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Think outside the lunch box to make school lunches they'll love
(BPT) - Many parents prefer packing their kids’ school lunches for a number of reasons, from cost savings to the confidence of having better control over what their children eat. But packing the same-old, same-old every day can get tired fast – for both parent and child. By adding a dollop of creativity to packed lunches...
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Back to college survival guide [Infographic]
College truly is survival of the fittest. Students face quite an uphill battle, as 38 percent live on campus; they sleep less than six hours per night; gain 6.5 to 9 lbs. their freshmen year; often are required to have roommates; and rank roommate conflict among the top five reasons they drop out of school. From organizing their technology to equipping them with tools to eat, sleep and work – students can take a few simple steps and gear up with high-tech accessories to get started right as t...
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Throw a perfect party - without costs and clutter
(BPT) - Whether it’s your child’s birthday or your relatives are flying in from overseas to take part in a family reunion, your life is filled with special events worth celebrating. Of course, you’d love to salute every one of them with a once-in-a-lifetime party, but how do you do that without winding up with a garage f...
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Lunch box 101: 10 nutritious tips and tricks for parents
(BPT) - Lunch box nutrition has come a long way from bologna on white bread with a juice drink pouch. As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, an easy lesson on lunch box nutrition may be just the thing to help kids get to the head of the class. Packing a winning lunch is not only about health and nutritio...
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Smart solutions for managing hectic family schedules during the school year
(BPT) - School days mean hectic schedules for most families. Older kids head to the classroom, younger ones go to day care, and parents try to manage the early mornings and increased extracurricular activities. How can parents stay organized, reduce stress and stay involved in their kids’ education and care? The increase...
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Cool car upgrades: How to enhance your ride and ease back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Fall has finally arrived, meaning it’s time for the kids to hit the school books. And as the leaves gradually morph from green to gold, your driving schedule quickly accelerates from leisurely cruising to nonstop go, go, go. Besides taking the kids to and from school, there are plenty of after-school activities –...
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Your back-to-campus cyber security checklist
Computers, tablets and mobile devices are fundamental for college students to learn, study and stay connected. With more and more devices being used on campus, college officials are feeling the pain of trying to keep their networks and data safe from ever-increasing threats. Cyber security is a big concern in higher educ...
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Nutritional tips for packing brain-boosting school lunches
(BPT) - Parents know kids can’t concentrate when they’re hungry. But did you know that what children eat – especially in school lunches – can also affect their ability to focus, learn and behave well in the classroom? Packing your children’s school lunches is a great way to manage their nutritional intake and help feed t...
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Attractive career opportunities await engineering graduates
(BPT) - Many recent engineering graduates are reaping the benefits of a flourishing job market for specializations within the growing field. Engineering occupations are expected to grow by more than 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation’s aging infrastructure is, at least i...
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Fundraising for school? What you should know about managing legal liability
(BPT) - When kids go back to school, fundraising by parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs kicks into high gear. Hard-working parent volunteers host bake sales, festivals and myriad other events to raise funds for schools. But what if the worst happens and someone gets hurt? You may think the school will be liabl...
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Putting the fun in run: 3 missteps that can ruin your 5K run
More than 6 million Americans participated in 5K races last year and more are expected to join in this year, according to Running USA. Whether it’s for fitness or charity, the first run or the last, a few simple mistakes in preparation can leave those who are doing good feeling pretty bad. To put your best foot forward, ...
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Money-saving tips to help you stock up this season
(BPT) - As summer winds down, many are heading into a busy buying season with Labor Day soirees and preparing for back-to-school. With the average family expected to spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation , consumers are seeking cost saving strategies...
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A South Korean passenger ship that has been sinking is seen at the sea off JindoFamilies wait in agony as rescue crews search for hundreds missing from S. Korea ferry.


2014-04-16 10:34:28 -0600

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect #2 in the Boston Marathon explosion is pictured in this undated FBI handout photoBOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have told a judge that understanding their client's family is key to their case.


2014-04-16 10:27:44 -0600

Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director and chief wardenDAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.


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