10 reasons you should add life insurance to your Christmas list »

(BPT) - You can't drive it around the block. You can't wear it for an evening out. You can't watch anything on it. And chances are it won't elicit squeals of delight when opened. But of the many gifts you can give, life insurance might…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Not ready for a hearing aid? Alternatives break tradition »

(BPT) - Your spouse's voice, the traffic signals, your favorite TV show - you probably don't think about your sense of hearing often, but without the ears' ability to collect and translate invisible sound waves, many important things would go unheard. Unfortunately, missing out is…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

The surprising holiday allergy triggers in your home »

(BPT) - When the holidays arrive, do you sigh in relief, assuming allergies are one problem you won't have to worry about during this busy, high-stress season? Don't let your guard down too soon. From holiday decorations and gifts to more time indoors with pet…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »


The key to a great hostess gift: personalize! »

(BPT) - It's going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven't a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season »

(BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of 'hot' holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

How to handle grief during the holidays »

(BPT) - The holidays are meant to be a joyous time. But for someone dealing with grief, celebrations can be extremely difficult. If you are grieving over a recent loss, or one that happened years ago, experts say there are things you can do to…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Create a happy homemade holiday »

(BPT) - One of the best ways to kick off the holiday season is to decorate. And while it's easy to load your cart with beautiful decor from your favorite store, Christmas is more personal when decorations are homemade.

No time you say? Between planning dinners…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Artful technology: How televisions have become a staple in modern home design »

(BPT) - Not long ago, TVs were big, boxy and unattractive. No wonder they were always relegated to the corner of a room, positioned discreetly or masked within large, wooden, entertainment centers to make them fit in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Those days are long gone.…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Business-boosting tips to help small businesses maximize holiday sales »

(BPT) - It's that time of year again.

Small business owners are preparing for a lucrative holiday season - with nearly three quarters (71 percent) expecting consistent or better sales this year compared to last year, according to Capital One's Q3 Spark Business Barometer.

At…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Learn why workplace benefits help provide financial security »

(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called 'open enrollment,' and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Home safety tips for a safe and happy winter season »

(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter and that means homeowners need to take steps to ensure that their loved-ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead.

The western part of…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Parents: 3 holiday tech gifts that can help your kids in the classroom »

(BPT) - Toys and games are sure to be on kids' gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Turn your backyard into a winter wonderland for wild birds with simple, smart, timely tips »

(BPT) - You may think warm weather is prime-time to enjoy the rewarding hobby of bird-feeding and bird-watching. Winter, however, is the time of year when birds need you most - and when you have the greatest chance of attracting them to your backyard. Natural…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

How to keep your information safe this holiday season »

(BPT) - It's the most wonderful time of the year - and for a lot of us, that means holiday shopping. But how careful are you when you're entering personal information online to purchase gifts for your loved ones?

'Today's technological landscape allows us to share…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Easily impress with delicious, seasonally inspired flavors this holiday »

(BPT) - The holidays are here and that means it's the season for parties, events and get-togethers. Put your best dish forward with seasonally inspired recipes guaranteed to tempt your guests' taste buds.

Packed with flavors that embody the hearty and warm tastes of the season,…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Stay safe this holiday season while shopping and traveling [Infographic] »

(BPT) - Don't shy away from safety amidst the holiday hustle and bustle! The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is committed to informing passengers of the safest riding procedures for elevators and escalators. For the best ways to stay safe while riding during the holidays,…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Holiday tech tips »

(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself wondering if it was appropriate to check your work email during a holiday party? Do you feel guilty about entertaining your kids with technology during the busy holiday season?

In a recent survey commissioned by Microsoft, Americans shared their…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Breastfeeding? Take advantage of FSA dollars »

(BPT) - If you're an expectant or new mom who has made the decision to breastfeed your baby, you're not alone: 79 percent of new mothers initiate breastfeeding following the birth of their babies, according to the CDC 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card. Obtaining…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Bad winter forecast calls for safer, more efficient snow removal options »

(BPT) - The weather outside is going to be frightful with projected colder-than-average temperatures and heavy snowfall again this winter season. That's the bad news. The good news is that, thanks to newer technologies and product designs, you might not need to be outside in…

Nov 25 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

How health care will affect your taxes: 6 tips you need to know »

(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care insurance landscape since last year, and for the first time, health care and your taxes are now directly related. Millions of Americans will have to start making decisions about health care insurance now to…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Beyond baby: Planning for the next life stage »

(BPT) - Are you ready to say goodbye to diapers, strollers and bottles? Are your kids starting school and becoming more self-sufficient?

Now is the time that women may consider focusing more on their career, making time to pursue a hobby or passion, sticking to a…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Simple tips to help pancreatic cancer patients eat well »

(BPT) - What should you make for dinner? Most people ask that question at least once a week. For people with pancreatic cancer, however, daily meal-planning comes with particular challenges, such as ensuring they get enough nutrition and managing issues from their cancer or treatment.…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 24 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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.

Nearly…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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…

Nov 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »






Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain »

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Ferguson fallout: Scores arrested in Calif. unrest »

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested late Wednesday during a third night of demonstrations linked to the…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary »

SEVERN, Md. (AP) — Alyssa Riggan hasn't dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

AccuWeather: Mostly Cloudy, Chilly Today »

Meteorologist David Murphy says shoppers will want to put on the old coat before heading out tomorrow to buy a new one.…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

2 alarm fire at farmhouse in Mill Creek, Delaware »

Fire crews battled a two alarm fire at a farmhouse in Mill Creek, Delaware.…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Suspects sought in Lindenwold credit card fraud »

Police in New Jersey are hoping you can help them find the people behind two cases of credit card fraud.…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

4 suspects sought in Roxborough home invasion »

Philadelphia police are searching for the suspects in a home invasion robbery in the Roxborough section.…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Ferguson fallout: Dozens arrested in Calif. unrest »

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Oakland and Los Angeles arrested scores of demonstrators during a third night of unrest linked to the shooting protest…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Ducis in Dallas: Eagles fans spend Thanksgiving in Texas »

Thanksgiving turkey is just the appetizer for Philadelphia Eagles fans.…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

OPEC unity tested by low prices, oil glut »

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »


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…

Jul 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

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 »





Ex-CBC host charged with sexual assault in Canada »

TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi must live with his mother while sexual assault charges…

Nov 27 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Singer John Mayer among ‘Late Late Show’ subs »

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer John Mayer, filmmaker Judd Apatow and comic Drew Carey will be among the guest hosts…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Canadian ex-radio host charged with sexual assault »

TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Broadcasting Corp. radio host Jian Ghomesi was arrested Wednesday on sexual assault charges and ordered…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Nielsen: Plenty of holiday programming last year »

NEW YORK (AP) — If it's anything like last year, television viewers won't have to look very hard for holiday-themed…

Nov 26 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Scotland to be granted greater autonomy: commission »

London (AFP) - Scotland could be handed sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates and controlling welfare payments under a new plan unveiled by a government-appointed commission on Thursday.…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Ferguson crisis troubles Obama’s careful race stance »

Barack Obama's election as the United States' first black leader raised hopes that his presidency would serve as a platform for work to bridge the country's still ...…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Cameron under pressure as net migration to UK surges »

London (AFP) - Net migration to Britain rose by more than 40 percent in the year to June, official data released Thursday showed, putting pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to demand EU…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits »

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon ...…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »

Presidents pick up the check for their meals »

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.…

Nov 27 2014 / Read More »




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