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Hosting a bridal, baby or graduation party? Clever food shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
(BPT) - It's that time of year - bridal showers, baby showers and graduation parties are likely dotting your calendar. If you're the lucky host of one of these milestone events, you might feel excitement paired with a bit of trepidation as you start the party-planning process. The good news is, there are some simple ways...
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Looking for the perfect wedding gift? How to spice up the happy couple's newlywed bliss
(BPT) - If you struggle finding just the right wedding present for friends and family who are getting married, you're not alone. You want a gift that is personal, unique and, above all else, something they will actually use. Many newlyweds need to build their kitchen supplies, plus with the foodie trend still going stron...
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Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside
(BPT) - Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends are inspired by European traditions in order to create delicious, unique cuisine closer to home. As more ...
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Making security a priority during the busy holiday of hearts
Valentine's Day is a busy day for many small-business owners - especially those who cater to the love and romance industries. While tech and big-box retailers have 'Black Friday' in November, businesses like florists, candy shops and restaurants may experience 'Pink Friday' on February 14, with significant influx in sale...
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Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft...
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Simple steps to hassle-free family vacationing
Was your last family vacation a spectacle that would have made Clark Griswold proud? While Clark's heart was always in the right place, his family vacations often suffered from less-than-stellar planning and unrealistic expectations. Fortunately, your family never again has to live their own version of a Griswold holiday...
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Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel
(BPT) - Remodeling a home's decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new - something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also improve the indoor air quality - an important factor especially during the winter m...
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Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing
(BPT) - As a private pilot and frequent commercial passenger, John Walkup's hearing worsened over a number of years. But during one memorable airline flight, he suddenly lost most of his hearing, leading to enormous life changes. The impact of his hearing loss went beyond simply not being able to hear. His career ended a...
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Preparing for peace of mind in retirement
(BPT) - Everyone's vision for retirement is different - for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a plan that anticipates both the expect...
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Last-minute Valentine's gifts to stay out of the dog house
It's officially last minute for Valentine's Day, but there are plenty of gifts options out there that will arrive in time for Valentine's Day celebrations. From the classic sweets and flowers to creative ideas to spend time with loved ones, these ideas will make the day a special one. 1. Plan a quiet afternoon Not every gift has to come from a store. Plan a romantic picnic, a trip to that movie she really wants to see, a relaxing walk through the park or a leisurely drive in the country. The ...
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How color affects your exterior home makeover
(BPT) - How do you know you've chosen the right colors to accent your home's exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color scheme for your home. Accent your home's style Consider your home's design. Blend existing features, l...
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How patients can impact the future of cancer care and actively participate in their cancer journey
(BPT) - More than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society, with more than half a million Americans expected to die from it. While we have seen significant advances in cancer treatment over the past several years, the medical and scientific communities co...
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Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Chance for hundreds of millions in aid is set is to expire, but issue remains election-year risk.


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FILE- In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)As he waited outside a hospital on Wednesday for the body of one of his friends to be released for burial, Basiru Youseff, a young toy salesman, was bitter about government claims that they crushing the insurgency. Violence in Nigeria reached new heights this week, with the biggest attack on the capital in the city’s history, gun battles in the countryside, and the abduction of at least 129 girls from their schoolhouse by militants.  It is not known who perpetrated these attacks, though Boko Haram insurgents are widely blamed. While the military may make such comments in an effort to keep up morale, it feeds public frustration with a military that seems incapable of stemming what appears to be a widening conflict. “The skepticism in the public mind is increasing, perhaps even about the government’s culpability with the security concerns that Nigerians have,” says Clement Nwankwo, who heads the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center in Abuja.


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Fender Stratocaster turns 60An original 1954 Fender Stratocaster head stock, left, is shown next to a 2014 model, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at a studio in Scottsdale, Ariz. April 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the very first Stratocaster ever sold. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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