American Legion Auxiliary aims to improve veterans’ lives »

(BPT) - Eva Wallace never enlisted in the U.S. military, has never been on active duty and never endured life-altering injuries protecting American freedoms. However, as a military spouse she has found another important way to serve our country - advocating for veterans' rights.

Each February,…

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It’s 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is? »

(BPT) - Smartphone? Check. GPS? Check. Seed, fertilizer and tractor? Check. Welcome to the world of modern agriculture, where high-tech is the rule and savvy millennials are in demand as U.S. agriculture embraces the many challenges of feeding a growing world.

From planters guided by GPS…

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Safeguard your home from ice dam formation »

(BPT) - Unpredictable winter weather can wreak havoc for millions of Americans across the country, leaving them cold and reaching to crank up the thermostat. Those living in areas where the temperatures can plummet to subzero, and snow and ice are a certainty, are all…

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5 spring DIY craft projects to make old stuff new again »

(BPT) - Spring isn’t just the season to clean out old junk from your home, it’s also the perfect time to tackle some DIY craft projects that repurpose household items and give them new life. Repurposing, or “upcycling,” is one of the hottest trends in…

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So you have heart failure, now what? 7 tips for management »

(BPT) - The common misconception about having heart failure is that your heart immediately stops beating. The reality is that heart failure can be a slow process that happens over time. Being diagnosed with the disease can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. At…

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Make a striking focal point the foundation of your spa-like bathroom »

(BPT) - American homeowners’ desire for spa-like bathrooms shows no signs of waning, says the latest Design Trends report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). From freestanding bath tubs and floating vanities to LED lighting and soothing color schemes, some of…

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5 fun ways to decorate for spring »

(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to shake things up with your home decor. As Mother Nature transforms her landscape with fresh buds and blooms, you’re probably longing to refresh your home, too. These five easy craft projects are perfect family activities and the…

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Flood insurance: Does your excuse hold water? »

(BPT) - We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours… and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell.…

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Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options »

(BPT) - Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial…

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5 reasons seafood is a great choice for a relaxing date night »

(BPT) - “Date night” is an activity people typically look forward to with great anticipation. The good news is, your plans don’t have to be elaborate for evenings together to turn out romantic and fun. Sometimes the most-satisfying date nights are the relaxing evenings spent…

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Expand your outdoor living experience with a retaining wall »

(BPT) - There are many popular ways people chose to get the most out of their outdoor living space these days. They build a fireplace or a fire pit, install lighting or a water feature, add a paver patio or outdoor kitchen, or plant a…

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8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications »

(BPT) - Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use,…

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7 tips to conquer your packing challenges while traveling »

(BPT) - Whether it's business travel, family road tripping or a romantic getaway, exploring new places is exciting. You may be counting down the days until you leave, but if there's one thing you dread, it's packing. Deciding what earns a spot in your suitcase…

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Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed »

(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke…

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Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins »

(BPT) - What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is…

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Are you reading and posting content worthy of your smartphone data? 5 tips to switch up your online commentary »

(BPT) - From awards shows to politics and sporting events, the beginning of the year is packed with comment-worthy moments. Many of us take these opportunities to share what we think are the smartest, sharpest and snarkiest takes and project online to our friends and…

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The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice »

(BPT) - Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple,…

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Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips »

(BPT) - High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations.

As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that…

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5 fiscally-friendly budgeting tips for your family »

(BPT) - Kids grow up so fast. As they do, those bills grow up right along with them – often faster than you can bring more money in, right? Yes, your budget is tighter than ever before, but you certainly don’t want to sacrifice the…

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Tackling Heart Health Head On: One Woman’s Journey to Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosis and Treatment »

(BPT) - In 90-degree heat and with her heart pounding, Shawna Dukes was in her happy place as she sprinted up and down stadium stairs during the annual University of Texas women's football training clinic. With determination in her stride, the physically fit, 58-year-old Texas…

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Last-minute party tips: Be the ‘hostess with the mostest’ for the least work and stress »

(BPT) - Everyone wants to be the 'hostess with the mostest' when throwing a last-minute party, but how can you wow your guests when you have little prep time and a budget that's more like 'least' than 'most?'

'With warm weather approaching, impromptu get-togethers can pop…

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Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving »

(BPT) - The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims…

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Get ready for summer and warm up with hot deals at your local boat show »

(BPT) - Stop dreaming about summer boating and make it a reality by finding the best deals this winter. Starting in January, boat shows take place across the country. They offer some of the best pricing and incentives of the year - a major draw…

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Exterior home improvements yield higher ROI for less money, report shows »

(BPT) - Renovation season is approaching. Do you know what home improvements will give you the best return for your money? Here’s a hint: step outside.

