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Former all-star short stop and professional baseball coach Larry Bowa discusses his painful case of shingles
(BPT) - Larry Bowa may be known for his baseball prowess and fiery personality, but in June 2013, the two-time Golden Glove-winner was stopped in his tracks by a case of shingles, which he says caused him some of the worst pain of his life. Bowa said the pain he felt was so intense he could barely walk, originally leadin...
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Spring home decorating tips from the ground up
(BPT) - Spring is here! Clear skies and sunshine have made their long-awaited appearance and the once-frozen grounds are sprouting fresh flowers and greenery. Everywhere you look, top to bottom, the world is transforming into a place full of beauty, vibrancy, color and life. So why not take inspiration from nature to rev...
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10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you're probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a...
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Lead with style: How to create clean, crisp curb appeal for your home's entry
(BPT) - Whether you are building a new home, or want to refresh your existing home, choosing a contemporary style creates high-class curb appeal. But, what goes into contemporary home styling? Among the various ways architects and interior designers describe 'contemporary,' two words come up again and again: 'simple' and...
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Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to put your home's best face forward. The good news is you can refresh your outdoor living space with easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in a few weekends. Whether you're building a brand new deck from the bottom-up or updating your existing outdoor living space, the experts at Tr...
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What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
(BPT) - Children learn by doing, and every child has a unique learning style all his or her own, child development experts tell us. The same can be said of adults if a recent survey is any indication. A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn something new in an educat...
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Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself
(BPT) - For many Americans, recent high-profile retail data breaches have been a wake-up call. Even those who never did business with the breached retailers might have found themselves wondering what they can or should do about data breach risks. While you can't prevent a breach from occurring or even ensure you're never...
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Beyond sound: Hearing loss linked to other health issues
(BPT) - Did you know recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just hearing? Because hearing loss can be connected to a variety of health issues, including depression, dementia and cardiovascular disease, it's an important aspect of overall health and wellness. Take a free online hearing check at www.BetterHearing.org .
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'Run for the roses' tour taps the excitement of the Kentucky Derby
(BPT) - Nowhere else in the sporting world do natural beauty, heart-racing excitement and gentility meet so perfectly as in horse racing, the 'sport of kings.' And no horse race has garnered more fame and prestige than the Kentucky Derby, which, at 140 years running, is the oldest continuously held sporting event in the ...
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5 surprising facts about baby boomers - including one that could save your life
(BPT) - Were you born from 1945 through 1965? If so, you're part of the unique generation known as the baby boomers. Here are interesting facts about baby boomers in America. One of them could save your life. 1. Baby boomers are one of the largest generations in U.S. history. The baby boomer generation, made up of a stag...
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Tips for organizing your closet [Infographic]
(BPT) - Organizing your closet may help you feel less overwhelmed as you get dressed. Organizing your clothes may help you put together the look you want even on the busiest of mornings. It all starts with determining what you own, what you want to keep, and what you need to donate or toss out. For more tips and tools to help you with organization, visit www.OrganizeYourStuffContest.com and enter the Organize Your Stuff contest for your chance to win a free space makeover.
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Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your ...
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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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