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Business owners: Resolve to use your time for growth in 2014
(BPT) - Each year offers a chance for new beginnings - an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and make personal resolutions to use their time effectively to prosper in the year ahead. The same is true for businesses, as entrepreneurs and business owners set new strategic goals and plans for growth. Managing tim...
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Home-field advantage for the big-game party? Don't forget to have a food safety game plan in place
(BPT) - You've seen it time and time again. Your favorite football team is trailing late in the game with the ball not far inside the opponent's territory. It's what's commonly referred to as 'four-down territory.' Attempting a field goal is either a long shot or doesn't garner enough points to win the game. The best opt...
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Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthi...
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Financial planning makes college education a reality for many in the new year
(BPT) - The new year is widely associated with personal resolutions for self-improvement that range from physical fitness to cutting out vices. For many, the goal of returning to school to earn a college degree provides the opportunity for impactful, long-lasting change and a more fulfilling life and career. New data sho...
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The nutrient gap [Infographic]
An ideal diet ensures we're getting the appropriate amounts of essential nutrients from the foods we eat on a daily basis, but unfortunately the ideal is not the reality for most. According to a recent analysis of NHANES data (2001-2008) commissioned by Nature Made , Americans are missing out on adequate levels of six essential nutrients daily: vitamins A, C, D, E, calcium and magnesium. In order to bridge the gap between what Americans are eating and the nutrients they are lacking, high-qual...
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Top 2014 home decor trend: Personalized design
(BPT) - Interior design is in a constant state of transformation, and this year homeowners are taking control. The 'keeping up with the Joneses'' mentality is giving ground to the desire for personalized design that reflects the exact needs and design aesthetic of the residents. In 2014, more people will actively embrace...
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Get back to basics with your business technology
(BPT) - Technology can do a lot for home offices as well as small and medium-size businesses, but choosing and investing in the appropriate level of technology can sometimes feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Business owners and consumers alike sometimes overspend on technology rather than selecting the right tools to help them improve their productivity while keeping their costs at a minimum. 'As business owners, we face the challenge of accounting for everything that keeps our businesses...
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New credit score myths and why you shouldn't believe them
(BPT) - Myths and folklore endlessly evolve as cultures change, technologies emerge and societies grow. Some myths - like the one that warns against washing Pop Rocks down with Coke - are chuckle-worthy. Others, such as fallacies about how credit scores work, can be downright detrimental. Thankfully, some credit score my...
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Knowing when to repair or replace three of your home's major systems - the furnace, air conditioner and water heater
(BPT) - If your furnace, air conditioner or water heater is not working properly, you probably notice it long before you actually inspect the appliance itself. You know because those winter mornings are a little too cold, those July days are a little too hot or your morning showers are chillier than normal. All three are...
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It's OK to cry: Expert tips for creating an emotionally charged Valentine's Day card for your man
(BPT) - With the onslaught of roses, hearts and cherubs, it's easy to think Valentine's Day is all about women, but men deserve something special too. You don't need to gift luscious chocolates or a new designer watch to get the ultimate Valentine's Day reaction. This year, more women are thinking ahead to create customi...
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Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
(BPT) - Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home - one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occasion. The good news is, with ...
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How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase ''tis the season' you might be thinking holidays. But it's also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams. Pro football draws the biggest audience, but don't discount the basketball and hockey pro ...
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national news

In this Oct. 13, 2013 photo, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walks down the chute at the finish of the Boston Athletic Association half marathon in Boston. Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times, and finished in 2013 before the bombings occurred. This time he will be there as police commissioner, supervising increased security. "It weighs heavy on my mind, that I want this to go off well," he says. "I don’t want anyone hurt. I don’t ever want a repeat of the tragedy we saw that day." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)William Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times. This year, he's opted out of the race.


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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal. An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday, April 18, 2014, along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)All the victims are Nepalese guides killed in the worst disaster on the world's highest peak.


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Cranes wait near the buoys installed to mark the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.


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