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Beyond traditional school supplies
(BPT) - The school year is in full swing, and shopping for pens, pencils and notebooks is already a memory. In addition to these traditional supplies, many of today's students have another tool - often underutilized - to help them succeed the in classroom: their smartphones and tablets. 'Today's mobile devices can help s...
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Still shopping last minute? Tips to make it easier
With Thanksgiving running a bit later in the calendar this year, fewer days are left for traditional shoppers this year. That means you might be doing some of your holiday shopping right up to the last minute. The good news is, you can still take advantage of special deals and coupons and save money while crossing everyone off your list. Shopping online will help you find all those last-minute gifts you still need. You can glean ideas through online searches, and then find those gifts in mult...
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Eco-chic fashion trends: Is your LBD made with recycled plastics?
'Eco-chic' clothing has become a hot fashion trend in recent years - and for good reason. These fashion-forward styles help us look fabulous while doing something fabulous for the environment. For example, eco-friendly clothes and accessories made with recycled plastics now are available in a wider range of styles than e...
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Expert tricks and delicious, balanced recipes help make holiday entertaining a cinch
(BPT) - From hearty appetizers to decadent desserts, food is often the 'star of the show' when it comes to holiday entertaining. Whether you're creating a favorite meal for loved ones, or planning to host a large gathering, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the planning and prep. Here to help is Carla Hall, celebr...
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Tips for keeping your house warm without burning a hole in your pocket
(BPT) - The winter months mean celebrating the holidays, reconnecting with family and friends and planning your resolutions for the New Year. They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable. If you're interested in controlling your energy expenses while maintaining c...
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Safety tips for your home's largest moving object - the garage door
(BPT) - The garage door's role in the home has changed dramatically over the last 30 years and most people don't realize it. Consider this: garage door openers have been installed in 35 million homes across the United States, making them one of the most widely used appliances. In fact, more than 70 percent of today's hom...
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Celebrate the season with a new beauty routine
(BPT) - For most places, winter undoubtedly means chilly temperatures, less sunlight and - inevitably - dry, tight or flaky skin. This season, follow these easy tips to break the cycle of dull winter skin by revamping beauty routines that will ensure radiant skin is always in the forecast. The Simple brand, a range of fa...
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Rising emergency department visits driving demand for nurses
(BPT) - Catastrophes like the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco and the Boston Marathon bombings have highlighted the extraordinary work of emergency departments (ED) and their indispensable role in health care. While disasters such as these are rare, emergency medicine plays a pivotal role in our nati...
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Best business investment for 2014: Fueling employee engagement
(BPT) - Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is 'no,' you're far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not fully...
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Diesel rides in demand for 2014
(BPT) - Not that long ago, finding a diesel car or truck - a truck with fewer than 18 wheels, anyway - on an American highway was about as rare as an icy road in July. Not so today. The era of dirty, smelly and noisy diesel vehicles has gone the way of the 8-track tape player, clearing a path for high-profile and increas...
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Three big ways small-business owners can save on taxes
(BPT) - If you own a small business, every dollar matters - especially when it comes to taxes. Whether your business is a partnership or corporation, Uncle Sam offers some sizeable deductions to lower your liability, allowing you to put those dollars toward capital and employees. Easy-to-use tax preparation solutions hav...
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Tips to prepare your vehicle for winter travel
(BPT) - Now that frigid temperatures and stormy days have come back in earnest, it's time for car owners to think seriously about the road conditions ahead and take the simple but important steps to ensure safe winter travel this year. Bad weather is linked to 7,000 deaths, 800,000 injuries and more than 1.5 million cras...
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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.


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