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Tips for stress-free holiday meals
(BPT) - Holiday meals are often the highlights of the season, as nothing beats making memories with friends and family over delicious food and good wine. However, planning the perfect get-together can be difficult and even stressful. Between deciding on the perfect menu, finding complementing beverages, grocery shopping and decorating your house with holiday cheer, it's difficult to prepare to host a gathering that will be remembered long after the holiday lights are packed away for the year....
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A tale of two great European cities to visit: London and Florence
No traveler can truly say they know Europe if they haven't thoroughly explored two of its classic cities London and Florence. Between exploring everything royal and Renaissance, eating delectable foods at little cafes tucked on every corner, and touring the museums, these two world cities have so many sights to see, you'...
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Five tips for the perfect movie night
(BPT) - The nice thing about cold weather is that it creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmth of family and friends or some quiet time alone. What sounds cozier than starting a fire and curling up in front of the TV with a new movie? When planning a movie night, here are some tips that can help create a comfor...
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Tips to help you shop smarter this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is all about celebrating with family and friends, which means more merry-making, staying organized and enjoying the time spent shopping for the perfect gifts. A smart shopper is able to access and keep organized great deals and discounts, reduce time with online shopping and check for last-minu...
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Eight steps to perfect holiday cookies
(BPT) - The time-honored popularity of holiday cookie baking remains strong even in today's grab-and-go society. 'Most of us are looking for ways to simplify the holiday hubbub, and focus on activities that truly have meaning for our families,' says Ginny Bean, publisher of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.com . Bean, who fond...
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2013 holiday gift guide: outrageous and outside-the-box ideas
(BPT) - With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's officially shopping crunch time. This year, consider some innovative and imaginative gift ideas sure to impress even the hardest to shop for on your list. You may want to gift yourself a holiday treat, too. For the aspiring rock star One of the hottest home gadget...
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What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
(BPT) - It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the countr...
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Tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active through cooler months
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer may seem like a distant memory, but as tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they're home, it's important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity. Whethe...
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Tips for successful gift giving this holiday season
(BPT) - This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday gift guides available to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether it's your chocolate-loving aunt or fashion-forward sister, there is an art to selecting just the right things to put smiles on their faces. Here are a few tips to get you throug...
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Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age
(BPT) - As smartphones and tablets are more frequently finding their way into kids' hands, many parents may wonder about the implications of increased screen time, and question what role traditional toys should play in their children's lives. While there is no denying the benefits of digital devices and it is becoming co...
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Tips for merry holiday season travel
(BPT) - Traveling during the holiday season can be fun, but it also offers its fair share of anxious moments, stress and expense. This year, between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year's Day, an estimated 100 million Americans will travel by car, train or air to visit family or go on vacation, based on forecasts issued in ...
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Nearly every state addressing medical marijuana legislation
(BPT) - As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use. Numerous polls have indicated that a growing majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana sh...
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Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)The crewmembers have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.


2014-04-20 21:24:59 -0600

Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - US Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian "peacekeepers". Biden's arrival in Kiev comes after a deadly gunfight gunfight killed at least two pro-Russian militants, an incident which sparked "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to send in troops. The attack, near the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, undermined an accord worked out in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine and Western powers on Thursday under which "illegal armed groups" were to surrender their weapons.


2014-04-20 21:33:27 -0600

Farewell flight or Hawaiian pilotHONOLULU (AP) — FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.


2014-04-20 23:15:15 -0600