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Winter dreaming: 7 drop-dead-fabulous dream destinations
Winter's dark nights are for more than just regular dreaming: They're for conjuring up pleasant images of that satisfying cold-weather escape we all envision. But just where are Americans' winter travel dreams landing these days? DreamPlanGo , the travelers' website for destination ideas and inspiration, asked a cross-section of followers what wintertime journeys were on their wish lists and in their plans. Here are 7 of the best and most beautiful. 1. The top dream destination was Bora Bora,...
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Exciting ways to stay motivated and get fit this year
This is the time of year when many people set a weight loss goal and pledge to begin living a healthier life. Enrolling in a fitness program is a popular means of accomplishing a weight loss goal. But while many people are successful with their exercise programs, others fail because they quit the program before they can ...
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The nation's most deadly disease
(BPT) - Few people understand just how much a threat cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease, can be. Consider this: heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and accidents combined. According to the C...
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Survey finds Americans want gift cards for the holidays
The holiday shopping season is wrapping up, and poll after poll shows that consumers spent even less this year. But, despite the tight wallets, one gift category is expected to increase in sales this year: gift cards. Holiday gift card purchases and use is on the rise, according to recent surveys by the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF survey shows that 59 percent of respondents said they'd like to receive gift cards this year. But that is ...
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Transforming the world: A new program fosters the next generation of leaders
(BPT) - What will be the world's next big innovation? Whether it's a cure for a disease that has plagued the world for generations or a new tool that makes life easier, one thing is for sure: science and technology will play a role in its creation. To encourage high school students and passionate teachers to step up to t...
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Health story of the year: salt is vindicated
(BPT) - An ever increasing body of academic research is showing that the current level of salt Americans consume is not only perfectly healthy but that adopting low-salt recommendations will actually harm people. The most recent example of this is a review of all available research on salt and health by the Institute for...
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The 'preventive medicine' to help protect financial health when you're seriously injured, ill or unable to work
(BPT) - If injury or illness left you unable to work - even for a short time - would your financial health be at risk? Fifty-nine percent of U.S. workers said their financial resources would last 12 weeks or less without a paycheck, and nearly a third (29 percent) would burn through their resources in a month or less if ...
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Indulge in skin-loving winter foods for a healthy self - inside and out
(BPT) - Have you effectively 'winterized' your home for the season? Plunging temperatures call for more than just cozy sweaters, boots and coats - they can also challenge daily eating and wellness routines, which can negatively impact skin. A personal regimen that effectively combines diet (chock-full of fresh, in-season...
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Three weekend-friendly DIY bathroom upgrades
(BPT) - How much time do you spend in the bathroom each day? Whether it's where you prep the kids for bed or step away for some alone time, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home. It's also one of the best areas in which to invest; renovating or simply updating this space can lead to a 62 perce...
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Eye diseases may go unnoticed in individuals with diabetes
(BPT) - With more than 8 percent of the American population having been diagnosed with diabetes, regular dilated eye exams are critical to prevent vision loss. Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body's ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems. Too much sugar in the blood can cause ...
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The black box that could save your life
(BPT) - Black boxes in airplanes or trains hold critical information relevant to a disaster. However, there is another type of black box that can help stop a medication-related catastrophe before it happens: a black box warning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that some medications carry a black box warni...
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A dozen holiday fails and fixes
Kitchens are the heart of the holidays, where magical activities take place like baking cookies or dishing up a hearty meal. But mistakes in the kitchen happen too and it can be stressful! The holiday's ultimate helper - eggs - is here with a dozen of the most common holiday 'fails' and suggestions for easy 'fixes.' 1. Fail: You're spending too much time in the kitchen and not enough time at the party. Fix: Plan a menu with a make-ahead dish as the main attraction, like Ham, Asparagus & Tomat...
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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 OUTThe captain was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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Russian President Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside MoscowVladimir Putin's spokesman makes harsh comments amid warnings from Washington.


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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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