6 backyard projects you can’t skip this fall »

(BPT) - When it comes to caring for your yard, maintenance is crucial - especially during the fall when it needs to recover from the wear and tear of summer and prepare for winter's harsh conditions. Knowing what your lawn and garden needs from season…

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Most people underestimate their family’s need for life insurance »

(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they…

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Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women »

(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics - sunscreen and moisturizing - apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »


Flu fighters: Busting six sickening flu myths »

(BPT) - Ready for this year's flu season? You may think you know a lot about flu prevention and treatment - but being wrong about the flu can make you downright ill. Here are six myths about the flu, and the truth behind them.

Myth 1:…

Sep 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

How to handle student-teacher conflicts for the benefit of your child’s education »

(BPT) - Conflict and disagreements are a part of life. As an adult you understand this and you employ skills that help you mitigate conflicts and avoid future disagreements. Your children, however, may not have developed these skills yet. That means they will rely on…

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Uncontrollable laughing and crying: A stroke survivor’s unexpected diagnosis »

(BPT) - At the age of 33, Delanie Wilson had everything she'd ever hoped for. She married the love of her life, had two wonderful children and adored her job as a history teacher. She had recently lost 78 pounds and was in the best…

Sep 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games »

(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom experiences.

Developmental toys, like…

Sep 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons »

(BPT) - There is much to love about the nuances of the changing seasons - from spending sunny days on the beach to hiking through autumn-kissed parks and skiing down snow-covered mountains. Throughout the year, just as you would protect yourself from seasonal elements like…

Sep 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Tips on how to prepare your windows and doors for winter and save energy »

(BPT) - How much do you spend on utilities? Are you looking for ways to save? A typical American household spends about $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of that expense comes from a home's energy…

Sep 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

DIY projects to help you whip winter »

(BPT) - The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you'll be relieved to know that…

Sep 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Favorite fall flavors and activities guaranteed to enhance your autumn »

(BPT) - The air is crisp, kids are back in school and leaves are beginning to change color - fall has arrived! With it comes many possibilities for making amazing memories. From favorite fall flavors to awesome autumn activities, everyone has something to look forward…

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Hispanics learn ‘the recipe’ to manage type 2 diabetes and reach their A1C goal »

(BPT) - Did you know that Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes? U.S. Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, and diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death within the Hispanic community,…

Sep 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Bring your family together with a fun, yet simple football-watching party »

(BPT) - Football season has arrived, and it's time to get started planning those football-watching parties so you can root the home team toward victory and post-season success. Game day is a great day to spend time with family and friends, so if you're thinking…

Sep 15 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Dry bottoms and rockin’ tunes: The recipe for happy babies, survey says »

(BPT) - Long, leisurely showers are a distant memory, the days are a busy blur and you're getting used to never wearing a clean shirt - as the saying goes, parenthood is not for sissies. Yet when your little one greets the day -…

Sep 12 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fall clean-up tips for your lawn and garden tools »

(BPT) - As the temperature drops, your lawn and garden will start settling into a dormant state. As you prep your landscaping and garden for a winter's slumber, it's a good idea to review the tools you used all summer. Taking care of this task…

Sep 12 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fall in love with a trip to the Lone Star State »

(BPT) - With the summer season winding down, the onset of fall foliage with the cooler temperatures, and a variety of events and festivals, fall presents one of the best times of year to visit the Lone Star State. Fall in Texas means…

Sep 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Natural, effective and affordable home cleaning »

(BPT) - Fall means back to school and more dirt and clutter coming into your home. You can give your family a healthier and fresher home by switching to natural cleaning products.

'Misconceptions persist that natural cleaning is more expensive and less effective, but nothing could…

Sep 11 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Education pathways: K-12 students find success in virtual school »

(BPT) - With more school choices than ever and the evolution of technology, students are redefining their own pathway to a successful K-12 education. More families are building complete, harmonious educational experiences for their children by choosing schools that meet their needs at a point…

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Are you spending home improvement dollars on the wrong door? »

(BPT) - How often do you use the front door? Not often, right? When Americans come home from work or school, the front door now takes a back seat to the garage door.

