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Five simple steps to a more stylish outdoor living space
(BPT) - It’s not too late in the season to create your dream deck – or to give your existing outdoor living space a fresh new look. Design a backyard retreat that’s ideal for entertaining family and friends as the weather grows more temperate with a few tips from the experts. 1. Make the most of your space. Think about t...
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Indoor air quality: What you can't see can hurt you
(BPT) - The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to kee...
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Insure yourself before Mother Nature strikes again
(BPT) - Hurricanes and tornadoes, blizzards and heat waves, floods and wildfires ... Mother Nature has become the lead story in nearly every news cycle. Can meteor showers be far behind? Whether it’s climate change or simply cyclical, one fact can’t be debated: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra...
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Top winterizing tasks for your home
(BPT) - If you shudder at the thought of shivering through another frigid winter, building industry experts say now is the time to consider winterizing your home. Several simple and cost-effective measures can yield both immediate and long-term benefits. While instinct may prod you to increase the heat during winter and ...
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Impact of the Affordable Care Act on your income taxes
(BPT) - The most significant implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as “Obamacare,” are just around the corner. In addition to having wide-ranging effects on health insurance in 2014 and 2015, the legislation also impacts income taxes. “Though the Affordable Care Act has implic...
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Give your home a quick refresh with these budget-friendly tips
(BPT) - Whether you are buying, selling or simply remodeling, you are looking to invest in updates that will increase the value and appeal of your home. It’s natural to want it all, but before you over-personalize or break the bank, there are many simple, budget-friendly changes that can increase the value of your home w...
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The top home decorating trend: Infusing natural elements into the decor
(BPT) - Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it’s more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant – and often calming – result of...
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Four ways to tech up your bathroom
(BPT) - We live in a constantly connected society - more than half of adults in the U.S. own smartphones (75 percent in a recent survey actually admit to taking them in the bathroom). It comes as no surprise that integrating technology into the bathing space is one of the hottest trends in products and interior design. G...
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Six must-have fall travel apps
(BPT) - This fall, you have a choice of great travel apps that can help make your getaways a breeze, from booking a flight or renting a car while on the road to finding a bathroom during a busy day of sightseeing. For readers in the throes of booking their fall adventures, we’ve rounded up six of the most useful go-to ap...
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Smell and your brain [Infographic]
Early detection is a crucial step to understanding the causes of and developing better treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Loss of sense of smell is a common but little-noticed symptom that may occur years before the onset of PD motor symptoms. The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) aims to learn more about the link between sense of smell and PD. This study could help researchers detect, and potentially even treat PD before motor symptoms occur. PPMI seeks 10,000 voluntee...
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Look like a winner: How to step up your game with the power of facial hair
Legend has it Rollie Fingers grew his handlebar mustache for a $300 bonus, and more than 40 years later his signature look still remains. Why, you may ask? Whether it’s to intimidate his competitors, portray prowess or boost his self-confidence – only he knows. Whatever the reason, a recent study from men’s grooming lead...
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Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success
(BPT) - Millions of students are heading back to school with high hopes for a great school year. When it comes to educational success, most parents and caregivers focus on what happens in the classroom, but what takes place after school is equally important to academic success. According to the U.S. Department of Agricul...
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk: Who Knows Where Putin Will Go NextArseniy Yatsenyuk says Russia won't stop until President Vladimir Putin's vision is realized.


2014-04-20 10:10:00 -0600

Dressed for the occasion, Paul Nagle, left, poses for photographs as he takes take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Some wore their Sunday best in New York's annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick's Day or Halloween outfits.


2014-04-20 16:56:59 -0600

Weed, hash oil and munchies are on offer at a massive "420" rally in Vancouver on April 20, 2012Several thousand people came out in Canada's biggest cities to call for the legalization of marijuana -- a yearly protest that happens internationally on April 20. The demonstrations -- dubbed the "420" rallies after the date, 4/20 in North American style, and the code-term popularly used to refer to pot consumption -- took place in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. In each city, including the capital, Ottawa, where protesters gathered on the lawn near the parliament building, music groups played for the crowds. In Montreal, a strong police presence surrounded the demonstrators, while in Ottawa and Vancouver, a pizza chain offered a free slice to any participant in the rally celebrating a drug known to prompt the munchies.


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