Curb energy loss with smart home renovation investments »

(BPT) - While homeowners may not immediately think of their attic as a major source of energy loss, the reality is that as much as 25 percent of the energy lost in the average American home occurs there. As the weather begins to get cooler,…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

3 things you need to know before starting a home-based business »

(BPT) - About 16 million Americans work from home - a number that Global Workplace Analytics expects will increase by 63 percent over the next five years. In fact, every 12 seconds someone starts a new home-based business in the United States, according to Business…

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Using music to find inner strength in living with relapsing MS »

(BPT) - Anger. Frustration. Denial. Those are just some of the things that David Osmond, music artist and inspirational advocate, and numerous people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) felt upon diagnosis. MS is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects about…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »


Small businesses: Are you ready for 2014 filing deadlines? »

(BPT) - For small businesses, January's arrival usually brings one very important task: issuing W-2s and 1099 forms to employees and independent contractors. The good news is this year, due to the typical filing date of Jan. 31 falling on a weekend, businesses have a…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Tempting and healthy holiday treats »

(BPT) - The holiday season is a fun and festive time. It's also a time when many people take a timeout from their daily routine to enjoy those tempting treats at family gatherings and office parties. This holiday season, end the year on a high…

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5 tips for making your vote count on Election Day »

(BPT) - With the significant impact elections have on our country, would it be surprising to hear that only 38 percent of eligible Americans voted in the 2010 election? What happened to the other 62 percent of voters?

Perhaps it's an overwhelming amount of information. Or…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

A cut above the rest: How to make the perfect holiday cookie »

(BPT) - Many of our fondest childhood memories consist of spending time with friends and family, baking delicious holiday cookies and eyeing the beautifully wrapped presents under the tree.

Embrace nostalgia and create the perfect holiday cookie that tastes delicious and is easy to decorate. Instead…

Oct 20 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Could you use $100,000 in extra Social Security benefits? Where to find it »

(BPT) - Did you know there are more than 8,000 ways a married couple can file for Social Security benefits?

With all those thousands of options, knowing how to pick the right strategy for your household could result in $100,000 or more in additional retirement income,…

Oct 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fall life hacks to keep you organized while on the go »

(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it's easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.

Amid all…

Oct 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Why the next talk you have with your daughter should be about breast health »

(BPT) - While breast cancer awareness has greatly increased over the last two decades, a recent national survey found that women and families are not talking enough about breast health. Eighty-seven percent of women said they could talk to their daughters about anything, but less…

Oct 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Tips for reducing tailgating waste »

(BPT) - Tailgating at your favorite sports events is almost as big a draw as the game itself, with lots of food, lots of fun - and, unfortunately, lots of waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, large college stadiums can generate 100 tons…

Oct 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

The bedroom: the key to a restful night’s sleep »

(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you're counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can…

Oct 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

3 empowering reasons why women can be better investors »

(BPT) - Despite the earning power of today's women, many still shy away from investing and long-term planning. One of the reasons may be a lack of confidence. A 2014 report by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that half of women…

Oct 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Have a sweet tooth? Smart ways to indulge and still maintain your diet »

(BPT) - Did you know that some of your favorite beverages can have upwards of 500 calories per serving due to high sugar content? With many adult women on a 1500 to 1800 calorie per day diet, that one sugary delight can quickly make up…

Oct 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Hospice teams make more moments of life possible »

(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…

Oct 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Simple ways to update a bathroom [Infographic] »

(BPT) - When it comes to wanting to remodel a bathroom, 85 percent of homeowners have it on their wish list, according to a Moen survey. Time and money often prevent it from happening. There are, however, some simple ways homeowners can update the look…

Oct 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

From make-do to all new – updates to create your dream kitchen »

(BPT) - Homeowners have spent more on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement category in the last 10 years, according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies - and there's good reason. An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home;…

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New online portal connects women living with metastatic breast cancer to peer-support and educational resources »

(BPT) - Kimberly Jewett was shocked and scared when, after nearly four years cancer free, she learned her breast cancer had returned as metastatic breast cancer (MBC), meaning it had spread outside of the breast tissue. Facing uncertainty and unsure of what her next step…

