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Hurricanes! Tornados! It's Open Season for Home Contractor Scams

Five words or less (NewsUSA) - It happens after almost every natural disaster: Scam artists come out of the woodwork to prey on homeowners trying desperately to rebuild. If anything, the scams have gotten even bolder -- one of the 61 "contractors" just netted in a New York sting operation allegedly took a Hurricane Sandy victim for $80,000 -- since rampant fraud...

Protecting Your Home From Burglars During the Holidays

Five words or less (NewsUSA) - Ah, yes, the holidays. A time for celebrating with family, ripping into presents ... and getting burglarized? Apparently so. According to the FBI, nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in the U.S. during November and December each year. And the reason for that should be as obvious as the beards on "Duck Dynasty's" male stars' faces:...

Once Again, Buying Diamonds Is Cool

Five words or less (NewsUSA) - It's cool to buy diamonds again. Well, at least those that have been "sustainably mined." With holiday jewelry shopping now in high gear, those two words alone are likely to provide a tremendous sense of relief -- the pop-culture equivalent of "Mad Men" re-upping in perpetuity -- for anyone who's been concerned about mining's impact...

Rethink What You Drink -- Alkaline Water May Be What You Need

Five words or less (NewsUSA) - Your diet, for better or worse, doesn't just affect your waistline or the scale, but also plays a complex part in how you feel. While much has been written on boosting the body's immune system by eating foods dense in nutrients like antioxidants, zinc and omega 3s, many don't consider what they drink. Highlighting this point is a...