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The real cost of car theft [Infographic]
Auto theft is one of the most common crimes in the U.S., and if it happens to you, the hidden costs can easily break the bank. With thieves becoming more brazen every day, your best defense is a high-tech recovery device that gets your car back quickly and with less damage. A speedy recovery makes a huge difference in cost and convenience, and helps police nab the criminals.    
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How to save big with last-minute vacation planning tips
(BPT) - Sometimes the vacation bug bites without much notice. If you find yourself craving a travel adventure in the near future, you might worry it will be too complicated or costly to plan without adequate time. But the truth is, sometimes last-minute trips offer the best opportunity to score big bargains, if you know ...
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Eat smart, play safe [Infographic]
Eat Smart, Play Safe encourages parents to learn about nutrition and sports safety to help kids succeed on and off the field. Because active children need proper nutrition to stay healthy and optimize performance, this program's mission is to provide nutrition and safety tips, sports and health information and recipes as families and kids start fall sports. The program is sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products, a leading nutrition and supplement company, and Pop Warner, the largest youth footb...
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Raising the bar on bath safety
(BPT) - The bathroom is your daily sanctuary to retreat to and enjoy a few moments alone. For that reason, it should be serene, stylish and of course, safe.  Think that words “safety” and “style” can never go together? Think again. Fortunately, it’s easy to incorporate essential bath safety elements that will leave your ...
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Risk of concussion increases with back-to-school sports
(BPT) - When the school season begins, more students will be riding bikes and participating in sports such as football, hockey and soccer. Events such as a bike accident, quick fall or collision with another student during athletic practice resulting in a concussion could cause serious consequences both during the school...
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Online learning, career prep gain popularity for high school students
(BPT) - Two popular trends in American education are converging to support the academic and career interests of high school students nationwide: online learning and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. Once considered an option for higher education only, online learning continues to attract younger students in kinde...
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New Resource Introduced for Families Living with ADHD
(BPT) - Many families relish summer, weekends and holidays as opportunities to reconnect with each other through vacations, special events and relaxed schedules. But changes in schedule and travel can often be disruptive for children and make it difficult to get back in the swing of things for school, particularly childr...
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Is your home's air making you sick? [Infographic]
Air pollutants, such as dust mites, pollen and bacteria, can cause or contribute to an array of health problems including headaches, nausea and allergic reactions. Installing an Aprilaire whole-home air purifier eliminates 98 percent of airborne contaminants down to one micron in size - cleaning indoor air and reducing the health risks to your family.
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Ten reasons why buying a new car might be cheaper than you think
(BPT) - Are you driving around in a car that’s a decade or more old? If so, you’re not alone. The number of older vehicles on the road in the United States has increased by more than 17 million since 2009, according to Experian Automotive . The average age of the more than 245 million vehicles on U.S. roads is up to a na...
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Naval Aviation an exciting opportunity to keep America secure via air and sea
(BPT) - Protecting the security of the United States from both air and sea is what the exclusive, world-class group of Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers do on a regular basis. They have access to the world’s most sophisticated aircraft and helicopters, and play a crucial role to the Navy’s mission. Joining the Navy o...
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Take your photos from good to great
(BPT) - Whether you’ve been taking pictures for years or just bought your first camera, photography is an art enjoyed by people around the globe. And while people have captured the beauty around them for generations, today it’s easier than ever to share those photos with friends and family, or even strangers, anywhere in the world. These days, there are even opportunities to see the photos you take on a worldwide stage. For example, photographers who want some extra exposure can use the new B...
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For richer or poorer: Don't let newlywed bliss turn into financial nightmare
(BPT) - For better or worse, richer or poorer – that’s the promise most couples make when they face one-another at the altar. When it comes to finances and young love, it can be easy to fall into some common pitfalls that can haunt couples long after the wedding day. “Communication is a key part of a strong marriage, and...
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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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