Energy-efficient DIY projects that take just hours to complete »

(BPT) - Did you know it takes just one afternoon to save money on your utility bills? Take on a few easy DIY projects this weekend to see immediate savings while making your home more comfortable and environmentally friendly for the long term. As cold…

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Healthy, radiant skin starts below the surface »

(BPT) - Skin care is important for men and women of all ages. Not only does healthy skin help you look younger, but properly maintaining your skin also gives you a healthier overall appearance so you feel more confident.

Everyone wants to look good, whether it's…

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New homebuyers checklist to ID costly repairs »

(BPT) - When you're about to buy a house, it's easy to get excited about its great location, spacious floor plan or beautifully decorated interior. Yet the old saying, 'beauty's only skin deep' can apply to any home, especially if you're considering an older, previously…

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You can keep your child’s school data protected by asking a few questions »

(BPT) - To succeed in today's classrooms, students must be more than book smart - they must be digital learners as well. Modern technology such as e-books, online tutorial programs, educational social media options and apps are providing access to personalized learning opportunities which were…

Nov 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Do you know more about snack cakes than smoke alarms? Most Americans say ‘yes’ »

(BPT) - Cold weather often brings many tasks to mind, such as shoveling snow, conducting car maintenance and preparing for holiday fun. However, one preparation often overlooked by many Americans is how to keep their families safe during the peak season for home fires.

In a…

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Five tips to protect yourself from cybercrime this shopping season »

(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year's high-profile cyber data…

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5 allergy myths and the facts that refute them »

(BPT) - You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can't even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think…

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Answering these questions will help you plan for life’s emergencies »

(BPT) - It's impossible to anticipate what life will throw your way. But still many families spend countless hours considering life's many 'what ifs.' What if we have kids? What if they are not healthy? What if we build a life that requires two salaries…

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Add a signature style to your home »

(BPT) - To satisfy homeowners seeking to add a signature style to their indoor living spaces, more and more design professionals and builders are going back to basics and rediscovering the versatility, durability and good looks of cypress.

'There's really nothing quite like it,' says Hal…

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One area of your home could be adding a lot of money to your heating bill »

(BPT) - As ever-increasing home energy bills continue to plague Americans, homeowners are looking for cost-effective ways to reduce their heating and cooling costs. If your house has not been properly insulated, you may be paying more than you should to heat or cool it.


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Chronic kidney disease is on the rise in America. Are you at risk? »

(BPT) - How much thought have you given your kidneys lately? Actually, have you ever thought about your kidneys?

Your kidneys clean your blood by removing waste and excess fluid, maintain the balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help regulate blood pressure. When…

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Address hearing loss with compassion before the holidays »

(BPT) - The holiday season is meant to be celebrated with joy. It's when families and friends gather together to reunite and celebrate the end of the year. You might have people cheering on the college football team in a bowl game, children running around…

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Expand your career options with a global perspective »

(BPT) - The business world is constantly changing and growing, becoming more culturally diverse and interconnected than ever before. Companies are looking for employees who are globally minded - even if the company does not do business on an international scale - because chances are…

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6 ‘Friendsgiving’ tips that won’t leave you stuffed »

(BPT) - If your family is far away, going home for the holidays isn't always possible around Thanksgiving. Hectic work schedules and the high cost and hassle of traveling can make it difficult for everyone you love to be in the same place at the…

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Be a super shopper: where to splurge and save at the grocery store »

(BPT) - Every time you walk into a grocery store you are hit with a barrage of options: fresh, frozen, canned, store brand, name brand, organic. Even with your shopping list in hand, the choices can be overwhelming. Knowing when you should splurge and where…

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Holiday shoppers have more money to spend than they think »

(BPT) - Having a happy holiday shouldn't mean stretching your finances paper thin. But many Americans already know they'll likely go over their holiday budgets this year, which can mean financial stress in the new year. Fortunately, a few unexpected tricks and shopping strategies can…

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Expert tips to make your new house feel like home »

(BPT) - You know that moving into a new home can be one of life's biggest stressors - the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of…

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Hospice team helps people get the most out of life’s final moments »

(BPT) - Many people agree that it's the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?

