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Exercise those ears: Simple ways to keep your hearing in shape
(BPT) - There are hundreds of benefits from daily exercise. Science has shown that daily aerobic exercise improves brain function, helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, helps regulate insulin levels and slows aging. Good health enables a person to experience and enjoy life to its fullest, and a critical aspect ...
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Nine great edutainment games to get kids excited about learning
As a parent, you are constantly being bombarded with new information on the right amount of screen time for your child. While you can aspire to raising your kid TV- or mobile-device free, that's just not always a reality these days. Instead of feeling guilty with the amount of screen time you give them, make sure they can actually benefit from it. Finding the right apps that blend educational lessons with engaging and entertaining games that your kids will love isn't always easy. Here are nin...
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Chic chalet: Give your kitchen a mountain makeover
(BPT) - Your kitchen doesn't need a Matterhorn vista to stay on top of the latest 'chalet chic' design trend. It's easier than you think to get this style by mixing rustic pieces with modern touches. 'Exposed structural elements work well when paired against something that's more delicate,' says David Bourke, architect a...
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No more road rage: How smart cities and driverless cars make life better for everyone
(BPT) - Driverless cars, delivery drones and smart buildings: they all seem like things you'd see in a sci-fi movie. But all those futuristic developments could soon roll onto American roadways, and many Americans overwhelmingly support the changes. According to the 'Intel Freeway to the Future' study conducted by Penn Schoen Berland, when asked if they would like to live in a driverless city, where all cars, buses and trains operate intelligently and automatically without people driving them...
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Insanely gorgeous spring makeup looks you can easily create at home
Taking cues from the season's runways, spring 2014 makeup looks are fresh, colorful and bold. The top styles reveal modern twists on the traditional, making for looks that enhance every facial feature perfectly. Best of all, you don't have to be a professional makeup artist to achieve these gorgeous looks; you just need to know a few tricks of the trade. Check out the top looks of the season. Classic cat eye Mysterious and classy with a touch of sex appeal, the cat eye provides a timeless loo...
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Tips for making your child's birthday extra special this year
(BPT) - For many young children (especially those between the ages of 3 and 6), a birthday is the most important and anticipated day of the year, ranking even above Christmas or Easter. The challenge, however, is that with more two-income families, increase in single parent households, and busier work and school schedule...
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A healthier home makes for happier families
(BPT) - If you've ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you're like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what's in your home. Here are four tricks to help...
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Sure-fire laundry tips to make your kids' clothes last longer
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - Taking care of your kids' clothing can be a non-stop, dirty business. All that running around, sliding into home plate and puddle jumping can wear out more than just your kids' shirts and pants. It can also leave parents feeling like they're constantly catching up on laundry and continuously ...
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Kitchen makeover: 3 simple tips for beauty on a budget
(BPT) - If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home....
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Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
(BPT) - When you think about technology and learning, images of eager students likely come to mind. But in the digital age, technology is far reaching and not exclusive to America's youth. One of the most active groups of digital learners is actually adults - a movement that is being driven by the desire for self-improve...
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Avoid tax identity theft and keep your information safer this tax day
(BPT) - You know the feeling. You've slogged through the paperwork, collected your receipts, filled out the forms, transferred the totals from line to line and figured out the size of your refund, or how much you owe. You drop your tax forms in the mail or submit them online, and you can finally exclaim 'My taxes are don...
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Renovating? Laying a good foundation for home improvement success
(BPT) - You've probably heard the saying: 'Your home is your castle.' But if your current home - or the home you're thinking of buying - feels more like the servant's quarters than the royal palace, you may need to plan a renovation. At times like these it's easy to give in to your excitement and get the project moving f...
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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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