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Do you know your ABC's about RSV?
(BPT) - Alexis Tkachuk, a healthy 34-year-old, was overjoyed when she became pregnant with her first child. After 32 weeks of an uncomplicated pregnancy, Alexis' doctor cleared her for travel, and she and her husband decided to enjoy a relaxing trip. During the flight, however, Alexis began feeling discomfort, and upon checking into a local hospital, discovered she was in labor - eight weeks early! Only four pushes later, Alexis gave birth to her four-pound baby boy, Jack. Nearly one in eight...
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How to transform a drab gray concrete slab into a signature home design
The home improvement movement is alive and well, with many homeowners looking to unlikely places to increase the functionality and improve the appearance of their homes. According to the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey, 84 percent of respondents are planning a decorating or redecorating home improvement project in 2013, which i...
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The most powerful weapon against prostate cancer: a woman's involvement
Whether it's scheduling a checkup for a husband, driving Grandpa to a doctor's appointment or making sure a teenage son eats something other than junk food, women often act as guardians of the health of their male loved ones. Women seem naturally cast in the role of caregivers, and it's not unusual for a woman to know mo...
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Beyond white: Hot color trends for the kitchen and bath
(BPT) - So many of us love the rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to selecting colors for our own homes, we tend to play it safe. It's time to be bold and get out of the color comfort zone. Whether it's a vibrant backsplash, playful shade on the wall, or a new sink color that pops with ...
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Back to school, back to easy meals
(BPT) - With the hectic back-to-school season underway, it's time to get back to easy weeknight meals. Preparing a wholesome and delicious dinner may feel extra stressful when time is scarce. That's why many busy families rely on slow cookers to get them through the week. In fact, slow cooking can speed up your meal plan...
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Characteristics of successful public policy [Infographic]
Public policy is the cornerstone of American democracy and servers an important purpose in American society. We vote for, see, and hear public policy quite often, but what is good public policy? Successful public policy is usually made up of two things: Good policy (measurable and positive outcome) and good politics (bi-partisanship). Good public policy solves public problems effectively and efficiently, serves justice, supports democratic institutions and processes, and encourages an active ...
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Home winterizing checklist: Ways to stay warm and save energy this winter
(BPT) - Fall means colorful leaves, apple cider and cooler temperatures. It also means winter's on its way, so now is the time to winterize your home. Improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency with a home energy audit. Making energy efficiency upgrades identified in a home energy audit can save 5 to 30 percent on...
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Must-see sights for New England fall foliage watchers
It's been said that no human artist has ever really matched Mother Nature for creativity and beauty, and the arrival of fall colors across the country certainly supports that belief. While humans have explained in detail the science behind the biological process that causes leaves to change from green to yellow, red, ora...
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Setting the record straight: What to save, what to scrap [Infographic]
Bills, records, transcripts, receipts ... what's worth saving, and what should be scrapped? Even in today's digital age, experts suggest keeping paper copies of vital documents. Golda Szydlowski, lead business instructor at Everest Institute - Dearborn, offers the following guidelines. And remember, when in doubt, don't throw it out.
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Fibroids and polyps: What women should know about a common health problem
(BPT) - Women might be surprised to know that most of them will develop fibroids or polyps as a health issue sometime in their lives. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of white women and 80 percent of African-American women will develop fibroids by the time they are 50. Although these growths are among one of the mos...
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Maintaining masculinity when living with prostate cancer side effects
(BPT) - One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The good news is when caught early, it is very treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100 percent because many men receive an early diagnosis. Although survi...
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Time to replace your water heater [Infographic]
The water heater is probably the appliance least thought about in the home - until it fails. And when water heaters go bad, many do so in grand (ugly) fashion. Nearly three of every four water heaters fail due to a tank bursting or leaking 30 to 80 gallons of rusty water - depending on tank size - in your finished basement, attic or garage. Look for energy-efficient, certified ENERGY STAR water heaters, as new technologies can shave anywhere from 7 to 55 percent off household water-heating co...
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South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTAt least two people are confirmed dead after a ferry carrying 459 sank.


2014-04-16 01:39:12 -0600

A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


2014-04-15 23:02:53 -0600

Armed men drive an armoured personnel carrier with a Russian flag seen on the top in SlavianskBy Thomas Grove SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Six armored troop carriers entered the eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk on Wednesday carrying the Russian national flag and the banner of pro-Russian separatists, a Reuters eyewitness said. The vehicles stopped outside the town's city hall which has for several days been occupied by separatists. The second vehicle carried the emblem of the Donetsk People's Republic which a group of separatists proclaimed last week and which the Kiev authorities see as a first step to seeking to break from Ukraine and join with Russia. The men on top of the troop carriers, some of whom were masked, were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, grenade launchers, knives and pistols.


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