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A Real Person’s Guide to Understanding Nutrition Labels

Ask any expert how to tell if a food is healthy, and you'll likely hear: “Just read the label!” It may sound simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s …

The 10 Most Romantic Cities In America May Surprise You

Just in time for Valentine's Day.<p>Turns out, Paris isn't the only city with love in the air. According to OpenTable, there are a hand full of cities in the U.S. boasting romantic dining experiences and passionate atmospheres.<p>The online reservation service created the list of romantic cities of based …

Virginia Beach

Why Paying Off Debt Could Actually Hurt Your Homebuying Chances

How you plan and budget your finances can have a big effect on whether or not you can qualify for a home loan. For sound financial planning purposes, eliminating the expenses in your life that contain the highest interest rates first is generally a good approach. After all, why pay more interest, …

Personal Finance

The crazy story of the man who fought for Finland, the Nazis, and the US Army Special Forces

Larry Thorne enlisted in the US Army as a private in 1954, but he was already a war hero. That's because his real name was Lauri Törni, and he had been fighting the Soviets for much of his adult life.<p>Born in Finland in 1919, Törni enlisted at age 19 in his country's army and fought against the …

Bad Skin? Blame It On The Alcohol

For plenty of us, there's nothing more enjoyable than pouring ourselves a glass of wine or a strong cocktail at the end of a long workday. On …

How the British and Americans started listening in

<b>A secret visit to Bletchley Park 75 years ago gave birth to an alliance between two British and US intelligence agencies which continues today.</b><p>It was late on 8 February 1941 when four Americans arrived at Bletchley Park. Black-out curtains made the mansion appear even darker. The journey of the …

Surveillance

Why I hid my happy, healthy daughter’s medical diagnosis from her for as long as I could

Knowledge, it is said, is power. Most of the time, this is very true. However, there are times when I feel like a little less knowledge never hurt anybody. Like knowing exactly what my teenager is up to while out with his friends. Or what hot dogs are really made of.<p>I applied that same reasoning to …

Self-Pity

5 Things to Know About the Chinese New Year

Monday marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest and most ceremonious holiday. Though China officially operates on the …

Laws written by men to protect women deserve scrutiny, Supreme Court told

History holds a lesson for the Supreme Court, the brief warns: Be skeptical of laws protecting women that are written by men.<p>The nation’s past is littered with such statutes, say the historians who filed the friend-of-the-court brief, and the motives were suspect.<p>Some protected women from “the …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This Is Why You Can’t Afford a House

The rising cost of housing is one of the greatest burdens on the American middle class. So why hasn’t it become a key issue in the presidential …

Housing