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Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
(BPT) - Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting events all across the country. On the basketball court, new technology is being used to collect data from each game that helps improve both player performance and the fan experience. For example, the...
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Prepping your meals for more nutrients
Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels. 'To boost the flavor and nutritional value in our meals, we are constantly on t...
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Sodium truths: Americans are eating the right amount of salt
(BPT) - Contrary to popular belief, the average American eats just the right amount of salt. In fact every single population throughout the world, regardless of location, state of development, culture and cuisine, all ingest a similar amount of salt when compared to the U.S. average. It doesn't matter if people get their...
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Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
(BPT) - It's not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy: * Begin by decluttering, which requires ...
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Let the past guide your future travel plans
Using last year's travel trends and hotel prices is a great way to plan your current adventures and vacation budget. You get the best of both worlds - learning from other travelers' experiences and visiting up-and-coming destinations before they become overcrowded and expensive. The latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (H...
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Dueling with dry skin? Why honey is the bee's knees, head to toe
(BPT) - While winter gets the rap for being hard on skin, the truth is dry, itchy, flaky skin can occur in any season, and all over your body. When you're looking for an effective, time-trusted treatment for dry skin, it's hard to beat the moisturizing power of honey. No beauty ingredient has been around longer or provid...
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Try something new for New Year's Eve: Ring in 2015 in Paris
The coming of the annual New Year's holiday is celebrated as a time of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. Why not get an early start on embracing the 'new' by welcoming in the new year in a fresh and unique way - by traveling abroad and spending New Year's Eve somewhere exciting? And what European city is more excit...
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8 ways to celebrate spring
From enjoying longer days to the sweet smell of flowers in bloom, there's nothing quite like springtime. While cleaning the house may not be on the top of everyone's to-do list, most can agree that the sense of renewal as the season changes is welcomed after a long and cold winter. Take a look at a few of the ways that you can celebrate the season, whether planting flowers and enjoying the outdoors, or baking yummy treats and entertaining with family and friends. 1. Take advantage of more day...
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Shedding for the wedding
(BPT) - Summer is often synonymous with wedding season. For most of us, wedding season means looking forward to drinking, dancing and cake. But for the bride (and groom), it means tightening, toning and trimming to get in shape before the big day. Michelle McCormick, personal trainer at Life Time - The Healthy Way of Lif...
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Five tips for plus size brides when shopping for the perfect gown
(BPT) - The average clothing size of women in the U.S. is 14, and according to The Knot.com's 2012 Real Weddings Study , the average bride spends approximate $1,211 on her wedding dress which amounts to a $2.1 billion wedding dress market. With such a lucrative business opportunity, it is no wonder that designers have st...
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Prepping your plate for more nutrients
(BPT) - Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels. 'To boost the flavor and nutritional value in our meals, we are constan...
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Call 811 before every digging project, large or small
(BPT) - With the snow melted and the ground thawed, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals are ready to start projects that require digging this spring. During this transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who d...
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national news

A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol shouts as she tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)The confirmed death toll rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel.


2014-04-19 23:45:31 -0600

A Ukrainian policeman guards a check-point at the entrance of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk on April 19, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring itself "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a firefight at a roadblock close to the separatist-held town of Slavyansk, a local pro-Kremlin rebel leader, Vyatcheslav Ponomarev, said.


2014-04-20 04:15:40 -0600

A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade towards Via della Conciliazione avenue, top, 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). At left is the Apostolic Palace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians.


2014-04-20 04:39:04 -0600