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Bathroom decor: Big bang ideas for less than $100
(BPT) - When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone's taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you can get a whole ...
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Think outside the chocolate box when hosting a holiday cookie exchange
(BPT) - The holidays provide a good excuse to bake and eat cookies. Not the traditional chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies that most of us eat during the rest of the year, but those special recipes that have everyone going back for a second taste. Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to expose your friends to a ...
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Bedtime tips to encourage kids to get to sleep
(BPT) - Despite parents' best efforts, bedtime can be the most stressful time of the day. Many kids fight sleep and resist going to bed, and questions of 'but why do I have to go to bed?' are often answered with an unsatisfying, 'Because I said so!' To help eliminate bedtime frustrations, the American Academy of Sleep Me...
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The 'hearing bone's' connected to the what?
(BPT) - Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older - something not worth doing much about. They were wrong. Turns out, hearing loss isn't fussy about age. More than half of us with hearing loss are still in the workforce. And hearing loss is a much b...
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Four steps to outsmarting diabetes
(BPT) - Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and while many of those individuals manage their condition through a combination of treatment options, each year thousands still face one of the most devastating side effects of the disease: amputation. About half of those with diabetes will experience peripheral neuropa...
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Tips for branding your small business
McDonald's golden arches, Target's bull's eye and Starbucks' mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer's experience. 'All of these things work togethe...
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Expert tips for adding top home design trends to your holiday decor
(BPT) - From decking the halls to trimming the tree, everyone loves the tradition of decorating their home for the holiday season. It's a time to pull out heirloom pieces and blend them with modern elements to make your home truly one of a kind. This year, refresh your holiday motif with a few top decor trends for a look...
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Did you know chronic pain affects 100 million Americans? [Infographic]
Today 100 million Americans live with chronic pain - more than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Despite the prevalence of chronic pain, the real impact of the condition is not often understood by the rest of us. A new survey titled Individual Burdens of Chronic Pain uncovered the real challenges that people with chronic pain face every day, as well as the people closest to them: their loved ones. These stories will be told in a new documentary, 'Pain Matters,' airing on the Discov...
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One size does not fit all when it comes to health care
(BPT) - With impending health care changes, employers and employees are looking for ways to offset some of the rising costs of health care with the goal of getting healthy at the same time. MyHealthCheck , available from Life Time-The Healthy Way of Life Company , offers a revolutionary way to manage health care costs fo...
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Celebrate the season with loved ones near and far
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones, but family and friends aren't always nearby. Although you may not be able to spend the holidays together in-person, there are still plenty of ways to show out-of-town loved ones you care. With a thoughtful approach, you can find easy ways to spread som...
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Festive tabletop ideas for holiday entertaining
(BPT) - Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends. 'Traditional patterns and colors are wonderful and such a big part of the ho...
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Experts warn of cyber threats during peak online shopping season
(BPT) - Consumers often associate holiday shopping with long lines, crowded stores and overpriced goods. In recent years, many have turned to e-commerce as an easier alternative - holiday shopping without the headache. This year e-commerce sales are projected to reach $262 billion, a 13-percent increase over 2012. This g...
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Coast Guard and Navy divers search for the missing passengers from a capsized ferry at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 17, 2014Investigators say the third officer was in command at the time of the deadly accident.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference in Geneva on April 17, 2014Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. While not spelt out explicitly, that was a likely reference to pro-Kremlin separatists who have taken over parts of Ukraine's restive southeast. The deal appeared to mark a sharp change from the tone taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, when he left the door open for armed intervention in Ukraine. At the same time, Obama said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.


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Security men stand guard in front of a bus conveying All progressives Congress opposition governors after visiting victims of at the Accident and Emergency unit of Asokoro hospital where injured people from Monday's explosion at a bus station are receiving treatment in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Scores of peopledied in the the blast that destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.


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