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HUD might cut anti-discrimination line from mission statement

The Housing and Urban Development Department, headed by Secretary Ben Carson, is changing its mission statement by possibly removing words like "free …

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Female police captain in Indiana suspended after 'white male privilege' remark

An Indiana police force placed a female captain on paid administrative leave after she told a fellow officer that he benefited from “white male privilege.” A vote on Capt. Carri Weber’s future with the Plainfield Police Department is scheduled for a commissioner’s meeting on Thursday, according to …

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How Christian Reform Schools Get Away with Brutal Child Abuse

Thanks to the legacy of a Texas pastor named Lester Roloff—and a glaring lack of oversight from state and local authorities—religious "schools" for troubled teens often operate with impunity.<p>Kimi Cook was 15 years old when she arrived at Lester Roloff’s Rebekah Home for Girls in Corpus Christi, …

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Epic Photos of the 2010 Volcanic Eruptions in Iceland

Back in 2010, a series of volcanic eruptions in Iceland captured the world’s attention. Although they were relatively small in scale, the ash that …

How do you photograph the Moon?

A giant sphere of shiny rock is floating over your head while you sleep. Here's how to take a decent photograph of it<p>The Moon. Some say it's made of cheese, conspiracy theorists claim that it's a hologram projected by the New World Order, while so-called scientists believe that it's a giant …

101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Experts share their best tips.<p>The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by. Plus, see 101 easy makeovers from interior designers.

Home Decorating

How to Make your Home Look Glamorous

We all take pride in our cribs and aim at a glamorous home look. We want our apartments to look the very best that they can and to best represent us …

Before & After: A One-Day Living Room Makeover

See the before & after photos.<p>Imagine totally redecorating in a day. We break down how interior designer Peter Dunham, owner of Hollywood at Home, redid a multipurpose living room — in just nine hours.

5 Reasons Why Your Dining Room Chairs Don't Need to Match

5 rooms with mismatched seating.<p><b>1. Mismatched seating can still be glamourous, it's just a little more low-key.</b>Tour the romantic home by designer Windsor Smith<p><b>2. It makes the dining area one of the most inviting spots in the house.</b><p>See the beach cottage by designer Peter Dunham.<p><b>3. You can</b> …

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The 35 Best Ideas for Your Most Organized Kitchen Ever

#10 is a total game-changer.<p>Take heart, there's hope for your biggest (and smallest) problem spots. Plus, get our best cabinet and pantry organization ideas!

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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.

Home Decorating

Does Your House Need a Makeunder?

A room-by-room guide on how to declutter.<p>First it was Snooki's tasteful transformation on <i>Inside Edition</i>. Then Jessica Simpson appeared sans makeup in <i>Glamour</i>. Now the look — effortless and natural — is popping up in home design, too. Here's how to determine if you need to declutter, plus tips to …

5 Closet Organizing Tips For A Fresh Start in 2014

Get organized for 2014 with a streamlined, hyper-organized, and great-looking closet. eDrop-Off founder Corri McFadden shares her best tips.<p><b>1. Think Outside the Closet</b><br>Shoes can be art, so don't be afraid to display them on the outside of your closet. Use your favorite shoes as display pieces on …

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Pop Romance: 11 High/Low Design Ideas to Steal from Hero in Paris<p>by Annie Quigley<p>A Two-Week, $1,000, 500-Square-Foot Rental Overhaul by a Design …

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Kitchen of the Week: A Katrin Arens Design in Sardinia with 250-Year-Old Wood<p>by Meredith Swinehart<p>Pared-Back Furniture from Stattmann Neue Moebel, a …

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High/Low: Cut-Crystal Light Bulbs

I’m not usually a cut-crystal type of person, but I’m finding myself coveting a light bulb (or two) from UK designer Lee Broom. They’re on the …

4 Decades of a Stylish Living Room

Four decades and three living room looks.<p>It was glossy red walls in the 1970s, chintz in the 1980s, and now, soothing neutrals. Here's how one couple's living room evolved, excerpted from Duane Hampton's book, <i>Mark Hampton: An American Decorator</i>.

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100 Bedroom Designs That Will Inspire You

These cozy escapes will make you want to bliss out on all the bedding.<p>Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it's the one space where you get to <i>recharge</i>. With 100 different designer styles, there's an idea for …

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Huang Qingjun captures Chinese families and all their belongings in one photo - The Fox Is Black

In Western culture we often measure our happiness by the things we own. The more stuff you have the happier you are. With that in mind, it’s quite …