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Have difficult-to-shop-for people on your gift list? Unique gift ideas that 'wow'
(BPT) - When creating a holiday shopping list for gifts for friends and family, there is always at least one impossible-to-shop-for person on that list. Maybe they're the type of person who doesn't need anything, or are not involved in hobbies that cater easily to gift ideas. Whatever the reason, each holiday season you ...
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Historic baseball event at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Legends in Major League Baseball are born in October. From riveting seven-game series to late-inning heroics, unforgettable moments in baseball history happen during the playoffs culminating in the most prestigious baseball event, the World Series. Celebrate America's pastime and commemorate your favorite MLB legends by ...
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Considering a home warranty? How to weigh your options
(BPT) - If fire damages your house or the wind tears some shingles off the roof, your homeowner's insurance will likely cover the cost of repairs. But what if your refrigerator's ice-maker stops working or the door on your self-cleaning oven refuses to latch? Many homeowners turn to home warranty programs to help them protect the things insurance doesn't, like mechanical and electrical appliances or systems within the home. Not all home warranties are created equal, however. Purchasing the mo...
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Caramel to cranberries: Holiday stain-busting tips keep carpets bright
(BPT) - Whether it's the ghouls trick-or-treating on Halloween, the gobbles of great food on Thanksgiving, or the gatherings of loved ones over the holiday season, you will likely be hosting an event at your home in the upcoming months. Food and friends make the perfect pairing for celebrations - but that can mean spills...
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Upgrade your morning routine
(BPT) - Upgrading your morning routine can pay dividends throughout the day by helping you remain focused and energized. Before life takes you in a million directions, optimize your start to the day by incorporating these simple steps to slow down and savor: 1. Pause before you power on Is your tablet or mobile device ca...
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Paint like a professional with DIY simplicity
(BPT) - Think your favorite room is due for a new paint color? To get a result that looks like it was plucked straight from a home improvement magazine, you don't have to hire an interior designer or professional painter. You can do-it-yourself with a few tricks of the trade. Choose the right color Even a perfectly paint...
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Farmers: Three planning considerations for 2014
(BPT) - As farmers begin harvest and approach the end of 2013 production, many are assessing the year and looking forward to 2014. For row-crop farmers, the 2013 harvest is expected to be a good one. However, prices are lower than last year, and some are delaying their decision to go to market in hopes that the price wil...
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Overcoming irritation in your running routine
(BPT) - Many men run to stay in shape or alleviate stress, but running can come with its own set of physical and mental irritations. To show all men that they can eliminate these everyday irritations, Dove Men+Care Deodorant and John McEnroe have teamed up to help a group of real men run the 2013 ING New York City Marath...
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10 tips for making a small bathroom feel larger
(BPT) - Is your tiny bathroom cramping your functionality and style, leaving you longing for the enormous bathrooms gracing the pages of design magazines? Even if your bathroom is a fraction of the size, all it takes is some design savvy to make the most of the space you have. Consider these 10 smart tips that will help ...
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Discover the hues that speak to you this holiday season
With the holidays just around the corner, excitement is starting to build around the new, bold colors trending for home decor and clothing. Infusing color on a grand scale or in the small details makes your personal surroundings and self-expression extra special when it matters the most. Whether you're dressing yourself ...
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Living with diabetes and maintaining healthy vision
(BPT) - In 2012, diabetes health costs in the U.S. were $245 billion, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that by 2020, one in every three health care dollars in the U.S. will be spent on diabetes-related care. Diabetes is now the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20...
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Travel the world with friends in a small group setting
Exploring cultures, witnessing majestic landscapes and tasting exotic foods - there's so much to experience when traveling the world. And while a group tour is a great, hassle-free way to experience many of the world's most desirable destinations, for some, the idea of traveling in a large group may be a bit daunting. Th...
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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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U.S. President Obama gets ready to depart Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington for his visit to AsiaBy 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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