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Music lessons may boost poor kids' brainpower, study suggests

Music lessons may rev up young brains enough to help close the academic gap between rich and poor, a new study suggests.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:17:00 GMT
3 ways to make your squats less boring

A traditional bodyweight squat involves a shoulder-width stance, arms out in front or hands behind your head, and a simple lowering of yourself towards the ground by bending at the knees and hips.Very good for you but totally boring!These three squat variations take that move to the next level by tweaking the basics.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:18:47 GMT
Our family is expanding: TODAY viewers share adorable pet-assisted announcements

Over Labor Day weekend, Carrie Underwood announced her pregnancy with a little help from her furry friends, Ace and Penny.Inspired by the country singer's pup-tastic baby bump news, we asked TODAY.com readers to share photos of their animal-assisted announcements. Check out some of our favorites below and be prepared to "awww.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:04:00 GMT
Animal Tracks: Pretty pups, birds taking flight, and more

Dogs are on display in South Korea and more of this week's best animal photos.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:43:15 GMT
Summer isn't over yet! 5 ways to savor the peak days of summer squash

Summer may be winding down, but summer squashzucchini, pattypan, crookneck, yellow squash and more is still piled high everywhere from farmers' markets to your local grocery story (and maybe even in your backyard). Running out of ideas for how to use it? Here are five unusual, ingenious ways to relish this creamy, delicately flavored, versatile vegetable while it's still at its peak.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:37:00 GMT
'Forever in your debt': K-9 buried with full police honors after dying in line of duty

An Oklahoma City police dog killed while helping his partner catch a knife-wielding thief has been laid to rest with full honors.More than 1,000 people and dozens of service dogs attended the funeral service last week for Kye, a 3-year-old Belgian German Shepherd that was stabbed to death by the suspect.Kyes partner since serving on the police department's K-9 unit, Sgt.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:46:00 GMT
See why this baby is smiling... and why his dad is cringing

In one black and white photo, the fathers smiling face gazes serenely at the camera, an image of pride and joy as he cradles his sleeping infant son in his forearms like a football. The naked babys gangly arms and legs dangle, his little head pillowed comfortably in the palm of his dads hand.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:25:59 GMT
4 ways to get your home in back-to-school shape

With Labor Day now behind us, it is officially back-to-school time nationwide, and that means books are strewn around the house, backpacks are plopped by the doorway and laundry is piling up from after-school activities.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:28:00 GMT
Cloudy with a chance of blood? Seth Green reports the weather on TODAY

Al Roker may be our main man when it comes to weather, but he doesn't mind sharing the forecast with a famous friend on occasion. On Monday, actor Seth Green stopped by TODAY and showed off his meteorological method.But be warned, it looks messy out there!

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:11:00 GMT
3 ways to transition Tamron's favorite skater dresses into a fall fashion

It sounds like something your teenager or an ice skater would wear, but the "skater dress" may be the easiest way to infuse versatility and style into your wardrobe with one simple purchase. Think of the dress as a more modern version of a classic A-line dress with a shorter hemline.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:27:00 GMT
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