It's time to spring into action: Daylight Saving Time will be upon us Sunday morning. You'll be loosing an hour's sleep Saturday night, and Sunday morning it'll be a just bit harder to drag yourself out of bed (or you could just sleep an hour later). But in return, there'll be an extra hour of sunlight in the evening in the months ahead to play ball, take a walk and enjoy the outdoors.

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The time change officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m. local time, so set your clocks ahead before laying down your head on Saturday night. And while you're at it, it's a really good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors, hazard warning radios and other warning devices. As a matter of fact, using the return of DST in November is another great earmark for you change of batteries.

First used in regions of Canada starting in 1908, Germany was the first country to completely adopt the practice in 1914. "Fast Time" as it was called, came to the U.S. in 1918 when president Woodrow Wilson signed the practice into law. The law was repealed within 7 months, and while some regions continued the practice, it wasn't National law until president Franklin D. Roosevelt re-instituted the practice in 1942.

The state of California is currently looking into the possibility of going off the standard practice of moving the clocks forward and back, and no time change will occur in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas. But for the rest of the U.S. its spring forward and in November it will once again be time to fall back.

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