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HARP changes put refinancing in reach of more homeowners
(BPT) - When the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) launched in 2009, millions took advantage, but many other homeowners found they couldn't qualify to refinance their underwater mortgages. Today, significant enhancements have made the program more accessible for homeowners and a great opportunity to lower ...
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Turning your mechanical passion into a unique career
Technical and mechanical ability often shows itself at an early age. Chances are you've seen this in yourself. You always took care of your own bike and car. Do others see it? Are you the first person they come to when something is broken? Do you like troubleshooting mechanical problems and won't stop until you've found ...
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Simple steps to perfect slow-cooker meals
(BPT) - The slow cooker captures the essence of the season with the first sniff of simmering comfort food. Convenient, economical and versatile, slow cookers are becoming popular again. 'This isn't your mother's slow cooker,' says Ginny Bean, publisher and founder of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.com . 'Beyond coming in bri...
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Being your own boss: getting your freelance or small business off the ground
(BPT) - It's one of the greatest American dreams. You make your own hours and choose your own clients, while doing what you love and getting paid for it. Starting your own small or freelance business can be an empowering and life-altering experience, but before you get to the good part, there's plenty of work to create t...
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Don't give up on skin during the colder months ahead
(BPT) - During the fall, when temperatures drop, skincare steps that were crucial during the hot summer months can often be overlooked because skin isn't as exposed. Instead of waiting until skin is uncomfortably dry and itchy, make sure you're moisturizing every day so skin stays soft, smooth and supple. And with all of the gatherings and parties that happen through fall and winter, you want to feel comfortable and confident in whatever you wear - whether it's a short cocktail dress or a sle...
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Avoiding footwear fumbles when exercising or playing sports
(BPT) - No one disputes that exercise provides a host of health benefits, from helping control weight to improving cardiovascular functions. But exercising in the wrong footwear can cause more harm than good, especially since foot health is integral to overall well-being. 'To get the most out of your workout or from play...
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Men: Make sure you're keeping up your appearances these busy fall and winter months
(BPT) - Guys often keep their schedules packed full during the fall and winter months. Between the traditional work meetings, the sports game gatherings and all the holiday season activities, a man should be prepared to look his best at any given moment. Because the season is so busy, men don't want to spend much time keeping up their appearances, but still want to look great. Here are some easy tips from lifestyle expert and founder of MensStylePro.com, Sabir Peele, to help accomplish your b...
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Cozy up to energy savings with insulation
(BPT) - With temperatures dropping, odds are your energy bills will be doing just the opposite. In fact, heating (and cooling) account for approximately 54 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, according to the Department of Energy, representing the largest energy expense for most homeowners. One of the most ...
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Hard water: bad for your home and wallet
(BPT) - Nearly 90 percent of American homes have hard water - water containing high levels of calcium and magnesium, according to The U.S. Geological Survey. The hardest water is commonly found in the states that run from Kansas to Texas as well as in Southern California. Hard water on its own is bad enough, making it di...
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Hidden national park history comes to life in a Yosemite Tour
America's national park system is one of the greatest points of pride for the country, and has even served as inspiration for other nations eager to preserve their own national treasures. One of the most iconic of those parks is California's Yosemite National Park. Images of its rocky cliffs, thundering waterfalls and ga...
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Turn video games into family time
(BPT) - Video gaming has taken a beating over the years from parents, educators and experts on health and social interaction. However, the gaming industry has addressed some of gaming's negative stigma with good educational, physical and socially interactive games that benefit children and adults. Gaming allows players t...
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Technology to keep families connected and protected this season
(BPT) - It's the time of year when family schedules change and their daily routines reset. From coordinating calendars to handling additional demands such as homework and extracurricular activities, it can be a challenging, if not daunting, time for even the most organized family. The good news is advancements in technol...
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national news

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk: Who Knows Where Putin Will Go NextUkrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk believes Russian President Vladimir Putin "has a dream to restore the Soviet Union" — and Putin realizing that dream would be disastrous for the rest of the world.


2014-04-20 10:10:00 -0600

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2004 file photo, former boxer, Rubin, "Hurricane" Carter, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison, during a news conference held in Sacramento, Calif. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.


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A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's tradition Easter greeting at noon (1000 GMT). (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.


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