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The eyes have it - set your sights on healthy vision this year [Infographic]
Vision plays an important role in daily life - every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. In fact, many Americans worry more about losing their eyesight over their ability to walk or hear. Fortunately, it's easy to incorporate steps into your daily routine to ensure healthy eyes and vision for a lifetime. Eating right, protecting against UV rays and visiting your local eye doctor on a yearly basis are just a few things that can help keep your eyes and vision st...
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Seasons change, so do asthma triggers
(BPT) - Across the country, 25 million Americans are living with asthma. As the winter months come to an end and the spring makes its arrival, the change in seasons can be problematic for adults and children with asthma. It's important for asthma patients to understand the triggers of each season to prepare for symptoms ...
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Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life
(BPT) - It's no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad's careers, the kids' school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle is inspiring a new travel movement, and 2014 is positioned for the grand rebirth of the family vacati...
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Traveling? Check out these tips on how to stay healthy
(BPT) - As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel. Being away from our routines - and our own kitchens - can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating while traveling with limited time and restaurant choices is often the hardest part of keeping up with a healthy diet. Not to mention the challenges of finding time and a place to exercise. All that said, you don't have to lose your healthy habits at the next ex...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Should women worry about osteoporosis?
(BPT) - The 'silent thief,' more commonly known as osteoporosis, impacts 10 million Americans, with millions more suffering from low bone density. Osteoporosis is a progressive, degenerative disease that occurs when bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone, weakening the bone and increasing the risk of sudden and unexpe...
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Cool season skin care: Leading dermatologist shares easy-to-implement skin care tips rooted in moisturization
(BPT) - Women across the country, whether based in the snow belt or Sunshine State, notice and feel the effects of cold weather and climate shifts on skin. Plus, 2014 is turning out to be one of the harshest winters to date thanks to the Polar Vortex - a combination of record-setting snowfall and plunging temperatures. H...
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Wine and food: Making a perfect match
(BPT) - If you've ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren't alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming. Two wine experts from The Art Institutes system of schools have teamed up to help you navigate the wine aisle like a pr...
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Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014
(BPT) - While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating severa...
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Four tips for achieving a healthy lawn on a budget
(BPT) - As spring rolls around, it's time to start thinking about yard maintenance . If your budget is tight, you might be tempted to let the lawn care slide, but maintaining a great lawn doesn't need to be expensive - and the reward for just a small investment is a beautiful, environmentally friendly setting for outdoor...
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Exclusive tour hits a home run with insider's look at great American pastime
Baseball's popularity transcends generations; the great games, players and baseball events of the past still ignite discussion when comparing them to today's stars and match-ups. Now you can celebrate baseball's incredible history and culture at the Tauck Baseball Event: America's Pastime. This once-in-a-lifetime four-da...
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There's a 1 in 10 chance you know someone living with a rare disease [Infographic]
Across the United States, nearly 30 million people suffer from rare diseases that are often misdiagnosed and have limited treatment options. This infographic will help you learn more about rare diseases and how many people they affect. It may just be someone you know.
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Put your decorating fears to bed and awaken your personality with the latest color trends
(BPT) - The bedroom is an oasis. It's the place where you wake up, energized and ready to start the day, as well as where you slip away and unwind from the day's activities. This is the one room that is truly yours, so make sure it's a reflection of your personality. Looking for a place to start? Find a paint color that ...
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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.


2014-04-23 14:31:59 -0600

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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