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    You're covered: 4 unusual homeowners claims you didn't think would ever happen

    (BPT) - Homeowners insurance is a practical investment to help protect you, your family and your property in the event of unforeseen and unexpected losses. Traditionally, it’s associated with fire damage, burst or leaking pipes, or stolen property, but occasionally it covers unusual events that make for sensational news stories and viral videos.Here are four claims homeowners never thought would happen to them.1. Bear B&BBears are notoriously curious and intelligent creatures that also have an acute sense of smell.People who live in areas with bears for neighbors must not entice them with the aromas of food. Keep doors and windows on ground floors closed and locked while cooking or if you leave the house. A bear can easily get through the screen of an open window or manipulate a lever-like door handle to enter your home and cause significant damage.“Encountering a bear inside your home would be a very frightening experience,” says Christopher O’Rourke, Vice President of Property Claims at Mercury Insurance. “Safety should be your first priority, so call your local police or animal control station to have them help you with the situation. You can worry about any potential damages after the animal leaves the residence, because your homeowners policy will most likely cover any damage to your home (though not your personal property), unless of course the bear is a family pet.”2. The sky is fallingChina’s Tiangong-1 space station plummeted back to Earth and made its re-entry into the atmosphere earlier this year, breaking apart over the southern Pacific Ocean. The odds of debris from the space station hitting you were less than one in 1 trillion, according to the Aerospace Corporation. If it had hit your home, though, homeowners insurance would’ve covered it.3. Your house is stolenYes, you read that correctly. Your homeowners insurance will cover the entire house, not just the contents inside, if it is stolen.O’Rourke explains, “We had an insured who was away on vacation and when he returned the foundation of his home was all that remained.“A house moving company had mixed up the address with another house down the street that was scheduled to be moved. The movers came in, transported the house to another location and thought their job was done — wrong!“You can only imagine his surprise at the mistake. While homeowners insurance covered the cost of getting things restored back to normal, I would suspect this was one of the strangest situations any insurer has ever encountered,” says O’Rourke.4. Fore!Golf is a leisurely pastime enjoyed by millions in the U.S. It involves strolling across greens and riding in golf carts, so its slow pace may seem low-risk, but it can actually be quite dangerous. According to an article in Golf Digest magazine, nearly 40,000 golfers are admitted to emergency rooms annually after being injured while playing, most by errant golf balls and flying club heads.Recreational golfers can also cause a lot of damage to personal property. If you live on a golf course, your house has probably been hit many times by errant shots — breaking windows, damaging roofs and leaving divots in exterior walls.So, who’s responsible for these injuries and damage?“Simply put, the golfer who hit the shot is responsible,” says O’Rourke. “There is good news, however, because recreational golfers would be covered by a homeowners, condo owners or renters insurance policy for damage or injuries that result from the wayward shot.”Mercury recommends reviewing your homeowners insurance policy annually with your local insurance agent to ensure that you’re adequately covered for any unforeseen losses, both unusual and ordinary.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    How to Defeat Clogged Drains

    (StatePoint) Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, clogged drains are likely to affect your bathroom and kitchen sinks every so often as a result of soap residue, hair and skin flakes, food particles, dirt and accumulated gunk.

  • Home Improvement

    Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’

    (Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

Top Story

The Road to a Healthy Smile

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -As much as we all love having a healthy smile and gums, a new national survey reveals many U.S. adults miss the mark when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums, putting them at risk for periodontal disease, which affects one in every two adults over age 30. 

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Monday 07/16/2018
Teen Driver Contest Highlights Tire Safety
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:53 pm

(NewsUSA) - Teaching teens to drive can be a hair-raising experience for any parent. And while driver's education classes can help focus kids' attention on the rules of the road and basic etiquette while behind the wheel, they need to put their education into action on the road.

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Youth Learn the Dollars and Cents of Agriculture this Fair Season
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:53 pm

(NewsUSA) - For students around the country, summer vacation may be in full swing, but for many, that hasn't kept them from learning - especially those interested in a career in agriculture.

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6 ideas to get cash for college, even if it's the last minute
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:53 pm

(BPT) - When your student is about to embark on their college career, it’s an exciting new chapter in their young life that would make any parent proud.

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A different approach to preventing child abuse
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm

(BPT) - Research shows that child abuse and neglect affects households across the country, and a majority of Americans view it as a public health problem and acknowledge that it is an issue in their community. In fact, a recent national survey by Research!America shows that 44 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 42 percent of Hispanics and 40 percent of African-Americans say they know someone who has experienced child abuse and neglect.

