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Your cat probably likes you better than she likes food, new study finds

A new study found that shelter cats and pet cats preferred interacting with humans over eating food and other stimuli.

Home & Garden

DIY home security systems

Smart-home appliances are developing all kinds of skills and talents to make our lives better, and one of the most valuable of these is home security. Here are four gadgets you can add to your home yourself that will help keep it safe and secure.

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Celebrate Easter in your home decor

If your family celebrates Easter, chances are you've got some great childhood memories surrounding the cherished holiday. One of mine? Hunting for Easter eggs. As soon as we got home from Easter Mass we headed over to my dad's good friend's house, where I'd join their passel of six girls to scout for eggs while Dad and Mr. Loftin would crack open a beer (unbeknown to Mrs. Loftin and my mom, who were busy cooking Easter dinner).

Family

App review: Street Music Academy, crash, tap, and boom out beats with everyday objects

Parents need to know that Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything! uses the images and sounds related to everyday objects - hubcaps, bottles, wrenches, etc. - to create musical sequences. The game challenges players to reproduce the rhythms they hear on the app by tapping corresponding colored dots in time. Created for kids ages 9 to 11, there are three levels of play (easy, normal, and hard) that move kids into more complex rhythms. Kids can unlock a final concert at the end. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Family

Living with Children: 5 fundamental child-rearing principles

Q: You seem to blame all of America's parenting woes on mental health professionals and imply that if parents still raised kids as did people in the 1950s and before, they wouldn't be having the problems they're having today. But times have changed, John. Is it realistic to think that children can still be raised like their grandparents were raised?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Teens and the summer job; a perfect match

Dear Mr. Dad: I want to get a job this summer but my parents are refusing to give me permission. They say I'm too young, but I disagree. I'm turning 15 a week before school ends and some of my friends have had summer jobs for a few years. I'm jealous that they have their own money to spend and don't have to ask their parents for it, which I hate doing. What can I do to convince my parents to let me get a job?

Family

Ex-etiquette: Investigate and report odd behavior

Q: My ex and I have shared our kids equally for five years. They are 10 and 12, and come home with such off the wall stories I'm thinking it's time to take action. They tell me their mom wakes them up in the middle of the night because she is being told they are possessed by the demons. She wants to pray together at 2 in the morning when the kids have school the next day. The kids say it's getting worse and they don't want to go back to her home. There's a court order and when I've tried to keep them she calls the police and they force me to send the kids back to her. What's good ex-etiquette?

Videos

Bloodhound can help police find missing people

Wichita police Officer Joe Camp's bloodhound, Blue, is trained to track down missing and lost people. Blue demonstrated his abilities at the police training academy in north Wichita.
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Bloodhound can help police find missing people 2:16

Bloodhound can help police find missing people

Family Promise organization helps homeless families get back on their feet 2:53

Family Promise organization helps homeless families get back on their feet

Up close and personal with Tanganyika penguins 1:51

Up close and personal with Tanganyika penguins

Former mascot, now an Olathe firefighter, sings K-State fight song with his son 2:23

Former mascot, now an Olathe firefighter, sings K-State fight song with his son

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