'The garage door is used more often, it commands more curb appeal, and…

Sep 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Improve your entire day with these easy breakfast ideas »

(BPT) - Want to keep the weight off? It starts at the breakfast table. Seventy-eight percent of those who successfully maintain their weight loss eat breakfast each day, according to the National Weight Control Registry.

Why does breakfast seem to make the difference?

Anika…

Sep 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Don’t let germs hitch a ride home from school »

(BPT) - As a new school year gets into full swing, parents know that along with library books, art projects and worksheets, their kids often bring home a ton of germs. As students travel on the school bus, sit in the cafeteria, and participate in…

Sep 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal »

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you're thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he…

Sep 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Childproof your finances: Tips for new parents »

(BPT) - Whether welcoming a newborn, adopting a child or becoming a stepparent for the first time, bringing a child into your life means big changes - and a big impact on your finances.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, parents of children born…

Sep 10 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall »

(BPT) - Fall's arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factors including…

Sep 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Five ways to save big money on your cellphone bill »

(BPT) - Cellphone plans these days can top $100 or even $200 a month, once you include the cost of data. That's a lot of cash just to stay connected.

Fortunately, consumers can take a few easy steps to slash their bills - without sacrificing quality.

1.…

Sep 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fall projects to make your home sensational »

(BPT) - There still is time to complete your unfinished outdoor projects. Sixty percent of homeowners will accomplish a home improvement project this year, according to survey data from the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey.

Follow these tips to make your home's…

Sep 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Celebrating those who make a difference in the lives of people affected by rare blood cancers, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) »

(BPT) - Dealing with any serious health problem can be an isolating experience. But it can be especially difficult for those living with a rare disease because information, resources and treatment options may be hard to find. Often, people who have rare diseases face challenges…

Sep 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

The simple DIY trick to eliminate pesky floor squeaks »

(BPT) - Do floorboard squeaks date your home past its actual age? Do you avoid walking in some areas due to the noises the floor produces, especially at night when everyone is sleeping? Annoying at best and disruptive to work and sleep at worst, floor…

Sep 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Natural cedar, a great material to help reduce your environmental footprint »

(BPT) - Everyone wants to go green, but because the movement has been around for many years, it's hard for homeowners to get a firm grasp on what products will keep the environmental footprint created by their homes smaller.

Take natural wood products, for example. Many…

Sep 9 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

4 questions to ask before purchasing a new home »

(BPT) - Buying a new house is an exciting time in your life. Because it is one of the most important investments you'll make for yourself and your family, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into…

Sep 8 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Accomplish your to-do list of finishing the deck with ease this fall »

(BPT) - If you have a wood deck, chances are that it's made its way onto your summer to-do list. And if summer quickly slipped by you without that list being completely checked off, don't worry, you still have plenty of time in the fall…

Sep 5 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Chic storage ideas to corral clutter »

(BPT) - With the fall season comes cool weather and more time indoors. Snuggling up with blankets and partaking in activities at home can create more clutter than usual around the house. Instead of getting frustrated, it's easy to add stylish storage to corral extra…

Sep 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Boost kids’ nutrition with tips on creating a balanced plate »

(BPT) - It's no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to…

Sep 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road »

(BPT) - New research on driver's education and training shows a gap in teen drivers' knowledge - one that, if closed, could help prevent some of the nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers every year.

That knowledge gap concerns the only part of the car…

Sep 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Swapping ingredients and habits for healthier living »

(BPT) - When it comes to cooking, you're always on the lookout for new recipes, easy shortcuts and ways to make familiar recipes healthier without sacrificing the great taste. If you are a health-minded cook, here are some tips to get you started:

1. Add colors

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Often-overlooked back-to-school danger: Tips to pack safer lunches »

(BPT) - You've survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things…

Sep 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Learn more about the smoothie sensation sweeping the nation [Infographic] »

(BPT) - The hottest thing to eat is actually a drink. Smoothies are customizable and offer an easy option for packing nutrition and great taste into a single drink. Learn more about just how big the smoothie craze has gotten in this infographic.

