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Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements
(BPT) - Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home. The push toward ene...
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Know what employers want before applying to be in law enforcement
(BPT) - With the economy improving, more job opportunities are appearing, giving today's students openings to show prospective employers their skills and professional talents. However, the job market is still competitive, and students need to know - and then acquire - the skills prospective employers want. In the law enf...
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How to keep your kids active during the winter months
(BPT) - As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy....
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Could depression be affecting your job?
(BPT) - Did you know that one in 10 people struggle with depression? Depression can consist of a range of symptoms and it can also impact every aspect of a person's life including social, family, personal and work/school life. Depression affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act, and affects people during t...
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Valentine's Day: Cupid's favorite day by the numbers [Infographic]
Throughout time, Cupid's arrow has found its way in to the hearts of many. Founded by a man named John Valentine, FTD was destined to share Cupid's favorite day by the numbers. Find out how below.
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How health care reform could impact your tax returns this year and next
(BPT) - Several key tax law changes in the Affordable Care Act have been implemented in 2013 and 2014. The impact of those changes on federal tax returns due April 15, 2014 and 2015 hinge mainly on your household's adjusted gross income (AGI) and health insurance situation. "The impact on this year's federal tax returns ...
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Thinking about writing off Social Security? Not so fast
(BPT) - Social Security is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to planning for Social Security. And that could have significant consequences. A recent nationwide omnibus survey of 1,007 adults in the United States shows that despite the constant coverage about the top...
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Fusion teas to super seaweed: top food trends to watch in 2014
(BPT) - Culinary creativity doesn't require you to be a highly trained chef, and you don't have to be a dedicated 'foodie' to spice things up in the kitchen. It's more about finding ways to deconstruct the traditional rules of cooking and repurposing them in fun ways, whether it be using an ingredient you've never used o...
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10 fun facts to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day [Infographic]
In observance of National Peanut Butter Day, Peter Pan brings you these 10 fun facts about peanut butter.
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The remarkable truth about multivitamins [Infographic]
National nutrition surveys spanning decades of research have repeatedly found that many Americans do not meet the basic needs for certain vitamins and/or minerals. The USDA's Healthy Eating Index, a tool to assess Americans' eating habits, rating them on a scale of 0 to 100, consistently finds that most Americans score below or in the 60s, equivalent to an 'F' or a 'D' ranking on nutrition. Many people need to fill nutrition gaps with vitamins and supplements on the days when people don't eat...
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How to shop for dental insurance
(BPT) - Dental health is essential to overall health, affecting everything from our hearts to our mental well-being. Yet despite ample research that underscores the importance of taking care of our teeth, millions of Americans never go to the dentist. A lack of dental insurance is one of the top reasons Americans don't k...
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Plugged in, tuned out: Teen distraction increases pedestrian accidents
(BPT) - From dating to driving to curfews, there's a lot to worry about if you have a teenager. You want to keep your child safe and likely have talked about distracted driving and avoiding texting while behind the wheel, but technology can be distracting while walking, too. More teens are plugged in and tuning out to th...
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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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