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To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Lizzie Post, co-author of 'Emily Post's Et...
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10 year-end financial ideas to consider
(BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year's end, there's no better time than the present to start. 'If you're waiting until the New Year to resolve to better your ...
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Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
(BPT) - Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep. Boosting home safety in 2014 can be as simple as m...
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Three tips to extend the life of your smartphone
(BPT) - We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn't include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles. 'Most smartphones are ...
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Tips to achieve wholesome health in 2014
(BPT) - You're all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you'll get healthy. But what does healthy mean? We're bombarded with visions of st...
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Dazzling holiday party looks from head to toe
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for glitzing up a sparkling holiday look. From office parties and family gatherings to community events and charity galas, now is the time to look and feel your best. It may be a hectic time of year, but with a little preparation and creativity you can dazzle all season long. Try these quick and e...
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Dealing with dry eye - more common than you think
(BPT) - They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishi...
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Digital Eyestrain - Are You at Risk? [Infographic]
We live and communicate in an evolving digital world. More than a third of U.S. adults spend four to six hours a day with digital or electronic devices. While these devices enable instant communication, awareness and socialization, 70 percent of U.S. adults experience some form of digital eyestrain. Computer tablets, smartphones and other hand-held products are designed for reading and close range use. As a result, eyes must constantly refocus and reposition to process graphics and text. To r...
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Miley Cyrus, notorious trials and Obamacare top online searches for 2013
(BPT) - While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013. Top searches on Yahoo in...
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Christmas in Europe perfected on a river cruise
Visiting Europe in the weeks before Christmas adds a whole new character to the holiday season, one that's quite different from what is celebrated in the United States. Decorated to the hilt with greenery and lights, the towns and villages in Austria, Germany and France will delight visitors with traditional Christmas ma...
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Digital world demands new IT workforce
(BPT) - It's no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportuni...
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Working can benefit those suffering with a chronic illness
(BPT) - No one needed to tell Houston's Robert Gandy that he would reap health and wellness benefits from continuing to work after he started dialysis four years ago. For more than 42 years, Gandy has worked in the restaurant business. The thought of leaving the job he loves never crossed his mind when he started treatme...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2010 file photo, clouds hover above the world's highest peak Mount Everest, as seen from Syangboche, about 125 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Katmandu, Nepal. Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said Monday, May 21, 2012, that a German, a Nepal-born Canadian and a Korean died Saturday while descending from the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit. (AP Photo/ Binod Joshi, File)A Nepalese official says six local guides have been killed and nine others are missing.


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Coast Guard and Navy divers search for the missing passengers from a capsized ferry at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 17, 2014Investigators say the third officer was in command at the time of the deadly accident.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference in Geneva on April 17, 2014Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. While not spelt out explicitly, that was a likely reference to pro-Kremlin separatists who have taken over parts of Ukraine's restive southeast. The deal appeared to mark a sharp change from the tone taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, when he left the door open for armed intervention in Ukraine. At the same time, Obama said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.


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