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10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014
(BPT) - Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You're not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complete. 'Personal finance is an in...
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Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
(BPT) - From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Home automation is proving to be a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons' futuristic l...
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Using your Health Insurance Marketplace coverage on Jan. 1, 2014
(BPT) - With the start of the new year, millions of Americans will have access to health coverage for the first time or have improved coverage because of the health care law. There are steps you can take now to ensure you have access to coverage beginning Jan. 1. Coverage begins on Jan. 1 for anyone who signed up by Dec. 24. Don't worry, if you didn't sign up by then, there's still time for you to apply through March 31, 2014. But if you did sign up and your insurance card has not yet arrived...
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A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
(BPT) - Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day. But here's one important resolution, one you can fulfill today and easily keep all ye...
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Cold weather pushes rodents into homes
(BPT) - With the holidays over for another year, you may think you won't have any more surprise guests until spring. Think again. Nearly a third (29 percent) of Americans have had a 'visit' from one of winter's least-welcome 'guests' - rodents - according to a survey from the National Pest Management Association . In fac...
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Rats! Winter rodent problems are prevalent, survey shows [Infographic]
When temperatures drop, rodents head indoors. America's rodent problems peak in winter, but aren't restricted to a specific region, a recent survey by the National Pest Management Association found. Each year nearly a third of all American households experience rodent problems, the survey revealed. Beyond the sheer 'ick factor' of discovering rodent droppings or hearing their scurrying sounds at night, Americans need to beware of the potential health and safety impact of a rodent infestation....
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The trouble with trapped air [Infographic]
Did you know lingering, musty smells are an indicator of poor ventilation in your home? Smart ventilation from Aprilaire is the most energy efficient way to exchange stale, contaminated indoor air for fresh, outdoor air. It's a solution that will help you protect the investment you've made in your home, as well as the people who live in it.
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Eating well at any age: How to fuel your mind, body and soul
(BPT) - It's common knowledge that children should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, consuming all the nutrients needed to grow up strong. Many adults don't know that it's just as crucial to continue those healthy habits throughout adulthood and well into the 'golden years.' Regardless of age, we should all make nutri...
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Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyberbullying
(BPT) - As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials. That's the finding of a new national survey of 642 American parents conducted by the Fraud Prevention and Investigations...
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Don't Hesitate…Vaccinate Children against the Flu This Year and Every Year [Infographic]
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases' (NFID) Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition urges parents to get their children vaccinated now to protect themselves and others against influenza (flu). The NFID infographic provides a compelling snapshot of childhood flu in the US, including rates of hospitalization and death. It reinforces the importance of annual vaccination and reminds parents to ask their health care provider whether their child needs a second dose. To learn more vis...
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Give the gift of hope this holiday season
(BPT) - For most, childhood is a time of innocence. It is a time when wonder and excitement exist around every corner. Children view the world as an open book of infinite possibilities where they can be or do anything they want, limited only by their imagination. For children battling a life-threatening illness, childhoo...
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Simple steps to paint like a pro
(BPT) - The difference between a professional paint job and a do-it-yourself job that looks like a pro painted it is surprisingly simple. As the old adage goes, the devil's in the details. If you want that professional look while maintaining your DIY pride - and checkbook - take the time and effort to pay attention to of...
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A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade 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). (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.


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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2004 file photo, former boxer, Rubin, "Hurricane" Carter, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison, during a news conference held in Sacramento, Calif. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)TORONTO (AP) — Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.


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Local residents inspect burnt out cars after a night fight at the check point which was under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. At least one person was killed in the clash. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.


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