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Eight car safety features that could save your life
(BPT) - It's a scary thought. You glance down to grab your travel mug or change the radio station just as the van traveling in front of you slams on the brakes. Now it's up to you to respond. But what if your car could brake automatically to help avoid the crash? Fortunately, this technology, along with others that could also keep you safer, already exists. 'Advanced crash-avoidance features are becoming more common - almost expected,' says USAA's Joel Camarano, assistant vice president of pr...
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Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine
It's easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine . But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like food when it comes to safety and sanitation. Just like any other type of restaurant equipment, ice machines require proper maintenance. With the right ongoing care, an ice machine will serve your business well for...
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Rolling into spring: 10 dirtiest dogs in America
The start of spring means many things - the return of higher temperatures; more time outdoors and, of course, April showers and May flowers. Unfortunately, for pet owners, April showers also mean muddy paws and unanticipated hours in dirty tubs. In honor of spring, pet grooming leader Wahl and The Petfinder Foundation have tracked down the 10 dirtiest dogs in America. These adorably dirty pooches - and their dirty stories - were discovered through a nationwide effort to, coincidently enough, ...
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The future and money are big stressors for teens [Infographic]
Many of America's teenagers are stressed about paying for college and finding good jobs, and don't always practice smart budgeting. However, they remain remarkably optimistic and are willing to learn, grow and become financially savvy, according to a recent national survey from H&R Block Dollars & Sense. In fact, the study shows that three of every four teens go to their parents for financial guidance, while an incredible 97 percent plan on attending college, believing the promise of higher e...
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Car lovers: Take care of your four-wheeled family member
(BPT) - Do you view your car or truck as a member of your family? Have you named your vehicle? If so, then consider how caring for your car is similar to caring for your kin. For the most part, caring for your family is pretty straightforward. Watch their diets, keep them clean, fix their bumps and bruises and they are l...
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Exercise those ears: Simple ways to keep your hearing in shape
(BPT) - There are hundreds of benefits from daily exercise. Science has shown that daily aerobic exercise improves brain function, helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, helps regulate insulin levels and slows aging. Good health enables a person to experience and enjoy life to its fullest, and a critical aspect ...
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Nine great edutainment games to get kids excited about learning
As a parent, you are constantly being bombarded with new information on the right amount of screen time for your child. While you can aspire to raising your kid TV- or mobile-device free, that's just not always a reality these days. Instead of feeling guilty with the amount of screen time you give them, make sure they can actually benefit from it. Finding the right apps that blend educational lessons with engaging and entertaining games that your kids will love isn't always easy. Here are nin...
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Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
(BPT) - Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest 'chalet chic' design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches. 'Exposed structural elements work well when paired against something that's more delicate,' says David Bourke, architect a...
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No more road rage: How smart cities and driverless cars make life better for everyone
(BPT) - Driverless cars, delivery drones and smart buildings: they all seem like things you'd see in a sci-fi movie. But all those futuristic developments could soon roll onto American roadways, and many Americans overwhelmingly support the changes. According to the 'Intel Freeway to the Future' study conducted by Penn Schoen Berland, when asked if they would like to live in a driverless city, where all cars, buses and trains operate intelligently and automatically without people driving them...
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Insanely gorgeous spring makeup looks you can easily create at home
Taking cues from the season's runways, spring 2014 makeup looks are fresh, colorful and bold. The top styles reveal modern twists on the traditional, making for looks that enhance every facial feature perfectly. Best of all, you don't have to be a professional makeup artist to achieve these gorgeous looks; you just need to know a few tricks of the trade. Check out the top looks of the season. Classic cat eye Mysterious and classy with a touch of sex appeal, the cat eye provides a timeless loo...
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Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year
(BPT) - For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year, ranking even above Christmas or Easter. The challenge, however, is that with more two-income families, increase in single parent households, and busier work and school schedule...
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A healthier home makes for happier families
(BPT) - If you've ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you're like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what's in your home. Here are four tricks to help...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. (AP Photo)Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and EU each achieved initial satisfaction on some issues in Geneva talks.


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A flu vaccine rests on a table with a bandage during the Flu + You clinic sponsored by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur on Friday, September, 6, 2013 at the Williams YMCA in Jacksonville, Fl. The goal of the Flu + You program is to educate older adults about influenza and prevention as well as provide vaccines. (Rick Wilson/AP Images for Flu + You)By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia articles that included terms related to flulike illnesses, whereas Google Flu Trends looks at searches typed into Google. The research team wanted to use a database that is accessible to everyone and create a system that could be more accurate than Google Flu Trends, which has flaws.


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Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


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