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Go green with eco-friendly outdoor living spaces
(BPT) - Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you'll feel extra good about by going 'green.' With some expert advice, it's easier than you think. Here are four easy tips from t...
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Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that winter is finally over. Among them: no more slick roads, heavy jackets, freezing temperatures or dry skin. Spring's arrival also means an end to those expensive heating bills you paid all season. But just because warmer weather is here doesn't mean your bills are gon...
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Increase your home's curb appeal and value with simple outdoor improvements
(BPT) - First impressions happen at the curb. A good first impression raises the value of your home and pride in home ownership. If you are considering listing your home, it's important that its curb appeal entices potential buyers to come inside and see more. A few improvements to the home's exterior will go a long way ...
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6 steps to control your blood pressure
(BPT) - A routine doctor's appointment often involves a health professional checking your blood pressure. The screening is not painful or stressful and typically takes less than a minute to measure. However, the results of this simple test may identify a condition that, when managed, could help reduce your chances for st...
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Turn your home into a smart home with these simple technology upgrades
(BPT) - Homes are more technically advanced than ever before, providing homeowners with sophisticated sound systems, high-tech security capabilities and interactive entertainment systems. The good news is that you don't have to be a techie to turn your home into a smart home. Not only is technology improving, it is also ...
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Is your child eating kid-friendly foods that support overall health and wellness?
(BPT) - It's 3 in the morning and your child is awake complaining of aches and pains. You take his temperature, give him some water, and sit with him to encourage rest. Parents commonly experience long nights like these, and it can be tormenting when you can't make your ill child feel better. What's a loving parent to do...
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5 simple tips to prepare your home for flood season
(BPT) - After a winter of frigid temperatures and record snowfalls, the nation now faces the spring thaw and long, rainy months. Flood season is officially here - is your home ready for it? Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Over the past five years, the average flood insurance claim was mo...
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7 simple spring cleaning steps pack a powerful punch against indoor allergens
Spring is in the air, and there's no better time to spruce up your home and get it ready for warmer days. Not only does a clean home look great, it can make you feel confident, too. Fifty percent of homes have at least six detectable allergens present, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. A few powerful spring cleaning steps can help you combat indoor inanimate allergens, so you can breathe happy, even when spring allergens make their way into your home. 1. Elimin...
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Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life
(BPT) - Today's college students are breaking the stereotypical mold. Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life, and many colleges see students in their 20s studying alongside students in their 30s, 40s - even 60s! If it's been a long time since you've been in a classroom, it's important t...
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Picking the right camp for your kids
(BPT) - As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, 'summertime and the livin' is easy' isn't always the case if you're a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provi...
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5 tips for fighting grime: The squeaky-clean truth about the dish pit and commercial dishwashers
(BPT) - Numerous pieces of equipment are required for busy restaurant kitchens to run smoothly, and one of the hardest-working machines in any kitchen is the commercial dishwasher. Critical to both restaurant flow and sanitation, this piece of restaurant equipment can make or break the dinner rush. Is your restaurant's dishwasher up to the daily challenge of washing away grime? Designing a commercial dishwashing area - also known as a dish pit - requires adequate forethought. Not only do you ...
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Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
(BPT) - Most parents and grandparents know that keeping medicine out of children's hands is important. But every minute a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine, and every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. What's happening to drive these frequent ...
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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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