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Are smart drugs driving Silicon Valley?

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:48am
Open the refrigerator in entrepreneur Dave Asprey's home and you may as well be at a pharmacy.

Give Your Kitchen a New Look With a Lighting Update

Lifestyles - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:47am
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(NewsUSA) - A simple, inexpensive lighting update can completely transform your kitchen from dull to dynamite.

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting design makes kitchens more functional, as well as more enjoyable, relaxing and suitable for entertaining.

"Good lighting is vitally important in kitchens," says Jeff Dross, corporate director for education and industry trends for Kichler Lighting. "Perhaps more work in the home is done in the kitchen area than any other room, and having improper lighting would be tantamount to candles in a warehouse or flashlights on a factory floor.

"Food preparation is a vital, though sometimes tedious, task performed virtually every day," Dross continues. "Cooking in a poorly illuminated space only increases the drudgery and the danger. Good lighting adds to the overall space, and increases the pleasure in using said space."

The very fact that kitchens are spaces where people spend a lot of time makes them valuable areas when reselling a home, as well. For this reason, many experts agree kitchen renovations are among the best ways to boost the value of your home. Along with bathrooms, kitchens are an integral part of the home to virtually everyone.

Unfortunately, when it comes time to updating kitchens with a new look, lighting does not always get the attention it deserves. According to Dross, this is to the detriment of home design.

"Lighting is as important a design element as wall coverings, flooring and countertops," says Dross. "It can make an average kitchen look great and elevate a fabulous design to perfection. Need to increase the visual size of a room without tearing down a wall? Add lighting above the cabinets and at the toe-kick space.

"The importance of good, high lumen output for task (under-cabinet) lighting cannot be over emphasized," Dross adds. "Wall-mounted cabinets create shadows on countertop work surfaces. The only way to alleviate those shadows (and the accompanying dark spots on the cutting board) is with under-cabinet lighting."

Another factor to keep in mind relates to energy usage, and by extension, your power bill. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that American consumers use electricity for lighting the kitchen more than any other room in the house. So, to save electricity costs, invest in energy-efficient lighting in the kitchen.

To see the most up-to-date fixtures and shades, and to consult with a professionally trained lighting expert, visit your local ALA-member retailer, or go online to americanlightingassoc.com.

Hashtag #money. The business of the pound sign

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:33am
From a tech tool to a pop culture reference, the hashtag has come a long way since it was first popularized by Twitter.

No, you can't fly drones over the White House

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:28am
In the United States, drone flying rules are pretty strict. Flying them over the White House is, naturally, out of the question.

2 dead in Home Depot incident

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:04am
Shoppers crowded into a Manhattan Home Depot store to prepare for an anticipated snowstorm streamed into the streets Sunday afternoon after an employee shot a store manager and then himself, according to NYPD spokesman Sgt. Brendan Ryan.
Categories: National News

Musicians and injuries

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:03am
Categories: National News

Unraveling the myth of the American West

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:02am
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The week in 32 photos

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:02am
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2015 SAG Awards: Winners

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:01am
See all the winners from the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Categories: National News

See what teen invented using Legos

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:52am
Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old inventor, created a braille printer using Legos. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
Categories: National News

Robber forces woman into trunk

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:50am
Police are searching for a man who robbed a woman and forced her into her trunk. CNN affiliate KTVT has the story.
Categories: National News

Student bodyslams teacher in class

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:49am
A fight between a teacher and a student is caught on camera. CNN affiliate WPIX reports.
Categories: National News

Best dad ever builds backyard luge track

CNN World - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:33am
A Saskatoon dad has built a luge track in his backyard, and the neighborhood kids are understandably flocking to the site. CBC News has more.
Categories: International News

Pageantry, military might on display in India

CNN World - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:33am
President Obama attended the Indian Republic Day Parade where the country's armed forces are showcased.
Categories: International News

Greece's new anti-austerity government worries markets

Business News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:29am
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Radio and TV talk show pioneer dies

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:24am
New York City radio and television personality Joe Franklin had died. He was 88.
Categories: National News

5 reasons schools hate snow days

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:07am
The horror stories seem to stack up every winter: Students sliding and stomping through knee-deep snow on their walks to school, or trapped inside school buses, or nestling in for a surprise slumber party in the school gym.
Categories: National News

People we lost in 2015

CNN - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:02am
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