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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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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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'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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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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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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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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Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with a supporter (Reuters)The rancher's musings about slavery have made him a liability for conservative lawmakers.


2014-04-24 13:23:08 -0600

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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40 homes threatened in Ocean County forest fire; evacuations orderedA large brush fire had burned more than 300 acres in central New Jersey, yet some residents are being allowed back into their homes after earlier evacuations.


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