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Five tips for conserving water at home
PASADENA — Here in dry, dusty Southern California, dealing with the worst drought in state history has become the “new normal.” In my home, we’ve cut back on showers and watering the lawn. Banners declaring “Be Water Wise!” stretch above streets. Gov. Jerry Brown recently ordered mandat...
By Solvej Schou The Associated Press FULL STORY
Help plants grow up by staking them properly
“Grow up.” That’s what I tell some of my plants. Upright plants, bathed in air, are less apt to get fungal diseases, and those bearing fruit — tomatoes, for example — are less likely to have their fruits attacked by slugs and turtles. And of course, flowers that stand tall stare boldly...
By Lee Reich The Associated Press FULL STORY
New floral prints can bring spring indoors
Floral motifs pop up every spring in home-furnishing collections, and after a long winter they’re always a welcome sight. But this year, there seem to be more of them than ever, and they feel particularly fresh. New York interior designer Elaine Griffin says it began a few seasons back with a mov...
By Kim Cook The Associated Press FULL STORY
This day in history
In 1533, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, declared the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid. In 1892, the Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco. In 1912, the Senate Commerce Committee issued its report on the Titanic disaster that cited a “state of absol...

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Ex-US Speaker indicted over $3.5 million in payments
CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of former U.S. House Speaker De..
Former NY GOP governor Pataki in the race for president
EXETER, N.H. — George Pataki, the 9/11-era New York governor who achieved electoral success as a R..
Carter seeks ways to improve Iraq training, equipping
SINGAPORE — U.S. military leaders are searching for ways to bolster the Iraqi forces following the..
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