Is a wood or composite deck right for your home? »

(BPT) - Outdoor living is a home improvement trend that can't be ignored. If you plan to add a deck to your house, remember the design is only one aspect of the planning process. The materials you decide to use can affect the project in…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Embracing life while living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer »

(BPT) - The American Cancer Society estimates that about 62,450 new thyroid cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US in 2015. Medullary thyroid cancer represents only about 3 to 4 percent of these cases, and just one-third of those will be locally advanced or…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Floor your house guests with creative design twists »

(BPT) - Hardwood flooring brings enduring beauty, charm and value to a home. Not content to keep a good thing underfoot, inspired homeowners are now finding new and creative locations to use it for a dramatic effect.

Using hardwood flooring on walls and ceilings is becoming…

May 22 2015 / No Comment / Read More »


Standing water in your yard? Solve your drainage problems in three steps »

(BPT) - Whether it's the result of melting snow or a heavy rainstorm, standing water in the backyard is an unwelcome sight for any homeowner. While it's unsightly and robs your yard of valuable green space, standing water can also cause excessive damage to your…

May 22 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

5 steps to create an outdoor sanctuary at home »

(BPT) - The wildly popular outdoor-living trend has inspired homeowners across the country to add value and comfort to their properties by revitalizing their backyards. In an increasingly hectic world, having a peaceful place at home where you can enjoy nature and fresh air has…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating »

(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it's common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

From sea to shining sea: the most patriotic things to see and do on your summer vacation »

(BPT) - Summer isn't just the season of no school and summer vacations. It's also the most patriotic season in America, encompassing three iconic American holidays - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. This summer, why not put a patriotic shine on your family's…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

4 tire tips for teen drivers »

(BPT) - Getting a driver's license is a pivotal moment for many teens, and with the privilege of driving comes greater freedom and independence. For parents, this can be both a moment of great pride and overwhelming anxiety.

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

6 must-do home improvements to withstand severe summer weather »

(BPT) - Mother Nature can be hard on your home, especially during the summer months. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes can cause extensive damage to houses and entire communities. Some preparation, however, can help homeowners defend their homes against severe-weather damage.

'It pays to prepare your home…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

B12 deficiency: who’s at risk and why you need to understand it »

(BPT) - Vitamin B12 is an important part of a healthy nervous system, yet many people aren't aware of the impact a deficiency in B12 can have on their overall well-being. If left untreated, B12 deficiency can lead to permanent, irreversible nerve damage, serious neurological…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Find space with grace, the best positioning for items around your house »

(BPT) - Equations are for more than just math class; did you know there's a proper order of operations for your home, too? Whether it's arranging your couch and television for optimal viewing or making sure towel bars are right within reach, knowing a few…

May 21 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

The 5 bad behaviors that may be derailing your retirement savings »

(BPT) - More than half of Americans are worried about running out of money when they retire, yet a staggering 80 percent don't have the knowledge they need to successfully build a nest egg and make it last throughout their retirement, according to The American…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Beautiful lawn DIY: 6 steps to success »

(BPT) - Has nicer weather inspired you to find ways to make your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable while increasing its value? One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.

Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

What parents and athletes need to know about carbohydrates in the form of sugar »

(BPT) - An athlete's overall nutrition needs vary depending on several factors, including the type of sport and duration of time in motion. Specifically during activity, an athlete needs fuel to perform, and carbohydrates, including sugars, have been found to be functional for athletes who…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

The best and brightest: How to attract the most colorful birds to your backyard »

(BPT) - Sparrows to doves, mockingbirds to magpies, every bird that visits your backyard this season will bring its unique brand of delight. Yet when a particularly colorful species shows up, you can't help but feel a special thrill at the beauty of their plumage…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

5 ways to boost your home’s curb appeal »

(BPT) - Spring and summer continue to be the most popular months for selling your home, according to Realtor.com. And with many homeowners staying in their houses for an average of 13 years, your home will surely need some sprucing up to add to its…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Being able to continue work creates better lives for dialysis patients »

(BPT) - Facing kidney failure and the need for dialysis can be overwhelming for patients. Yet those who can continue working generally do better at coping with their illness, multiple studies show. And advances in dialysis care mean patients have treatment choices that can allow…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

How many of these household medicine safety steps do you follow? »

(BPT) - Every year, approximately 60,000 young children visit the ER due to one - preventable - reason: they accidentally swallow medicine.

