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Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay
(BPT) - Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly. 'Demand is high for homes that are not...
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Got an 'impossible' space? The no-fail way to turn it into a bathroom
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has a home improvement 'impossible dream' - an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can't-do renovation is adding a bathroom in an impossible space. But enterprising homeowners and contractors are using ...
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Heart attack proof: How to give yourself a cardiac makeover
(BPT) - It's not cancer, accidents or even old age - the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. The good news is that this killer is highly preventable and controllable. By taking the right steps and working closely with your do...
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A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
(BPT) - Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don't know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing, according to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions , a cre...
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The cancer you've never heard of
(BPT) - When Sue Hollingsworth was diagnosed with advanced medullary thyroid cancer (aMTC), she had never even heard of the disease, let alone met another patient like her. Feeling isolated and unable to find information to best prepare herself for what the future held, she began writing letters for her daughter to read ...
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Personalized Valentines that last all year long
(BPT) - Americans spent more than $13 billion on Valentine's Day gifts last year. Sixty-four percent of men gave their significant other flowers and a card, and took them out to dinner, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. Valentine's Day is full of expectations, so how do you show your unique a...
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Cleaning conundrums [Infographic]
We have to do it ... and 87 percent don't enjoy doing it ... but Moen Research dishes the dirt on who, how and how often we clean our homes.
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Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
(BPT) - If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider starting a bit earlier this season. National Clean Out Your Inbox Week runs from Jan. 19 to 26, giving you the perfect excuse to jump start an often forgotten and usually cluttered space - your email. Your digital world can get just as messy as ...
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Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do
(BPT) - So you've decided it's time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you're excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you'll no longer have to look at dated fixtures and cracked tile, you'll be facing a lot of decisions about materials, colors, fixtures, floorin...
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Fumble-free food ideas for the big game
Whether you can barely contain your excitement for epic football competition, or you prefer to watch the clever commercials between plays, football fans big and small are gearing up for the big game. America loves a game-viewing party, so why not invite your friends and family over and score big with a few surprisingly q...
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Don't throw away that old phone [Infographic]
On the heels of a holiday season in which one in three Americans said they planned on giving electronics as gifts, ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, announced it has officially recycled more than 2 million phones and devices in its four-year history. Pointing to a rising trend in Americans' interest in electronics recycling, it took just nine months for ecoATM to double the number of devices it has processed. ecoATM's more than 800 kiosks, which are loc...
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Treat your feet to pampering now to prepare for sandal season
(BPT) - With snow falling, the wind blowing and everyone bundling up in extra layers of clothing, the last thing you probably have on your mind is the condition of your feet. But time passes quickly. Before you know it, the temps will be rising, and you'll be digging in the back of your closet for sandals. Will your feet...
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A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol shouts as she tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)The confirmed death toll rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel.


2014-04-19 23:45:31 -0600

A Ukrainian policeman guards a check-point at the entrance of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk on April 19, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring itself "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Three pro-Russian militants and one attacker were killed in a firefight at a roadblock close to the separatist-held town of Slavyansk, a local pro-Kremlin rebel leader, Vyatcheslav Ponomarev, said.


2014-04-20 04:15:40 -0600

A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade towards Via della Conciliazione avenue, top, during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's tradition Easter greeting at noon (1000 GMT). At left is the Apostolic Palace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.


2014-04-20 05:18:25 -0600