Wrong gift can derail romance

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- It pays to communicate your love in ways that have the most meaning for your partner for Valentine's Day, the California Healthy Marriages Coalition advises.
Nations say Valentine's too commercialized

Nations say Valentine's too commercialized

SHELTON, Conn., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Chinese and Americans are most likely to celebrate Valentine's Day, but many worldwide say the holiday is too commercial, a survey indicates.

Comment about mother sets LeBron off

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- LeBron James is used to jibes from basketball fans, but a crack about his mother drew his anger.

Valentine's Day also when divorces spike

SEATTLE, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Valentine's Day is a time for romance, but it is also when U.S. married couples seek divorce lawyers and information on calling it quits, a legal Web site says.

Sunday is 'Valenswine's Day'

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Monday is Valentine's Day, but Sunday is "Valenswine's Day," say people who pay attention to such things in New York.

Survey: Workplace dating losing stigma

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Nearly 20 percent of the people queried in a U.S. Valentine's Day survey said they have dated co-workers at least twice in their working career.

Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!

Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Automobile is no place to store chocolate

CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Chocolate with a chalky white film, known as "fat bloom," not only makes chocolate less visually appealing, it affects taste, a U.S. researcher says.

Groupon-FTD deal shelved after complaints

CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Groupon has called off a pre-Valentine's Day deal with FTD after customers complained it cost more than the florist's standard rates.

Couples urged to have 'affair' together

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- One technique to keep romance alive for married couples is to act like they are having an affair -- with each other, a U.S. psychologist advises.

Detroit aims for 'Largest Group Hug'

DETROIT, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A non-profit that wants to introduce tourists to Detroit's hidden treasures announced it is sponsoring "the World's Largest Group Hug."

Say 'I love you' with heart-healthy foods

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Valentine's Day is the perfect time to say "I love you" by providing your true love with heart-healthy foods, a U.S. registered dietitian says.

Garlic and vanilla may be aphrodisiacs

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Valentine's Day is often linked to aphrodisiac foods such as chocolate, but a U.S. food industry analyst says not to forget garlic, ginger and vanilla.
Valentine's flowers bring pest threats

Valentine's flowers bring pest threats

MIAMI, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural agents in Miami are on the lookout for pests in Valentine's Day flower imports, the agency says.
NASA craft on track for comet rendezvous

NASA craft on track for comet rendezvous

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- NASA's Stardust spacecraft has sent back the first images of comet Tempel 1, the intended target of a close flyby next month, U.S. officials said.

County declares 'No Cussing Day'

MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Students at two Alabama middle schools got their county's commission to declare Feb. 14 "No Cussing Day," a day designed to encourage abstaining from profanity.
Graffiti threatens California's Gov. Brown

Graffiti threatens California's Gov. Brown

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Police in Santa Ana say they're trying to determine who wrote graffiti on two walls threatening to kill California Gov. Jerry Brown on Valentine's Day.
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