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Infographic: Ukraine tries to block Russian humanitarian aid convoy

A huge Russian convoy left Moscow Aug. 12 and is headed for the eastern Ukrainian border. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, it carries humanitarian aid supplies for rebel fighters in Crimea in cooperation with the International Red Cross (IRC). The accompanying infographic shows a rundown of the possible routes and the supplies it carries.

August 25, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


10 things you're not doing that could add up to big savings

Stress and worry over financial issues can cause a lot of problems within the family. Regardless of your financial situation, simply being aware of your money can add a measure of self-control to your life that is priceless. One common theme in most attempts to save money is an element of patience. Challenge yourself to employ these techniques and watch as you become more patient and your finances become more manageable.

August 25, 2014 | Deborah Goodman Deseret News National | Hot Topics


1 in 9 girls in developing countries marry before age 15 and here's what to do about it

Destaye was 11 years old when she was married.

August 25, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Elvis Blu-rays lead vintage titles on video

A pair of Elvis Presley Blu-rays leads a bevy of vintage titles on home video this week.

August 25, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Have You Seen This? Cat in burglar training

CATTINGTON - If you spend any time around a cat, you know two things: 1) Cats like to be places you don't want them to be, and 2) Cats are wily and creative, not unlike a ninja, in getting to those places.

August 25, 2014 | Martha Ostergar Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Vintage ‘Westworld,’ ‘Bronco’ TV series on DVD

The two much sought-after vintage TV series "Beyond Westworld" and "Bronco" have been released on DVD for the first time by the manufacture-on-demand Warner Archive label.

August 25, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics


I'm not a perfect mom

I sat in church Sunday with a group of women when one woman raised her hand and humbly, with emotion in her voice, explained she was a terrible mom because she was losing her cool with her kids so often lately.

August 25, 2014 | Kate Rose Lee Deseret News National | Hot Topics


10 reasons dad should take paternity leave

Paternity leave isn't just for mothers. Fathers, too, have been known to take days or weeks off after having a new baby.

August 25, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics


What not to think when a loved one is battling postpartum depression

Many people had a similar reaction this week to the news of Robin Williams' death and to the fact that he had been living with depression for years. Like I did, they thought, "I had no idea he was struggling with that."

August 25, 2014 | Erin Stewart Deseret News National | Hot Topics


How books can help good kids turn into great adults

Matthew de la Peña knows what a profound impact literature can have on kids. As an author of young-adult fiction, he can talk all about how books like "The House on Mango Street" made him a reader by showing him diverse, non-white characters he identified with.

August 24, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Infographic: Google building a modular cellphone for those who can’t afford one

Project Ara is Google's idea to bring smartphones to billions of people around the world who cannot currently afford them. The accompanying infographic shows how its modular construction allows for individual components such as a camera or battery that can be swapped out when broken or out of date rather than the current predicament of having to purchase a whole new phone.

August 24, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


5 tips on teaching loyalty among siblings

For the most part, siblings fight over every little thing. Perhaps a little boy wants to play basketball with his older brother but is ignored or pushed away. Siblings want to join the same club at school, but only one is chosen. One sibling spends more time in the shower holding up the others. Even though arguments among siblings are common and inevitable, it is important for kids to understand how imperative loyalty is within their relationship.

August 24, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko Deseret News National | Hot Topics


The Empty Candy Dish

My grandmother lived in an upstairs attic apartment, right across from an old flour mill that clanked continuously day and night. That made conversation hard, because she was old and growing deaf and I was young and too impatient to ever say anything twice. And she never put any candy in her candy dish.

August 24, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


A Look at Updated Test Questions for Your Driver's Exam, or All of the Above

During school hours, when children are in class, how loud are you allowed to honk your horn? A. Not above the drone of the teachers. B. Not at all. C. It doesn't matter; the kids are all playing on their iPads and won't notice a thing around them.

August 24, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Infographic: Death toll, tensions soar in eastern Ukraine

In the last two weeks, the civilian death toll in the Crimea conflict has almost doubled from the previous four months. The accompanying infographic shows the most recent state of the rift.

August 24, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics


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Pumpkin Spice Granola is a healthy fall treat

It seems as soon as the fall season comes around, the pumpkin recipes are everywhere. While I love the pumpkin cakes and cookies as much or more as the next person, sometimes I want to have my pumpkin and feel good about eating it, too.

October 25, 2014 | Tara Creel Deseret News National | Hot Topics


How to use humor to avoid an argument

According to the dictionary, humor is defined as a "condition of the mind, mental state, disposition, temperament or feeling." In other words, humor can be good or bad; however, there is no doubt that an attitude of seeing life with good humor helps us in our everyday routines. Good humor helps family life, love life and professional life.

October 25, 2014 | Chris Ayres Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Bionic eye lets blind see light

DURHAM, N.C. - A video of a man seeing light for the first time in 30 years is bringing tears to the eyes of many.

October 25, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics


Lower gas prices could mean economic impact down the road

Prices at the pump have dropped to four-year lows, saving consumers cash but making economists uneasy.

October 25, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News National | Hot Topics


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


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


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