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Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
(BPT) - It's not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy: * Begin by decluttering, which requires ...
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Let the past guide your future travel plans
Using last year's travel trends and hotel prices is a great way to plan your current adventures and vacation budget. You get the best of both worlds - learning from other travelers' experiences and visiting up-and-coming destinations before they become overcrowded and expensive. The latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (H...
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Dueling with dry skin? Why honey is the bee's knees, head to toe
(BPT) - While winter gets the rap for being hard on skin, the truth is dry, itchy, flaky skin can occur in any season, and all over your body. When you're looking for an effective, time-trusted treatment for dry skin, it's hard to beat the moisturizing power of honey. No beauty ingredient has been around longer or provid...
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Try something new for New Year's Eve: Ring in 2015 in Paris
The coming of the annual New Year's holiday is celebrated as a time of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. Why not get an early start on embracing the 'new' by welcoming in the new year in a fresh and unique way - by traveling abroad and spending New Year's Eve somewhere exciting? And what European city is more excit...
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8 ways to celebrate spring
From enjoying longer days to the sweet smell of flowers in bloom, there's nothing quite like springtime. While cleaning the house may not be on the top of everyone's to-do list, most can agree that the sense of renewal as the season changes is welcomed after a long and cold winter. Take a look at a few of the ways that you can celebrate the season, whether planting flowers and enjoying the outdoors, or baking yummy treats and entertaining with family and friends. 1. Take advantage of more day...
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Shedding for the wedding
(BPT) - Summer is often synonymous with wedding season. For most of us, wedding season means looking forward to drinking, dancing and cake. But for the bride (and groom), it means tightening, toning and trimming to get in shape before the big day. Michelle McCormick, personal trainer at Life Time - The Healthy Way of Lif...
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Five tips for plus size brides when shopping for the perfect gown
(BPT) - The average clothing size of women in the U.S. is 14, and according to The Knot.com's 2012 Real Weddings Study , the average bride spends approximate $1,211 on her wedding dress which amounts to a $2.1 billion wedding dress market. With such a lucrative business opportunity, it is no wonder that designers have st...
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Prepping your plate for more nutrients
(BPT) - Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels. 'To boost the flavor and nutritional value in our meals, we are constan...
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Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals are ready to start projects that require digging this spring. During this transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who d...
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Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
(BPT) - After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children's physical, emotional and intellectual development. With spring upon us, now is a great time to make play ...
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Expert tips for navigating tax-season changes
(BPT) - With the deadline for filing taxes fast approaching, there are myriad changes for the American taxpayer to consider. Between The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 'fiscal cliff' agreement), the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, it's easy for even the savviest taxpayer to get confused. Rob Fishbein, vice president in the Tax Department for Prudential , offers some tips and caveats to keep in mind when filing your tax return this year. 1. Same-sex spo...
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Warning: Job scams pack a financial punch for employment seekers
As the country emerges from the Great Recession, many people are still looking for employment. Whether it's a full-time job or a second job to earn a little extra money, hard-working folks across the nation are applying to job listings online. But beware: lurking among the real jobs are cleverly designed employment scams...
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In this map provided on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLYUnidentified material is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.


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FILE - This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The case of John Wayne Gacy has helped authorities solve another slaying, one that he didn’t commit. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce Wednesday, April 23, 2014, they have identified the remains found in a forest preserve in 2008 as those of 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago. Beaudion was identified after his relatives came forward to submit DNA samples as part of the effort to identify several of Gacy’s 1970s victims. Authorities believe Missouri resident Jerry Jackson killed Beaudion in 1978. But without a body at the time, they never charged him. Jackson died last year at age 62. (AP Photo/File)Four decades later, the killer's case is helping authorities solve another murder — one he didn't commit.


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A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTThe city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.


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