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'Historic' storm prepares to slam Northeast

CNN - 1 hour 38 min ago
Someday you may tell your grandchildren about the Blizzard of 2015.
Categories: National News

Dancing for Mengele

CNN World - 1 hour 40 min ago
Categories: International News

Why was AirAsia jet the only one in trouble?

CNN World - 1 hour 40 min ago
Why did AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash into the sea while the seven other planes flying nearby eventually landed safely?
Categories: International News

Barbie-maker Mattel CEO out as sales falter

Business News - 1 hour 40 min ago
There's trouble in Barbie land.

Are smart drugs driving Silicon Valley?

Business News - 1 hour 42 min ago
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 - 1 hour 43 min ago
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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.

Europe plays it tough with new Greek leaders

Business News - 1 hour 43 min ago
Read full story for latest details.

To avoid Sony's fate, companies play war games

Business News - 1 hour 50 min ago
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Hashtag #money. The business of the pound sign

Business News - 1 hour 57 min ago
From a tech tool to a pop culture reference, the hashtag has come a long way since it was first popularized by Twitter.

Syriza won, so what's next for Greece?

Business News - 1 hour 59 min ago
Fed up Greeks delivered a defiant rebuke to years of austerity by voting the left leaning Syriza party to power in weekend elections. So what happens now?

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

Business News - 2 hours 2 min ago
In the United States, drone flying rules are pretty strict. Flying them over the White House is, naturally, out of the question.

Obama's trip to my homeland: Proof of India's rise again

CNN World - 2 hours 12 min ago
I was 8 when I watched my first and only Republic Day parade in my home in India. Back then, long before Delhi's population swelled to its current 20 million, the streets seemed wide and open and my eyes feasted on a sea of saffron, green and white, the colors of my country's flag.
Categories: International News

2 dead in Home Depot incident

CNN - 2 hours 26 min ago
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 - 2 hours 27 min ago
Categories: National News

The week in 32 photos

CNN - 2 hours 29 min ago
Categories: National News

Your travel photos

CNN - 2 hours 29 min ago
Travel Photo of the Day
Categories: National News

2015 SAG Awards: Winners

CNN - 2 hours 29 min ago
See all the winners from the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Categories: National News

Chinese mom sells baby for $7,000

CNN World - 2 hours 32 min ago
A woman in central China has been prosecuted for selling her newborn baby for $7,000, state media reports said, the latest of a string of shocking cases that have shed light on the country's trade in children.
Categories: International News
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