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Top technologies guide for mature drivers
(BPT) - The shiny paint. The new car smell. Many aspects about buying or leasing a new vehicle can excite your senses. Once you are inside your new vehicle, you are probably asking yourself a lot of questions. Where will I put my sunglasses? Is the trunk big enough for my groceries? What does this button do? Chances are ...
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Doing your own taxes? Here's what you need to know
(BPT) - More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. In addition to being more affordable than a storefront or accountant, online and mobile solutions have made doing your own taxes exceptionally easy and fast. 'Consum...
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Flu myths vs. flu facts [Infographic]
There are a number of misconceptions about seasonal flu and flu vaccines, but vaccination against the flu is considered one of the most effective ways of preventing mortality, complications and hospitalizations.
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Guide to new 4-strain flu vaccines [Infographic]
For more than 30 years, scientists have been making trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccines to protect against the three strains of flu expected to circulate during a given flu season. Four strains of the flu virus are currently circulating, and in six of the last 11 flu seasons the three strains in the vaccine did not include one of the more commonly circulating strains. To counter this trend, scientists have developed broader protection with quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccines, which are availab...
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Cinnamon roll or coffee cake? Butter or gravy? Learn the smart swaps for your holiday indulgences
The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without the decadent treats and extravagant meals that mark the season. While these treats are tempting, they can wreak havoc on your health in the long term. But swearing off some of the season's best assets will only turn you into a Grinch. While a pound or two may not seem ...
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Interior decorating tips for the holiday season: repurposed, sustainable and sparkly
(BPT) - This year's holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor, and adding sparkle to complete the look. Shari Canepa, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), member, LEED Green Associate, and a member of the inte...
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Break away from bad online gaming habits
The holiday season is always an exciting time for gamers. This year is particularly interesting with the launch of two new gaming systems - Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, as well as a long list of titles gamers everywhere are feverishly waiting to play, including 'Watch Dogs,' 'Assassin's Creed IV' and 'B...
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Healthy holiday choices to avoid weight gain
The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without the decadent treats and extravagant meals that mark the season. While these treats are tempting, they can wreak havoc on your health in the long term. But swearing off some of the season's best assets will only turn you into a Grinch. While a pound or two may not seem ...
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Winning ideas for beating winter blues
(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer - Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it's not uncommon to experience a touch - or more - of winter boredom. Some people may find themselves in a rut during those long 150 ...
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Eight efficient organization tips for your busy life
(BPT) - If you run a small business or you manage your family's household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can't create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient? Organization is the key. To help people achieve th...
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Who needs a 1099 or a W-2?
(BPT) - As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough - even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time of year is 'who needs a 109...
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Great technology holiday gift ideas for friends and family
One of the biggest gift trends is technology. Ranging from the fun and toy category to gifts that are more practical, technology gifts can help you cross off everyone on your list. According to a recent national Staples survey, 40 percent of gift givers will buy tech or tech accessories this gift giving season. "If there's someone who doesn't want tech for the holidays this year, I can't find them!" says tech expert Carley Knobloch. "For work or play, whatever their age, there's a range of te...
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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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