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Water: It's what's on tap [Infographic]
The leaves are falling and the air is crisp, it's time enjoy Oktoberfest! What better way to do that than to have a pint of ... water? Yep, water. Water is 90 percent of your favorite beer, and can determine the type of beer brewed. Historically, different types of beer have been brewed in different regions because of the mineral and calcium content of the source water. Now, advances in reverse osmosis technology makes it possible to enjoy your favorite stout, lager or pale ale made from anyw...
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Fun and creative kids' activities just in time for fall
(BPT) - Each year autumn marks a time for change - leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school. The new season brings with it a shift in rhythms and patterns, including a new weekly routine for families as children go back to school. For young children starting school, it's important to maintain a learning environment even after the last school bell rings and they return home. Spend this time building family traditions and ma...
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The value of DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment...
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Halloween fun [Infographic]
This Halloween, Chester Cheetah, the official Cheetos brand spokes-cheetah, is putting his paw down to show that cheesy Halloween fun never grows old.
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Not home for the holidays: the beauty of holiday traveling
(BPT) - Vocalists from Perry Como and the Carpenters to Michael Buble have warbled about how wonderful it is to be home for the holidays. But who says you have to buy into that belief? Not being home for the holidays offers many advantages, including the opportunity to travel, visit far-off loved ones or just immerse you...
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Regional differences in banking fees and consumer experiences [Infographic]
Checking accounts are fundamental building blocks of healthy finances, but many bank consumers are frustrated with the rising cost of banking. The TD Bank Checking Experience Index, a study conducted by TD Bank and Angus Reid Public Opinion found that while many consumers are seeing rising costs, the majority are not moving to a new account or bank. For the best experience, consumers should investigate options, like accounts that waive non-bank ATM fees or don't require a minimum balance. Wit...
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Planting a fall garden [Infographic]
Spring crops vacate space that can allow for later summer sowing and fall harvesting. Maximize your garden's production by planning accordingly so you can eat fresh produce in the fall. Learn how to plant a fall garden and use raised garden beds with this infographic courtesy of AvantGardenDecor.com.
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Tips for healthier air travel
(BPT) - Ask people who fly frequently, and they will tell you that it takes a mental and physical toll on them. Psychologically, air travel can make you feel like a nameless face in a herd of sameness. The combination of spending hours in airport lines, dragging around luggage to avoid bag fees and being wedged into tiny...
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Tips to ensure your shower upgrade doesn't turn into a leaky mess
(BPT) - Bathrooms are certainly among the busiest rooms in any home. But a bathroom can be so much more than just the place where you get ready during your hurried morning routine. One of the hottest trends in home decorating and remodeling is creating a bathroom that serves as a spa-like retreat. Soothing colors and nat...
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Home renovation for baby boomers: Preparing for the next stage in life
(BPT) - Lived in your home for years? Love your neighborhood? The thought of moving away from your home's comfort, warmth and memories can be unsettling. Instead of moving out, consider updating and remodeling your home to accommodate your future needs. Eight-nine percent of Americans 55 and older have embraced this agin...
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NASCAR driver drives to stop diabetes
(BPT) - Ryan Reed, 20, of Bakersfield, Calif., is chasing his dream to become a top NASCAR driver. He's racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series events this year as a development driver for one of the top names in the sport, all while taking care of his type 1 diabetes. Diabetes entered Reed's life in February 2011, just a...
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How a vehicle can help [Infographic]
100 Cars for Good is providing 100 deserving nonprofit organizations with a new car, and votes are needed to help determine which organizations receive the vehicles. See below how previous recipient organizations have used the cars to better their surrounding communities, and then vote to help choose this year's winning organizations.
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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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