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Quick, simple holiday entertaining tricks
(BPT) - The holidays are that special time of year when we open our homes and welcome guests from far and wide. It is a chance for us to connect with old friends and family we may not have seen since the previous holiday season. If you'll be hosting holiday guests this year, you know there are plenty of preparations to b...
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Dish up the love this holiday season with time-honored recipes
(BPT) - The heart of the holiday season centers around the bonds created during celebrations and traditions - Thanksgiving dinner, cookie exchanges, Christmas and Hanukkah parties and more. These special moments are often created in and around the kitchen. Whether it's an afternoon spent making holiday cookies or sitting...
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Taking control of your cancer journey
(BPT) - Each year, an estimated 650,000 people in the United States undergo chemotherapy in their battle against cancer. This experience can be a lonely and isolating time for patients and their caregivers, and despite all the educational resources available today, many people continue to feel overwhelmed and uninformed....
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Protecting concrete surfaces from inclement weather
The arrival of fall and winter weather is a signal to homeowners that unprotected driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, paths and other exterior concrete surfaces around the house are in danger of flaking, spalling, staining or cracking. Concrete is like a rigid sponge that can become saturated from rain and melted s...
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Smart 'green' options that help homeowners save green
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government's Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier f...
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Chronic pain: A daily, hidden reality for many
(BPT) - Mariann Farrell was a busy, young mom in Pittsburgh whose life revolved around her family and her career as a music teacher - until the day of her car crash. It has been 30 years since the accident that left her with such debilitating chronic pain that she was forced to give up her job. Mariann, now 66, has had t...
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Celebrity chef Art Smith 'cooks up' a recipe for type 2 diabetes management
(BPT) - Did you know that celebrity chef Art Smith is one of the nearly 26 million Americans in the United States living with diabetes? When Smith was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, he took the news as a wake-up call. Soon after, he began working with his doctor to develop a treatment plan that was right for him...
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Simple ways to save that really add up
Figuring out the best ways to save a few extra dollars can be difficult. But, a few simple strategies can go a long way in helping you and your family pay down debt and be better prepared for financial emergencies, college expenses and retirement. Some take a few minutes, others may require discipline - but all are easy ...
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Staying productive and getting things done at work and on the go
(BPT) - The always on, always connected way of life has benefits and drawbacks - our to-do list never seems to stop growing while the time never seems to stop shrinking. Technology makes freedom possible, but balancing personal and professional responsibilities requires more than the ability to work from anywhere, it's a...
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Helpful or hurtful: Should you keep taking fish oil supplements?
(BPT) - Every day, millions of Americans take supplements to get the vitamins and nutrients their bodies need to stay healthy. Like many others, you might take a daily fish oil supplement to get the benefits of omega-3 essential fatty acids that can be difficult to obtain through food sources alone. Thousands of studies ...
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Quick and easy meal solutions for holiday entertaining
(BPT) - The hectic holidays can mean hurried cooks, frantic trips to the grocery store and chaotic menu planning. But it doesn't have to - with some tried and true solutions for easy entertaining, you can reduce your stress and set up a holiday party guaranteed to impress guests from near or far. Don't let cooking and en...
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Build the perfect man cave
(BPT) - The perfect man cave is different for everyone, but no matter how you define your ideal space, you're always looking for ideas on how to upgrade and make a space uniquely yours. If you're looking for some great man cave additions but don't have the money for a total makeover, don't worry. You can give your space ...
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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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