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What she thinks about his look: Three men's hairstyles women prefer
Your haircut says a lot about you. In fact, according to new research, it says more than anyone might think, especially in the eyes of women. To help guys figure out which haircut works best, Wahl Clipper and Opinion Research Corporation conducted a study on the styles women prefer and what those looks say about the guys...
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Life after stroke: Advice for physical and emotional recovery
(BPT) - Did you know a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average? About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association . If you or a loved one has survived a stroke, recovery depends largely on the severity of the brain damage. With love, support and patience, t...
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Winning tips for capturing memorable back-to-school photos
(BPT) - As children across the country gear up with their new backpack, school supplies, clothes and haircuts, parents are reaching for their cameras, ready to capture another milestone: the annual back-to-school photo. This year, capture that memorable shot like a professional with a few expert tips and tricks. Lights, ...
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The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic
(BPT) - Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today’s grilled cheese sandwich...
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Tech shopping for your child? Consider the power of the pen in learning
(BPT) - Writing is fundamental to learning, and humans have been doing it since the first cave dwellers used the end of a stick to smudge drawings on the walls of their homes. Parents thinking of buying a tablet for their child may think touchscreen technology is heralding the end of writing for their kids. Not so, educa...
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Energize your home's exterior with vibrant colors
(BPT) - Chances are you’ve thought about adding a splash of color to the exterior of your home, and you’re not the only one. Many people have the same idea, but they don't act because they’re worried they will choose poorly. Selecting the wrong color for your home’s exterior isn’t only costly, it’s embarrassing as well. ...
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Tech tips and tricks for foodies and cooking enthusiasts
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like sharing a meal to keep you connected to friends and family. Between busy schedules and long distances, even a quick meal can be tough to coordinate. Since so much of our lives are managed online these days, a few tech tips and tricks can help keep your life gourmet. Cook with friends ac...
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Iron matters [Infographic]
Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is often ignored, forcing patients to tolerate the chronic symptoms of anemia, including extreme fatigue, dizziness and irritability, among others. The Iron Matters campaign ( www.ironmatters.com ) recently launched to help patients better understand the causes and impact of iron deficiency anemia (IDA). As this infographic demonstrates, IDA can have serious side effects, but there are treatment options available.
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Taking the stress out of a job transfer move
(BPT) - A job transfer usually is a good thing. Hopefully the transfer signals a promotion as you take your career a step further up the ladder, bringing about new and fun challenges in the workplace. But the transition itself is often not easy, especially if it involves moving your home and family to a new location. Bus...
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Five simple steps to a more stylish outdoor living space
(BPT) - It’s not too late in the season to create your dream deck – or to give your existing outdoor living space a fresh new look. Design a backyard retreat that’s ideal for entertaining family and friends as the weather grows more temperate with a few tips from the experts. 1. Make the most of your space. Think about t...
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Indoor air quality: What you can't see can hurt you
(BPT) - The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to kee...
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Insure yourself before Mother Nature strikes again
(BPT) - Hurricanes and tornadoes, blizzards and heat waves, floods and wildfires ... Mother Nature has become the lead story in nearly every news cycle. Can meteor showers be far behind? Whether it’s climate change or simply cyclical, one fact can’t be debated: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra...
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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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