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3-D printing: Endless opportunity for finding and creating unique gifts
(BPT) - Finding unique gifts for family and friends can be a daunting task. Instead of spending days scouring boutiques for that one-of-a-kind present, many smart gift-givers are turning to a new technology called 3-D printing. So, what exactly is 3-D printing? From the outside, these machines look a bit like giant refri...
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Holiday entertainment survival guide
(BPT) - The countdown to this year's holiday season has begun. Department stores have decked the halls. Families are scheduling trips to visit far-away loved ones. And hosts everywhere are stressing about entertaining family and friends during this frantic season of peace and good will. To ease stress, the Kansas City St...
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Men's health program pushes the envelope to save young men's lives
(BPT) - In their 20s and 30s, most men feel invincible. The last thing on a young man's mind is cancer - let alone testicular cancer. At the age of 37, Sean Kimerling, a beloved, Emmy-award winning sports anchor and pre-game announcer for the New York Mets, was living his childhood dream when he was diagnosed. Before the...
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What do people think is too close during cough and cold season?
Did you know that 56 percent of Americans who suffer from a cough or cold are still working out at the gym, jumping on public transportation and liberally shaking hands? In addition, 19 percent of people are regularly kissing their significant other. To make matters worse, it's not just sick people with unhealthy habits, according to a new HALLS-commissioned survey that revealed 23 percent of healthy Americans make no effort to stay away from cough and cold sufferers. Since people will be vul...
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Tips and tricks for busy parents on the go
(BPT) - Parents are the ultimate multi-taskers. But with today's busy schedules, they can always use a little help - especially when it comes to providing their kids with quality, nutritious snacks. More than half of the parents felt there's one thing even more critical than diapers and sippy cups when they're out and ab...
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Mobile bookers are impulsive and short-term travelers [Infographic]
Mobile devices have truly become an integral part of the travel experience. With hundreds of travel apps for smartphones and tablets available, millions of people are adapting to the mobile way of life, especially when it comes to booking a last-minute hotel room or even planning holiday travel.
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Top trends in kitchen cabinetry
(BPT) - 'A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life.' That's how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it's probably even truer today. The kitchen's central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more...
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How people pay each other: more texts, less checks [Infographic]
When it comes to paying other people, cash is still king, but times are changing. The 2013 'How Americans Pay Each Other' survey from Fiserv, provider of the social payment service Popmoney , revealed that cash and checks are increasingly being replaced by emails and texts to send, request or receive money. With 79 percent of respondents saying they would use a person-to-person (P2P) payment service from their bank, it may only be a matter of time before the 'check is in the mail' becomes 'th...
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Making your home more personal
(BPT) - With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individ...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Are you at risk for hepatitis C?
(BPT) - What do Mickey Mantle, Evel Knievel, Naomi Judd, Pamela Anderson, Jim Nabors and Keith Richards have in common? They have all faced hepatitis C. And they are not the only ones; about 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C. It claims the lives of more people each year than HIV/AIDS and is the leading cause...
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Your zzz's count this holiday season, so start counting them
(BPT) - Between squeezing extra activities into your schedule, finding time to bake holiday treats for your children's classrooms and organizing a mini family reunion, the holiday season might be causing you a bit of stress. And if that stress is affecting your sleep, you could be caught up in the vicious cycle of exhaus...
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Why older adults must understand their flu vaccine options and get vaccinated
(BPT) - With the 2013-2014 flu season officially here, it's important to consider the single best way to prevent influenza (commonly known as 'the flu') - the flu vaccine. What many older adults don't know is that the immune system weakens with age, meaning older adults are at a higher risk for flu and related complicati...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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