For many hospice patients, including Houston Hospice El Campo…

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Hospice camp gives kids a place to process their grief their way »

(BPT) - Imagine feeling suddenly sad, angry, alone, confused and worried, without really understanding why. This is how 75 percent of grieving children claim they feel after losing a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children. While the journey to acceptance of…

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Looking for holiday gifts they’ll still love next year? Go traditional, not tech »

(BPT) - Popular wisdom would have you believe that the best holiday gift must have a battery, a touch screen and wireless capability. Technology gifts, however, rarely stand the test of time. Give your loved one a smartphone or tablet in December and it may…

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Reverse the onset of diabetes with simple lifestyle changes and healthy living programs »

(BPT) - When Monique Wright-Williams lost her mother to diabetes-related complications, she became determined not to follow the same path.

In 1991, Wright-Williams of Syracuse, New York learned that she had prediabetes, meaning her blood glucose levels were elevated, but not to type 2 diabetes levels…

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3 easy style tips that instantly glam up your holiday look »

(BPT) - As a renowned fashion stylist, Micaela Erlanger of New York, NY makes her clients look, and perhaps even more importantly, feel their best for all of life's special occasions. Now just in time for the holidays, Erlanger is sharing her insider style and…

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Three simple ways to kick the stress out of holiday shopping »

(BPT) - Traveling, cooking large meals, planning and surviving holiday office parties, and managing relatives - the holidays are stressful. Add in the time and money demands of holiday shopping, and you may be tempted to keep a therapist on speed dial.

While you may not…

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Helpful tips when shopping for tech gifts for the holidays »

(BPT) - Today's holiday wish lists certainly have a lot more digital items than they used to. Whether it's for school, work or personal use, everyone wants the latest technology. If you've started your shopping search already, you know the market is full of different…

Nov 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Don’t wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview »

(BPT) - So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work's done, right? Wrong. Don't think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There's no…

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Holiday shopping? Scammers hope you’ll send them money for online purchases »

(BPT) - This holiday season, will you be one of the 197 million Americans to shop online, according to eMarketer? Holiday shoppers will go online to buy everything from gift cards to cars, flat screen TVs to smartphones. And at least some of them will…

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It’s better to give than to receive: 5 ways you can give back this season »

(BPT) - What are you thankful for this season? Your loved ones? Your health? Your possessions? You probably have plenty of reasons to feel thankful but in your community and around the world there are others who may not be as fortunate, and need the…

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What’s hot in home improvement? [Infographic] »

(BPT) - Home improvement projects come in all shapes and sizes. Learn what rooms or pieces are most common targets for a home improvement project and how infusing your own creativity can help create the space of your dreams.

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Hot master bath trends for 2015 and beyond »

(BPT) - When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury for lasting results.


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No sneeze reprieve: Surprising cool-weather allergy triggers »

(BPT) - When the weather cools and fall arrives, do you sigh in relief, assuming your allergies will settle down until spring? Don't let your guard down so soon - fall and winter present unique risks for people with allergies and asthma.

If you don't want…

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Simple tech tools to help reduce holiday stress »

(BPT) - The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that's filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget…

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Quick and simple at-home beauty treatments to try »

(BPT) - Pampering yourself with skin and beauty treatments is important, but going to the salon or buying expensive products are not always the most convenient - or wallet-friendly - options.

In fact, 82 percent of women prefer to save than splurge, spending less than 50…

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Sweeteners 101: Your guide to baking with sweeteners this holiday season »

(BPT) - With so many sweeteners on the market today, it's hard to know what to buy. This holiday season is a great time to learn about sweeteners and get creative in kitchen. Understand the various natural sweeteners and what their benefits are, as well…

Nov 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fail-safe tricks for creating the perfect cheese platter »

(BPT) - Your social calendar is packed to the brim with dinner parties, family activities and holiday festivities with loved ones. Whether you are hosting or attending as a guest, providing something delectable will always be a welcome addition to the celebration. Loved around the…

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Simple steps can keep you and your family healthy »

(BPT) - Pay attention to the news headlines and you may be wondering if you and your loved ones are safe from unseen perils like germs, bacteria and viruses - even in your home. There are things you can do to protect your health but…

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5 clever time-saving gift ideas for busy people »

