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Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
(BPT) - When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind. 'I went through a lot of the normal ...
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Improving health care in Africa [Infographic]
Africa faces immense challenges when it comes to providing adequate health care to its people. Non-communicable disease rates are alarmingly high, and many others suffer from preventable and treatable diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In addition, low levels of awareness, declining infrastructure and poor distribution channels provide large scale barriers. Novartis, a company that provides innovative health care solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and soc...
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Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
(BPT) - Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep. Boosting home safety in 2014 can be as simple as m...
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Boomers on the road [Infographic]
As one of the nation's largest generations, baby boomers are nearing the end of their careers, unlocking more time to travel. By breaking the mold of bus tours and multi-generational trips, boomers are redefining how they travel. To capture the evolving desires of this new generation of retirees, 12,000 AARP members registered with AARPdiscounts.com were recently polled on their travel preferences. Homewood Suites by Hilton has created an infographic to demonstrate how boomers prefer to hit t...
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10 year-end financial ideas to consider
(BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year's end, there's no better time than the present to start. 'If you're waiting until the New Year to resolve to better your ...
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Stumped for a gift idea? Give the power to change the world
(BPT) - Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)? How about the chance to ...
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To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Lizzie Post, co-author of 'Emily Post's Et...
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New Year's Eve uncorked [Infographic]
The countdown to the countdown has begun! Barefoot Bubbly , a fun, flavorful and affordable sparkling wine, commissioned a survey to learn how Americans are planning to celebrate New Year's Eve this year. Though some will head out for a night on the town, more than half (54 percent) intend to skip long lines and high prices by celebrating at home. Check out the infographic below for a summary of additional survey findings.
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Gift-giving tips for people who have everything
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the 'perfect' gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you've receiv...
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Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
(BPT) - When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and re...
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Three tips to extend the life of your smartphone
(BPT) - We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn't include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles. 'Most smartphones are ...
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Tips to achieve wholesome health in 2014
(BPT) - You're all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you'll get healthy. But what does healthy mean? We're bombarded with visions of st...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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