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10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile. That's why NASCAR star Greg Biffle and his wife Nicole, parents of a two-year old daughter, have joined forces with the Amer...
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Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
(BPT) - Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color. Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Of those homeowners planning house p...
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Create a splash of color in your home - indoors and out [Infographic]
(BPT) - Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Learn more about these projects and National Painting Week in the infographic below.
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Smart shopping tips for budget-savvy baby boomers
(BPT) - While the economy is moving again, many Americans - baby boomers included - continue to realize the importance of good money management skills. Boomers are focused on making the most of their money by boosting earnings, investing more and shopping smarter. 'Smart shopping isn't about spending less on something, b...
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Fun in the sun. Warm weather destinations are tops with movers [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you've ever shoveled your driveway or had your car die in the cold, you've probably dreamed of living somewhere warm. You're not alone and each year more and more Americans are making that dream a reality, moving away from the Midwest and Northeast and to warm weather climates. Atlanta, Ga. leads the list of popular moving destinations for the fourth consecutive year, according to Penske Truck Rental. Read on to learn more about this amazing city and what other warm locations are h...
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Stepping out for spring? People with diabetes should check their feet first
(BPT) - Spring is finally here and it's an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, remember these important steps to ensure your feet are in shape: * Get th...
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Cook up some space in the kitchen: Simple solutions to add storage and style to your home
(BPT) - The kitchen - it's the central hub of the home where we do homework, pay bills, charge electronics, surf the Web and cook up a meal or two. We spend hours in this core of the house, so it's not surprising that a recent survey from the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) found that four...
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Eye-opening facts about aging eyes and vision problems
(BPT) - Most Americans know that vision problems begin to increase as they age. What they may not realize is that reduced vision is also linked to a higher frequency of falls, injuries and depression. Eye disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration can rob seniors of their independence. Her...
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Health care industry experiencing new demands for nurses
(BPT) - Nursing continues to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, as nurses make up the majority of the health care industry workforce. In fact, recent projections from a January 2014 report published in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook estimate the job growth to be 1...
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National Infant Immunization Week 2014
(BPT) - Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed to the elimination or near-elimination of some diseases in the United States, li...
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Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
(BPT) - Although many people workout, eat the right foods and are very concerned about their overall health, one important factor is often overlooked: sleep. In today's 24/7 world, people are often going right up until they have to go to bed - leaving them unable to turn off their minds. In fact, according to the Nationa...
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Easy ways to create a home sweet vacation rental home
(BPT) - After a bitter winter, summer is finally within sight and many Americans are getting into full vacation planning mode. If you're planning a family getaway or a trip with a large group of friends, it's a great opportunity to explore staying at a vacation rental. These are often an affordable alternative to booking...
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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.


2014-04-23 14:18:24 -0600

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.


2014-04-23 14:31:59 -0600

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


2014-04-23 10:23:24 -0600