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To be organized and productive in the new year, hand write a to-do list

Even with all his super powers, Santa needs help keeping track of who’s naughty or nice. That’s why he makes his list (and checks it twice). Billionaire businessman Richard Branson, whose Virgin Group owns more than 400...

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Mixed signals: Do RFID chips pose a big risk for identity theft?

Thumbing through a holiday catalog chock full of modern gadgets, we were struck by the presence of no fewer than three wallets purporting to block RFID signals. First, we wondered, what are RFID signals? Second, why do...

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It’s child’s play, but adults have primary role when it comes to toy safety

In the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story,” 9-year-old Ralphie Parker has one thing on his wish list: A Red Ryder BB gun. But his mother, his teacher and even Santa reject the notion, telling Ralphie, “You’ll...

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Get to know: Chris Painter, AIS co-owner and commercial lines team leader

Your wife, Courtney, and her brother, Doug Erwin, started AIS in 2000. You joined AIS in 2007 after majoring in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and then working for a decade in the...

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Running out of gas could be bad for your car, safety and pocketbook

It's a humbling, maybe even humiliating experience when your car runs out of gas. Having to walk to a gas station, trusting there's a gas can that you can borrow, ought to be lesson enough not to let it happen again....

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Making a case for stockpiling drinking water

Water, water, every where,/Nor any drop of drink That's a line from a 220-year-old poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." In it, a sailor is surrounded by salt water that he can't...

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Saying ‘I do’ to wedding insurance

Wedding plans can make life plenty stressful under the best of circumstances, whether they involve choosing the bride's gown, winnowing an invite list, or deciding on a menu. But at least the planner has lots of say in...

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After flood waters recede, dangerous mold often is left behind

Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 established itself as the worst rainfall disaster in American history. It dumped some 33 trillion gallons of water along the Gulf of Mexico. The Washington Post illustrated the enormity...

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Can you dig it? Call 811 before any digging project

It might be as simple as planting a tree or something a little more involved, such as building a deck. Whether you're a homeowner or professional contractor, if you're digging with powered equipment, you first must call...

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Disability insurance can replace income, cover overhead expenses

Benjamin Franklin famously said, "Nothing is certain except death and taxes." While we can't always agree on taxes, there's no denying that each of us will die eventually. Because this is accepted fact, people tend to...

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