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Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
(BPT) - At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall. This summer, as Steven was gearing up for a local Special Olympics softball competition, he experienced a seizure that caused him to fall onto a concrete sidewalk and fracture his jaw in two places....
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10 expert tips for an affordable and memorable destination wedding
(BPT) - A flurry of congratulatory phone calls, social media announcements and sparkling ring pictures all mean one thing: engagement season has arrived. With approximately 39 percent of marriage proposals taking place between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, engaged couples are taking note of one of the fastest-growing...
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Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects
(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans. Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate site Zillow plan to complete a home improvement project or room addition by the summer of 2014. Of those surveyed, nearly 40 percent will find ins...
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Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions?
(BPT) - America's baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you're committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, and you may n...
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A smart guide to keeping your New Year's resolutions in 2014 [Infographic]
Take a look at this smart guide to keeping your New Year's resolutions in 2014.
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Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths - and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable. Of course, virtually any upgrade you make to a ...
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Five hot decorating trends to make your home interiors pop
(BPT) - Looking for ways to switch up your style this year? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous in 2014. 'Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design,' says Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY ...
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Discover adventure, history and beauty in Europe's most-often-overlooked destination
When you think of a European vacation, do your thoughts wander to Italy, France or even the United Kingdom? While those destinations all have their appeal, you can find every bit as much adventure, history, glorious scenery and fabulous cuisine in one of Europe's most-often-overlooked travel destinations: Spain. Families...
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How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long
(BPT) - With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year's resolutions, diet and exercise aren't the only ways to get back into shape. This year, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by getting financially fit as well. Although most Americans intend to become financially savvy in the new year, only a small fraction fully commit to their financial success. According to a 20...
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Know hepatitis B [Infographic]
Did you know one in 12 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) has hepatitis B, yet two in three don't know they're infected? Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease that can cause severe liver damage and even liver cancer. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends hepatitis B testing for people who were born, or whose parents were born, in Asia or the Pacific Islands. Explore the following infographic and CDC's Know Hepatitis B website for critical infor...
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Looking for a sign it's time to quit? [Infographic]
Each January, people pledge to make healthy lifestyle choices in the New Year, and for many, it means making a commitment to quit smoking. While many smokers choose to quit with the goal of becoming healthier, a lesser-known outcome of quitting smoking is that it can also make people happier. One study shows that seventy percent of ex-smokers say they are happier after quitting than when they smoked. Sponsorship to Quit , a new quit-smoking program, is asking America to take to social media a...
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Don't be left in the dark [Infographic]
Traditional 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs have been phased out, leaving consumers with less bulb options to light their homes. Lutron Electronics asked people if they feel "in the dark" about light bulb options, as well as how important dimmable bulbs and dimmers are, and the stats are illuminating. To learn more about LED, CFL and halogen light bulbs, as well as compatible dimmer options, visit Lutron.com/dimCFLLED .
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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