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5 ways to make your pooch's mealtime more enjoyable
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:59 pm

(BPT) - Dogs and their owners have many things in common, but perhaps one of the biggest commonalities is that they both love to eat! When preparing meals for your four-legged family members, it’s important for the meal to be packed with flavor and nutrients, and to create a dining experience they enjoy and look forward to. Help give your pets the ultimate mealtime experience with these tips:

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How Free Technology Can Improve Teamwork
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 4:00 pm

(NAPSI)—If you own or work for a small to midsize business, you’re far from alone. Such companies represent 95 percent of all firms and 63 percent of total employment.

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Five Tips To Help You Ace Personal Finance 101
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(NAPSI)—Managing money as a college student can be challenging—with juggling tuition, room and board, books and everyday expenses, costs can quickly add up. Money is often tight and income limited. What's more, for many, college is a time when they may be managing their money for the first time, not to mention with the added financial stress of looming student debt.

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Head-to-Toe Baby Care Tips for Parents
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(StatePoint) Caring for a baby is one of the toughest jobs. However, certain innovations are helping new and veteran parents do so with confidence.

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Friday 07/13/2018
5 fantastic energy-boosting snacks for fitness success
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:58 pm

(BPT) - As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.

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High Cholesterol? The Right Treatment Can Help You Avoid Cardiovascular Events Like Heart Attack or Stroke
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm

(BPT) - This article is sponsored advertising content from Amgen, Inc.

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5 tiny house inspired tips to help you live comfortably in a small living space
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm

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8 things you didn't know about pancakes
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season and Other Storm Emergencies?
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(StatePoint) Hurricane season is in full swing, running from June through November. Unfortunately, no one can stop a tropical storm or hurricane from happening and both types of weather events are increasingly impacting larger portions of the U.S. However, there are steps you can take that will help you weather a storm and better ensure the safety of your family.

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Shopping Ahead Can Save You Money: What to Know
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(StatePoint) Every procrastinator is familiar with the downsides of last-minute shopping -- parking woes, stress-induced headaches and paying premiums for needed items. But these hassles and expenses are avoidable, say experts.

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Download Before You Go This Summer
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July

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Prevent Pets from Fleeing in Fright
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) Summer social gatherings and celebrations involving fireworks can add up to a lot of fun for humans, but it’s an equation that may test the limits for a fearful pet. The break in day-to-day consistency and the chaos that comes with festivities can cause pets to escape in search of solace, which often times results in them leaving their loved ones behind.

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Pursue Your Travel Passions
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) Ask nearly any person about his or her dream trip and watch a smile appear as the perfect personal excursion is described. Now, ask why the trip has yet to happen, and time and money will be the likely culprits.

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4 Feline Summer Health and Safety Tips
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) Summer may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend.

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Giving for Good: Make an impact in your community
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Make an impact in your community

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Caring for Caregivers
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

How to prevent caregiver burnout

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5 Tips for Bringing Your Pet to Work this Summer
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) During the summer months, many employers plan events and switch up work schedules to give their team members a break to enjoy some fun in the sun. Extra days off, summer hours and company picnics are just a few of the ways employers create an enjoyable environment for their employees.

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Hatching a Plan
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) Providing a comfortable environment for chickens can allow them to express normal behaviors and lead healthier lives. As part of its “Commitment to Animal Care,” Perdue

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Thursday 07/12/2018
Top 4 grilling tips to kick off National Grilling Month!
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:58 pm

(BPT) - National Grilling Month is here, making it the perfect time to enjoy outdoor barbecues with friends and family and trying out brand new recipes with savory pork favorites.

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Los cuatro consejos más destacados para celebrar el Mes de la Parrilla
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(BPT) - El Mes de la Parrilla llegó, el momento perfecto para disfrutar de barbacoas al aire libre con amigos y familiares; y experimentar con apetecibles nuevas recetas y nuestros platos favoritos hechos con carne de cerdo.

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Quick DIY home improvement projects
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:59 pm

(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours or even days to complete. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can finish in under two hours.

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4 tips for better vacation pictures
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 4:00 pm

(BPT) - Whether your vacation takes you on a hiking adventure in the mountains, to the beach, to explore a new city or vineyards, chances are you will end up with a bunch of photos.

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Watch what you heat: 5 kitchen safety tips
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:58 pm

(BPT) - Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Dinnertime dilemmas from real moms [Infographic]
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

(BPT) - Back-to-school season creates dinnertime dilemmas for moms, from added stress to navigating expectations, as well as the increasing impact of technology use during meals. With the launch of new RAGÚ® Simply, the flavorful pasta sauce made with 100 percent olive oil and no added sugar, the brand connected with real moms across America to explore the impact of the back-to-school season on weeknight mealtime. The study revealed how moms, especially millennial moms with young children, feel about the everyday dinner experience.