That's why the Up and Away and Out of Sight program, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners,…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Serving up careers for returning veterans »

(BPT) - May marks Military Appreciation Month, a time to reflect on the more than 21 million military veterans living in the U.S., many who are faced with the decision of 'what's next for my career?' after returning to civilian life.

Unfortunately, more than 70 percent…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Greener, cleaner bathrooms save water, time and money »

(BPT) - If you're considering a green home renovation, or building an eco-friendly house, you'll likely put a lot of thought into heating and cooling, as well as kitchen appliances. But don't overlook the value of greening your bathrooms, too. Environmentally-friendly bathrooms can conserve water…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

7 smart and easy ways to slip learning into kids’ outdoor fun »


(BPT) - Ah, summer. The perfect time for picnics, parks … and learning? Summer has a reputation for being heavy on play and light on learning, but the season is loaded with learning opportunities - courtesy of all those outdoor excursions. Children learn through…

May 20 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

5 ways to guarantee you get senior portraits that rock »

(BPT) - It's graduation time! It took you four years to get to this point, but didn't it go by in a blink? With the big day approaching, you'll soon leave high school behind forever. So make sure you get keepsakes you can be proud…

May 19 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Gout, just a pain in the big toe? Think again. Debunking 4 myths that overshadow the seriousness of gout »

(BPT) - Gout - only rich, old men get it, right? Wrong! The truth is, gout can affect both men and women of all ages, economic standing and backgrounds. More than 8.3 million American adults have gout, and the incidence and prevalence of the disease…

May 19 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Summer sweat: 5 steps to an effective warm weather workout »

(BPT) - The warm weather is finally here, and that means you can shed those layers and hit the beach! It also means that it's a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you shape up for this summer.…

May 19 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

7 simple tips for getting a good night’s sleep »

(BPT) - We all know that sleep is critical to mental and physical well-being - it's nature's way of helping us revitalize ourselves and recover from the wear and tear of the day. However, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each…

May 19 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

5 simple tips for safe towing »

(BPT) - With the summer months ahead, people will be towing boats, jet skis, campers, landscaping equipment, ATVs and more.

Towing can be tricky so it's important to plan ahead and emphasize safety. Operating a vehicle becomes a whole new task when another set of wheels…

May 19 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Spring into action now to help prepare for fall allergies »

(BPT) - To everything there is a season, and this season you just might be feeling lousy: sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. With spring allergies in full swing and summer right around the corner, it may be difficult to think about the upcoming fall…

May 18 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

3 reasons to pay attention to an irregular heartbeat »

(BPT) - Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. have an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia. Heart arrhythmias are very common and are usually harmless. However, certain arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, may produce pooling and clotting of the blood which can damage…

May 18 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

5-point travel checklist for you and your pets »

(BPT) - Did you know 30 million people travel with their pets each year? Whether by plane, train or automobile, if you're planning an upcoming trip with your furry family member, it's important to plan ahead to ensure you both stay safe and healthy while…

May 18 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Hurricane season, wind speed and your home’s siding: What you need to know »

(BPT) - Living near or along a coast has many advantages: warm weather, beach access, soothing waves and walks in the sand. However, the areas that are the most beautiful are often the most susceptible to hurricanes and other severe weather. If you live near…

May 18 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

How to tackle your home’s stubborn stains and odors »

(BPT) - From wall stains to washing machines, indoor stains and smells can be a challenge to tackle. Luckily, there are surprisingly simple methods to erase them for good. Here are a few tips to freshen up the most stubborn spots in your home.

