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Now that 2014 is drawing to a close, it is time to look back and reflect on what has been released in the past 12 months. 2014 was, in many ways, an amazing year to be a video game enthusiast, with high quality games and innovative studios churning out triple-A games and working on fresh ideas to keep the gaming world alive in the coming years. For every upside, however, there is some bad. 2014 was also one of the worst years for gaming; high budget games by big name studios fell into a rut of profit-oriented gaming, the “freemium” craze created a large black mark in the gaming world, and the battle for name brand supremacy became even more intense as Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony pitted fans of their hardware against one another.
(NAPSI)—The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family. For this reason, an annual campaign called Home for the Holidays was established to provide families with information to help stimulate a dialogue about major issues affecting their older loved ones. This year’s campaign focuses on the risks to brain health for older adults and offers some simple strategies to help mitigate those risks.
Even though the number of homeless children in the state fell last year, Arizona still had one of the highest rates in the nation, with 62,616 such kids in 2013, a new report says.
(BPT) - With tuitions at an all-time high, the cost of college and the increasingly competitive job market have become major considerations for aspiring college students and their parents. Students are not only focusing on where they can get in, but where they can get the best education that will set them up for a desirable career. The most challenging part of the journey to success is oftentimes the first step – gaining admissions.
Are homes getting smarter? According to information from the front lines of the home-automation industry, the answer is, “yes.”
(NewsUSA) - From farm to table, much about food production has changed -- for both farmers and consumers. Like any other business, farmers must adapt to a changing world -- one that will see its population grow to 9.6 billion by 2050. With finite resources, it will take innovation and a variety of technologies to meet the world's food demand. This includes using new technologies like biotechnology (also referred to as genetic engineering), which can help produce more food on the same amount of land, without having to destroy wildlife habitats.
(StatePoint) It may seem like the size of your home is the be-all and end-all of your home’s value. But there are many other factors that come into play when determining the listing price of a particular home.
(BPT) - While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer. Numerous insurance industry and government studies indicate that during this time, deer become more active, aggressive and a greater threat to humans, pets and suburban landscapes.
Vehicles equipped with voice-activated technology are designed to allow drivers to multitask hands-free and increase their safety behind the wheel, but a recent AAA study suggests that this may not always be the case.
(NAPSI)—Looking at two key characteristics can help investors identify actively managed mutual funds that have outpaced index-focused investments over the past two decades, according to an in-depth study released by American Funds, whose parent company, Capital Group, manages nearly $1.4 trillion for individuals and institutions.
In a rematch of a razor-close 2012 congressional race, Democratic Congressman Ron Barber is in a fight for his political life against Republican challenger Martha McSally, a retired A-10 pilot who nearly beat him two years ago.
(BPT) - Despite the earning power of today’s women, many still shy away from investing and long-term planning. One of the reasons may be a lack of confidence. A 2014 report by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that half of women say they are not confident about the ability to retire comfortably.
(BPT) - Small businesses rank the computer as their most important tool and email as the top software for running their business. The infographic below shows the significance of autumn as small business owners gear up for the holiday shopping season with plans to increase promotional marketing, develop social media and manage inventory better.
Anu Solomon threw for a school-record 520 yards, none bigger than the 47 he collected on his final pass of the game as he found Austin Hill in the back of the end zone as time expired to cap a 22-point rally and stun California on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Obesity rates among Arizona adults appear to have stabilized, after rising almost 7 percent over the past 10 years, according to a report released Thursday.
(BPT) - Are you limited on time but want to upgrade your home? There are easy home improvements you can achieve in a weekend. Painting is one of the most popular ways to transform the look of your home.
Even though the recession took a hard hit to cities throughout Arizona, residents can remain hopeful and optimistic – especially those in the town of Marana.
(NewsUSA) - If your house is starting to look a little scruffy, you could re-caulk and re-paint, but that's a lot of work. Plus, you'd be out there again in a few years doing it all over again. And would it really make that much of a difference in the overall look? To really jolt your curb appeal, maybe it's time to re-side.
Vince Leach, a SaddleBrooke resident, has served on an advocacy group for the SaddleBrooke residents, worked for Arizona Corporate Commission and has been actively involved in politics as an activist and supporter in the county government and state legislature. He is running for the first time for an elected office this year. Leach has decided to run in order to be more involved and active in resolving community and state issues. The top three priorities if Leach were elected are improving education to increase job growth, lowering taxes and lowering regulations.
(BPT) - Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees decide to enter the ranks of American entrepreneurship.
For several years now the state’s Republican-led legislature has bragged about how they made tough choices during the recession to get Arizona’s fiscal affairs in order. They took a lot of money from a lot of important programs, and one of those was education.
1. Security tightened for U.S.-bound flights over bomb fears
Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) and surrounding jurisdictions have created a comprehensive blueprint to create 40,000 high-skilled, high-wage jobs in Tucson in the next five years.
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America recently reached agreement with Special Olympics on a three-year title sponsorship package. Special Olympics has joined one of the premier cycling events in the United States and will become both El Tour de Tucson's title sponsor and primary beneficiary for 2014, 2015 and 2016.