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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation with Ukraine and Russia from the State Department in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)The secretary of state says Russia has failed to live up to its commitments on Ukraine.


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McAlevey sits in the cockpit of a RNZAF P3 Orion maritime search aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Matt Siegel and Byron Kaye SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defence official said on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed. The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone had turned up no wreckage.


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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 30, 2012, file photo, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens speaks at a lecture presented by the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana. The 94-year-old retired justice tells NPR that public opinion has changed on the issue. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana.


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