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A sure-footed way to choose new flooring
(BPT) - When spring-cleaning uncovers a worn floor it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you're selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable. Floor purchases are often postponed beca...
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Master suite upgrades: the secret to a speedier home sale
(BPT) - All signs point to a hearty real estate market this summer. Experts say more inventory will be available and buyers will have an easier time getting mortgages, all of which means more competition among sellers. If you plan to put your home on the market this spring or summer, you might be looking for the most cos...
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Throw your retirement accounts into the spring cleaning to-do pile
(BPT) - Spring cleaning season is here. For most, the garage, basement and wardrobe immediately come to mind as needing an annual review, but what about reviewing that pile of retirement account statements that have accumulated throughout the year? Often when people switch jobs, open separate retirement accounts or have ...
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Mowers, chain saws and high-ethanol gas: safety tips for consumers
(BPT) - With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures he...
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Bringing life back into your yard and garden
(BPT) - Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By followi...
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Four out of 10 drivers don't know this dashboard warning could save their lives
(BPT) - When it comes to tire pressure safety, many drivers fall flat in connecting this all-important safety concern with the dashboard icon that could alert them to a problem, a new national survey shows. With an estimated 245 million cars and light trucks on U.S. roadways, driver safety concerns are top-of-mind among ...
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How freeze-thaw cycles, water, impact, sun and pests can damage siding
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home's value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same. Weather attacks a home's siding year-round with freeze-thaw cycles, sun, severe storms, wind and ...
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Diagnosed with kidney disease? Diet can help delay, prevent kidney failure
(BPT) - Chronic kidney disease affects one in 10 Americans age 20 or older, according to the CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Managing the disease through diet and other lifestyle changes can help people delay or even prevent the most serious consequence of kidney disease: kidney failure. Yet because ...
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5 reasons to smile this Mother's Day
(BPT) - Did you know the act of smiling can impact both how you look and how you feel? Dove research finds that one in three women hardly ever smile at themselves because they don't like what they see in the mirror. Building a positive relationship with beauty helps women to feel more confident, and every encounter with ...
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Knowledge is power: How the right reporting agency can help you
(BPT) - With the aftershocks of the massive Target data breach still being felt, consumers are now more vigilant than ever when it comes to perusing their card and bank statements on the watch for suspicious activity. But consumers don't want to go it alone; a recent Infosys study found 82 percent of consumers want, and ...
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Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today's line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home's outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of M...
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Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you're celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, graduation or simply inviting friends over to revel in the good weather, the change in seasons offers a great excuse to enjoy a meal outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you simplify, so you can make the most of your goo...
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A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)The boy went unnoticed for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.


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President Obama watches South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe move to their seats at the opposite ends of the tableBy Linda Sieg and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the emerging superpower. Obama's remarks, aimed at reassuring Japan and other allies, set against a robust commentary from China's state news agency Xinhua that also called the United States "myopic", demonstrate the delicate balancing act Obama faces on a week-long Asia tour. The four-nation trip that starts in Tokyo later on Wednesday comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test.


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In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTJINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.


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