Online Features
The best-kept secret for your home's exterior
(BPT) - Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty - all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes' curb a...
full story
Five simple ways to make at-home hosting easy and fun
(BPT) - Hosting a party, dinner or event in your home can be a lot of work, no matter how much you enjoy celebrating with loved ones and friends. You deserve to enjoy yourself at your own party and some creative shortcuts can help you do just that. 'The thought of hosting often stresses people out, but having a party doe...
full story
Plowing 101: Tips for removing snow quickly and efficiently
(BPT) - If you live in America's snowbelt, you know how back-breaking clearing all that white stuff can be. Using a shovel or snow blower can be time-consuming and strenuous, prompting many people to acquire a snowplow to keep driveways and other areas safe. If you're a newbie to plowing, the experts at Agri-Cover urge y...
full story
Tips for managing your year-end taxes
(BPT) - The close of every year seems to bring its own uncertainty from a tax-planning perspective. Last year featured the expiration of certain temporary tax provisions and the commencement of automatic federal government spending cuts. In October the President and Congress temporarily agreed on funding the government and increasing the national debt limit. But these issues may reappear in 2014 and could result in tax law changes that affect income-tax and financial planning. For now, the be...
full story
Gift-wrap a raptor: New dinosaur-themed trip is a perfect gift for kids
Kids love dinosaurs, and with the new 3-D motion picture 'Walking With Dinosaurs' in theaters nationwide for the holidays, parents of precocious paleontologists everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect dino-themed gift to put under the Christmas tree. For parents seeking something more enriching than yet another pla...
full story
Charitable gift ideas for the holidays and beyond
Giving back and helping others is what truly brings meaning to the holiday season, and for any gifting occasion throughout the year. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, that sentiment can be easily forgotten. However, there are simple things you can do that will make a meaningful impact and create enduring memor...
full story
Travel tips to reduce your stress this holiday season
(BPT) - Traveling over the holidays to visit family can be a bit stressful. As you travel during this time of year, consider the following tips to help you reduce your stress and better enjoy the time spent with family while away from home. * Pack flexibly - Family schedules can change quickly when large groups come toge...
full story
Overactive bladder: a common condition many women struggle with privately
(BPT) - Imagine having a common medical condition that requires you to plan around it and causes embarrassment and daily disruptions. These repeated disruptions are common for women with overactive bladder, or OAB, with their symptoms causing frequent trips to the bathroom or worry over a leak from a sudden urge to urinate. Despite the toll OAB takes on those who have it, women often avoid speaking with their doctor and cope with their symptoms on their own. Even though she does not have OAB,...
full story
Winter dreaming: Travelers reveal their top cold-weather 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-se...
full story
Easy and beautiful holiday looks for the everyday woman
(BPT) - Feeling your best during the holiday season helps make celebrating that much more meaningful. When you look beautiful, your confidence and charisma can shine, whether at a work party or a family gathering. You don't have to dress like a fashion model to have a festive look, simply remember these fashion tricks an...
full story
New year, new you: Five easy tips to get more fiber
(BPT) - For many, the new year provides a reason to examine the changes we would like to make for a healthier life. This January will be no different for the many Americans who will think about improving their diet. Focusing on fiber intake is one important and easy modification to consider. Research has shown that fiber...
full story
Aviation Rescue Swimmer: 'So others may live'
(BPT) - When lives are on the line, Navy Aviation Rescue Swimmers answer the call. These brave men and women embody the courage of America's Navy - often going into harm's way to complete their rescue missions in some of the most extreme environments imaginable. As an Aviation Rescue Swimmer, you will be part of a tightl...
full story
national news

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.


2014-04-19 07:36:27 -0600

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.


2014-04-19 05:07:37 -0600

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.


2014-04-19 02:42:30 -0600