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Do-it-yourself weekend warrior survival guide
(BPT) - It’s the do-it-yourself dream: deciding on the perfect DIY project just as the weekend finally arrives. All the supplies have been purchased and you’re ready to dive right in. However, the enthusiastic start of the project doesn’t always end in completion. “Knocking out a big home improvement or do-it-yourself pr...
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Connect to color through your passions
(BPT) - Whether you love to sit on the beach or collect antiques, drawing from your personal passions can help you find the perfect colors to enhance your space.    “If a hobby or activity lifts your mood, surround yourself with things that remind you of it,” says David Bromstad, HGTV star and celebrity designer. “I alwa...
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You've invested your money, but do you own it?
(BPT) - Many people don’t take enough ownership over what they pay when it comes to investing. A recent study by Charles Schwab in May 2013 of investors who are highly engaged in their everyday lives shows that most Americans do research before making a major purchase. Yet just 51 percent say they know how much they pay ...
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Fresh makeup looks for busy back-to-school routines
(BPT) - The back-to-school season will hasten the pace of morning routines for everyone, from busy moms to college students. Fitting your makeup regimen into a hectic schedule can make it challenging to achieve just the right look. Moms need a quick, easy look that holds up to daily demands with little maintenance. Colle...
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Surprising, practical budgeting tools for college kids
As millions of young people start the long, expensive process to embark on, or continue, their college journey, many parents are shaking their head about their child’s personal finance skills, or lack thereof. If your child has issues managing their (or your) personal finances, now is the time to start considering your options. The average college grad is $35,200 in debt, with $3,000 of that coming from credit cards, according to a 2013 Fidelity survey of college graduates. In that same surve...
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Workers and their 401(k)s [Infographic]
The majority of American workers in a new survey accept responsibility for financing their own retirement and are relying primarily on their 401(k) to get them there, but many lack the confidence to effectively manage their retirement savings. The nationwide survey of more than 1,000 401(k) plan participants, commissioned by Schwab Retirement Plan Services, shows a high level of self-reliance among respondents. Roughly nine in 10 (89 percent) say they are counting on themselves for the money ...
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Sunday fun-day: How to throw the ultimate football party this season
(BPT) - Football season is here and whether you’re a diehard fan or just a fan of all the Sunday parties, chances are you’re going to attend or host a get together centered around the country’s favorite sport sometime soon. Lifestyle expert Kris Schoels of Young Married Chic has some simple suggestions for making the mos...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Caregivers, take care
(BPT) - Approximately 42 million Americans provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult and new research shows the stress associated with this responsibility can have a negative effect on a person’s health. Express Scripts research paired an analysis of prescription claims with a telephone survey of more than 12,000 c...
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Back-to-school resolutions
(BPT) - With kids across the country heading back to school, a common question at family dinner tables will be: “What did you learn today?” Kids will be learning reading, writing and arithmetic as they head back to school, but what about lessons involving money? For most people, our relationship with money is based on ou...
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Trusting the weakest link: What data breaches mean to you
(BPT) - You’ve seen it in the headlines. Hundreds of data breaches, often at large corporations, happen every year - and consumers suffer the consequences. Data breaches have become a constant reality of a connected world. Although many people choose to ignore the problem, you can take steps to defend yourself. What is a data breach? According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a data breach “includes the loss of control, compromise, unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized acquisition, access f...
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Kick start the school year with fun, free ways to keep kids active
(BPT) - School days mean long hours studying indoors, exercising students’ brains but not their bodies. While classroom learning is the cornerstone of education, it’s important to remember that physical activity supports overall wellness. Keeping kids moving can even boost brain function, improving their grades along wit...
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The fat disease dilemma
One-third of all American adults have one particular disease. That’s more than 35 percent of the entire U.S. adult population. What makes this number so shocking is that we’re not talking about heart disease, cancer or diabetes. We’re talking about obesity and the question – is it really a disease? Obesity is dangerous b...
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South Korean medics help a collapsed family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, as she cries while waiting for news from a rescue team, at a gym in JindoFrustrated parents of the missing passengers blame the ship's captain.


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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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