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Five things they don't teach you in school about how to secure your financial future
(BPT) - Anyone over a certain age has heard about the 'the three Rs' of education - reading, writing and arithmetic. The thinking is that if you graduate from school knowing how to read, write and solve basic math problems, you'll have the fundamentals for a successful life. But these days much more is required, especial...
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What to expect in travel in 2014: Big sporting events drive interest in this year's hottest locations
(BPT) - Where's everybody going? The travel forecast for 2014 points to destinations inspired by a whole lot of sportsmanship and team spirit. Hot spots expected to trend this year include North American ski resorts catering to travelers looking for an Olympic experience closer to home before, during and after the games;...
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Ten ways to live a healthy and active gluten free lifestyle
More and more people are adopting a gluten free way of life for a variety of reasons. For some, gluten free living is due to celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. For others, the gluten free life just feels good. No matter the reason for living gluten free, it's important to know that it's not just a diet, it's a lifestyle that affects many facets of everyday life including fitness and exercise performance. Dasha Gaiazova , a cross-country skier with celiac disease who is competing this wi...
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Six hot home design trends for spring 2014
(BPT) - Does the change of seasons have you itching to refresh a tired, lackluster room? Or maybe you're looking for some small ways to make a big impact on your home's style? Whatever the case, here are some of this season's most buzzed-about trends and how you can incorporate them into your next project. * Wood is the ...
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Building your professional brand
(BPT) - Personal branding is an elusive topic to most people, yet it is important for career success. Wise professionals with career success know it can mean the difference between landing that dream job and never getting noticed. So what do you think of when you hear the word 'professional brand?" Simply stated, a brand...
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Small ship cruising delivers intimacy and adventure
Major cruise lines market their ships as all-inclusive floating luxury resorts - a winning strategy for many of the nearly 17 million passengers that the Cruise Lines International Association says took a cruise in 2012. However, a growing number of discerning cruisers are also discovering that it's not necessary to sacr...
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Ways to make your outdoor living spaces more useful all year
(BPT) - No matter if you live on a coast or in the Upper Midwest, you can use your outdoor spaces to the fullest in any season by adding a few enhancements. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, it's easy to add features like a seat wall and a fire ring for an outdoor gathering spot, or an outdoor kitchen to...
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5 reasons to visit Alaska
If you're looking to take a vacation filled with adventure and some of the most breathtaking views in the U.S., then Alaska might be your next ideal vacation destination. From fresh, coastal seafood to unforgettable flightseeing in Denali National Park, Alaska will please nature lovers, gourmands and everyone in between! Inspiration travel website DreamPlanGo , suggests the following five reasons to add Alaska to your 2014 travel planning list: 1. Kenai Fjords National Park For the best views...
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Enjoy the taste of eating right with healthy, tasty snacks
(BPT) - While health is a main concern for many Americans, the majority are still choosing food based on taste rather than nutrition. This March, however, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is hoping to change perceptions and shed light on the fact that healthy food can taste good by promoting the theme: Enjoy ...
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Brewing up fresh ideas in the kitchen: How to incorporate craft beer into your cooking
(BPT) - For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don't even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace quite yet, more and more people are learning that craft beer can add a flavorful dimension to a variety of dishes. W...
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Misconceptions exposed - multivitamins and nutritional supplements
(BPT) - How often do you eat a cup of sauteed spinach? How about three servings of fatty fish, like salmon, per week? Probably not very often, but those are examples of foods and portions that are packed with the recommended amounts of essential nutrients. Research shows that Americans aren't making the nutrition grade a...
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Is it better to look good or feel good? Both, when you're pondering pedicures
(BPT) - Whether you're getting ready for a romantic evening out, or looking ahead to when sandal days are back again, treating your feet to a pedicure can help you look and feel your best - as long as you keep foot health front of mind. It's important to ensure your pedicure is done properly, whether you're doing it your...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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