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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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'Tis the season to see if your tread's been bad or good
(BPT) - The holidays are here again, and so is running - er, driving - around for things. Rushing to parties, picking up family at the airport, preparing dinners, and, of course, shopping. Whether it's fighting for parking spaces at the mall or traveling over the river and through the woods, don't overlook the four round...
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Get crafty with edible holiday appetizers
(BPT) - Don't worry, Mom. In this case, it's OK to play with your food. The latest online social media craze features awe-inspiring galleries of edible art, showcasing everyday ingredients transformed into munchable holiday masterpieces. This season, whether you're looking to revamp the relish tray or simply keep the kid...
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Shopping for a better night's sleep
(BPT) - Mattress shopping isn't a matter to take lying down. The average American spends three full years sleeping on each mattress they buy. A mattress is the single most important factor in achieving the quality sleep that is crucial to a high quality of life. There are a number of steps anyone can take before and duri...
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Critical tips for protecting your vehicle's exterior from winter wear
Making sure your car or truck is ready for winter is an important aspect of being a responsible driver. But preparing your vehicle isn't just about checking your fluids and filling your tires - Old Man Winter can take a toll on a vehicle's exterior, which means it needs the proper protection too. Freezing rain, snow, sle...
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A day in the life of an insulin-using patient [Infographic]
In honor of World Diabetes Day, Abbott has created an interactive infographic to help raise awareness about what life can be like for an insulin-using patient who has diabetes. Approximately 26 percent of the 18.8 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes follow an insulin regimen recommended by their healthcare provider in order to manage their condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health Interview Survey . Many people with diabetes are prescribed in...
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Adding traditional twists to the Thanksgiving meal [Infographic]
A new survey released by Pillsbury reveals how food trends are shaping today's Thanksgiving table and how more than half of Americans would embrace adding new foods or new preparations to their meal this year. While some are starting to offer alternatives to turkey, more are incorporating vegetables into the Thanksgiving table. For dessert? Pie is a tradition and many families will end their meal with the pumpkin variety, the top Thanksgiving dessert served across America. And with the desire...
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Learn more about lupus and the search for answers
(BPT) - For those who are living with lupus, daily activities can be a struggle and life can become inconsistent. While many people are experiencing debilitating symptoms, from the outside, many of those with lupus don't 'look sick.' Lupus, 'the great imitator' as it is often called, disguises itself to look like other c...
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The holiday season made easy
(BPT) - 'Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It's also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and time consuming. In fact, Thanksgiving is the most stressful holiday for ho...
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Five savings resolutions for the new year
(BPT) - Is saving on your New Year's resolution list this year? The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Ready.Save.Grow. campaign offers five saving strategies that will have you moving toward your long-term savings goals and toasting along the way. 'A new calendar year invigorates people to start with a clean slate, so it...
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Five key deadlines to help small businesses avoid IRS headaches
(BPT) - The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure still rings true - especially for businesses preparing for tax season. If you oversee your company's filing requirements, knowing what is due and when can save you and your employee's penalties, time and stress. Every year, January's arrival means two...
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President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)New enrollment figures beat expectations, boost Democrats defending law ahead of midterms.


2014-04-17 15:45:37 -0600

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


2014-04-17 14:57:48 -0600

Rep. Steve IsraelSo now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."


2014-04-17 03:58:09 -0600