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Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
(BPT) - At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall. This summer, as Steven was gearing up for a local Special Olympics softball competition, he experienced a seizure that caused him to fall onto a concrete sidewalk and fracture his jaw in two places....
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Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects
(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans. Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate site Zillow plan to complete a home improvement project or room addition by the summer of 2014. Of those surveyed, nearly 40 percent will find ins...
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10 expert tips for an affordable and memorable destination wedding
(BPT) - A flurry of congratulatory phone calls, social media announcements and sparkling ring pictures all mean one thing: engagement season has arrived. With approximately 39 percent of marriage proposals taking place between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, engaged couples are taking note of one of the fastest-growing...
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A smart guide to keeping your New Year's resolutions in 2014 [Infographic]
Take a look at this smart guide to keeping your New Year's resolutions in 2014.
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Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions?
(BPT) - America's baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you're committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, and you may n...
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Go-anywhere upgrades that are great for kitchens and baths
(BPT) - Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths - and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable. Of course, virtually any upgrade you make to a ...
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Five hot decorating trends to make your home interiors pop
(BPT) - Looking for ways to switch up your style this year? From the right patterns and colors to impressive accents, the latest home design trends will keep your space looking fresh and fabulous in 2014. 'Now more than ever, homeowners are willing to experiment with design,' says Taniya Nayak, interior designer and DIY ...
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Discover adventure, history and beauty in Europe's most-often-overlooked destination
When you think of a European vacation, do your thoughts wander to Italy, France or even the United Kingdom? While those destinations all have their appeal, you can find every bit as much adventure, history, glorious scenery and fabulous cuisine in one of Europe's most-often-overlooked travel destinations: Spain. Families...
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How to stick to your New Year's resolutions all year long
(BPT) - With the holidays past and a new year upon us, now is the time for Americans to focus on their 2014 resolutions. And while fitness goals often top the list of New Year's resolutions, diet and exercise aren't the only ways to get back into shape. This year, do yourself and your loved ones a favor by getting financially fit as well. Although most Americans intend to become financially savvy in the new year, only a small fraction fully commit to their financial success. According to a 20...
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Don't be left in the dark [Infographic]
Traditional 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs have been phased out, leaving consumers with less bulb options to light their homes. Lutron Electronics asked people if they feel "in the dark" about light bulb options, as well as how important dimmable bulbs and dimmers are, and the stats are illuminating. To learn more about LED, CFL and halogen light bulbs, as well as compatible dimmer options, visit Lutron.com/dimCFLLED .
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Looking for a sign it's time to quit? [Infographic]
Each January, people pledge to make healthy lifestyle choices in the New Year, and for many, it means making a commitment to quit smoking. While many smokers choose to quit with the goal of becoming healthier, a lesser-known outcome of quitting smoking is that it can also make people happier. One study shows that seventy percent of ex-smokers say they are happier after quitting than when they smoked. Sponsorship to Quit , a new quit-smoking program, is asking America to take to social media a...
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Obesity: Let's start a healthy conversation [Infographic]
Did you know that there's a communications disconnect when it comes to weight loss discussions among physicians and patients? According to a new survey conducted by Eisai Inc., in partnership with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and The Obesity Society (TOS), only 56 percent of adults affected by overweight or obesity report ever having discussed weight with their doctor, yet all doctors surveyed say they counsel their patients affected by overweight or obesity about diet and exercise. A l...
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Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with a supporter (Reuters)The rancher's musings about slavery have made him a liability for conservative lawmakers.


2014-04-24 13:23:08 -0600

FILE - These undated family photos provided by the Zion, Ill., Police department show Krystal Tobias, 9, and Laura Hobbs, 8. Prosecutors have urged a federal jury to impose the death penalty on an ex-Marine who murdered a Navy sailor, saying it's the only adequate punishment for a man who has committed a series of sexually motivated attacks. The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Alexandria in the trial of 25-year-old Jorge Torrez. Prosecutor James Trump told jurors that execution is the only adequate punishment for a man who not only murdered Snell but killed two girls in his Illinois hometown. Torrez is charged but has not been convicted in those slayings. (AP Photo/Family photo via the Zion Police Department)Jorge Torrez was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and young girls over the last nine years.


2014-04-24 16:15:55 -0600

A woman bandages the head of a pro-Russian activist injured outside the Mariupol town hall, East UkraineRussia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.


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