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Simple ways to green your life at home and at work
(BPT) - Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s the mantra we’ve heard for decades, and it appears Americans are taking the message to heart and making efforts to go green in all aspects of their lives. Whether it’s in their own home or at their place of work, being earth-friendly isn’t just a trend; it’s the new modern way of lif...
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Who left the lights on [Infographic]
The “Who Left the Lights On” survey looks at electricity usage within the home, in what rooms lights are often left on and who is to blame - it's not always the children. To address this, Lutron continues to introduce light controls such as motion sensors to automatically turn on and off the lights. For more information visit ChooseLutron.com .
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Tech skills help new grads land a job
(BPT) - With a graduation cap in one hand and a newly-inked degree in the other, many grads are hitting the online pavement looking for their first post-college job. But how do you set yourself apart from the masses and quickly land your dream job? According to a recent survey, 83 percent of millennials say having tech s...
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Students find new ways to tackle affordability as value of college degree rises
(BPT) - In 2012, the unemployment rate for Americans with only a high school diploma was 8.3 percent, compared to just 4.5 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree. The rising value of a college education is illustrated through postsecondary enrollments, which nearly doubled between 1980 and 2010 – from 12 million to 2...
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Sleeping tips for back-to-school success
(BPT) - Did you know the best preparation for back to school is a good night’s sleep? Lack of sleep can affect a child’s performance, attention, learning, behavior and biological functions, experts say. In fact, recent studies show that American students might be falling behind in school due to a lack of shut-eye. With a...
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Back-to-school tech trends that keep kids in touch
(BPT) - Chances are your young kids love to play games on their tablets or even your smartphone, and your teens and college students rely on technology to stay in touch with friends. But as they head back to school, keep in mind technology can also help students discover the joy of learning, and keep them on track with t...
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Renovation loans give homebuyers an edge in a competitive market
(BPT) - Just a year ago homebuyers could choose from a bounty of properties on the market. Today things are starkly different. In many locations throughout the United States, inventory of homes for sale is at historic lows, creating a seller’s market where multiple buyers get into bidding wars over move-in-ready homes. “...
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Tips for safe vacation travel
(BPT) - Vacations are keeping Americans busy this season. But, with all that fun, make sure you don’t overlook caring for your car and tires. If you do, the only thing you’ll be doing is standing in the breakdown lane. Americans will travel 1,045 miles on average to reach their destinations, according to the recent Hanko...
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Small business success checklist [Infographic]
Being successful as a small business depends on a series of smart decisions and business purchases. This inforgraphic looks at tools, trends and tips to set you apart from the competition.
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Little hands inspire creative kitchens: How to encourage kids to cook
(BPT) - The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, a central place where families gather to relax, work, share stories and most importantly – cook meals together. By teaching your kids how to help in the kitchen from meal prep to cleanup, you’re also helping them understand how to prepare healthy meals and appreciate...
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Six ways studying abroad can change your life
(BPT) - Many students study abroad each year for only a few months, or even weeks. But the experiences and lessons learned go on to impact them well past that brief time, and the benefits of their travels don’t stop once they return home. Studying abroad isn’t just a chance to explore foreign cities, but a time to grow, ...
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What do consumers and doctors need to know about opioid dependence? [Infographic]
Opioid dependence (OD) is more common than many people realize and can happen to anyone - affecting adult men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, income and educational levels. This chronic condition, also known as prescription painkiller and heroin addiction, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and represents a rapidly growing medical problem and public health concern. Despite the ever-growing numbers of individuals living with OD and significant media coverage, a ...
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A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggles with a policeman as he tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Divers recovered more bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to over three dozen. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)More than 250 people, most of them high school students on a holiday trip, remain missing.


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Johnny Di Francesco's award-winning margherita pizza (ABC News)If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.


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An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in BurbankBy Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.


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