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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Entertain like a modern gent [Infographic]
When it comes to entertaining with style, today’s modern gentleman has a lot to consider. From what to wear to who to invite, today’s fine-tuned fête should be at once classic, modern and altogether memorable. To help with the planning, four experts were recruited by Don Miguel Gascón wine to offer their inside tips on throwing an elevated affair that everyone will be buzzing about. After all, as the first winery in Argentina to bottle a 100 percent Malbec wine, Gascón knows a thing or two ab...
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Checking for bed bugs: A new back-to-school routine?
(BPT) - As parents and students prepare to begin another school year, one back-to-school routine they may have to add to their duties is checking backpacks, school items and clothing for bed bugs. Communities across the country have seen an increased number of bed bug infestations in recent years. As these pests infiltra...
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Cooking Wine 101 [Infographic]
When a recipe calls for wine, do you grab for any bottle of red or white found on the shelf? It’s a better idea to use cooking wine, which is wine made for cooking. Not only does it cost less, but it has a longer shelf life, allowing you to continue making –and enjoying – the recipe several times over.  
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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.


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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.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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