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Spring has sprung: tips for getting outside to play
(BPT) - After being cooped up during one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, families are eager for warmer weather so they can get outside and play. Research shows that play is an important part of children's physical, emotional and intellectual development. With spring upon us, now is a great time to make play ...
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Expert tips for navigating tax-season changes
(BPT) - With the deadline for filing taxes fast approaching, there are myriad changes for the American taxpayer to consider. Between The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 'fiscal cliff' agreement), the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, it's easy for even the savviest taxpayer to get confused. Rob Fishbein, vice president in the Tax Department for Prudential , offers some tips and caveats to keep in mind when filing your tax return this year. 1. Same-sex spo...
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Warning: Job scams pack a financial punch for employment seekers
As the country emerges from the Great Recession, many people are still looking for employment. Whether it's a full-time job or a second job to earn a little extra money, hard-working folks across the nation are applying to job listings online. But beware: lurking among the real jobs are cleverly designed employment scams...
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Entertaining tips and tricks: Do game day right this spring
(BPT) - Spring is one of the best times of the year for many reasons. The light at the end of winter's tunnel, it conjures images of beaches, picnics, barbecues and more. For sports fans, it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Professional baseball is just getting started, the playoff races for professional bask...
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Small business owners: Demand more from your tech [Infographic]
For the fifth consecutive year, Brother International conducted its Annual Small Business Survey. This year's survey focused on small business owner's adoption of technology, what technology they are investing in and what they are using it for. Survey benchmarks revealed that stress levels are significantly down this year. Click on the infographic for additional survey findings and information.
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Flushing less water down the drain with better toilet technology [Infographic]
Twenty years since the original Energy Policy Act went into effect, the U.S. has transitioned from water-guzzling toilets using 3.5 gallons of water per flush (gpf) to low-flow 1.6 gallon models to high efficiency toilets using just 1.28 gallons. New data shows that the move from 3.5 gpf to 1.6 gpf alone has saved 18.2 trillion gallons of water. Follow the path to water efficiency, including MaP testing, WaterSense certification and energy savings. Plus, download a free e-book on high efficie...
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Couples: Live happily ever after with tips on moving into your first home together
(BPT) - Moving into your first home as a couple is a fun experience. But you will also face challenges like combining your household belongings and determining where you want everything placed. Handling these negotiations well can start your life together on the right foot. Your first home may just be a starter home, or ...
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Gluten free 101: What you need to know
(BPT) - You've probably been hearing a lot about gluten. Maybe a friend has gone gluten-free or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease or been advised to avoid gluten. So, what exactly is gluten? Is it something you should give up too? Gluten is a protein that is most commonly found in wheat, barley and r...
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Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts
(BPT) - Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn't a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue. Newly released survey results show that you're probably not alone with your maintenance concerns. The online survey was ...
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Inspect home fencing to ensure your home's safety and security
(BPT) - Weather extremes are brutal on exterior landscaping. Rain, snow, wind and temperature variances all take a toll, especially on residential fencing. Rain accelerates rust and wood-rot, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Gate misalignment - as well as rusty, metal hinges and la...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Expert advice for managing ADHD medications
(BPT) - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is no longer just a condition impacting school-aged boys. In fact, ADHD diagnosis rates are exploding among the adult population - climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent for those ages 26-34. In Express Scripts' new report, ' Turning Attention to ADH...
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Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
(BPT) - What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms. 'After years of leaning toward casual dinnerware, ...
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTThe captain was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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Russian President Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside MoscowVladimir Putin's spokesman makes harsh comments amid warnings from Washington.


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FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


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