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A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
(BPT) - Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don't know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing, according to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions , a cre...
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The cancer you've never heard of
(BPT) - When Sue Hollingsworth was diagnosed with advanced medullary thyroid cancer (aMTC), she had never even heard of the disease, let alone met another patient like her. Feeling isolated and unable to find information to best prepare herself for what the future held, she began writing letters for her daughter to read ...
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Personalized Valentines that last all year long
(BPT) - Americans spent more than $13 billion on Valentine's Day gifts last year. Sixty-four percent of men gave their significant other flowers and a card, and took them out to dinner, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. Valentine's Day is full of expectations, so how do you show your unique a...
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Cleaning conundrums [Infographic]
We have to do it ... and 87 percent don't enjoy doing it ... but Moen Research dishes the dirt on who, how and how often we clean our homes.
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Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
(BPT) - If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider starting a bit earlier this season. National Clean Out Your Inbox Week runs from Jan. 19 to 26, giving you the perfect excuse to jump start an often forgotten and usually cluttered space - your email. Your digital world can get just as messy as ...
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Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do
(BPT) - So you've decided it's time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you're excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you'll no longer have to look at dated fixtures and cracked tile, you'll be facing a lot of decisions about materials, colors, fixtures, floorin...
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Fumble-free food ideas for the big game
Whether you can barely contain your excitement for epic football competition, or you prefer to watch the clever commercials between plays, football fans big and small are gearing up for the big game. America loves a game-viewing party, so why not invite your friends and family over and score big with a few surprisingly q...
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Don't throw away that old phone [Infographic]
On the heels of a holiday season in which one in three Americans said they planned on giving electronics as gifts, ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, announced it has officially recycled more than 2 million phones and devices in its four-year history. Pointing to a rising trend in Americans' interest in electronics recycling, it took just nine months for ecoATM to double the number of devices it has processed. ecoATM's more than 800 kiosks, which are loc...
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Treat your feet to pampering now to prepare for sandal season
(BPT) - With snow falling, the wind blowing and everyone bundling up in extra layers of clothing, the last thing you probably have on your mind is the condition of your feet. But time passes quickly. Before you know it, the temps will be rising, and you'll be digging in the back of your closet for sandals. Will your feet...
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How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage
(BPT) - Your right foot holds the key to better gas mileage. How aggressively you apply the gas or brakes affects how frequently you have to stop for fuel. And driving style is even more important with today's cars as the spread between a vehicle's best and worst mileage may be 10 mpg or more. Here are some tips you can ...
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Can you afford a college degree?
(BPT) - For working adults wondering if they should go back to school for a degree - or to upgrade their bachelor's degree to a master's - affordability is, today, more important than ever. 'How can I afford it?' is often the first question students ask before they enroll. But perhaps a better question would be 'how can ...
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Look for the seal for safe children's products
(BPT) - Your children's safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you've read the books to ensure you're providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they're safe? The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a...
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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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