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Therapy ‘test drive’ could lead to relief from common bladder and bowel control problems »

(BPT) - More than 37 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence. Many of these people face a common dilemma: after months and sometimes years of disappointment with conservative treatments like oral medications, should they…

Oct 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Low female sex drive addressed in upcoming FDA meeting »

(BPT) - With the hectic schedules that many women adhere to, it's not surprising that many feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The responsibilities of juggling a career, a family and obligations as a wife and mother can be nerve-wracking, and for many women sex is…

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Can we change the culture of youth sports? »

(BPT) - Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But preventable injuries sideline too many young athletes; in 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.

New research suggests…

Oct 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Planning to ‘have the talk’ with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin »

(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other's company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you're…

Oct 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Keep the cold at bay with these home winterizing tips »

(BPT) - Winter's frigid temperatures are on their way, and if you wait until the cold hits to finally start winterizing your home, it may already be too late to prevent home damage.

'You need to winterize your home while the weather is still warmer just…

Oct 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fall foot health made easy »

(BPT) - The days of summer living and relaxing are over and it's time to get back on your feet! Whether you are exploring orchards, raking leaves or dodging rain puddles, autumn keeps you on your toes. The changing of seasons is the perfect time…

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Keep your skin glowing by staying active as temperatures start to drop »

(BPT) - For some, chillier weather can decrease the likelihood of sticking to a consistent workout routine. Luckily, there are plenty of small changes one can make to ensure that staying active during short winter days and long nights remains a priority. Not only does…

Oct 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic »

(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don't realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring…

Oct 14 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Debunking common computer security myths »

(BPT) - All businesses can be susceptible to threats like hackers and computer viruses. Making matters worse is the great deal of misinformation floating around regarding cyber security. The Internet attracts urban legends and computer security isn't immune from this trend. Many alleged security 'facts'…

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Fall into your home to-do list »

(BPT) - The leaves and the weather don't need to be the only things to change this season. As the cooler temperatures send you indoors, start adding home improvement projects to your to-do list.

Why now? According to a recent survey by Houzz.com, 78 percent of…

Oct 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

DIY Halloween costumes that won’t spook your budget »

(BPT) - As the leaves turn, children of all ages begin their quest for this year's 'it' Halloween costume. Americans will spend $2.8 billion dollars on Halloween costumes this year, according to the National Retail Federation's 2014 Halloween Consumer Trends Report.

The same study…

Oct 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Prevent frozen water pipes from flooding your home this winter »

(BPT) - If you think water damage isn't a real threat for millions of Americans, consider this: water damage caused $9.1 billion in annual homeowner property losses over a three-year period, according to a 2011 ACE Insurance Underwriters study. Despite that, many people don't worry…

Oct 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Why grandma’s holiday check could be the worst gift for a special needs child »

(BPT) - You know that little check you can always count on from grandma or grandpa around the holidays? It could be the worst gift your child gets this year, if he or she is a child with special needs.

If a child with disabilities accumulates…

Oct 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Not just for future scientists: STEM education spurs creativity, teamwork and problem solving »

(BPT) - There's no denying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is on society's radar. President Barack Obama's 'Educate to Innovate' initiative hosts a yearly STEM-themed science fair at the White House. STEM summer camps are popping up across the country and hundreds…

Oct 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Small businesses: Check tax forms for errors to avoid fines for 2014 »

(BPT) - For many small businesses, tax form filing season can be one of the most dreaded times of the year. But with the winter months quickly approaching, there is one simple step that can save you and your business headache, heartache (and money): double-check…

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Is fresher always better? 4 ways to know your produce »

(BPT) - These days, when it comes to produce, the catch words are "local" and "seasonal." Local and seasonal, like fresh and organic, can mean a lot of different things, according to Jim Gallivan, department chair of Culinary Arts at The International Culinary…

Oct 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Tips for Parents: Growth Patterns and Potential Health Issues »

(BPT) - This year, Congress is recognizing the first-ever Growth Awareness Week to put a spotlight on the need for parents to better educate themselves on proper growth patterns for children. Monitoring growth is one of the most important ways to determine if a child…

