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Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
By Laura Malm (BPT) - As the seasons turn, more homeowners are looking for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment. With demand high across the country for outdoor spaces that bring the comforts of the indoors outside, there's no surprise that decks are one of the t...
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Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
(BPT) - There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Both young and old adore this treat that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other ingredients to create an extra-delicious delight. Caramel is a candy staple in the United States and...
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Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It's hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? Or that nationally, deer vers...
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Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
(BPT) - Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best. Get out the toolbox: identify and mak...
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How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
(BPT) - Today's car owners are keeping their vehicles on the road longer, and it's not uncommon to find autos with odometer readings of 200,000, 300,000 or more. While increasingly common, that kind of longevity still merits bragging rights. So how can you reach the six-figure mile-mark? The answer is as simple as listen...
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Creating connections with children who have Autism
(BPT) - It's the single most-common developmental disability in America, affects more than 2 million Americans, has grown 10-fold in the past four decades, and is a highly complex disorder, yet at its heart Autism is a disorder that affects human interactions. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are generally descr...
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Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring
(BPT) - Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Yet the potential of a tax refund can be ...
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Car care tips from a lady who professionally takes hers through the dirt and mud
(BPT) - Spring is here, and it's time to make sure your vehicles are maintained. As a professional off-road driver in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Corry Weller knows the type of care that needs to go into helping a winter-worn car roll into the spring, ready to go. Helping your vehicle come out of this long wint...
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Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt
(BPT) - From the White House lawn to the family living room, children of all ages will soon be searching behind bushes and couches to find that last treasured egg. If you don't have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community this year, consider planning your own and inviting all the neighbors to participate. Here are...
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Every 'bunny' loves bunnies at Easter [Infographic]
(BPT) - This Easter season, it's all about the bunnies! From peanut butter-filled treats, to visits from everyone's favorite furry friend, The Hershey Company surveyed consumers across the country to find out how they incorporate bunnies into their Easter activities. Check out the fun results below!
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Dentist Dr. Debra Glassman on the Acid Truth
(BPT) - Dear Dr. Glassman, Over the past few years, I've tried to incorporate more fruits into my diet and replace sodas with sparkling water with lemon, but I've noticed that my teeth have become more sensitive. Could there be a connection? -Jen M. Note: Jen M. is a hypothetical patient asking her dentist a typical ques...
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Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
(BPT) - When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you're likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well. By staying organized and adopting a schedule that has served professi...
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President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the conclusion of their joint news conference at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The president urges U.S. and Japan to be bold in completing agreement.


2014-04-24 06:14:09 -0600

Palestinian Fatah delegation chief Azzam al-Ahmed (left) celebrates with Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya after a signing ceremony in Gaza City, on April 23, 2014Israel's security cabinet met Thursday to weigh its retaliation to a unity deal struck between the Palestinian leadership and the Hamas rulers of Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to Wednesday's agreement between the rival factions accusing Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of choosing "Hamas, not peace". They were not expected to order a complete halt to US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians, however, despite the announcement by a Netanyahu aide of the cancellation of a scheduled meeting on Wednesday evening, the broadcaster said. Netanyahu's office described the deal between Abbas and Hamas, which opposes all peace talks with Israel, as "very serious".


2014-04-24 08:26:57 -0600

An Afghan policeman outside the Cure International Hospital in KabulA U.S. nurse was also wounded in the attack at a Kabul hospital, officials said.


2014-04-24 05:18:15 -0600