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Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements
(BPT) - Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home. The push toward ene...
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Know what employers want before applying to be in law enforcement
(BPT) - With the economy improving, more job opportunities are appearing, giving today's students openings to show prospective employers their skills and professional talents. However, the job market is still competitive, and students need to know - and then acquire - the skills prospective employers want. In the law enf...
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How to keep your kids active during the winter months
(BPT) - As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy....
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Could depression be affecting your job?
(BPT) - Did you know that one in 10 people struggle with depression? Depression can consist of a range of symptoms and it can also impact every aspect of a person's life including social, family, personal and work/school life. Depression affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act, and affects people during t...
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Valentine's Day: Cupid's favorite day by the numbers [Infographic]
Throughout time, Cupid's arrow has found its way in to the hearts of many. Founded by a man named John Valentine, FTD was destined to share Cupid's favorite day by the numbers. Find out how below.
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How health care reform could impact your tax returns this year and next
(BPT) - Several key tax law changes in the Affordable Care Act have been implemented in 2013 and 2014. The impact of those changes on federal tax returns due April 15, 2014 and 2015 hinge mainly on your household's adjusted gross income (AGI) and health insurance situation. "The impact on this year's federal tax returns ...
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Thinking about writing off Social Security? Not so fast
(BPT) - Social Security is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to planning for Social Security. And that could have significant consequences. A recent nationwide omnibus survey of 1,007 adults in the United States shows that despite the constant coverage about the top...
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Fusion teas to super seaweed: top food trends to watch in 2014
(BPT) - Culinary creativity doesn't require you to be a highly trained chef, and you don't have to be a dedicated 'foodie' to spice things up in the kitchen. It's more about finding ways to deconstruct the traditional rules of cooking and repurposing them in fun ways, whether it be using an ingredient you've never used o...
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10 fun facts to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day [Infographic]
In observance of National Peanut Butter Day, Peter Pan brings you these 10 fun facts about peanut butter.
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The remarkable truth about multivitamins [Infographic]
National nutrition surveys spanning decades of research have repeatedly found that many Americans do not meet the basic needs for certain vitamins and/or minerals. The USDA's Healthy Eating Index, a tool to assess Americans' eating habits, rating them on a scale of 0 to 100, consistently finds that most Americans score below or in the 60s, equivalent to an 'F' or a 'D' ranking on nutrition. Many people need to fill nutrition gaps with vitamins and supplements on the days when people don't eat...
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How to shop for dental insurance
(BPT) - Dental health is essential to overall health, affecting everything from our hearts to our mental well-being. Yet despite ample research that underscores the importance of taking care of our teeth, millions of Americans never go to the dentist. A lack of dental insurance is one of the top reasons Americans don't k...
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Plugged in, tuned out: Teen distraction increases pedestrian accidents
(BPT) - From dating to driving to curfews, there's a lot to worry about if you have a teenager. You want to keep your child safe and likely have talked about distracted driving and avoiding texting while behind the wheel, but technology can be distracting while walking, too. More teens are plugged in and tuning out to th...
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In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Gunmen say Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."


2014-04-23 06:10:15 -0600

FILE - This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The case of John Wayne Gacy has helped authorities solve another slaying, one that he didn’t commit. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce Wednesday, April 23, 2014, they have identified the remains found in a forest preserve in 2008 as those of 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago. Beaudion was identified after his relatives came forward to submit DNA samples as part of the effort to identify several of Gacy’s 1970s victims. Authorities believe Missouri resident Jerry Jackson killed Beaudion in 1978. But without a body at the time, they never charged him. Jackson died last year at age 62. (AP Photo/File)Four decades later, the killer's case is helping authorities solve another murder — one he didn't commit.


2014-04-23 05:32:52 -0600

A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTThe city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.


2014-04-23 06:20:09 -0600