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Adding traditional twists to the Thanksgiving meal
(BPT) - Across America, families will be spending Thanksgiving together, and more than likely, enjoying the same menu items they've enjoyed in years past. Interestingly, more than half of Americans would embrace adding new foods or new preparations to the Thanksgiving table this year, and many think that side dishes prov...
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The evolution of family travel: Easier, more exciting and something for everyone
When it comes to traveling with family members, you really want to get it right. When done properly, family travel can bring different generations together and leave everyone with memories they'll treasure for the rest of their lives. Given that potential, and considering the fact that family travel can involve substanti...
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Healthy, decadent reduced-guilt holiday desserts
(BPT) - The holidays are right around the corner and so are the rich, indulgent foods that adorn many dessert tables. Sweets of the season tend to be rich in flavor but also calories and fat. Still, you don't have to deny your cravings this holiday season. It is possible to create satisfying, sweet treats that are health...
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How to keep your valuables safe this holiday season - and beyond
(BPT) - The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, and the National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales to rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion. That's a lot of money spent on valuables - making homes a prime target for theft during the holiday season. If you have jewelry, electronics or other big ticket ...
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Top 5 tips to simplify holiday baking
(BPT) - From cookies to cupcakes, the holidays just aren't complete without freshly-baked treats to gift, serve and enjoy. But baking isn't always a piece of cake, whether you're an expert or novice baker. So this year, as you preheat your oven and prepare to whip up dozens of your favorite recipes, check out these five ...
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The perfect 10 for your heart: new science shows combination of omegas supports heart health
(BPT) - One in three U.S. adults may benefit from support for healthy blood lipids, such as triglycerides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maintaining healthy blood lipids is an important - but often overlooked - aspect of promoting cardiovascular health and overall wellness for vibrant aging...
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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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Feeling better longer [Infographic]
With cold and flu season upon us, many are turning to cough suppressants to help them feel better, but don't want to have to continuously take medication throughout the day. Dow Water & Process Solutions is helping cough syrup formulators develop extended release formulations, allowing one dose of cough syrup to last for hours at a time. This infographic shows how modified release technology will help keep you feeling good, while ensuring your cough medicine works as it should.
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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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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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