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Crucial steps needed for healthy and safe homes in 2014
(BPT) - As Americans brace for more snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures this winter, education about and protection from residential fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning become increasingly important. This is especially true considering that U.S. residential fire and CO deaths and injuries account for far more f...
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The 7 best American cities for vegetarians by region
Food is an important part of traveling for many reasons. Dining is a great opportunity to socialize, you can rest while you refuel, and what better way is there to get to know a city than by trying its food? While it can often be difficult for vegetarians to dine out, if the proper research is done before going on a trip, you could end up having some meals to remember. DreamPlanGo found these cities to be the best for vegetarians to get their grub on. 1. Mountain: Denver, Colorado With more t...
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8 German towns too charming to overlook
Half-timbered homes, colorfully-painted buildings lining stony roads and an enchanting Bavarian Alps backdrop - these alluring characteristics create some of Germany's most postcard-perfect towns. Whether you travel down the winding streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber or explore the Brick Gothic town center in the Baltic Sea city of Stralsund, there's no way you'll leave Deutschland without experiencing its undeniable charm. DreamPlanGo suggests visiting these must-see charming German towns. ...
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What valentines want [Infographic]
We take the guesswork out of winning your Valentine's heart - from the treats they crave to the where, when and how to celebrate.
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Steering the course to success
(BPT) - Elana Meyers' dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursu...
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Simple steps to reduce winter energy costs
Winter's falling temperatures typically lead to higher energy costs as we try to keep our home interiors comfortably warm. At the same time, many of us are concerned about the environmental impact of winter's increased energy use. Is there anything simple a handy homeowner or renter can do to save some money and energy? ...
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Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans' finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned typ...
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Is a refinance the right decision?
(BPT) - Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest rates are projected to rise to 5 percent or above by August 2014, according to an August 2013, Freddie Mac study. 'The window hasn't closed, but homeowners should analyze their mortgage situation to see if a refinance can improve their overall financial picture,' says John Young, director of real estate product management at USAA . Mi...
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Save time and money: Do your federal taxes for free
Taxes can be, well, taxing. But there's a simple, easy way to do your federal taxes, and it's all for free. It's called Free File. Free File does the hard work for you either through brand-name software or online fillable forms. And, it's available only at IRS.gov. Free File is offered through the Internal Revenue Servic...
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Does your employer benefit package measure up?
(BPT) - Many Americans just went through their annual benefits enrollment period at their work. Precious time was spent reviewing the available offerings with spouses and determining which ones best meet their families' needs, weighed against the cost. Yet a good number of Americans may not have taken the time to review ...
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Protect your eyes year-round from UV exposure
(BPT) - Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they're on a snowy mountain-top, watching a footba...
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Successful restaurant kitchens have 5 indispensable pieces of cooking equipment
Whether it's a quaint corner cafe, the newest chain in the neighborhood or a high-end steak house with the city's hottest chef, every restaurant owner and manager knows what's in the kitchen can make or break a business. Bottom line: good restaurant equipment is a must. The freshest food is only as good as the equipment that cooks it, so it's essential to invest in quality items that will last through the morning rush and well into the evening hours, every day of the week. The experts at ACit...
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national news

A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol shouts as she tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)The confirmed death toll rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel.


2014-04-19 23:45:31 -0600

A Ukrainian policeman guards a check-point at the entrance of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk on April 19, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring itself "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a firefight at a roadblock close to the separatist-held town of Slavyansk, a local pro-Kremlin rebel leader, Vyatcheslav Ponomarev, said.


2014-04-20 04:15:40 -0600

A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade towards Via della Conciliazione avenue, top, during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's tradition Easter greeting at noon (1000 GMT). At left is the Apostolic Palace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians.


2014-04-20 04:39:04 -0600