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Nutritional tips for packing brain-boosting school lunches
(BPT) - Parents know kids can’t concentrate when they’re hungry. But did you know that what children eat – especially in school lunches – can also affect their ability to focus, learn and behave well in the classroom? Packing your children’s school lunches is a great way to manage their nutritional intake and help feed t...
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Attractive career opportunities await engineering graduates
(BPT) - Many recent engineering graduates are reaping the benefits of a flourishing job market for specializations within the growing field. Engineering occupations are expected to grow by more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation’s aging infrastructure is, at least i...
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Putting the fun in run: 3 missteps that can ruin your 5K run
More than 6 million Americans participated in 5K races last year and more are expected to join in this year, according to Running USA. Whether it’s for fitness or charity, the first run or the last, a few simple mistakes in preparation can leave those who are doing good feeling pretty bad. To put your best foot forward, ...
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Three easy beauty solutions for looking and feeling great this summer
(BPT) - Summer is the time to inspire the senses, embrace the warm weather and have fun with seasonal trends. Looking and feeling your best can be challenging as temperatures and humidity levels rise, but a few simple tips can help you incorporate some of the season’s hottest trends and enjoy a beautiful, refreshed look all summer long. Summer hues The trick to experimenting with warm weather beauty trends is keeping them fun and simple. One way to spice up your look this summer is to integra...
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How to maximize the flavor and nutrition of snack mixes
(BPT) - Everyone wants to enjoy foods they can feel good about eating, and snacks are no different. While carrot sticks and crackers with cheese are great go-to options, it’s important to mix things up. Snacking should be tasty and combine an interesting medley of flavors, as well as include whole grains and vitamin-rich...
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Hepatitis C: Facing a threat to baby boomer health head-on
(BPT) - Up to 5 million Americans suffer from an often symptomless – but potentially serious – liver infection called hepatitis C. Many are surprised to learn it affects four times as many people as the number of people with HIV. Three out of four people infected with hepatitis C in the United States are baby boomers – t...
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Taking a look at key food issues
(BPT) - Kids around the country are heading for school. For parents, now is the time to think about providing nutritious meals in  kids’ lunch boxes and on the kitchen table – keeping them energized and focused throughout the day, and above all else, healthy. This fall, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants to help fami...
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A homeowner's guide to a year-round deck
(BPT) - During the warm summer months, having an outdoor deck for barbecues and gatherings with family and friends is a great addition to any backyard. The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbecue season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed. “Although decks are g...
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Growth of K-12 online education [Infographic]
What was once reserved for higher education is now a growing trend among K-12 students nationwide - online learning. More than 275,000 students in grades K-12 in the U.S. are getting a high-quality education - often through a full-time online public school - without boarding a bus, entering a physical classroom, or even leaving their homes. What types of students are going to public school online and why? Learn more about the students and families who are choosing this non- traditional, rapid...
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Money-saving tips to help you stock up this season
(BPT) - As summer winds down, many are heading into a busy buying season with Labor Day soirees and preparing for back-to-school. With the average family expected to spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation , consumers are seeking cost saving strategies...
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Vaccination recommendations for adults [Infographic]
Vaccination doesn't stop at childhood. It’s important for adults to be vaccinated too. Use this as a guide to find out which vaccines are recommended for adults by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and why. By vaccinating yourself against preventable diseases, you are less likely to contract serious illnesses and pass them on to your family. Visit Vaccines.com/WordofMom or speak with your health care professional to learn how you can help protect yourself and your fami...
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Fundraising for school? What you should know about managing legal liability
(BPT) - When kids go back to school, fundraising by parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs kicks into high gear. Hard-working parent volunteers host bake sales, festivals and myriad other events to raise funds for schools. But what if the worst happens and someone gets hurt? You may think the school will be liabl...
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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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