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What's your home's price tag now?
(BPT) - As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my home worth now? There's actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA . He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its: 1. Market value 2. Replacement value 3. Property tax value “Since different values can be used for different reasons, it's important to understand when each applies,” Halliwell says, addi...
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Tips to get the most out of your car this Labor Day and beyond
(BPT) - As the sun begins to set on the last stretch of summer, it’s time to start prepping for the final road trip of the season. Millions of drivers hit the road during the summer months, but the weekend leading up to the start of September marks the last hurrah of vacation season, one of the busiest weekends of the year for motorists across the country. According to AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, more than 34.1 million Americans will take to the stre...
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Capture the spirit of the American Southwest on a Grand Canyon tour
There are some travel destinations where sights, people and activities add up to much more than the sum of their parts. You know when you’re in one of those special locations because you’re doing more than just seeing – you’re experiencing the spirit of the place. In the United States, there are few places more imbued wi...
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Life after stroke: Advice for physical and emotional recovery
(BPT) - Did you know a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average? About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association . If you or a loved one has survived a stroke, recovery depends largely on the severity of the brain damage. With love, support and patience, t...
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What she thinks about his look: Three men's hairstyles women prefer
Your haircut says a lot about you. In fact, according to new research, it says more than anyone might think, especially in the eyes of women. To help guys figure out which haircut works best, Wahl Clipper and Opinion Research Corporation conducted a study on the styles women prefer and what those looks say about the guys...
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Thwarting the safety threats that can lurk in kids' lunch boxes
(BPT) - When it comes to back-to-school safety, you cover the basics vigilantly, such as teaching kids to avoid strangers, buckling them in the car and providing appropriate safety gear when they play sports. But have you considered taking as much care when it comes to packing lunch boxes ? An improperly packed school lu...
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Trendy fall fashions fit for you
Fall isn’t just about cool, crisp evenings, back-to-school and sporting fun ... it’s also about reinventing your wardrobe, too. This season, transitioning your closet is easier than ever with fun trends that give you permission to show off your colorful character and express the many sides of your personality.   Taking i...
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Winning tips for capturing memorable back-to-school photos
(BPT) - As children across the country gear up with their new backpack, school supplies, clothes and haircuts, parents are reaching for their cameras, ready to capture another milestone: the annual back-to-school photo. This year, capture that memorable shot like a professional with a few expert tips and tricks. Lights, ...
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The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic
(BPT) - Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today’s grilled cheese sandwich...
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Tech tips and tricks for foodies and cooking enthusiasts
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like sharing a meal to keep you connected to friends and family. Between busy schedules and long distances, even a quick meal can be tough to coordinate. Since so much of our lives are managed online these days, a few tech tips and tricks can help keep your life gourmet. Cook with friends ac...
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Tech shopping for your child? Consider the power of the pen in learning
(BPT) - Writing is fundamental to learning, and humans have been doing it since the first cave dwellers used the end of a stick to smudge drawings on the walls of their homes. Parents thinking of buying a tablet for their child may think touchscreen technology is heralding the end of writing for their kids. Not so, educa...
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Taking the stress out of a job transfer move
(BPT) - A job transfer usually is a good thing. Hopefully the transfer signals a promotion as you take your career a step further up the ladder, bringing about new and fun challenges in the workplace. But the transition itself is often not easy, especially if it involves moving your home and family to a new location. Bus...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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