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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)The boy went unnoticed for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.


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U.S. President Obama gets ready to depart Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for his visit to AsiaBy Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States "myopic", demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. The four-nation trip that starts in Tokyo later on Wednesday comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test.


2014-04-23 01:19:23 -0600

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTJINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.


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