Oct 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

New ideas to bring your Halloween decor back from the dead »

(BPT) - Halloween has its fair share of iconic symbols: ghosts, witches, mummies and pumpkins, just to name a few. But if your home decor is becoming just as iconic, it may be time to change it up and take your decorating in a new…

Oct 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you »

(BPT) - Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that…

Oct 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Work-life effectiveness: It’s more achievable than you think »

(BPT) - Having a successful and fulfilling job and life outside of work can present challenges. While the debate over achievable 'work/life balance" and 'having it all' wages on, one thing is for sure. Some companies are becoming quite adept at creating policies, programs and…

Oct 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

5 affordable entertaining ideas guaranteed to impress at holiday parties »

(BPT) - The holidays are coming up quickly, and that means there's plenty of reason to celebrate. Whether you're throwing a party for the first time or you're continuing a long-running annual tradition, hosting a festive celebration with friends and family is a lot of…

Oct 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Is teen hearing loss on the rise? »

(BPT) - Pause for a moment and picture someone who is hard of hearing. Did a teenager come to mind? Probably not. However, the results of a recent study paint a troubling picture of today's hearing-impaired person - and it might just be the portrait…

Oct 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »






Nixon creating group to address Ferguson issues »

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he will create an independent commission to study issues that have surfaced since the fatal police…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Lawyer seeks to bar terrorism reference at trial »

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Palestinian activist from Chicago convicted for a fatal bombing in Israel urged a judge Tuesday to bar any reference…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Correction: Pennsylvania Employees-Porn story »

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, The Associated Press attributed a statement…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Judge drops hints as Detroit bankruptcy case nears finish line »

By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy dropped hints on Tuesday on what he wants to hear in the…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Ukraine, Russia end gas talks without breakthrough »

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday failed to get a decisive breakthrough in their standoff over gas supplies to Kiev and will resume…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

5 Jonestown victims buried in California »

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five victims of the 1978 mass suicide-murder in Jonestown, Guyana, were laid to rest after their cremated remains were recently discovered…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

AP-GfK Poll: Most expect GOP victory in November »

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S.…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

White House confirms U.S. citizen released from North Korea »

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Princeton prof accused of theft to tutor students »

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — The Princeton University professor accused of stealing 21 lawn signs belonging to a computer repair business will tutor students in exchange…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Suspect in custody after apartments evacuated in East Norriton »

A suspect is in police custody after reports of gunfire prompted the evacuation of an apartment building in East Norriton, Montgomery County.…

Oct 21 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 »





Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried to star onstage »

NEW YORK (AP) — Actors often complain about short rehearsal times, but some of entertainment's biggest names — including Melanie…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, dead at 82 »

NEW YORK (AP) — At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Argentina demands ‘Top Gear’ apology from BBC »

LONDON (AP) — Argentina's ambassador to Britain on Tuesday demanded an apology from the BBC over an ill-fated trip by…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies »

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose photographs of Elvis Presley documented the start of a legendary career,…

Oct 21 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Iraq PM warns Islamic State militants threaten entire region »

Tehran (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Tuesday his country was at war with "terrorists" threatening the region and intent on dividing Muslims, as he met top officials in…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

Palestinian convicted for ‘interfering’ with Israeli army work »

Jerusalem (AFP) - An Israeli military court has convicted a Palestinian activist for "interfering" with the work of an army tractor as it tried to erect a barrier in the West Bank, his...…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

London police arrest 15 people at Occupy protest »

London (AFP) - London police on Tuesday said they had arrested 15 protesters who had set up an Occupy camp opposite parliament, but the anti-capitalist demonstrators vowed to continue the protest…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

UK minister, troops fly to Sierra Leone in Ebola effort »

London (AFP) - International Development Secretary Justine Greening joined around 100 soldiers on a flight to Sierra Leone early Tuesday as part of Britain's response to the deadly Ebola virus.…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »

Jordan’s King Abdullah says world faces fight against extremism »

Amman (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah said Tuesday the world was engaged in a battle against extremism as his country takes part in US-led air strikes on Islamic State …

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »




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