You might assume upgrades to interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms have the best payoff, but most home improvements don’t…

Feb 8 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

7 steps to secure your home while you’re on vacation »

(BPT) - Warmer temperatures, budding trees and blooming flowers are all lovely parts of spring, but what you really look forward to is the start of vacation planning season! Deciding where to go and what to see, making arrangements and planning your wardrobe are all…

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Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together »

(BPT) - With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much…

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Tackle your DIY projects with these 3 multipurpose tools »

(BPT) - DIY projects are surging in popularity right now and it's easy to see why. A successful DIY project can fix a problem or make a much-needed improvement to your home, while also providing you with the satisfaction of a job well done. Best…

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Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget »

(BPT) - Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you'll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money.

According to TheKnot.com, the average cost…

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5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change »

(BPT) - Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family’s sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for…

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5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women »

(BPT) - When the nation’s servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don’t return home the same.

Nearly 60 percent of servicemen and 50 percent of servicewomen experience at least one traumatic event during their service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.…

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5 things you need to know about vaccines »

(BPT) - No one wakes up in the morning hoping to be sick. Yet despite the angst people have about becoming ill, many forgo one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and even severe illnesses —…

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Light solutions: What to do when your house feels like a cave »

(BPT) - A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like.

Some of…

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5 reasons ridesharing is on the rise »

(BPT) - The rideshare industry has exploded in popularity over the past several years, with companies devoted to making transportation safe, reliable and enjoyable. At the swipe of a finger and tap of a button, you can hail a car through your smartphone. Within minutes,…

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Key lawmaker calls Trump defense budget request low »

The Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee called President Donald Trump's reported $603 billion defense budget request low on Monday, a…

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Trump seeks 'historic' increase of 9 percent in U.S. military's budget »

President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" 9 percent increase in military spending, even as the United States has wound down major…

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Ex-President Bush backs 'welcoming' U.S. immigration policy, free media »

Former Republican U.S. president George W. Bush diverged sharply from Donald Trump's new administration on Monday, saying he supported a welcoming immigration policy and praising…

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U.S. top court snubs challenge to death penalty constitutionality »

Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer objected to the court's decision not to hear the appeal by Marcus Reed, a drug dealer convicted in the 2010 shooting…

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Trump seeks 'historic increase' in U.S. defense spending, cuts elsewhere »

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he is seeking a "historic increase" in military spending to be funded by cuts elsewhere in government. Trump…

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Bergdahl lawyers ask U.S. Army court to dismiss case due to Trump comments »

Lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl said on Sunday they will ask an Army appeals court to dismiss charges against him in the belief…

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Tests show driver in Mardi Gras crash was legally drunk, police say »

(Reuters) - A driver accused of injuring 28 people in New Orleans after plowing a pickup truck into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade…

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Philadelphia Jewish cemetery desecrated by vandals »

A Mount Carmel Cemetery visitor called police on Sunday morning to say the gravestones of three of his relatives had been toppled, police said in…

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Trump's pick for Navy secretary withdraws »

U.S. President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of the Navy withdrew from consideration on Sunday, the second time a Trump nominee to lead one of…

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Couple Sharing Household Should Share Expenses Too »

DEAR ABBY: I need some relationship advice. How do you handle household expenses with a partner? My boyfriend and I have been in a relationship for 10 years. In all…

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Model Karlie Kloss sorry for a culturally insensitive spread »

NEW YORK (AP) — White model Karlie Kloss is apologizing for appearing in a fashion spread in Vogue's diversity issue…

Feb 16 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

China goes Hollywood in ‘The Great Wall’ »

Big Hollywood hits commonly reap half or more of their box office overseas, as "Finding Dory" and "Rogue One" have…

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Producers can’t keep politics from edging into Oscar show »

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Meryl Streep ushered politics into Hollywood's awards season when she used her Golden Globes acceptance…

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For Gore Verbinski, a fresh start after ‘Lone Ranger’ »

NEW YORK (AP) — Say what you will about Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," but it didn't lack for ambition.…

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Trump plans to cut funding for most government agencies »

President Donald Trump is preparing a “security budget” that will ramp up spending for the Pentagon while slashing funding for most other federal agencies. Trump plans to increase defense ...…

Feb 27 2017 / Read More »

Resistance Report: Democrats win a key local race — is the turnout a sign of things to come? »

On Saturday, Democrat Stephanie Hansen won a special election for a key state senate seat in Delaware, ensuring that her party controls the upper legislative chamber. Now, a Democrat winning a Democratic-leaning state...…

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Alt-Oscars: Trump backers tuning out Academy Awards, because Meryl Streep »

Supporters of President Trump are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars, a celebration that brings together the two things conservatives hate most: the “liberal” media and the Hollywood elite.…

Feb 26 2017 / Read More »




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