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Protect your new purchases over the holiday season
(BPT) - Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft. From 2012 to 2013, consumers reported 10,755 t...
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Give back this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are known for eliciting cheer, thanks and a sense of community as families come together to share some of their most treasured traditions, whether that's gathering for a special meal, organizing an activity or finding a way to give back to those less fortunate. Last year, Americans gave $316 billion ...
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Re-mix holiday [Infographic]
Not that there's anything wrong with traditional recipes - but let's face it, many of them could use a reboot. The foods that are expected to be on many of our tables at this time of year - turkey, green beans, stuffing and pie - are waiting for you to take them up a notch. Swap out that tired, gooey green bean casserole for sesame ginger green beans. Update that ho-hum roast turkey and roll out honey smoked turkey with black and cayenne pepper instead. The spice experts at Simply Organic hav...
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How to get the most out of your new tablet in the new year
(BPT) - Tablets are clearly today's hot tech device: shipments will reach 184 million units in 2013 alone, estimates Gartner, an information technology research company . If you don't already own a tablet, it's very possible you might receive an iPad, Kindle or Nexus as a holiday gift. Knowing a few tricks to get the mos...
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Americans' top Internet searches of 2013
(BPT) - Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women. Search trends, found at www.BingTrends.com , indicate what most captivated people in 2013, including celebrities, music, movies, technology, fashion, sports, travel and more. According to Bing , the search engine from Microsoft, Beyonce, Tim Tebow,...
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Bacteria lurking in your home plumbing
(BPT) - Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination...
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Don't bust your budget: Tips and tricks to stretch those holiday dollars
(BPT) - Creating lists, checking them twice - it's a tradition for many families across the country this time of year as they plan and shop for gifts for friends and family. Even with the economy starting to recover, many people will set a budget before tackling their holiday shopping, but two-thirds of those that set a ...
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Tips for a keeping your home safe and dry this winter
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead. Last year, winter st...
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Creating a pollinator-friendly habitat in your backyard
(BPT) - Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds. You can attract pollinators ...
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Gifts for foodies guaranteed to leave taste buds dancing
(BPT) - Between the growing trends of boutique restaurants, creative home cooking and entire television networks dedicated to food, you probably know a few people who consider themselves 'foodies.' Whether they love craft beer, decadent chocolate treats or gourmet cheeses, you can find many great gift ideas for people pa...
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Laws to legalize pot for recreational use continue to grow
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of 'Reefer Madness,' the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately - madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013...
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Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
(BPT) - Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to mankind. The fluffy kernels were a favorite pastime long before the first motion picture. In fact, it is believed the oldest ear of popping corn was over 5,000 years old. Now that's staying power. Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year maki...
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A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's tradition Easter greeting at noon (1000 GMT). (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.


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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2004 file photo, former boxer, Rubin, "Hurricane" Carter, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison, during a news conference held in Sacramento, Calif. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)TORONTO (AP) — Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.


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Local residents inspect burnt out cars after a night fight at the check point which was under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. At least one person was killed in the clash. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia traded blame Sunday for a shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine that left at least three people dead and others with gunshot wounds.


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