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Nix the neutrals: Undoing open house decor to make a new home your own
(BPT) - When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hue...
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Freezing temperatures are good news and bad news for pests
(BPT) - The newest buzz word this winter is 'Polar Vortex.' Most of the country has experienced weeks of extremely cold temperatures, and these repeated bouts of ice and snow could have an impact on local pest populations. Rodents and mosquitoes may not be homeowners' main concerns at the moment, but experts from the Nat...
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Know more about COPD [Infographic]
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 24 million in the U.S., but more than half don't even know they have it. COPD is a chronic, but preventable lung disease characterized by persistent airflow limitation that makes it difficult to breathe. At 125,000 deaths a year, COPD is the third leading cause of death and second leading cause of disability in the U.S.
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Top 10 ways to stay young at heart
Many people seek the fountain of youth, but did you know that living a heart-healthy lifestyle could help you to defy your age? Registered Dietitian and best-selling author Frances Largeman-Roth offers her tips for how you can stay young-at-heart through good nutrition. 1.Choose whole grains. Include fiber-rich whole grains in your daily diet, like oats, quinoa, whole wheat, barley and brown rice. They may lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. 2. Substitute with olive oil. Instead of cooking s...
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Get gorgeous wedding invitations for less: Insider secrets for boosting style and saving cash
The wedding industry as a whole is in a state of transition. Couples are demanding high levels of quality and style without the associated expense, and they are finding a host of ways to do so. From off-the-rack retail store wedding dresses to personalized do-it-yourself centerpieces, this movement is alive and well. Per...
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Wedding style insight: What wedding invitations suit your personality best?
You have the ring sized, the day set and the venue booked - now it's time to send out invitations and make your wedding date official. The wedding invitations you select should match your wedding theme and perfectly suit your unique sense of style; after all, they give guests the very first glimpse of what they can expec...
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What do people wish they had 25 percent more of? [Infographic]
Whether from technology, sports, your favorite TV shows, vacation, or perks during your commute - more is always better. A recent survey showed this even applies to the bathroom! Nearly 70 percent of respondents wish they had more toilet paper, which is good news because Cottonelle takes pride in delivering 25 percent more sheets per roll in Cottonelle Clean Care Double Rolls than Charmin Ultra Strong double roll. Read on to see what else tops the list of wishes for 25 percent more, and see h...
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Sleep better together - how to slumber as a couple
(BPT) - Tossing, turning, snoring, thrashing, blanket yanking - it's amazing anybody who shares a bed ever gets any sleep. If your loved one is keeping you up, you're definitely not alone. According to a recent survey, 37 percent of cohabitants have considered sleeping in a separate room from their partner to get a better night's sleep - 40 percent of women and 35 percent of men. 'Couples often have different sleeping habits and preferences for room temperature and mattress firmness,' said Ca...
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Decked out from coast to coast: Top outdoor living trends for 2014
(BPT) - From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor...
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Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014
(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller's market, you may think you won't need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast - while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn't mean they're willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of ...
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Small tumor, major consequences: an acromegaly patient's journey
(BPT) - Paula Van Nostrand, a fit, health-conscious 34-year-old woman was training for her first triathlon when her life was placed on a trajectory no one saw coming. She began experiencing unexplainable symptoms but ultimately attributed them to her training. It started with exhaustion and grew to include acne, joint pa...
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12 facts you didn't know about earning a business degree [Infographic]
The job market is as competitive as ever, but the business world is filled with opportunities. Specialized fields are growing fast, salaries are on the rise, and a business degree may be the key to unlocking your success and taking the next step in your career and your life. Take a look at the infographic below to find out why.
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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