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Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
(BPT) - When spring arrives, leaves, flowers and robins aren't the only signs of warm weather to reappear. Spring also heralds the return of farmers markets. A trip to the market is a great opportunity to indulge in fresh healthy produce and to expand your horizons by trying new items or preparing them in different ways....
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Expert advice for spring kitchen redesigns that you'll love forever from designer Nate Berkus
(BPT) - When your spring cleaning is accomplished and the room sparkles, do you still feel as if something is missing? All the cleaning in the world can't hide worn countertops, outdated appliances or uninspired cabinetry. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you're simply putting polish on a dirt flo...
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How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories - whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing so, they can become a sun-sav...
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New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
(BPT) - Storms and wet weather not only impact our life's activities they can also have a disastrous effect on our homes, both inside and out. New technologies and products that help homeowners manage the damaging effects of weather with reduced stress are in high demand. Included here are some of the latest innovations ...
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Great-looking, flavorful veggies are also good for your eyes
(BPT) - After a long, cold winter, it's time to celebrate the start of summer with outdoor picnics, activities with friends and family, and by enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. As you put together your menu for your upcoming summer celebrations, you may not realize just how many foods in some of your favorite recipes conta...
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Public awareness needed to prevent bed bugs
(BPT) - One of the most feared household pests of the past decade has been the bed bug. What may be the most unnerving part about these tiny pests is how they hide in mattresses, couches and even dressers waiting for their next blood meal. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of bed bug infestations a...
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Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly
(BPT) - More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They're seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you're among these groups, you may choose to avoid construction materials you've come to think ...
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How to prepare for class [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you want to get the most out of school, preparation seems to help. Strive to set time aside to plan your day. From packing your bag the night before to prioritizing your assignments before you begin, these additional steps may help you work toward the goals you set for yourself and get something out of class. For more tips and tools to help you with organization, visit www.OrganizeYourStuffContest.com and enter the Organize Your Stuff contest for your chance to win a free space mak...
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No sweat: Secrets to staying cool in the kitchen and eating well this summer
(BPT) - Summer is on the way and for the next several months, heavy clothes and winter boots will be on hiatus. So too will ovens in kitchens across the country as home cooks avoid running an appliance notorious for raising the temperature. But if you hate to give up the dishes your family loves until the weather cools a...
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Make two company - not a crowd - in the master bath
(BPT) - The saying is that you shouldn't marry the person you can live with, but the person you can't live without. But while you may be ready to share your life with someone, you may quickly realize you aren't willing to share everything, and some of your partner's habits you could definitely live without. So how can yo...
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The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions
(BPT) - If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it's stress. In fact, it's so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April has been named Stress Awareness Month. Yet despite the potential negative effects of stress, it can also be beneficial. Stress can lead to...
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6 ways to turn (less) water into wine
(BPT) - When it comes to making wine, water is the most crucial element second only to the grapes. In the heart of Sonoma County a team of experts at Frei Brothers Reserve, a sustainable vineyard and winery, has challenged themselves to ask the question: How can we do more to use less water? With a mix of state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to preserving the surrounding delicate ecosystems, the winery is pushing itself to reduce its water use, while creating award-winning wines and p...
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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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