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3 ways to cool down with ice cream during National Ice Cream Month
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

(BPT) - Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? To celebrate, Blue Ribbon Classics® has come up with three cool twists on summertime favorite dishes and treats to enjoy with your family and friends. All recipes start with Blue Ribbon Classics® ice cream flavors, available at mass retailers nationwide.

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6 dorm room essentials for a comfortable college experience
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm

(BPT) - Across the country, high school graduates are filled with anticipation as they prepare for their first year of college. For many, this means moving out of their parents’ house and into a dorm. While dorm rooms typically have tight quarters, this doesn't mean you can't make it feel a little like home sweet home.

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Stop Summer Brain Drain With These Great Tips
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 4:00 pm

(NAPSI)—If any of the estimated 51 million schoolkids in America is one you care about, here’s something that is important for you to know: While your children are enjoying a vacation from school, they may be forgetting some of what they learned, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the “summer brain drain.”

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Energy Savers that Make ‘Cents’
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

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Savory Summer Entertaining
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

(Family Features) Flavorful foods and cold drinks are the focal points of just about any summer gathering. Create a party atmosphere that can stand out by adding a bit of island infusion to both bites and beverages so your warm-weather soiree can soar to new heights.

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7 Ways to Create a High-Tech, Healthy Home
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(Family Features) Home technology devices have come a long way, and many homeowners are discovering that their features aren’t just for convenience and comfort. A growing number of technology-enabled home features promote a healthier living space for you and your family.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:56 pm

(Family Features) Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

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Ideas for an On-Trend Bathroom
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(Family Features) Bringing an outdated bathroom into the now is a sure way to infuse value and personal enjoyment into your home.

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5 Ways to Give Your Body a Boost Inside and Out
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(Family Features) Balancing work and life is no small proposition, and when things heat up, it can be easy to let your normal self-care habits slide. While a busy lifestyle may not allow for luxurious weekly trips to the spa to rejuvenate, you can still steal moments to promote the wellbeing of your mind and body.

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Home Improvements with High ROI
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(Family Features) If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the new space. However, if you’re looking to add true value to your home, it’s important to consider which projects are likely to bring the greatest return on your investment.

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Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:57 pm

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

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5 Ways to Set Up the Ultimate Workstation for Kids
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:53 pm

(StatePoint) This school year, you can help set up your kids for success. It’s all about having the perfect study zone at home. Here are five cool ideas for creating a workspace for kids that will promote great study habits and inspire learning.

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Pop Up Sweet Treats
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

(Family Features) When the weather is warm and it’s time for a sweet treat, look for seasonal goodies that complement summertime fun. For example, reach for an option like whole-grain, fluffy and crisp popcorn which can be an easy, DIY snack.

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Good-for-You Meals with Grape Taste
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) When it comes to balancing heart-healthy meals with appealing flavors, it’s important to lean on nutritious ingredients that pack mouthwatering taste. For example, grapes are a delicious yet subtle way to incorporate a little something extra into your diet while adding a juicy burst of flavor.

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Add a Splash of Flavor to Your Summer
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Asian-inspired small plates for the entire family

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Make Summer Sweeter with Fresh Cherries
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm

(Family Features) Summer and cherries seem to go hand-in-hand, and using fresh fruits can help boost seasonal food and drink recipes.

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Authentic Italian Cuisine Featuring Pesto
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

(Family Features) One of the best times of each day is gathering with family members to enjoy home-cooked meals. Using fresh and versatile ingredients, adults can be at ease that everyone is eating right with a nutritious dinner and kids are eating something delicious and relaxing each evening.

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Smoke and Spice
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

6 flavor pairings to amp up summer grilling

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Host a Better-for-You Barbecue
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:55 pm

(Family Features) A traditional backyard barbecue is typically filled with a wide array of tempting foods that make it hard to keep a healthy eating plan on track. With a few simple modifications to your menu, you can transform your grilling party into a spread of better-for-you foods you can still enjoy.

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Wednesday 07/11/2018
One school's impact on the city of Chicago
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 4:00 pm

(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the “hog butcher of the world,” and the “nation’s freight handler.” The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years.

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Crowdfunding Opp Opens Door to Invest in Music Innovation
Updated: July 17, 2018 - 3:53 pm

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, Inc., a pioneer in the music technology industry, is offering forward-looking investors a chance to get involved in the future of music.

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