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IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive
(BPT) - Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn't always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest. 'The IRS pays more attention to some returns than others, so it's important to understand the factors that may elevate the likelihood that auditors take an interest in your situation,' says J.J. Montanaro, a certified financial planner with USAA . Here are eight potential red flags that...
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Discover the little-known investment strategy that your advisor isn't telling you about
(BPT) - Did you know self-directed IRAs allow Americans to invest in assets other than stocks and bonds, while enjoying the tax-free or tax-deferred status of their retirement account? Very few Americans realize that they have the option to self-direct their IRAs, or other retirement plans, into real estate and other alt...
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Mentors wanted: How to guide more young women to success in STEM
(BPT) - Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. By 2023, STEM will generate a projected 2.6 million new jobs, creating a high demand for qualified employees with STEM backgrounds in the coming years, according to Georgetown Public Policy Institute's Center on Education and the...
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Clutter-clearing home cleaning tips turn chaos into harmony
(BPT) - The stack of shoes that pile up by the front door, the linen closet that you're afraid to open, the junk drawer that may well hide the mysteries of the universe - we all have one or two spots in our home that cry out for organization and tidying. Spring cleaning season is approaching, and with a plan of attack yo...
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Empty nesters want low-maintenance yards that focus on fun and functionality, not fuss
(BPT) - One of the first questions new empty nesters face is: what do we do with the nest? Some are eager to downsize and sell. Others like where they live and choose to stay put. No matter the decision, the property, new or old, is likely in for a makeover aimed at making routine upkeep more manageable. One of the key a...
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Boomers: 5 daily tactics to defy aging in 10 minutes or less
(BPT) - Determined, vivacious, passionate - a lot of words describe America's estimated 78 million baby boomers. This spirited group is redefining their golden years, staying active by working, traveling and enjoying the great outdoors. They know that in order to live life to the fullest, they must make their health a pr...
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Now's the time to spring into DIY action with home improvement projects
(BPT) - It's time to start dreaming of a spring home makeover. Sources of design inspiration, like Pinterest, are plentiful and can help make your home decor and renovation projects easy and fun. In fact, now is the season to gather ideas and get started. Warm up to color A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to tr...
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Opening the door to space and privacy is easy
(BPT) - Homeowners, builders and remodelers are always looking for innovative and new ways to enhance existing spaces during home makeovers and room renovations. To meet that demand, Johnson Hardware recently introduced the Series 200WM wall mount door hardware, an exclusively designed system for mounting sliding doors t...
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Six ways to kick your lawn's grass this season
(BPT) - For most all of us, springtime can't come soon enough. Following a brutal winter with severe temps and record snowfall nationwide, people are more anxious than ever to enjoy the first days of spring outdoors. To help get your lawn ready for use and enjoyment this season, the Craftsman brand has developed the foll...
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Spotlighting a rare and often silent form of kidney cancer
(BPT) - What may seem like vague symptoms - side pain, fatigue, fever and blood in the urine - can turn into an alarming diagnosis for the estimated 65,000 people each year who learn they have kidney cancer. Twice as common in men as it is in women, kidney cancer is often a silent threat since many people do not experience symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Early detection can greatly increase a person's chance of survival, underscoring the need for further awareness and education. ...
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Spring into health with these tasty snack recipes
(BPT) - Healthy food that also tastes good is always in vogue and now it's getting a spring makeover. The theme of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) National Nutrition Month (R) this March is 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.' As spring approaches and fitness routines move outdoors, AND reminds you that health...
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Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis
(BPT) - For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. RA patients can experience pain and stiffness on a daily basis. The disease affects nearly three times as many women as men. If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help out there. Having a c...
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Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) chats with people during his visit to Ein al-Tinah villageSyria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said on Monday, setting a date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term days after he said his forces were winning the country's civil war. Under Syria's constitution the election is due by July, though the international powers that back Assad's opponents have described plans to hold it as a "parody of democracy".


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Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, 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 dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.


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