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Five tips to help prevent medical identity theft
(BPT) - Every fall, many people review their employer health care options during 'open enrollment.' As you start to focus on your health care decisions, you may also want to consider the safety of information you routinely provide, such as your address, Social Security number and insurance provider. With new private and ...
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What you don't know about your garage door technician could cost you big bucks
(BPT) - Your garage door spring is broken, and you're stuck in your garage. You need immediate service, so you do a quick online search and call the first name that pops up. Later, you learn that you paid $800 for unnecessary parts and ridiculous fees, when your local garage door dealer would've fixed your problem for $1...
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When mixing medication and food can be deadly
(BPT) - More than one-third of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Yet many of those treated for these conditions don't realize they are putting themselves at risk by not understanding the basics about their medications. Many commonly prescribed drugs have potentially fatal side-effects when...
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Party-planning tips to make a happy host
(BPT) - Every host knows the elements of a great party - fantastic food and beverages, just the right balance of sophistication and fun, and decor that speaks to the season and theme of your soiree. In the right combination, those ingredients ensure guests will have a great time. But what about your good time? Staging a ...
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Tips on how to finance a college education
(BPT) - For many college-bound students, savings, family contributions, scholarships, grants and a part-time job won't be enough to pay for college. For these students, borrowing may be the only way to make up the difference between available funds and college expenses. Borrowing to pay for college is commonplace today a...
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Certifications: the new key to employment
(BPT) - A professional certification may not always be a job requirement, but it is often a deciding factor between qualified candidates. In fact, technology is one of the most in-demand career fields, but recent graduates and professionals are both struggling to find new jobs or get promoted because they don't have a ce...
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Applying to college? Practical advice for finding your dream university
(BPT) - High school seniors are faced with making the first of many life-changing decisions: 'Which college should I go to?' With more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. to choose from, finding the 'Dream U' may be a daunting task. The truth is the perfect university doesn't exist, but with the right guidan...
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Smart TV smarts: Learning the truth about smart TVs
(BPT) - American consumers are increasingly comfortable with the term 'smart' when it's associated with technology. From smartphones to smart cars and even smart clothing, they've embraced the idea of devices that are 'intelligent' and responsive to their changing needs. Even though smart TVs have been around for almost ...
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Winter home safety: Quick steps to help protect your family
(BPT) - As cooler weather descends, homes heat up and so does the risk your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, most home fires and CO poisonings occur in the winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased...
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Why exterior trim is a key part of home remodeling
(BPT) - With the leaves continuing to fall, now is a great time to tackle home improvement projects that will add value and beauty to your home. A quick review of your exterior trim is a perfect place to start. No matter how well maintained, most homes will need some exterior trim replaced from time to time. Traditional ...
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Extreme athletes require high-performance gear
In extreme sports competitions such as the X Games, some of the world's gutsiest (some may say craziest) athletes push themselves - and their equipment - to the limit. To help these athletes prevent injuries and perform their best, competitors in sports such as motocross, rallycross, skateboarding, BMX biking and mountai...
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I spy with my little eye: nutrients kids need for healthy vision
(BPT) - The struggle at the dinner table between parents and their picky eaters isn't uncommon. Add in a food jag, when children fixate on a particular food and don't want to eat anything else, and the struggle turns to worry - 'Is my child getting enough nutrients in his or her diet?' While many parents worry that their...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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