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Head of the class: New online college programs help students advance careers
(BPT) - There is a skills gap in the United States. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. employers report having difficulty finding staff with the appropriate skills, according to the annual Talent Shortage Survey conducted by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consulting firm. Employers are looking for employees who possess the...
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From supplies to volunteering, parents can find ways to support teachers
(BPT) - Parents know educating their children is a collaborative effort between families and teachers. Each new school year, parents look for ways to make that effort as fruitful and positive for their children as possible. By supporting their child’s teacher, parents can help ensure kids get the best education possible ...
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Planning ahead is key to throwing a memorable party
(BPT) - There’s nothing more chic than entertaining with ease and seamlessly bringing family and friends together over a great meal at a fashionable table. If you want to be known as an unforgettable host, follow these tips for entertaining in style to impress guests at your next event: * Select a theme: No matter the oc...
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Your game plan for disaster-free, tailgating success
(BPT) - Tailgating is an investment in having fun - 42 percent of tailgaters spend more than $500 a season on food and supplies, according to a Tailgating Institute research study . When you’re spending that much on your pre-game fun, food failures, cooler crises and other disasters are not an option. Here are a handful ...
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Surgery insight: What happens while you're under anesthesia?
(BPT) - Preparing for surgery can create anxiety for some patients. It is not uncommon for patients to be particularly nervous about undergoing anesthesia. Have you ever wondered what happens during surgery and anesthesia? You’re not alone. Knowing you will receive the highest quality and safest medical care throughout y...
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Rise and shine - wake up to new home decor ideas
(BPT) - Few things feel better than waking in the morning refreshed and ready to start the day. But if the first thing you see is a bedroom that needs some improvement, your day might not go as planned. If you’re suffering from the bedroom blues, why not reinvent the space? Especially since you don’t have to buy new to g...
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Long-term care: Are you ready? [Infographic]
About 70 percent of people turning 65 can expect to need some kind of long-term care service as they age. Yet, only about 1/3 of us are planning or saving for it. Many don’t realize that several types of long-term care are not covered by health insurance, including Medicare. If you’re 40 plus, www.longtermcare.gov is a good place to start thinking through a strategy that works for you and your family.  
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Know how to keep young athletes playing safe and strong
(BPT) - Playing sports is great for kids. It teaches them the importance of teamwork, helps them stay physically active and creates positive habits that last a lifetime. An injury, however, can sideline young athletes for the season – or longer. A recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide identified measures that athletes, coa...
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Fall into great tabletop decorating ideas
(BPT) - Saying goodbye to summer doesn’t have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it’s also a beginning – the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. The promise of fall is in the air. It’s a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining; whether that means friends gathered around the television root...
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What's your home's price tag now?
(BPT) - As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my home worth now? There's actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA . He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its: 1. Market value 2. Replacement value 3. Property tax value “Since different values can be used for different reasons, it's important to understand when each applies,” Halliwell says, addi...
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Tips to get the most out of your car this Labor Day and beyond
(BPT) - As the sun begins to set on the last stretch of summer, it’s time to start prepping for the final road trip of the season. Millions of drivers hit the road during the summer months, but the weekend leading up to the start of September marks the last hurrah of vacation season, one of the busiest weekends of the year for motorists across the country. According to AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, more than 34.1 million Americans will take to the stre...
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Capture the spirit of the American Southwest on a Grand Canyon tour
There are some travel destinations where sights, people and activities add up to much more than the sum of their parts. You know when you’re in one of those special locations because you’re doing more than just seeing – you’re experiencing the spirit of the place. In the United States, there are few places more imbued wi...
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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.


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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.


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Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield move Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search for MH370 on April 14, 2014Perth (Australia) (AFP) - The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to "technical" troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified "technical issue" with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). "The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue," JACC said.


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