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Airport screener absences triple as shutdown continues

The number of U.S. airport screeners who took unscheduled absences rose to 10 percent on Sunday, more than triple that of a year ago as the stalemate over the government shutdown continued over a holiday weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

Home & Garden

Easy and attractive ways to live green

Don't let visions of clunky solar panels and backbreaking work make you shy away from sustainable living. Recent innovations make it easier than ever to live a green lifestyle without sacrificing style. Check out some of the new, beautiful and trendy ways you can create an environmentally friendly home.

Entertainment & Life

10 apps parents should know about in 2019

It's a new year, and that means new apps on your tweens' and teens' phones. While the old standbys like Snapchat and Instagram are still going strong, there's no shortage of social media, video-sharing, and homework-help apps that are popular but not necessarily household names. Of course, it's nearly impossible to keep up with every hot new app, which makes knowing the risky features – like interaction with strangers, anonymity, privacy concerns, and iffy content – a solid first step. But it's still important to know the specifics of what's on your kid's device and whether or not you'll allow it to stay there.

Entertainment & Life

App review: Tynker Junior, terrific intro to coding for little kids focuses on the fun

Parents need to know that Tynker Junior is a lead-in to the popular Tynker: Coding Games for Kids app that teaches kids coding skills. This version requires no reading and starts simply enough that even really young kids can get on board. Kids will do best if they can recognize numbers and count. While the app is free, it has limited content. Full access requires an in-app subscription purchase of $0.99/month or $9.99/year (a free one-week trial is available). Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

Entertainment & Life

Game review: Nintendo’s ‘Fitness Boxing,’ gets kids in fit fighting shape

Parents need to know that "Fitness Boxing" is a sports fitness game available for the Nintendo Switch. Players go through a number of workout sessions, simulating a boxing exercise routine through the use of the Switch Joy Con's motion controls. Players move to the rhythm of different musical tracks, spar in light boxing matches and more, all while working towards certain fitness goals and keeping track of their progress along the way. Although players are constantly throwing and dodging punches in their workouts and sparring sessions, there's very little in the way of real violence. Instead, this is essentially a shadow boxing session meant to encourage players to enjoy getting more physically active.

Personal Finance

Social Security: Benefits to increase in 2019

Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. Law requires that federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Pets

Keys to raising a well-rounded dog

As a responsible dog owner, it's very important to make sure that your dog is comfortable and well-behaved around others. Socializing your puppy is critical and should start early on, as it sets the stage for your dog to feel happy and confident throughout her life. It is vital to start exposing your puppy to new people, places and situations as soon as you can, and early socialization can begin as soon as you bring your puppy home.

Travel

Why airline prices fluctuate and how to make it work to your advantage

Airfares are constantly fluctuating – now more than ever. That's because airlines have access to better technology and more real-time information on passengers than ever before. With complex algorithms running their booking systems, the airlines are constantly tweaking prices based on shifts in demand or available seats.

Travel

Airlines have gotten better at tracking your bag

Folklore about airline luggage goes like this: To avoid lost bags, carry them on board. Lost luggage is a deep-seated fear in the minds of many travelers, especially those who have heard horror stories – or have their own experiences. But that fear is based on outdated assumptions. Data show a dramatic decline in mishandled bags.

See dog rescued after falling through ice in Ohio

A golden retriever was rescued in Cincinnati, Ohio after falling through ice on Jan. 20, 2019.