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The Street

ECONOMY: Government, financial sectors to struggle in 2012 -- While the jobs market looks brighter, companies are still handing out pink slips and massive layoffs are in store for government workers. By Chao Deng, The Street

APPLE: Apple shares hit all-time high -- Apple shares surged to $428 Wednesday morning. By Olivia Oran, The Street

WEB: What's next for web ads? -- AOL and Yahoo! have been struggling since the first quarter of last year with sustaining their ad-based business. By Eric Jackson, The Street

TECH: Zynga rises as rivals falter -- Shares of Zynga closed up 3.8% on Tuesday as traditional video game companies faltered. By Olivia Oran, The Street

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HOME HELP:  2012 remodel trends -- weekly Home Help with new trends in the 2012 housing industry, 'connected appliances' debuted at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show and more. GHNS

HOME HEATING: The fiery hazards of home heating - According to a recent report by the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 1 in 5 home fires in 2009 were caused by home heating equipment. This puts heating at a very close second to cooking as the top cause of home fires. The report sites many other interesting, if grim, statistics. For example, only 12 percent of home heating fires are due to mechanical failure or malfunction, while 53 percent of deaths related to home heating fires result from combustibles being too close to heat sources. By Philip Schmidt,

INTERIORS: A child's room that grows as well - When it comes to children's rooms, we always want to make them the most enjoyable haven we can offer. But have you found yourself changing the decor more often than you would like? By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard.

HOBBIES: Make your own dry erase board - Dry erase boards are great for reminding yourself to do something, making a shopping list, planning weekly meals and much more. But the plain white boards found in stores are drab, and won't necessarily add much charm to your home. That's why I loved the idea of making my own from an old picture frame that I found at a flea market years ago. This project was perfect for getting it out of the closet and giving it a new purpose. By Dena Fishbein, Scripps Howard.
* Localization tip: Ask readers to send in photos if they make this project.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Leave digital technology out of my bathroom - I’m just not comfortable with the decadence of a digital shower. Actually, I had no idea such a thing existed until just a moment ago, but apparently one can now install a system that remembers just how hot you prefer your shower, and will reproduce that exact experience for you every time. By Michelle Teheux, Pekin, Ill.

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Sleeping in C minor - My husband works in the music industry. Like most husbands, he has a tendency to take his work to bed with him. For us, this means he goes to sleep dreaming of music. I know this because there are times when I wake up to the sound of him humming in his sleep.  Truthfully, the humming is kind of cute. But the other thing he does in his sleep is conduct. And things can get dicey when he is working on a big orchestral piece and I happen to be sleeping in the string section. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS.

CHARLOTTE GUEDRY: It shouldn’t be this hard - I mean, it’s only a dress! - I have this rather fancy ball to go to at the beginning of February. I was getting ever so excited about it. Dressing up can be quite therapeutic. Strappy heels, shiny bangles, make-up a little more glamorous than normal. Actually, I was thrilled. I don’t often get the opportunity to feel so classy and elegant, so the thought was beyond appealing. That was until I went gown shopping. By Charlotte Guedry, Gonzales, La.

TRADING POST: Recipes that call for Girl Scout cookies -- With the Girl Scout cookie drive underway, Carole Smith of Peoria, Ill., shares a few recipes that call for the delicious childhood cookies. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

COFFEE/FOOD: How to pair food and ... coffee -- Pairing wine and food is a staple of entertaining. For a twist, consider pairing menu items with coffee -- which, like wine, has complex flavor profiles. Kathryn Rem/ The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

KATHRYN REM: Investigating the contents of packaged foods -- I thought trans fats had pretty much disappeared from packaged foods after the federal government required the nasty stuff be listed on nutrition facts labels back in 2006. It's still around. The State Journal-Register (Ill.)

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR: I survived Pearl Harbor -- Bill rushed outside, and off in the distance was Pearl Harbor. Japanese aircraft were zoning in on their targets, bombs were dropping and fireballs and thick, black smoke were rising into the air. It was all happening so fast. Dominic Genetti/ Hannibal Courier-Post (Mo.)

SELLLING CRIME HOUSES: Selling a crime scene in the housing market  -- But the house had a sad history told only in crime stories: A year ago, two children died there. Police charged their mother, Julie Schenecker, with murder. The house was cordoned off and photographed for evidence. Then quietly, last fall, it sold for $385,000, just over its estimate on real-estate site Alexandra Zayas/ Scripps Howard News Service

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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include seeing “Red Tails” or another of the new movies, observing Squirrel Appreciation Day and National Hugging Day, and watching the NFL’s final four.
* Localization tip: Swap out any of these items for big local happenings.

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EDITORIAL: Provocations have their limits, as Iran may learn with U.S., others - The temperature is rising in the Middle East, with the U.S. and some allies tightening the noose on Iran as it continues its development of a nuclear weapons program. In response Tehran has, among other things, threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which about a fifth of the world's oil now travels. Washington has indicated it will not let that happen for any length of time, even if it means military action. The ayatollah should not underestimate the Obama administration. By Peoria, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Hypocrisy, in context - Oh, the context of it all. "I want individuals to have their own insurance," GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney said recently in a speech before the Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce. "That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don't like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me." By Peoria, Ill.

JERRY MOORE: Tebow displays true concern for others -- But I believe Tebow has every right to display his faith in whatever fashion he likes. What’s most important is how people live out their principles, and he seems to model this very well. Suburban Life Publications (Ill.)

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DAVE RAMSEY: Lay the foundation first when saving money - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on Dave’s debt plan and paying off a student loan. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS.

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