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One-of-a-kind ideas for an unforgettable wedding
(BPT) - Mark knew he wanted to marry his girlfriend, Stacy, but he didn’t know how to pop the question. The proposal had to be memorable, unique, and meaningful for just the two of them. A cozy picnic on their favorite beach, surrounded by soft sand and cresting waves sounded perfect. Mark just needed that one final deta...
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Protecting and prolonging the life of your leather investment
Mother Nature isn’t always kind to your leather goods. Dirt, salt, dry air and other harsh winter elements can damage leather if they’re left to set in for months on end. Summer days mean more exposure to damaging UV rays, so it’s important to protect all leather, including car seats, from the harsh rays of the summer su...
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What are America's most popular travel plans?
It’s never too early to make your summer travel plans. DreamPlanGo , the popular website and social community devoted to bringing travelers vacation ideas and trip inspiration, surveyed a cross-section of Americans and found some interesting answers to that age-old question, “What are you doing this summer?” True to form...
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Hitting the road or water? Tips to make outdoor time fun, memorable and safe
(BPT) - Americans are falling in love with Mother Nature all over again, which could be why ownership of boats and recreational vehicles is more popular than ever. If you own a boat or RV, do you use it frequently, or is it sitting in your driveway? It’s time to get the most out of it, and with a few simple ideas, you’ll...
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How to be your kids' fitness mentor
(BPT) - “Do as I say, not as I do,” has never been an exemplary parenting style. As childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 30 years, the need for an active lifestyle has never been greater. If parents make fitness a priority, chances are their kids will too. “If you’re a parent, whether you’re aware of it ...
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The skinny on lighter fare for summer
(BPT) - Summer is a time to switch out our wardrobes, exchange coats for swimsuits and boots for flip-flops. But if the winter months took a toll on your waistline you may not want to shed those extra layers. Lighten up for warmer summer days by making simple swaps and conscious diet decisions.  It’s possible to enjoy li...
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Laser spine surgery helps seniors find relief from lumbar spinal stenosis
(BPT) - Two recent clinical studies bring good news to the aging population. If you have lower back pain, burning pain or numbness in your legs you are probably one of the many people suffering with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) – a condition affecting a vast majority of the over-60 age group – and this good news applies ...
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Cycling into spring [Infographic]
Check your tire pressure and strap on your helmet! It’s time to get bikes out of storage and head out for a ride in the warm, fresh air – shaking off winter for good. Master Lock recently surveyed consumers to find out their safety and security habits – can you believe almost half of bike riders have either had their bike stolen or know someone who has? Check out the company’s survey results, safety information and fun facts below. Pedal on!
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Are egg whites as filling as whole eggs? [Infographic]
New research presented by ConAgra Foods, Inc. at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference provides good reason to eat breakfast - especially when it comes to egg whites. Researchers found that a portion of egg whites that had half the calories of two whole eggs was just as filling. In fact, those who ate 70 calories-worth of egg whites - in the form of Egg Beaters - as part of their breakfast instead of 140 calories worth of whole eggs actually kept the calorie savings through lunch. Check ou...
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Fitness tips to get ready for summer fun
(BPT) - The sun is shining longer every day, telling you that it’s time to get ready for vacations, activities with family and friends and of course, swimsuit season. To help you prepare, there are some simple fitness tips you can follow to look and feel good this summer season. Celebrity trainer and spokesman for the ma...
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How is home financing affecting recent home purchases? [Infographic]
The recent national home price index showed signs of a turnaround in the turbulent real estate market, with average home prices rebounding to higher levels in the past months. This, paired with current mortgage rates remaining at historic lows, has many considering homeownership. But deciding to buy a home is just the beginning of a process which can be daunting. To highlight best practices in home buying and home financing, TD Bank created the TD Bank Mortgage Service Index. This national su...
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Lou Gehrig's Disease stalks military veterans
(BPT) - Many U.S. military veterans like retired Air Force Technical Sergeant David Masters of Omaha, Neb. have bravely fought for their country only to return home to wage another battle against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. No one knows why, but veterans are twice as likely to develop this fatal disease, clinically known as am...
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Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with a supporter (Reuters)The rancher's musings about slavery have made him a liability for conservative lawmakers.


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FILE - These undated family photos provided by the Zion, Ill., Police department show Krystal Tobias, 9, and Laura Hobbs, 8. Prosecutors have urged a federal jury to impose the death penalty on an ex-Marine who murdered a Navy sailor, saying it's the only adequate punishment for a man who has committed a series of sexually motivated attacks. The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Alexandria in the trial of 25-year-old Jorge Torrez. Prosecutor James Trump told jurors that execution is the only adequate punishment for a man who not only murdered Snell but killed two girls in his Illinois hometown. Torrez is charged but has not been convicted in those slayings. (AP Photo/Family photo via the Zion Police Department)Jorge Torrez was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and young girls over the last nine years.


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A woman bandages the head of a pro-Russian activist injured outside the Mariupol town hall, East UkraineRussia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.


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