| Jun 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When the tires on their Dodge Caravan had worn so thin that the steel belts were showing through, Don and Florence Cherry couldn't afford to buy a new set.
So they decided to rent instead.
The Rich Square, N.C., couple last September agreed to pay...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 7:59 PM
KODIAK, Alaska — On a cool evening before the onset of winter, beer drinkers met to toast to the latest installation of the Kodiak Island Brewing Co. With Xtratuf boots and windbreakers still on, these craft-brew lovers sampled the likes of Liquid...
| Apr 7, 2013
Forget about learning the state capitals, at least, as the sum total of your knowledge of geography.
"Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists — that was school geography," said Daniel Edelson, vice president for...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 4:22 PM
KALONA, Iowa — A white van, its sides covered with the words Kalona By-Ways Tours, sits parked in front of an Amish country store, a steady stream of plainly dressed men and women coming and going.
"I call this the Amish Wal-Mart," tour guide...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 5:59 PM
As the nation's independent bookstores fight for their lives in the bare-knuckle scrum that is modern publishing commerce, all eyes are on Winnetka.
"Oh yes," said Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Bookseller's Association. "I am very, very aware of the...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 10:48 AM
For the average American, $770 is no small sum. But that’s how much they’ll each shell out on average for Christmas gifts this year.
That’s roughly the equivalent of three iPhone 5 smartphones, with tax.
Consumers have boosted...
| Mar 17, 2013
— He dropped out of north suburban Richmond-Burton Community High School, and a few years later Andy Turco found himself staining decks in the summer, plowing snow in the winter and going without work for a month or two in between.
| Oct 20, 2012
| 2:15 PM
As state investigators began looking into serious allegations of misconduct involving Renee Thornton in 2007, the human services employee was told to turn in her ID badge, return her office keys and stay home.
She didn't go back to work for more than...
| May 22, 2013
| 1:52 PM
More people are ditching their home phones and relying on their cell phones only.
So, how do you know what kind of phone and plan you need?
One of the best ways to get acquainted with the wide variety of phones is to go to the websites of phone plan...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 4:52 PM
"Whole grain" has become a healthy eating buzz phrase, and food companies aren't shy about using it to entice us to buy products. Browse the bread, cereal or chip aisles of your favorite grocery store, and you'll see the upsell.
Last year, nearly 3,...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:05 AM
A two-year study of more than 1,200 seafood samples by Oceana, an environmental advocacy group, found that a third of seafood sold in grocery stores and restaurants is mislabeled, the group announced Thursday.
DNA testing of seafood samples between 2010...