Conceal wall…

May 18 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

5 ways to outsmart your picky eater »

(BPT) - Few things cause more parental frustration than trying to get a picky eater to enjoy a well-rounded diet. Whether your child has been picky all his life, or, out of nowhere is now turning up his nose at healthy foods he previously adored,…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Barbecue in style on a grill enclosed in decorative block »

(BPT) - Barbecue season is a time when family and friends can enjoy cooking outdoors together. In fact, this popular annual pastime is as strong as ever with 58 percent of American adults agreeing that cooking outdoors is more fun and relaxing than dining out,…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Get safer drinking water the natural way »

(BPT) - Household bacteria can be a serious issue affecting your health. In fact, the very steps we take to eliminate harmful bacteria may be spreading it. Everyone washes their fresh fruits and vegetables, but the water in your pipes may contain even more bacteria,…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Bed bugs and summer travel: how to protect yourself »

(BPT) - When summer arrives, all you can think about is that vacation getaway, getting the kids off to camp and traveling to visit friends and family. You're looking forward to spending some relaxing time away from your hectic everyday environment. Unfortunately, bed bugs feel…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

7 sweet summer activities to bring your family closer together »

(BPT) - The summer season is full of memory-making potential for families across the country. The long sunny days and cool clear nights provide endless possibilities for sharing a few laughs and enjoying the activities of the season. Get ready to have some fun together…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Home security in the palm of your hand »

(BPT) - Did you know that more than 40 percent of U.S. homes have dropped their home landline phone service and gone completely wireless? This amazing statistic from the federal government's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) says a great deal about today's modern world,…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

6 ways to beat your inner bridezilla »

(BPT) - Having fears on your wedding day is normal and many questions will run through your head; 'Did I invite everyone?' 'What if I trip in my heels?' 'Am I forgetting something?' Out of all the questions you'll ask yourself, 'Am I being a…

May 15 2015 / No Comment / Read More »






Deadly storms swamp Plains, Midwest, force Texans from homes »

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — A line of storms stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo »

TOKYO (AP) — Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

New Oakland police policy draws protests »

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Police made arrests as demonstrators marched in downtown Oakland to protest against the city's new get-tough policy for monitoring street protests…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Police: Pressure cooker in suspicious DC vehicle destroyed »

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle's…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy »

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Vocabulary test takes away some National Spelling Bee drama »

WASHINGTON (AP) — For viewers of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Police investigate possible abduction in Camden, N.J. »

Police are investigating the report of a possible abduction in Camden, New Jersey.…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

‘Ugly’ potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case »

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Troubled Memphis-area cemetery to reopen for family members »

BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) — Relatives of people buried at a troubled Memphis-area cemetery will have the opportunity to visit their deceased loved ones for the…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

1 dead in double shooting in Reading, Pa. »

Police say a man is dead and a woman injured after a shooting in Reading, Pennsylvania Sunday.…

May 25 2015 / 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 »





Nigerian senator-elect to fight US extradition, drug charges »

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A wanted man newly elected to Nigeria's Senate will appear in court Monday to fight his…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

The movies that will keep buzzing after Cannes »

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is a grand hierarchy with strictly defined elevations of movies and media…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Cannes winner puts refugee issue up on the screen »

The debate around the world about what to do with growing waves of desperate migrants will be spurred by a…

May 25 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

‘Tomorrowland’ tops North American box office »

Sci-fi adventure-drama "Tomorrowland" starring George Clooney went straight to the top of the North American box office on its debut…

May 24 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

Africa’s economy to strengthen in 2015 despite Ebola, oil price »

Africa's overall economy should advance in 2015, expanding by 4.5 percent, showing resilience despite weak commodity prices and the devastating Ebola epidemic, an annual report published Monday said. "Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) growth ...…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

UN chief seeks ‘global action’ on climate change this year »

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Monday called for "global action" this year to limit climate change as international weather experts began a quadrennial congress in Geneva. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) meeting ...…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer’s is brewing »

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Correction: Nigeria-Fuel Crisis story »

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In a story May 25 about Nigeria's fuel crisis, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the country produces more than 2 billion barrels of oil a day. The ...…

May 25 2015 / Read More »

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing »

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing.…

May 25 2015 / Read More »




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