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How to transform a drab gray concrete slab into a signature home design
The home improvement movement is alive and well, with many homeowners looking to unlikely places to increase the functionality and improve the appearance of their homes. According to the 2013 Houzz & Home Survey, 84 percent of respondents are planning a decorating or redecorating home improvement project in 2013, which i...
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Back to school, back to easy meals
(BPT) - With the hectic back-to-school season underway, it's time to get back to easy weeknight meals. Preparing a wholesome and delicious dinner may feel extra stressful when time is scarce. That's why many busy families rely on slow cookers to get them through the week. In fact, slow cooking can speed up your meal plan...
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Beyond white: Hot color trends for the kitchen and bath
(BPT) - So many of us love the rich colors featured in kitchen and bath magazines, but when it comes to selecting colors for our own homes, we tend to play it safe. It's time to be bold and get out of the color comfort zone. Whether it's a vibrant backsplash, playful shade on the wall, or a new sink color that pops with ...
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Home winterizing checklist: Ways to stay warm and save energy this winter
(BPT) - Fall means colorful leaves, apple cider and cooler temperatures. It also means winter's on its way, so now is the time to winterize your home. Improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency with a home energy audit. Making energy efficiency upgrades identified in a home energy audit can save 5 to 30 percent on...
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Characteristics of successful public policy [Infographic]
Public policy is the cornerstone of American democracy and servers an important purpose in American society. We vote for, see, and hear public policy quite often, but what is good public policy? Successful public policy is usually made up of two things: Good policy (measurable and positive outcome) and good politics (bi-partisanship). Good public policy solves public problems effectively and efficiently, serves justice, supports democratic institutions and processes, and encourages an active ...
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Must-see sights for New England fall foliage watchers
It's been said that no human artist has ever really matched Mother Nature for creativity and beauty, and the arrival of fall colors across the country certainly supports that belief. While humans have explained in detail the science behind the biological process that causes leaves to change from green to yellow, red, ora...
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Setting the record straight: What to save, what to scrap [Infographic]
Bills, records, transcripts, receipts ... what's worth saving, and what should be scrapped? Even in today's digital age, experts suggest keeping paper copies of vital documents. Golda Szydlowski, lead business instructor at Everest Institute - Dearborn, offers the following guidelines. And remember, when in doubt, don't throw it out.
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Maintaining masculinity when living with prostate cancer side effects
(BPT) - One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The good news is when caught early, it is very treatable. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is almost 100 percent because many men receive an early diagnosis. Although survi...
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Time to replace your water heater [Infographic]
The water heater is probably the appliance least thought about in the home - until it fails. And when water heaters go bad, many do so in grand (ugly) fashion. Nearly three of every four water heaters fail due to a tank bursting or leaking 30 to 80 gallons of rusty water - depending on tank size - in your finished basement, attic or garage. Look for energy-efficient, certified ENERGY STAR water heaters, as new technologies can shave anywhere from 7 to 55 percent off household water-heating co...
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Fibroids and polyps: What women should know about a common health problem
(BPT) - Women might be surprised to know that most of them will develop fibroids or polyps as a health issue sometime in their lives. In fact, studies show that 70 percent of white women and 80 percent of African-American women will develop fibroids by the time they are 50. Although these growths are among one of the mos...
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Millennials redefine work-life balance [Infographic]
The Hilton Garden Inn Discovery and Connection Survey found that millennials are on the road for work more than ever before. They are embracing the fine line between "personal" and "business," taking a new approach to work-life balance.
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Working on the front lines of cybersecurity
(BPT) - Almost every day there is something in the news about a computer hacker obtaining sensitive corporate information. Whether these cyber-attacks are the work of lone individuals or sophisticated organizations, the end result can be devastating. In fact, it has been estimated that such intrusions cost the nation's businesses more than $114 billion every year. It's no wonder, then, that employment and career opportunities in cybersecurity are booming. Jobs such as information security ana...
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In this map provided on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLYUnidentified material is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.


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A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTThe city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.


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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. A northeast Kansas judge will make a final determination Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on Manning’s request to change her name from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Serving a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information, Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley will be considered.


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