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A perfect picnic

Take an outing to a whole new level

Date: 07/19/2015 | Life

The secret cure for summer boredom: board games

After a long day of having fun outside, it’s important to have some relaxing down time. Here are five games you and your family will love.Cash Out!

Date: 07/12/2015 | Life

Does free ping pong in Seattle parks stop crime?

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle is wondering if free ping pong in its parks may help stop crime.KING-TV reported that the city’s experiment with a free ping pong table seems to be making a difference.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Northwest

Eagles' practice pays off

Arlington bests Murphy and Monroe in scholastic competition

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

Colored puzzle game is a mix of soothing and challenging

Fans of simplicity should like Blendoku, a puzzle game that challenges players to set a group of colored tiles into the right sequence, according to the color wheel. There's something oddly soothing about clicking the swatches of color in place.The game is simple to pick up...

Date: 03/01/2015 | Life

Activities to entertain kids (and adults) during the Super Bowl

Whether you're hosting a Super Bowl party or just want to watch the Patriots and Seahawks battle in relative peace, these plays will help keep kids happy — and might just make you MVP.Animal Planet's Puppy BowlLong a crowd favorite for the...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Life

Lottery tickets come with a side of bacon — scent

HOOKSETT, N.H. — New Hampshire’s new scratch-and-sniff lottery ticket is off to a sizzling start.

Date: 01/31/2015 | Nation & World

Lottery retailers beat odds for wins

WASHINGTON — Retail store owners and clerks are hitting lottery jackpots too often, spurring states to crack down on a variety of scams that cheat rule-abiding players — and divert money from state coffers.

Date: 01/29/2015 | Nation & World

Poker program knows when to hold ’em, fold ’em

A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine and other areas.The program considered 24 trillion...

Date: 01/11/2015 | Nation & World

Cell phone use leaves students uptight

AKRON, Ohio — Frittering away hours on your smartphone playing games and using social media may seem like harmless fun.But a new Kent State University study suggests it's actually making you more uptight and stressed out — not to mention it's keeping you from...

Date: 12/07/2014 | Nation & World

Operation game creator couldn’t afford operation

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. — The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn’t afford to pay for it.

Date: 11/01/2014 | Nation & World

Angry Birds maker to cut 130 jobs

HELSINKI, Finland — Rovio Entertainment, maker of the Angry Birds mobile games, will cut as much as 16 percent of staff in its first major firings after failing to replicate the success of the title that made it famous.

Date: 10/03/2014 | Business Wire

Scrabble has new national champ

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word "zilch" and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion.

Date: 08/13/2014 | Off the Wire

Scrabble players add te, qajaq and 4,998 words to vocabulary

Coqui swallowed your vowels? Chillax, frenemy! Breathe deeply, practice qigong to increase your life force and maybe your Scrabble score. Or just give up that word game all together and go straight to numbers and Sudoku.

Date: 08/11/2014 | Life

Scrabble adds 5,000 new words

NEW YORK — To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages.The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster.

Date: 08/04/2014 | Nation & World

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