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Shrug off that winter chill with smart home improvement projects
(BPT) - Spring is drawing nearer and, for homeowners, now is the time to shrug off the winter chill and think about home improvement plans. Building industry experts say that it’s an ideal time to carefully consider and prioritize your plans – both cosmetic and structural. Understanding what is an essential home improvem...
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Responsible ridership and safety are the first steps toward personal watercraft fun
(BPT) - One of the easiest and most fun ways to enjoy everything the water has to offer is on a personal watercraft (PWC). Personal watercrafts have taken great strides toward modernization; the PWCs of today are quiet, run on clean four-stroke technology engines, include significant safety features, are more stable, and...
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Score big with a game-day snacking strategy
(BPT) - Upwards of 100 million viewers will tune in to watch a professional sporting event this winter and spring season. As the fans wait for those historic moments of triumph and dramatic play-by-play recaps, they also partake in a celebration of food and feasting at halftime, and throughout the game. Wings, onion ring...
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Nursing home admissions avoided with simplified prescription packaging
(BPT) - Numerous factors impact a senior’s ability to live independently, such as health and memory problems, mobility issues, and care coordination concerns. Often overlooked is the fact that one quarter of all nursing home admissions are the result of poor medication adherence. Representing a loss of independence, bein...
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Considering self-employment? Career fields with double-digit growth
(BPT) - Americans were born to make lemonade. If you have any doubt about the resiliency of U.S. workers, consider the many reports that indicate millions of Americans are turning life’s lemon of layoffs into an opportunity to work for themselves. With unemployment rates still high, many people are looking to self-employ...
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Grow your tax refund with savings bonds
(BPT) - Expecting a tax refund this tax season? If so, you may be interested in a convenient savings option offered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Taxpayers may buy paper Series I Savings Bonds, in amounts ranging from $50 to $5,000, with their annual tax refund by completing the “Allocation of Refund (Including...
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Tips for hosting last-minute big game gatherings
For sports fans, the months of February and March are busy – filled with catching football and basketball championship games happening in the professional and collegiate leagues. Then before we know it, spring sports season is upon us. There’s a good chance you’ll be hosting a couple of game-watching events at your house...
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The right home tools for a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - Even with the best intentions, many of us who resolve to live a healthier lifestyle in 2013 will fall back into old, familiar habits much sooner than we would like. To maintain motivation and create a routine that is both sustainable and effective, it’s important to invest in the right tools for every room in you...
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Save a bundle by bundling insurance
(BPT) - Bundling insurance products with one company – and scoring cheaper premiums as a reward – isn’t a new concept. But, according to a recent study by J.D. Power and Associates, not only is bundling still popular among consumers, it also results in higher customer satisfaction. The study found that nearly 60 percent ...
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Digestive tract not on track? [Infographic]
A new survey from Dannon found that ninety-three percent of Americans agree that digestive health is closely linked to well-being, but many people don't know how to keep their digestive system on track. Here is some information on steps we can take to improve our digestive health, including easy changes to the foods we buy and eat.
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Stop your relationship rut: 3 simple steps to a fresh start this Valentine's Day
(BPT) - Feeling like you’re in a relationship rut? You’re not alone. Whether you’re single or married, getting stuck in a routine may be normal, but that’s no excuse to keep on down the same path. Take control of your love life and break out of your relationship habits. Relationship expert and author of “Cheat On Your Husband With Your Husband,” Andrea Syrtash, shares three simple steps to help you identify your patterns, make small changes and ultimately decide if this is the right relations...
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Flu by numbers [Infographic]
This year’s flu season had the earliest start in 10 years. The flu typically affects five to 20 percent of the U.S. population each year. On average, the flu is associated with more than 200,000 hospitalizations due to flu-related complications. The flu is different from a cold. Both a cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses, yet they are caused by different types of viruses with different symptoms. The flu usually comes on suddenly. To recognize flu symptoms, remember Flu F.A.C.T.S. (Feve...
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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.


2014-04-24 13:23:08 -0600

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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40 homes threatened in Ocean County forest fire; evacuations orderedA large brush fire had burned more than 300 acres in central New Jersey, yet some residents are being allowed back into their homes after earlier evacuations.


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