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Why gift cards are increasing in popularity
We've all been there. A special event is coming up but you are struggling with gift ideas. Giving cash doesn't reflect the thought that goes into gifting and gift cards may be perceived as impersonal. However, what if you found out that most people do, in fact, prefer gift cards? Almost 85 percent of respondents prefer t...
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Backyard fire pits [Infographic]
Relax and unwind in your backyard under the moonlight with the warm glow of a fire! Backyard fire pits are a safe and reliable way to host a campfire on your property. Avant Garden Decor, home of CobraCo products , is pleased to give you safety information and fire pit education with this infographic . Extend your backyard entertaining into the cool autumn and winter months with a firepit from CobraCo. Great for providing warmth, making s'mores, or cooking a barbecue, CobraCo fire pits and ac...
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How to make household drafts a thing of the past
(BPT) - With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home's heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget...
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month [Infographic]
America's No. 1 cancer killer affects thousands of people every year. Know the facts. Learn the risks. Get screened.
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Get shocked [Infographic]
Dry air in winter is unhealthy, uncomfortable and can damage your home and belongings. Portable humidifiers are only a partial solution, and they are a nuisance. An Aprilaire whole-home humidifier gives you the control you need - moisturizing indoor air and reducing the health risks to your family.
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Small businesses go leaner, more effective with technology tools
(BPT) - While the Great Recession convinced many big corporations to improve efficiency and reduce spending, small businesses have historically known the value of operating 'lean and mean.' Many have never had another option, and have always had to accomplish more with less. Fortunately, technology is making it easier th...
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Making a smooth transition to a post-military career
(BPT) - Leaving the military is like leaving home for the first time. Upon discharge, service members are faced with the question of: 'What's next?' Some service members obtain their degree while in the military and have their sights set on a career path prior to transitioning into the civilian sector. Many others, thoug...
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It's not child's play: Buying the right video games for kids
(BPT) - The upcoming holiday season has parents and family members focused on finding the perfect gift for their loved ones. With this year's release of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One joining the new Wii U, video games are bound to once again be at the top of wish lists. With a vast selection of titles and genres, th...
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Great holiday gifts for everyone on the list
(BPT) - The holiday season is quickly approaching and you may already be stressing about how to find items that everyone on your shopping list will love. Sure, you could pick up a generic gift certificate or hand over some cash in a bland holiday card, but you can do better than that. This year, avoid the socks and hand ...
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Top technologies for mature drivers [Infographic]
Technology is advancing quickly, requiring drivers of all ages to essentially change their routine and 're-learn' how to drive safely. New features may enhance safety, comfort and improve confidence for mature drivers behind the wheel. The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence(SM) and the MIT AgeLab's study on Top Technologies for Mature Drivers: Consumer Insights asked drivers to rank the top technologies for safety.
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A single mom's million-dollar idea to kill lice with salt
(BPT) - For Wendy Langley, a nightmare ordeal with head lice has turned into a multimillion dollar dream. With sheer determination and passion, the Oregon mother has turned the head lice industry on its head with a product that kills lice with, of all things, salt. And it's all because she was trying to protect her child...
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One isn't a lonely number when solo travelers vacation with a group tour
While time alone can be refreshing and liberating, more often, people crave company. That's especially true when it comes to traveling. In addition to providing the comfort and assurance of numbers, traveling with others can be deeply enriching, as we share experiences and view new sights through others' perspectives. Ev...
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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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US President Barack Obama departs for his week long trip to Asia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 22, 2014US President Barack Obama's Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts. Obama touches down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial war shrine seen by neighbouring nations as a symbol of Japan's brutal imperialist past, and shortly after the prime minister made a shrine offering. Days earlier, China seized a huge Japanese freighter over what a Shanghai court says are unpaid bills relating to Japan's 1930s occupation of vast swathes of the country.


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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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