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Space-making ideas create room for holiday entertaining
(BPT) - Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space. What did you do last year to make room for your holiday party? Move some furniture in...
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In a do-it-yourself world, we still need professionals
(BPT) - We live in a world that encourages us to DIY - 'do it yourself' - in everything from remodeling our houses to building our own websites. While smart, dedicated people can certainly accomplish a lot, professional expertise is still extremely valuable, especially when it comes to investing. New data from a Natixis ...
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Home winterizing Rx: A prescription for comfort and cost savings all season long
(BPT) - Homeowners will pay 13 percent more this year to heat their homes with natural gas, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts. Prices for heating with propane, electricity and heating oil also will remain higher than five-year averages. With this in mind, it is especially important for homeowners to act...
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Three easy holiday shopping strategies
(BPT) - Thanksgiving comes late this year, which means a shorter-than-usual holiday shopping season. If you're not the type to buy gifts throughout the year, getting an early start on holiday shopping can help ensure you have enough time to find gifts for everyone on your list - and perhaps, most importantly, save money. Here are three things to do now to save money and time this holiday season: Create a list (and budget) for everyone on your list Greet the holiday season with cheer by keepin...
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Sweeteners: an easy way to live and eat healthier
(BPT) - With diabetes and obesity cases at alarmingly high levels in the U.S., people are starting to take small steps toward leading healthier lifestyles to try to prevent these issues. Eating healthy and incorporating regular exercise into your lifestyle are some commonly known good first steps, but another great step ...
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Help nurture kids' love of nature with easy, basic, backyard bird-feeding tips
(BPT) - Parents and children enjoy spending quality time together, but it's not always easy to find shared interests. The backyard, however, can provide the perfect place for generations to meet when parents help kids learn the delights of bird-watching and bird-feeding. Interacting with backyard birds benefits children ...
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Community impact: Resetting the perceptions of public housing
(BPT) - Food, water, shelter - all basic human needs. But for millions of Americans, having a secure place to call home is financially out of reach, even if they work full-time. From veteran to teacher to single mom, public housing helps 2.2 million people throughout the country, with half a million more on waiting lists...
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Unique and nutty twists on traditional holiday recipes
(BPT) - With the holidays fast approaching it's time to enjoy some of the season's tastiest foods. Small twists can turn a traditional dish into a holiday classic. The good news is it's simple to add a fresh twist to holiday favorites with easy additions like Fisher Nuts . Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, an Iron Chef and expert...
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Prepare your car for winter with these simple tips
(BPT) - Getting ready for winter is no small feat. It takes time and planning to make sure your family and your home are ready to brave the elements. But is your car as ready as you are? If you haven't thought about preparations for your vehicle, these simple tips will help you prepare for the colder months ahead. * Chec...
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Restaurants offer careers outside the norm
(BPT) - America's restaurant and foodservice industry provides jobs and careers for 13 million people - 10 percent of our nation's workforce. While restaurants serve as a stepping stone for many - one in three Americans got their first job experience in a restaurant - it's also an industry of tremendous opportunity, wher...
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Easy ways to improve your pet's quality of life
(BPT) - Pet ownership is more than just a privilege - it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets' lives. Across A...
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Civilian life can be costly: Money tips for those leaving the military
(BPT) - No right-thinking person would ever claim that the financial side of military life is the land of milk and honey. Even so, military life provides some perks that don't exist in the civilian world. If you're active-duty military and thinking about getting out soon, it pays to understand how your personal financial landscape will change when Uncle Sam is no longer issuing your paychecks. First, don't overlook the not-so-small matter of finding a suitable place to begin your post-militar...
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Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy speaks with a supporter (Reuters)The rancher's musings about slavery have made him a liability for conservative lawmakers.


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FILE - These undated family photos provided by the Zion, Ill., Police department show Krystal Tobias, 9, and Laura Hobbs, 8. Prosecutors have urged a federal jury to impose the death penalty on an ex-Marine who murdered a Navy sailor, saying it's the only adequate punishment for a man who has committed a series of sexually motivated attacks. The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Alexandria in the trial of 25-year-old Jorge Torrez. Prosecutor James Trump told jurors that execution is the only adequate punishment for a man who not only murdered Snell but killed two girls in his Illinois hometown. Torrez is charged but has not been convicted in those slayings. (AP Photo/Family photo via the Zion Police Department)Jorge Torrez was sentenced to death Thursday for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, after a federal jury concluded he had been responsible for a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks on women and young girls over the last nine years.


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A woman bandages the head of a pro-Russian activist injured outside the Mariupol town hall, East UkraineRussia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.


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