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Inspect home fencing to ensure your home's safety and security
(BPT) - Weather extremes are brutal on exterior landscaping. Rain, snow, wind and temperature variances all take a toll, especially on residential fencing. Rain accelerates rust and wood-rot, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Gate misalignment - as well as rusty, metal hinges and la...
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Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
(BPT) - What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms. 'After years of leaning toward casual dinnerware, ...
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Best on the block: How to create curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, so it's time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home's profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when they arrive on your doorstep. Make a statement with your front door Your front door is one of the first things...
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Three-room makeover takes homes from simple to sensational this spring
(BPT) - Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather. Make your bathroom bloom...
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How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond
(BPT) - The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it's important to keep in mind what you need to do to make sure your dog is ready to enjoy summer activities. The American Veterinary Me...
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The road to happy: tips to boost happiness on vacation
Do vacations make you more happy or less happy? The answer, according to new research: It depends. In theory, vacations should equal happiness. After all, taking time off work and time away allows us the opportunity to share experiences and memories with our families and friends. It gives us the chance to look at the wor...
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Will your vacation reduce stress or create it? [Infographic]
Have you ever felt worse after your vacation? There may be a reason. Learn how to alleviate stress and generate more happiness on vacation.
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Easy tips to create the perfect outdoor living room
(BPT) - It's that time of year - time to dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and set up to spend the spring outdoors. While expanding an outdoor space is a top renovation project for homeowners and renters alike, it does not have to induce a state of pre-spring stress. With a few simple tips, you can create...
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Build a better bath on a budget
(BPT) - Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling project, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But remodeling doesn't have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already h...
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Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
(BPT) - Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money? While it may be tempting to make cosmetic home improvements including decorating touches or fresh coats of paint, upgrading vital home systems such as heating and...
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Reaching new heights: 4 tips for finding a skilled roofing contractor
(BPT) - Purchasing a new roof is one of the most important - and biggest - investments you can make in your home. That's why it's crucial to have a knowledgeable professional on hand to guide you through each step of the process. In fact, choosing the right contractor is just as important as choosing the right roofing co...
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New moms guide to going back to work
(BPT) - Going back to work for new moms can be challenging. Learning to balance work and family while facing many new stressors can be overwhelming. Jill Smokler, author of the New York Times bestselling book 'Confessions of a Scary Mommy' and 'Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies),' shares tips and tricks ...
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Rescue boats sail around the South Korean passenger ship "Sewol" which sank, during their rescue operation in the sea off JindoRescuers fought rising winds and strong waves as they searched for 287 missing passengers.


2014-04-17 04:05:28 -0600

Students wave national flags during a pro-Ukrainian rally in Luhansk, eastern UkraineBy Aleksandar Vasovic MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine, while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier. President Vladimir Putin, who overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia's right to intervene in neighboring countries and annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss".


2014-04-17 03:59:16 -0600

This frame grab from video provided by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tenn., shows some of the area of an explosion and fire, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at a property where several ammunition and explosives plants are based, in McEwen, Tenn. At least one person has died, and at least three people have been injured. (AP Photo/WSMV-TV)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where several ammunition and explosives businesses are based killed one person and left three others injured.


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