(BPT) - Time isn't just a commodity during the busy holiday season - it's precious all year long. While you can't give actual time to your friends and family, you can give gifts that help them save time and streamline their busy days. Here are…

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Discover how bladder leaks can feel like no big deal »

(BPT) - 5 tips on how to manage bladder leaks discreetly

More than 40 million American women older than age 40 are affected by sensitive bladder in their daily lives. In fact, almost one in three women say their sensitive bladders keep them from visiting friends,…

Nov 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

How to make sure cleaning up isn’t your only holiday activity »

(BPT) - The holidays are upon us. It's time for friends and family to gather, houseguests to move in, and marathon cooking and baking sessions to begin. Before any of these activities can start, and certainly once all of them are finished, there's plenty of…

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Last-minute entertaining tricks for unexpected guests »

(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for joy, giving and, at times, unexpected guests. For even the most unanticipated of visitors, it is wise to always be ready to share the season's cheer with a nice hot cup of coffee, freshly-baked cookies and…

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Dermatologist shares skin care tips for the changing seasons »

(BPT) - Skin changes with the seasons and it is important for women to adjust their daily skin care routine throughout the year. During fall and winter, low temperatures, low humidity and brisk winds deplete skin of its natural nutrients, which can lead to a…

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Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers »

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.…

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Alleged Sinaloa cartel logistics head to be sentenced in Chicago »

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - An alleged top member of the Sinaloa drug trafficking cartel will appear in court for sentencing on Monday in…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Industry leaders: Skiing cheaper than you think »

DENVER (AP) — In 2010, the price of walk-up, single-day lift ticket at Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts topped $100. Aspen quickly followed suit,…

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Truck, 4 other vehicles collide in Concord Twp. »

A tractor trailer and four other vehicles collided on Monday morning in Concord Township, Delaware County.…

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AP Source: Hagel resigning as Defense secretary »

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday.…

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Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse »

LONDON (AP) — Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts.…

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Man pleads not guilty in Indianapolis teen’s death »

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to charges that he killed a 15-year-old girl whose badly burned body was found in an…

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California bus crash kills 1 in 2nd wreck of day »

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus drifted off a Northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man and injuring 30…

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Buried under snow, Buffalo, N.Y., braces for high winds »

By Mark Blinch BUFFALO, N.Y. (Reuters) - State offices in Buffalo, New York, which is still struggling to dig out from as much as seven…

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University of Delaware releases statement on student killed in crash »

One person is dead and two others are in critical condition after a collision in Bear, Delaware.…

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Birthday girl boldly asks guest to bring a second gift »

DEAR ABBY: I am planning to attend a birthday party for my friend "Sophia" who is turning 50. When I mentioned to her that I would be shopping for her…

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Young Couple’s Use Of Birth Control Is Long Past Overdue »

DEAR ABBY: My 19-year-old son has been dating the daughter of one of my friends I'll call "Mona." We didn't set them up; they met at some parties. Last summer…

Jul 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at 2014 AMAs »

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Report: Leon Russell band’s instruments stolen »

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the tour…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

‘Today’ looks to rebound from tough week »

NEW YORK (AP) — It's rarely a good sign when morning television hosts are painfully bantering about whether they are…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Jerry Lee Lewis: Sustained by brief blaze of glory »

"Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" (Harper), by Rick Bragg…

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UK police say terror threat ‘has evolved’, will last for years »

London (AFP) - British police on Monday urged the public to be alert to potential terrorist activity as they said the threat of extremist attacks would last for several years.…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »

Two Britons ‘fighting alongside Kurds against IS group’ »

London (AFP) - At least two Britons are among around 15 Westerners fighting in Syria alongside Kurdish guerrillas against the Islamic State group (IS), according to British media.…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »

Thousands of NHS workers strike for pay rise »

London (AFP) - Thousands of British nurses, midwives and hospital cleaners went on a four-hour strike Monday calling for a pay rise, weeks after walking out for the first time in 32 years.…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »

Survivors tell of Afghan volleyball bombing that killed 57 »

Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volleyball game in Afghanistan told Monday how a bomb packed with ball bearings ripped through spectators enjoying the final…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »

UK confirms first F-35 jet orders »

London (AFP) - Britain on Monday announced it had signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets.…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »

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