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  • Got your driver's permit? Top 5 things to know about your car.

    You have your driver’s permit? Congratulations. You've learned the rules of the road and earned the right to drive. But there's a lot more to driving. If you want to drive safely and save money, you have to know how to keep your car properly maintained. One of our recent surveys at found that two-thirds of parents of teen drivers rated their teen's basic knowledge of car maintenance as "somewhat or completely clueless," or "average." Teens can use online resources on our site or other websites to learn more. Here are five car maintenance and repair tips to get you started:

  • 10 best books for readers ages 7 to 9

    Ten delightful literary adventures for young readers aged 7 to 9.

  • Opinion 8 ways to find common ground

    Gridlock plagues Washington. Polarizing soundbytes get constant play in the 24/7 news cycle. The culture wars rage on. But these Monitor op-ed writers suggest there’s more common ground than meets the eye. Here are eight powerful perspectives on the possibilities for meeting in the middle.

  • Bestselling books the week of 2/16/12, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • Five outrageously pricey pooches

    Malachy the Pekingese won Best in Show at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club dog show Tuesday, receiving a silver cup, a raft of media appearance, and the promise of breeding fees. But the crowd-pleasing champion has nothing on these five uber-expensive dogs. Most of us think our furry best friends are priceless (author included). But some dog lovers are willing and able to put their money where their heart is. Here's our list of five pricey pooches. Can you guess which breed took the top spot, and at what price?

  • 'The Phantom Menace': Six other 3-D re-releases to look for

    'The Phantom Menace' and 'Beauty and the Beast' were just the beginning of old movies that will be new again

  • Valentine's Day: cost of romance rising for flower delivery, 4 other things

    When you arrange for flower delivery or take a special someone out for dinner this Valentine's Day, it'll cost more than it did a year ago. That's the cold hard fact about a warmhearted and festive day, according official US inflation data.But the rising cost may actually be a relatively small one: Those chocolate or flower prices haven't been rising at gas-pump-fast rates. Here's the official inflation tally of five common Valentine's Day activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • China's Vice President Xi is in town: what 6 international newspapers say

    Chinese Vice President and presumed leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping is visiting the United States this week. From the increased US militarization of the Asia-Pacific region to China’s human rights record, newspapers across the globe are chiming in with their opinions and expectations for this high-profile visit. Here are a sample of six:

  • Black History Month: Five major events and figures

    Black History Month is the annual celebration of the struggles, achievements and overall contribution African-Americans have made to the US.

  • Whitney Houston: Her Grammy wins

    The singer dominated album sales and received many award nominations during her heyday – here are the songs and albums that got her Grammy Awards.

  • Five budget realities no politician will talk about (not even Ron Paul)

    Ron Paul deserves credit for making the boldest proposals of any candidate in the presidential race. The astonishing reality of the federal government’s budget situation, however, is that even his plans might not be enough to keep Uncle Sam out of bankruptcy. While President Obama offers a $3.8 trillion budget that optimistically might cut the federal deficit to $575 billion by 2018, federal data suggest the United States is already broke. The Federal Reserve estimates that the net value of all private assets, including real estate, stocks, bonds, businesses, cash, etc., is $57 trillion. But the Treasury Department estimates the federal government’s net worth is a negative $61 trillion. Here are five budget realities that no candidate wants to acknowledge:

  • Susan B. Anthony: 10 quotes on her birthday

    10 quotes from influential women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

  • What makes a planet livable? Five things scientists look for.

    Scientists have so far detected at least 550 planets outside the solar system – and another 2,000-plus await confirmation. But how to pick out the ones that may be Earth-like havens for life? Here's what one team looks for in assessing any planet's potential habitability and its similarity to Earth's properties. 

  • London: 8 stories from its residents

    8 Londoners tell their stories about living in the city that will host the Olympics.

  • Abraham Lincoln: 15 favorite quotes on his birthday

    February 12th marks the 203rd birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Here are some favorite Lincoln quotes. 

  • Bullish on jobs? These 10 cities are.

    Our list of the 10 metro areas that saw the most job growth in 2011 might surprise you.

  • Ali Wentworth: 8 stories from an inside-the-Beltway childhood

    From her new memoir 'Ali in Wonderland,' the actress and comedian shares memories of her Washington D.C. upbringing and later life as a wife and mother.

  • Valentine's Day: Three new love stories

    Three couples risk it all in three great new novels

  • Thomas Alva Edison: 10 quotes on his birthday

    To commemorate Thomas Alva Edison's 165th birthday on February 11, here are 10 favorite Edison quotes.

  • No Child Left Behind waivers: five ways education will change

    President Obama announced the first 10 states to receive waivers from certain aspects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal education law on Thursday. Here’s a look at some ways they are pushing for progress through the flexibility granted by the waivers.

  • 10 most intriguing tablets of 2012

    From the inevitable iPad 3 to the mysterious Google Nexus tablet, here are the 10 tablets to watch in 2012.

  • Valentine's Day: 10 literary lessons in love

    From 'Much Ado About Loving' by Jack Murnighan and Maura Kelly, 10 lessons in love from literary classics.

  • Who is Spain's Judge Baltasar Garzón? Five key questions answered.

    Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón was found guilty today on charges of illegal wiretapping and abuse of power. Garzón is known as a “super judge” because of the high profile human rights cases he has overseen internationally. 

  • Upheaval in the Maldives: 4 things you should know

    The Maldives, an archipelago nation best known for its beaches and resorts, is suddenly making headlines after its president stepped down amid protests.  What's going on in the Maldives?

  • Myanmar's about-face: 5 recent reforms

    Since 1962, Myanmar's dictatorship has jailed the opposition, beat up monks, denied aid to disaster victims, and run scorched-earth campaigns against ethnic minorities. That may be changing, however. Here are five key changes the regime has made in just a matter of months.

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