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Invisible ‘air umbrella’ pushes away rain

NANJING, China - A new product may eliminate the stress of having umbrellas rendered useless by strong gusts of wind.

October 24, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Churches have important role to play in boosting breast cancer awareness among African-Americans

"Think pink" is America's mantra in October, as breast cancer awareness takes center stage in sports stadiums, advertising campaigns and even religious worship services.

October 24, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics

8 tips for a smooth family morning routine

Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I'm behind before I've even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family's routine will leave you smiling.

October 24, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How daydreaming helped one woman go from receptionist to music executive in three years

Erica Grayson got a job as a receptionist in the music industry when she was 20. By the time she turned 23, she was a record executive leading the way in entertainment.

October 24, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Man charged with molesting three young children

A Savannah man was arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted three young children in Effingham County.

October 23, 2014 | Staff report | Crime Reports

Effingham jobless rate drops to 6.1 percent

ATLANTA – Effingham County's unemployment rate shrank in September, even as the labor force grew, according to Georgia Department of Labor statistics.

October 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business

Spencer, well-traveled flag find a home at Moon River

The flag has been in Trenton Spencer's go bag all across the globe.

October 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Resiliency in children: Helping your child foster inner grit

Resiliency is a fascinating subject of study pertinent to parenting. Children who are able to rebound from adversities are healthier psychologically and show better outcomes academically and socially, so it's in their best interest to develop a sense of inner grit.

October 23, 2014 | Whitney Barrell Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Evangelical Christian pastors frame environmentalism in religious terms

For the past five years, Mitch Hescox has served as president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For 18 years before that, he served as a local church pastor. And for 14 years before that, he worked in America's coal industry.

October 23, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics

10 powerful mantras to help you when you're down

Ultimately, each of us is responsible for our own happiness. Sometimes it's easy to be happy, but the challenges of life often make happiness seem elusive. One way to keep going even when things are difficult is to think positively. Mantras can help. Here are 10 phrases to motivate and lift you when you're feeling down.

October 23, 2014 | Amy Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Mom calls out Toys R Us for selling fake drugs with 'Breaking Bad' action figures

Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Fort Myers, Florida, has created a petition against the popular toy store Toys R Us for selling action figures of the characters from AMC's "Breaking Bad."

October 23, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Ask a therapist: How to find a good counselor

As a therapist and as owner of The Marriage and Family Clinic in Denver, CO, I get a lot of calls from people who want to set up appointments. Sometimes, people call just to set up an appointment and don't have many questions. Other times, people call because they've had a bad experience and want to change counselors. And, sometimes, people call just to get information.

October 22, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Have a soda — and a 50-minute run

A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.

October 22, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Harnessing what happens when curiosity lights up the brain

Arousing a person's curiosity lights up the brain in ways that appear to enhance both learning and memory, according to researchers at the University of California at Davis, offering help to parents and teachers as they work with children.

October 22, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

3 reasons why “because I said so” is the wrong answer

As a parent, it can be exasperating when your kids question your authority. You have a set of rules and you expect them to be followed, but there's no avoiding the inevitable question, "why?" In fact, you're lucky if that's all the defiance you get. In a more likely scenario, you might find tantrums, shouting matches or maybe even threats to run away.

October 22, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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Helicopter parenting across the class divide

Parents in well-to-do Bethesda, Maryland, don't love their children any more than parents in cash-strapped Cabin Creek, West Virginia. But the latter group of moms and dads are likely to spend less time reading to their kids or chauffeuring them to "enriching" extracurricular activities.

August 17, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

3 easy tips to keep gadgets from interfering in your marriage

I remember when I got my first cell phone. My parents gave it to me when I was a teenager. "It's for emergencies," they told me. It was big and bulky and so it stayed in my car's glove box most of the time where no one could call me. And I liked it that way.

August 17, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Lying: the natural order of things

A few years ago, my colleagues and I did an experiment to test what induces people to lie - or tell the truth. Click here (registration required) to see the full experiment.

August 16, 2014 | Joseph Grenny Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The attention gap: Why did we forget about the kidnapped Nigerian girls?

In late April, news hit American audiences that the 300 girls at a Nigerian school had been kidnapped by the now-notorious terrorist group Boko Haram, and outrage ensued - headlines, hashtags, celebrity outcry.

August 16, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Dinner with the kids matters, but how do you get the conversation rolling?

Research says the family dinner is a very good thing, but when you're sitting around the table, how do you get the conversation rolling? It's a challenge that books and newspaper articles are starting to tackle.

August 16, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The American Dream: is it getting out of reach?

According to a recent analysis done by USA Today, the American Dream carries a price tag of $130,000 a year. The annual breakdown includes essentials like groceries at $12,659, a 4WD SUV and other associated vehicle costs at $11,039. Extras include things like vacations, entertainment, internet and cellphone for a combined total of $17,009. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, as quoted in the USA Today article, only 16 million U.S. households - one in eight altogether - earned enough to qualify.

August 16, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Boycott the playdate? Why not just do it right?

One blogger dad is calling for a boycott of playdates, at least for what the playdate has become among modern parents.

August 16, 2014 | Erin Stewart Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Movies for kids don’t need profanity

When you've been at this as long as I have - writing about movies, that is - you occasionally find yourself on a treadmill of repetition. This is one of those times.

August 16, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Divorce: When enough is enough

Every couple fights. Most of the time these fights don't last too long, and you get back to a happy relationship soon enough. But sometimes these fights last longer. A lot longer. It can last for so long that it even seems like you fight more than you actually get along.

August 15, 2014 | Aaron Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Tired of meetings? Here are some tips for keeping them short and productive

Throughout my career, I've had a love/hate relationship with one unavoidable part of the average office worker's life: meetings.

August 15, 2014 | Greg Kratz Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Man who shot at deputies indicted

A convicted felon who fired shots at two Effingham County deputies was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on attempted murder and other charges.

August 15, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

When it comes to family, blood is thicker than fighting over a toy

The nature of the relationship between my two oldest children might best be described by the words of Charles Dickens in "A Tale of Two Cities": "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

August 15, 2014 | Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Gourmet French Macarons

"GOURMET FRENCH MACARONS: Over 75 Unique Flavors and Festive Shapes," by Mindy Cone, Front Table Books, $24.99, 272 pages

August 15, 2014 | David Rappleye Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Number of children being raised solely by grandparents doubled

The number of children being raised by their grandparents shot up, doubling from 2000's 2.4 million to 4.9 million in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures.

August 15, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Restaurants in hot water over religion-related discounts

Mary's Gourmet Diner is now famous for more than stone-ground grits and its Apple Butter Baby. The North Carolina restaurant made the national news over the weekend after a picture of a receipt showing the diner's prayer discount went viral.

August 15, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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