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  • Five ways Americans are coping with $4 a gallon gas prices

    Five ways Americans are coping with $4 a gallon gas prices

    While Americans are paying an average of $3.51 per gallon to fill up their gas tanks, the average is far higher – $3.90 – in California due largely to laws requiring specific blends for emission standards. How do people cope with $4 gas prices? One is buying fewer lattes, another is following dubious web tips and filling up only in the morning. Here are five portraits of taken from two California gas stations where the prices were $4.01 and $4.11 for a gallon of regular Tuesday.

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  • The Simple Dollar Don't forget your lint trap!

    It's a small thing, but forgetting to to clean out your lint trap after a load of laundry will cost you dearly when it comes to your energy bill. But a few further steps will help your dryer run even more efficiently.

  • How Mary Blair brought synesthesia to the big screen

    How Mary Blair brought synesthesia to the big screen

    The distinctive visual style of Disney artist Mary Blair has its roots in an early-20th-century artistic movement that sought to blend sound and color.

  • Five ways Americans are coping with $4 a gallon gas prices

    Five ways Americans are coping with $4 a gallon gas prices

    While Americans are paying an average of $3.51 per gallon to fill up their gas tanks, the average is far higher – $3.90 – in California due largely to laws requiring specific blends for emission standards. How do people cope with $4 gas prices? One is buying fewer lattes, another is following dubious web tips and filling up only in the morning. Here are five portraits of taken from two California gas stations where the prices were $4.01 and $4.11 for a gallon of regular Tuesday.

  • Santa Claus? Yes and no, Virginia.

    Editor's Blog Santa Claus? Yes and no, Virginia.

    More than a century ago Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor at the old New York Sun, answered young Virginia O'Hanlon's question about Santa Claus. Wonder what he'd say today?

  • Why is it so hard for Obama to shake the Muslim myth?

    The Vote Why is it so hard for Obama to shake the Muslim myth?

    Some of the 1 in 5 Americans who believe that President Obama is a Muslim are adamant in their convictions, and continue refuting the notion – and evidence – that Obama is a practicing Christian.

  • National Day of Prayer is on, despite court ruling

    National Day of Prayer is on, despite court ruling

    President Obama has issued a National Day of Prayer proclamation but will not hold an interfaith observance at the White House, as President Bush did. The administration is appealing a ruling last month that the official day of prayer is unconstitutional.