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Lights, camera, holiday party
(BPT) - With the holiday party season right around the corner, a growing camp of entertaining experts suggests approaching things a little less like Martha Stewart, and a little more like Steven Spielberg. Whether it's a Halloween party for the kids, a Thanksgiving potluck, or an elegant Christmas dinner, entertaining pr...
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Things retailers do to make you love their stores - and spend more
(BPT) - Holiday shopping can make you feel frantic, while you sprint from store to store, trying to find the right gift for everyone on your list. If you think you're under pressure to achieve during the holidays, however, just image how the retailers feel; holiday season is often make-or-break for many of them. And they...
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Stop the spread of cold and flu viruses this school year
(BPT) - A new school year is starting and as many parents know, kids are likely to bring home more than their homework at some point. Many catch cold and flu viruses from their classmates, which can then spread to other family members at home. When kids are sick, they miss out on valuable learning experiences and social ...
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Soft skills will help you land that next job
(BPT) - You've polished your resume, updated your references and picked up your best outfit from the dry cleaners. You're ready for that big interview. But while your experience and qualifications may match the position perfectly, have you given any thought to your soft skills? Soft skills include a person's attitude, wo...
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Are you covered? Five tips for roof replacement projects
(BPT) - Summer storms are a reminder to make certain your roof is well-equipped to help provide protection from Mother Nature. Considering a roof replacement? Follow these tips for outstanding performance, increased curb appeal and enhanced comfort for your family. 1. Check the warning signs One of the best ways to stay ...
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Why you should fix these 5 bad habits that hurt your health
Habits are hard to break. This is great news for those of us with healthy habits, but not so much for those with bad habits we know we should kick. If you're committing any of these bad habits, it's time to fix them - today. Smoking. Smoking is bad for our bodies, plain and simple. The health effects from cigarette smoking cause more than 440,000 deaths in the United States every year. Fix it: Don't quit cold turkey, try nicotine-replacement therapy, ask your doctor about prescription medicat...
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Kitchen remodeling 101: Making the space your own
(BPT) - There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you’ll love for years to come. Whether you’re designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn’t mean sacrificing personality for a neut...
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New ways to enjoy fall's bounty
(BPT) - Fall is a great time to try new recipes. Why? Because the markets are bursting with bounty of the harvest season. Included in that bounty is the fall harvest of grapes , which are in fine fresh supply through January. Besides their long season, grapes are amazingly versatile as an ingredient. Here's a sophisticat...
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Can we really have it all? [Infographic]
The question of 'What do women want?' has been debated for hundreds of years in social settings, movies, songs and books, and the answer is still elusive. However, the following infographic, created by Ghirardelli , provides some answers from women taken in a survey conducted by LinkedIn and Cross-Tab. Regardless of where women sit on the spectrum, Ghirardelli Chocolate's new filled bars, Mint Cookie and Toffee Crunch, offer a tasty respite from the balancing act of life. To find out more abo...
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Outside the comfort zone: How personal change benefits you and the community
From losing weight to being more assertive at work to visiting relatives more often – when it comes to making personal change, you probably have a long list of things you’d like to do. For many of us, the obstacle of changing and actually making a difference is not a lack of desire, or even motivation, but total confusio...
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A new day for pay: Tips for saving money and having a positive experience with payroll cards
With the increasing popularity of prepaid cards, it is no surprise that businesses are now using these financial products to pay employees. Payroll cards allow employers to skip the hassles and costs of issuing paper checks and allow employees to immediately access their wages without a trip to the bank or the costs asso...
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Training manual [Infographic]
Have you ever wondered what NFL training camp is like? Gillette Deodorant asked players from the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers to weigh in on how tough training camp workouts really are. Performance coach EJ Barthel took their recommended exercises and built a workout routine so anyone can train like an NFL player. For added inspiration, head to www.nfl.com/builtfortraining for an inside look at NFL training camp and ask yourself the question: are you Built for Tr...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, Talia Eisenberg, co-founder of the Henley Vaporium, uses her vaping device in New York. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)The government wants to ban sales to minors and require health warning labels.


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President Barack Obama speaks as he participates in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo Thursday, April 24, 2014. Obama says the time is now to resolve issues preventing the conclusion of a major, 12-nation trade agreement. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.


2014-04-23 23:50:19 -0600

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)Court says inmates are not entitled to know source of drugs that will be used to kill them.


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