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33% of the 2,010 domestic equity funds beat the S&P SuperComposite 1500 stock index for the year ending June 30.

Data: Standard & Poor's America Online's latest promotion, "1,045 hours free for 45 days," sounds like an awful lot of Web surfing -- and it is. It works out to 23.2 hours of free Internet access a day. To make the most of that offer, a family of four would have to split its Web time into 5.8-hour shifts. The big question: Who gets dibs on midnight to 6? Golf and investing may be more similar than you think. An American Century Investments survey of 400 golfers found that aggressive golfers take bigger risks with their money, while those who play it safe on the course handle their portfolios conservatively. Here's how golfers described their investment strategies:

One part pop art, two parts surrealism, and a dash of abstract expressionism: James Rosenquist's paintings are a puree of artistic styles. A retrospective of his work starting in the 1950s is on joint display through Aug. 17 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and at the nearby Menil Collection. The exhibition goes to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from Oct. 2-Jan. 4, then to Spain's Guggenheim Bilbao July 17-Oct. 13, 2004. Parents, are you tired of lugging your child's bulky car seat through crowded, security-clogged airports? Relief may be in sight. A seat belt designed for children ages 1 to 4 who weigh between 20 and 45 pounds could take flight this fall.

The belt is a simple five-point harness that attaches to a standard seat belt and "turns the airline seat into a car seat," says Larry Williams, spokesman for Phoenix-based AMSAFE Aviation, maker of the Child Aviation Restraint system.

Each airline must get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the seat belts. It's up to the carriers to decide whether to offer them. So far, JetBlue is the only airline to request approval, which is expected this fall.

The seat belt may appeal to cash-strapped airlines, since it costs only $45 and may entice more parents to buy a seat for children who are now flying for free on an adult's lap. Most important, the restraint offers better protection for the child. In the works: AMSAFE is designing a bucket-style seat belt for children less than a year old.

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