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Business owners: Resolve to use your time for growth in 2014
(BPT) - Each year offers a chance for new beginnings - an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and make personal resolutions to use their time effectively to prosper in the year ahead. The same is true for businesses, as entrepreneurs and business owners set new strategic goals and plans for growth. Managing tim...
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Home-field advantage for the big-game party? Don't forget to have a food safety game plan in place
(BPT) - You've seen it time and time again. Your favorite football team is trailing late in the game with the ball not far inside the opponent's territory. It's what's commonly referred to as 'four-down territory.' Attempting a field goal is either a long shot or doesn't garner enough points to win the game. The best opt...
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Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthi...
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Financial planning makes college education a reality for many in the new year
(BPT) - The new year is widely associated with personal resolutions for self-improvement that range from physical fitness to cutting out vices. For many, the goal of returning to school to earn a college degree provides the opportunity for impactful, long-lasting change and a more fulfilling life and career. New data sho...
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The nutrient gap [Infographic]
An ideal diet ensures we're getting the appropriate amounts of essential nutrients from the foods we eat on a daily basis, but unfortunately the ideal is not the reality for most. According to a recent analysis of NHANES data (2001-2008) commissioned by Nature Made , Americans are missing out on adequate levels of six essential nutrients daily: vitamins A, C, D, E, calcium and magnesium. In order to bridge the gap between what Americans are eating and the nutrients they are lacking, high-qual...
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Get back to basics with your business technology
(BPT) - Technology can do a lot for home offices as well as small and medium-size businesses, but choosing and investing in the appropriate level of technology can sometimes feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Business owners and consumers alike sometimes overspend on technology rather than selecting the right tools to help them improve their productivity while keeping their costs at a minimum. 'As business owners, we face the challenge of accounting for everything that keeps our businesses...
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Top 2014 home decor trend: Personalized design
(BPT) - Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year homeowners are taking control. The 'keeping up with the Joneses'' mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the residents. In 2014, more people will actively embrace...
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New credit score myths and why you shouldn't believe them
(BPT) - Myths and folklore endlessly evolve as cultures change, technologies emerge and societies grow. Some myths - like the one that warns against washing Pop Rocks down with Coke - are chuckle-worthy. Others, such as fallacies about how credit scores work, can be downright detrimental. Thankfully, some credit score my...
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Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
(BPT) - If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier than normal. All three are...
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It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
(BPT) - With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it's easy to think Valentine's Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don't need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine's Day reaction. This year, more women are thinking ahead to create customi...
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Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
(BPT) - Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home - one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occasion. The good news is, with ...
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How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase ''tis the season' you might be thinking holidays. But it's also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams. Pro football draws the biggest audience, but don't discount the basketball and hockey pro ...
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national news

Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)The crewmembers have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.


2014-04-20 21:24:59 -0600

Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - US Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian "peacekeepers". Biden's arrival in Kiev comes after a deadly gunfight gunfight killed at least two pro-Russian militants, an incident which sparked "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to send in troops. The attack, near the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, undermined an accord worked out in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine and Western powers on Thursday under which "illegal armed groups" were to surrender their weapons.


2014-04-20 21:33:27 -0600

Farewell flight or Hawaiian pilotHONOLULU (AP) — A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.


2014-04-20 22:43:33 -0600