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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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Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - Taking care of your kids' clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids' shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they're constantly catching up on laundry and continuously ...
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Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget
(BPT) - If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home....
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


2014-04-19 07:36:27 -0600

File photo of U.S. President Obama meeting with Russian President Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in EnniskillenIn September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.


2014-04-19 05:07:37 -0600

FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


2014-04-19 02:42:30 -0600