<p>Bold, uncomplicated, livable — and it's pretty. Robert Couturier mixed patterns with a blue and white palette to update a Naples, Florida, house.

Before & After: An IKEA Dresser Transformed Into an Apothecary Cabinet

A simple, inexpensive dresser gets an upscale makeover.<p>Thrifty and Chic via Hometalk<p><i>We're big fans of hometalk, the social network for home and garden lovers, so we're excited to share one of our favorite posts today. Check out the amazing reveal and make sure to check out the site for more great</i> …

7 Ways To Quiet Your Home From The Noisy World Around It

The early evening darkness combined with the impending winter's cold weather means more time spent in our homes. It's during this time when we tend to notice just how loud everything is -- the neighbors, the howling wind and, in many areas, traffic noise. If moving to the middle of nowhere isn't an …

15 Things You Should NEVER Have in Your Home After 30

Our favorite designers told us these are things that must go. Stat!<p>1. A Futon<p>"Futons are le worst! The older you get the squishier your bed should be," says designer, potter and author, Jonathan Adler.<p>2. Temporary furniture<p>"Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they …

The Mystery of Abdul-Rahman, or Peter Kassig

“They tell us you have abandoned us and/or don’t care but of course we know you are doing everything you can and more,” Abdul-Rahman Kassig, born Peter Kassig, wrote to his parents, Ed and Paula, when he had been held by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham for several months. He knew that his …

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Peter Kassig Beheading Video Identifies At Least One French National [Report]

At least one French national was identified in the brutal video showing the beheading of American aid worker Peter Kassig. The terrorist group ISIS …

Family of Peter Kassig Make Dignified Statement: Our Hearts are Battered but they Will Mend

The mother and father of Peter Kassig, also known as Abdul-Rahman since his conversion to Islam, have asked for some space to "mourn, cry, forgive …

Parents of US Aid Worker Peter Kassig Seek to 'Forgive' IS Jihadists Who Beheaded Son

<b>Washington:</b> The parents of slain US aid worker Peter Kassig said on Monday they would try to "forgive" Islamic State jihadists who beheaded their …

My Brother Abdul-Rahman Kassig: An Inspiration for All

Nearly half a million people have perished in the seemingly never-ending mayhem in both Iraq and Syria. Both the Iraqi and Syrian peoples have witnessed widespread and systematic torture, rampaging death squads, devastating suicide bombings, indiscriminate shellings and bombings, and even the …

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'The Bad Guys Are Winning': O'Reilly Reacts to ISIS Beheading

In his Talking Points Memo, Bill O'Reilly responded to the ISIS terror group beheading a third American hostage, Peter Kassig, saying that President Obama needs to do more than denounce the murder and he must utilize all U.S. military assets to eradicate the terrorists.<p>"President Obama has …

Second French jihadi may have been involved in Peter Kassig murder video

Intelligence services in France are investigating whether a second French jihadi was involved in the cold-blooded murder of more than a dozen Syrian soldiers and American hostage Peter Kassig.<p>Officers told France 2 television that they recognised a second Frenchman among the killers in Sunday’s …

Kassig 'fought his executors'

A former roommate of Peter Kassig, the former U.S. Army Ranger and American aid worker who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, says the unusual …

Remembering Peter Kassig

Peter Kassig went to the Middle East to fight as an Army Ranger. He returned as an aid worker, providing medical assistance to the victims of Syria's civil war. 13 months ago, at a Syrian checkpoint, he was taken from the ambulance he was driving and ended up in the hands of ISIS. Over the weekend, …

An Inside Look at the Barefoot Contessa's Barn

Ina Garten takes us on a tour of her impressive entertaining space in the Hamptons.<p>Ina Garten takes us on a tour of her impressive entertaining space in the Hamptons.

A Tree Fell in a Blogger's Backyard, So She Turned It Into Wall Art

When life hands you branches, make something beautiful.<p><i>Upcycled Treasures</i><p><i>We're big fans of hometalk, the social network for home and garden lovers, so we're excited to share one of our favorite posts today. Check out the amazing reveal and make sure to check out the site for more great</i> …

A Leafy Green Lake House Bathroom

Bill Ingram's cabin-style design.<p>Designed to feel like an enclosed porch, this vintage-feeling bathroom designed by Bill Ingram in Lake Martin, Alabama, features lantern-style light fixtures, hidden medicine cabinets, and freestanding, antique oak washstands.