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White House seeks legal immunity for firms that hand over customer data

Obama administration asks legislators drafting NSA reforms to protect telecoms firms complying with court orders<p>The White House has asked legislators crafting competing reforms of the National Security Agency to provide legal immunity for telecommunications firms that provide the government with …

Vatican to debate teachings on divorce, birth control, gay unions

Contraception, cohabitation, divorce, remarriage and same-sex unions: They're issues that pain and puzzle Roman Catholics who want to be true to both their church and themselves.<p>Now those issues are about to be put up for debate by their leader, a man who appears determined to push boundaries and …

Marijuana Banking Bill Is Snuffed Out In Colorado

It's OK to sell pot in Colorado, but there's still nowhere but the mattress to legally stash the proceeds.<p>That's the continuing problem for legal marijuana dealers in the state, who are caught between the state's legalization of cannabis and federal laws that still classify it as a controlled …

U.S. one of few countries with rise in maternal deaths

The United States is one of just eight countries in the world where deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth rose between 2003 and 2013, a new report says. That puts it in the company of countries such as Afghanistan, Belize and El Salvador.<p>While U.S. maternal mortality rates remain lower than …

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Dedicated To Social Good

From setting a sustainable example to providing affordable sanitation in African slums, these are the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies dedicated to Social Good.<p>1. Bloomberg Philanthropies<p><b>For doing good, methodically.</b> Bloomberg Philanthropies prioritizes the most pressing global issues with …

Sustainability

Do Our Dogs Look And Act More Like Us Over Time?

<i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Donna Sapolin<p>Every day I think to myself how much the dogs I see walking around New York City look like their owners. No doubt you’ve had the same thought where you live.<p>The concept has not only fueled many a dog/owner look-alike contest but has also been subjected to a …

10 DIY Vases and Planters

Spring has arrived, and for many people that means integrating more flowers and plants into their home décor. If you’re looking to add more plant …

Chemicals

20 Friendly and Modern Nursery Room Design Ideas

Designing and decorating the nursery room is always fun and beautiful but not nearly as easy as it may seem. First of all, you have to make a choice. …

Color Rules: 4 Very Versatile Colors for Any Room

The Bahia loft, Diego Alejandro Design<p>Losing sight of your emotional goal is a mistake often cited when homeowners choose the wrong color for a room. …

Home Decorating

Suburbia Wall Storage

If you’re in need of wall storage and haven’t yet fallen in love with the Uten.Silo ($395), then maybe you’ll like the Suburbia by Seletti. When …

Design

The Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips

Small-space gardening expert Isabelle Palmer shares her guidelines for growing the best plants indoors.<p>If bringing some much-needed green into your home has been a challenge, follow these guidelines from indoor-gardening expert and Isabelle Palmer, whose recent book <i>The House Gardener</i> offers …

Organization Motivation: 101+ Tips, Ideas & Inspirations to Get You Going

(Image credit: Stephanie Strickland)<p>Don't give up! Getting organized is an ongoing process. Even when you've made good progress, there often is still …

Motivation

Three Unique Color Combinations To Enhance Your Interior

I love a good color combination, don’t you?! Yet finding one that is both interesting and pleasing can be tricky. Sure, you may discover a dynamic …

Top Pin of the Day: A Colorful, Retro-Inspired Living Room

Today's top pin is a colorful living room with retro style. For more inspiring photos and ideas, follow us on Pinterest.<p>Bright color and dynamic patterns bring the white living room alive in a New Jersey beach house. The Moroccan poufs are a signature of designer Mona Ross Berman. "I use them a lot …

How To Decorate With Black and White

From zig-zags to stripes, the timeless color combination was snapped by some of our favorite tastemakers on Instagram.<p>Chicago-based interior designer Alessandra Branca uses a black-and-white chevron pattern constructed out of custom concrete tiles as a backsplash in a kitchen.<p>From the upholstered …

Interior Design

Organize! 12 Functional & Darling DIY Projects For Your Desk

(Image credit: Camille Styles )<p>Whether you command a table in your home for work or you're stuck behind a desk all day in an office, there's no …

Crafting

Recharge & Refresh: 8 Ideas for a Home that Wakes You Up & Keeps You Going

Do drooping eyelids and a brain that takes too long to wake up keep you from achieving morning routine bliss? Do you wish you had more energy to …

Coffee Brewing

14 Colorful Ideas for Your Bathroom

Don't overlook this space in your house.<p>Don't overlook this space in your house — add some color, whether it's through tile, wallpaper, or even your towels.

Interior Design

From Wall to Wow: 65+ DIY Projects to Spice Up a Boring Wall

(Image credit: Vintage Revivals)<p>A blank (or boring) wall can stick out like a sore thumb in your home. But what to do? Paint it an accent color? …

Wall Art

Pull It Off: 5 Ways to Create More Harmony in Double-Duty Rooms

Some rooms feel busy and hectic. Unfocused and confusing. This unpleasant feeling can be the result of having a room that has multiple uses — like …

Living Rooms

Small Space Solutions: How To Finally Clear Out the Clutter

(Image credit: Alexis Buryk)<p>Living in a small space is a little bit like wearing a really tight pair of pants to dinner: you can still overindulge, …

Minimalism

The ancient art of burying your dog

Some of the earliest hints of the shared living places of humans and dogs are actually are their dying places<p>A large corner cabinet, carefully dusted and arranged, announced the centrality of dogs to this modest stone home in central Texas. The humans living here, a couple in their early sixties, …

Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections

Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation's obstetricians say.<p>The new guidelines on reducing cesarean deliveries are aimed at first-time mothers, according to the American College of Obstetricians …

This Is What Happens When You Replace The Women In Ads With Men

Sex appeal looks pretty different when you turn it around.

Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars

In the summer of 2012, twenty-one feminist bloggers and online activists gathered at Barnard College for a meeting that would soon become infamous. …

Feminist History Lesson: Who Gloria Steinem Is And Why She's An Awesome Role Model

Feminism