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Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
By Laura Malm (BPT) - As the seasons turn, more homeowners are looking for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment. With demand high across the country for outdoor spaces that bring the comforts of the indoors outside, there's no surprise that decks are one of the t...
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Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
(BPT) - There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Both young and old adore this treat that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other ingredients to create an extra-delicious delight. Caramel is a candy staple in the United States and...
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Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It's hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? Or that nationally, deer vers...
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Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
(BPT) - Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best. Get out the toolbox: identify and mak...
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How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
(BPT) - Today's car owners are keeping their vehicles on the road longer, and it's not uncommon to find autos with odometer readings of 200,000, 300,000 or more. While increasingly common, that kind of longevity still merits bragging rights. So how can you reach the six-figure mile-mark? The answer is as simple as listen...
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Creating connections with children who have Autism
(BPT) - It's the single most-common developmental disability in America, affects more than 2 million Americans, has grown 10-fold in the past four decades, and is a highly complex disorder, yet at its heart Autism is a disorder that affects human interactions. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are generally descr...
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Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring
(BPT) - Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Yet the potential of a tax refund can be ...
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Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it's time to make sure your vehicles are maintained. As a professional off-road driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Corry Weller knows the type of care that needs to go into helping a winter-worn car roll into the spring, ready to go. Helping your vehicle come out of this long wint...
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Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt
(BPT) - From the White House lawn to the family living room, children of all ages will soon be searching behind bushes and couches to find that last treasured egg. If you don't have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community this year, consider planning your own and inviting all the neighbors to participate. Here are...
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Every 'bunny' loves bunnies at Easter [Infographic]
(BPT) - This Easter season, it's all about the bunnies! From peanut butter-filled treats, to visits from everyone's favorite furry friend, The Hershey Company surveyed consumers across the country to find out how they incorporate bunnies into their Easter activities. Check out the fun results below!
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Dentist Dr. Debra Glassman on the Acid Truth
(BPT) - Dear Dr. Glassman, Over the past few years, I've tried to incorporate more fruits into my diet and replace sodas with sparkling water with lemon, but I've noticed that my teeth have become more sensitive. Could there be a connection? -Jen M. Note: Jen M. is a hypothetical patient asking her dentist a typical ques...
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Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
(BPT) - When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you're likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well. By staying organized and adopting a schedule that has served professi...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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