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Learn more about the smoothie sensation sweeping the nation [Infographic] »

(BPT) - The hottest thing to eat is actually a drink. Smoothies are customizable and offer an easy option for packing nutrition and great taste into a single drink. Learn more about just how big the smoothie craze has gotten in this infographic.

Sep 4 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Taking control for healthier aging »

(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.

A key part of healthier aging is preventing serious illnesses. Regular…

Sep 3 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Choosing the hardwood floor that’s right for you »

(BPT) - After kids go back to school, homeowners finally have time to complete remodeling projects. This makes autumn a popular time for home improvements. In fact, home improvement activity is expected to peak in the final three months of 2014, according to the Leading…

Sep 3 2014 / No Comment / Read More »






Stabbing injures student, Texas school evacuated »

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a student has been hospitalized after being stabbed during a fight at his Texas high school that prompted officials…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

3 injured in crash involving state trooper »

Delaware County authorities are investigating a three vehicle accident in Concord Township.…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Stocks creep higher on encouraging news »

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market headed higher Thursday as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job »

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Judge doubts Oklahoma ready for Nov. 13 execution »

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday he is concerned Oklahoma will not be able to implement new guidelines and training for executing…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Pennsylvania newlyweds get life without parole in Craigslist killing »

(Reuters) - The Pennsylvania newlyweds who admitted using Craigslist to lure a victim for a thrill-killing were sentenced on Thursday to life in prison without…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Slain trooper eulogized as impeccable officer »

The head of the Pennsylvania state police says slain Cpl. Bryon Dickson "was no ordinary trooper."…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

U.S.: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months »

Moderate Syrian rebels, once made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that the Islamic…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Police: Teen killed woman over $5 pot dispute »

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A North Las Vegas high school junior will be prosecuted as an adult in the shooting death of a…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Wisconsin community outraged over sale of Slender Man Halloween costume where teen was stabbed »

The costume is being deemed insensitive after two girls quoted Slender Man as inspiration for stabbing their classmate.…

Sep 18 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 »





Actor Michael Sheen likes variety in his roles »

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Sheen can mold himself into just about any kind of role. He's played British Prime…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges »

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

New ‘NCIS’ spinoff sets up shop in New Orleans »

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The newest members of the successful "NCIS" TV franchise understand the importance of their family roots.…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

‘The Voice’ winner goes to Broadway’s ‘Pippin’ »

NEW YORK (AP) — The next guy to play Pippin on Broadway has already proved he has stage magic. He…

Sep 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Russia ‘moves troops in Crimea’ ahead of Ukraine-US meet »

Kiev (AFP) - Kiev accused Moscow on Thursday of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to meet US counterpart Barack Obama.…

Sep 18 2014 / Read More »

Islamic State jihadists ‘close in on Syria Kurd town’ »

Beirut (AFP) - Jihadists of the Islamic State group were closing in on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish border on Thursday, expelling Kurdish fighters from surrounding villages, a monitoring group…

Sep 18 2014 / Read More »

Mindful of history and a tight race, Scots vote en masse »

Edinburgh (AFP) - Scottish voters queued up from before dawn to cast their votes for or against independence on Thursday, running the gauntlet of leaflet-wielding activists making one last push to influence ...…

Sep 18 2014 / Read More »

Ukraine leader warns of Russia threat, seeks US support »

Washington (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called for greater political and military support from Washington and tighter sanctions on Russia as he told US lawmakers that Kremlin aggression represented a threat to ...…

Sep 18 2014 / Read More »

Syria’s Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas: US »

Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas …

Sep 18 2014 / Read More »




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