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Five holiday tips to make your trip home a little smoother
(BPT) - There's no place like home for the holidays, but getting there can be a less-than-joyous experience. While busy airports aren't known to inspire a holly, jolly spirit, a few tips and tricks can help you breathe a little easier as you make your way home. 'This is the busiest travel time of the year,' says Jeanenne...
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Financially fit: five steps to get a handle on your credit
(BPT) - After countless hours spent holiday shopping, you finally finished. Now, you're faced with the credit card payments as you roll into the new year. While it may have been difficult to keep your finances - particularly your credit cards - top of mind amid the dash from store to store, those payments aren't going an...
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Easy tips to stick to your healthy living New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - Only 8 percent of people who make New Year's resolutions actually achieve their goals, according to a recent study by the University of Scranton. This year, instead of making a promise to lose weight, make small but impactful changes to the way you eat to ensure you reach your resolution goal. 'Many people don't ...
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Four simple tips for designing an on-trend home for 2014
(BPT) - The new year will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an 'anything goes' attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and high-end; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique. 'We're seeing a lot of flexibility in the ...
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All the New Year's fun on half the budget
(BPT) - Ringing in the new year on a budget? The high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations doesn't have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year's Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags. 'Su...
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Stretching your ski vacation dollar
(BPT) - With the Olympics right around the corner, skiing is on a lot of people's minds. While ski trips can get pricey quickly, there are ways to give your budget a lift. 'It's not unusual for 'ski vacation' to be synonymous with 'expensive getaway,'' says Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for the travel booking website...
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Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power
When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, according to a recent national surve...
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Planning a home improvement project? How to hire a quality contractor
(BPT) - Dreaming of home improvement projects in the New Year? You're not alone - many homeowners are deciding what improvement project to tackle next. As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes are focused on curb appeal or updating new spaces, which makes now a perfect time for re...
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Staying happy and healthy this season the active way
The holidays are a time to share joy and happiness with loved ones. Yet with long lines, holiday parties and traveling, this time of year can really be exhausting. Add in the cold weather and other everyday stresses and you will find staying happy and healthy during the holidays can be downright impossible. 'People fall ...
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Winter sports safety gear evolves with plastics
Just what does it take to excel in winter sports? Practice, practice, practice - plus modern safety gear to help protect against injury. While nothing can fully protect pro or amateur athletes from harm, today's winter sports safety gear is tougher than ever, thanks mostly to combinations of various lightweight, high-per...
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Make every bath a safe bath [Infographic]
Did you know January is National Bath Safety Month? Nearly 200,000 people are injured in their bathroom each year, making now a great time to update the space with safety features. A grab bar is a stylish addition to any bathroom that also makes it safer for people of all ages.
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Want a shot at a healthy future? Vaccinations aren't just for kids
(BPT) - The best approach to health is a proactive one, and that means getting an annual checkup and staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. But many adults don't visit a doctor unless they feel ill, nor do they think about vaccination as part of their routine, preventive health care. This leaves them needlessly ...
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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File photo of U.S. President Obama meeting with Russian President Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in EnniskillenIn September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.


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FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


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