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STEM careers challenging, rewarding and attainable for women [Infographic]
Jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the second-fastest growing job sector over the next decade, yet women comprise just 24 percent of the STEM workforce. Why? Many girls do not perceive themselves as being successful in STEM-related careers because they lack real-life role models and lose interest over time, eventually choosing careers in other fields. Grassroots efforts like DeVry University's STEM Ready initiative introduce high school students to careers in STEM an...
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Your home could be attracting termites
(BPT) - Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it's not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites. Termites live up to their nickname of the 'si...
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Stay ahead of cybercriminals: use caution and common sense online
(BPT) - Cybercrime is everywhere these days. It happens in the dead of night, in broad daylight, in homes, hotels, restaurants and airports. In fact, due to the explosion of online transactions, social media and mobile technology, it can happen almost anywhere at any time. The good news, however, is that it doesn't take ...
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Learn how water is helping energy flow [Infographic]
We each have an individual impact on the Earth when it comes to using resources, like water. Each person uses 5-13 gallons a day for drinking, cooking and cleaning. But our water 'splashprint' goes much deeper than that. In some cases, 1.5 miles below the Earth. Shale oil gas is an abundant source of energy, which requires water to extract. This year's World Water Day is focused on Water and Energy, and this infographic illustrates how we can tap into shale oil gas through sustainable water m...
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Getting cash back from Uncle Sam? Tips to make your tax refund work harder for you
(BPT) - Tax season is well underway, and many Americans expect to receive a refund, or have already gotten theirs. For many families, tax season is just one part of a broader financial picture for an overall budget. Forty-five percent of Americans expect to receive a refund this year, according to a survey released by TD...
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What's your wedding's story? David Tutera's expert advice for wedding invitations and etiquette
The bended knee, the little velvet box, the moment you exclaimed 'yes!' - getting engaged is such a magical time. With 39 percent of marriage proposals occurring between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, you and a lot of your friends may be newly engaged. Now comes the fun part - planning your dream wedding. 'Every weddi...
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Mental health beats out bikini bodies for reasons to get fit
Springtime is synonymous with beach body aspirations, or so one would think. A nationwide survey,conducted online among more than 1,000 U.S. women (ages 18+) by Harris Poll on behalf of The Dailey Method , reveals key fitness motivators for women. It exposes the enormous value women place on mental well-being over looking good in a bikini. A look at the exercise trends during each decade shows how this came to be. For more survey findings and information on the world-renown barre exercise, Th...
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Custom home decor without the hassle and high costs
(BPT) - Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it's easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or ...
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Health alert: Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes and don't know it?
(BPT) - Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S., and 7 million do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For 26 years, the American Diabetes A...
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Spring into four simple DIY home decorating trends
(BPT) - Whether you're personalizing a new home or revitalizing an old room, the start of spring is when newly imagined spaces become do-it-yourself realities. Here are four easy and affordable DIY tips to bring 2014's trends into your home. Don't just spring clean ... spring create Spring cleaning doesn't have to mean g...
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Feed body and soul by giving your next Italian meal a nutritious twist
(BPT) - It is said that Italian food nourishes the body and soul by celebrating fresh ingredients prepared with love. Using care when selecting ingredients for your next Italian meal can be the difference between heavier fare and something family members can feel good about, especially at a time when many are striving to...
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Color your world with love: Top hues for 2014 weddings
Planning a wedding means making plenty of decisions, and one of the most important - and, hopefully, enjoyable - choices you'll make will be to select your wedding colors. Yet even when it's fun, choosing a wedding color can be challenging, as you strive for a look that's both on-trend and true to your personal tastes. '...
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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.


2014-04-23 14:31:59 -0600

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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