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2015 Fiat 500 Abarth

Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth

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Q. I was married about 10 years ago. Shortly after we married, my spouse left me. I have not seen or heard from him in almost eight years. Two years ago, I fell in love with a wonderful man who asked me to marry him. I said yes, and we had a simple ceremony. Am I now married to both men? Does my second wedding invalidate my first? I never told my husband that I was married before.

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Amazon, the online marketing powerhouse best known for its general merchandise, groceries, digital books and streaming media, has now entered a somewhat new market. While Amazon has had an online app store since 2008, with hundreds of thousands of paid and free Android apps, Amazon recently announced a new Android app and a feature on its website offering a wide selection of normally paid apps for free.

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For 2015, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT adds a new Red Vapor special edition package, along with new horsepower and torque numbers.

With a starting MSRP of $64,895, the Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque that is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Stylish SRT

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For 2015, Volkswagen brings fresh aesthetics and additional features to its premium SUV, the Touareg.

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This has been a tough first year. My life in the great state of Texas reads like a fairy tale and I always planned for and expected the “happily ever after” part. Didn’t work out quite like I planned. My husband of nearly a decade, who was my earnest cowboy hero, died a year ago on Aug. 16 after a terrific and fierce battle with cancer. Throughout the treatments and the after effects, I thought right up until the very end that he would get better.

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For 2015, the popular Nissan Frontier continues to be one of the leaders in the mid-size truck segment, offering a wide range of available body and bed styles.

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Recently, the Opinion page of the New York Times included a brief description of the problem facing primary care physicians who are confronted by a patient who wants a narcotic pain medication. When I started practicing medicine over 40 years ago, doctors ordered urine drug screens in order to discover patients who were taking street drugs such as marijuana, heroin, etc. Today, urine drug screens are being recommended and/or required to discover patients who are NOT taking their prescription pain medication and other drugs that have a high potential for abuse.

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If you are like me, I carry my cell phone everywhere, carrying on voice conversations, sending and receiving text messages, utilizing countless apps, and surfing the Web. Until recently, I gave very little heed to the security of these external communications as our smart devices are supposed to be somewhat secure. GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile utilize encryption to make communications secure; CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon also claim to have secure networks.

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I saw someone do something really dumb the other day, but it wasn’t my circus and they weren’t my monkeys, so I could not do anything to help other than pray for a decent outcome. The incident reminded me of a line or two in an old Jimmy Buffet song. He sang about “a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.” How many of us live every day with the results of a temporary feeling or an act that we committed when we were not in the best frame of mind? Perhaps we chose a partner that is not suited to us or to the family we want to create.

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