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Tips on how to finance a college education
(BPT) - For many college-bound students, savings, family contributions, scholarships, grants and a part-time job won't be enough to pay for college. For these students, borrowing may be the only way to make up the difference between available funds and college expenses. Borrowing to pay for college is commonplace today a...
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Smart TV smarts: Learning the truth about smart TVs
(BPT) - American consumers are increasingly comfortable with the term 'smart' when it's associated with technology. From smartphones to smart cars and even smart clothing, they've embraced the idea of devices that are 'intelligent' and responsive to their changing needs. Even though smart TVs have been around for almost ...
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Applying to college? Practical advice for finding your dream university
(BPT) - High school seniors are faced with making the first of many life-changing decisions: 'Which college should I go to?' With more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. to choose from, finding the 'Dream U' may be a daunting task. The truth is the perfect university doesn't exist, but with the right guidan...
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Winter home safety: Quick steps to help protect your family
(BPT) - As cooler weather descends, homes heat up and so does the risk your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, most home fires and CO poisonings occur in the winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased...
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I spy with my little eye: nutrients kids need for healthy vision
(BPT) - The struggle at the dinner table between parents and their picky eaters isn't uncommon. Add in a food jag, when children fixate on a particular food and don't want to eat anything else, and the struggle turns to worry - 'Is my child getting enough nutrients in his or her diet?' While many parents worry that their...
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Embrace color trends in style this fall
(BPT) - From runway fashion to home decor, blue is definitely in the spotlight right now. Give your home a fresh boost of an on-trend color and make it through the fall season in style. If you're warming up to the idea of a new look in your home, but aren't sure how to use color to create a good mood, consider using a fa...
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Five ways to build a better shower
(BPT) - The shower is a place to unwind from a stressful day, where you can forget your worries and pamper yourself. Remodeling the shower is extremely popular because it allows homeowners to create a spa-like experience in their own home, not to mention it's a good investment and can increase resale value. Before you st...
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Why exterior trim is a key part of home remodeling
(BPT) - With the leaves continuing to fall, now is a great time to tackle home improvement projects that will add value and beauty to your home. A quick review of your exterior trim is a perfect place to start. No matter how well maintained, most homes will need some exterior trim replaced from time to time. Traditional ...
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Extreme athletes require high-performance gear
In extreme sports competitions such as the X Games, some of the world's gutsiest (some may say craziest) athletes push themselves - and their equipment - to the limit. To help these athletes prevent injuries and perform their best, competitors in sports such as motocross, rallycross, skateboarding, BMX biking and mountai...
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Daring pairings: making a match of food and wine
(BPT) - Whether you're a trained chef or simply enjoy cooking at home, there's always a certain amount of trepidation at the thought of having guests for dinner. Do you go out on a culinary limb and serve something impressively daring, or do you play it safe with a tried and true menu? If you decide to take a chance, how...
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Expert tips to transform your style for fall
(BPT) - With fall's arrival, many people change out their wardrobe, meals and turn up the thermostat, but often forget that just a few simple changes can get their home and other parts of their life ready for autumn. Renowned designer David Bromstad offers his quick and simple tips to transition and transform your interior spaces for the season, no matter your budget or style. Freshen up your colors. Bromstad says one of the easiest ways to transition into fall is to switch up the color palet...
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Expert strategies for defining flow and function in your yard
(BPT) - Many strategies can enhance the flow and function of a home's interior and how a family lives and uses the space. But what about a home's exterior? When it comes to a yard, the same thoughtfulness can help homeowners create functional spaces outdoors that not only look great, but also deliver maximum enjoyment. H...
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A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)The boy went unnoticed for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.


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U.S. President Obama gets ready to depart Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for his visit to AsiaBy Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States "myopic", demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. The four-nation trip that starts in Tokyo later on Wednesday comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test.


2014-04-23 01:19:23 -0600

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTJINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.


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