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Homemade alternatives to Halloween candy
(BPT) - Processed, sugar-packed candies are collected door-to-door every year at Halloween. This year, try a different angle with homemade sweet treats that parents can make with their kids for Halloween. Chef Claire Menck from The Art Institute of Wisconsin loves making ghostly 'gorp' wrapped in white parchment paper wi...
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Scream-worthy Halloween stats [Infographic]
Halloween wouldn't be the same without candy, and The Hershey Company is taking part in the celebration by sharing some scream-worthy Halloween stats that are sure to get candy lovers howling with joy. Some quick facts: 55 percent of respondents hand out an average of more than 90 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters each year, and 89 percent snack on candy while doing so! Check out other sweet results below!
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Top trends for a fall wardrobe update
(BPT) - Fall fashion magazines can easily top 500 pages of skirts, tops, pants, coats and accessories; all deemed 'must-haves' for the chilly weather ahead. The choices and trends can be staggering, but just because temperatures are falling doesn't mean you need to drop a small fortune on a new wardrobe. Fashion experts ...
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River cruise through Europe in the spring to tantalize the senses
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Europe and enjoy the greening of rolling hillsides, the blooming of colorful flowers and birds singing earlier each morning. Plus, you can tour the countryside free of crowds. As winter's freeze ebbs away, European waterways make the perfect transportation method to tour cities from Am...
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Allergies are one gift you don't want to share during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are a time when the decorations come out of storage, a live tree is brought inside adorned with lights and tinsel, and holiday scents fill the air. While this sounds like a warm and homey-style holiday, it can also cause watery eyes, runny noses and sneezes. Read on to learn how you can bypass these ...
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Going gluten free may not be enough to manage celiac disease
(BPT) - If you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, joint pain, skin rash, mouth sores or tingling in the legs and feet, you may be one of the approximately 1 percent of Americans who are diagnosed with celiac disease. For those who are diagnosed with celiac disease, following a strict gluten-free diet is curr...
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Steps for creating the ultimate game day space
(BPT) - Looking for a great space to chill out and hang with the dudes? Call it the basement, the garage, a home bar, or just a room dedicated to enjoying the game - it's your man cave. This year, take your space to the next level with these important game day essentials. If you're lucky - it'll become a known game day s...
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Peanuts: Energy for the good life [Infographic]
As we begin inching closer to the holiday season, juggling work, family and activities can take a lot out of us. More than ever, we need help getting through the day. Peanuts and peanut butter provide lasting energy and are a smart addition to your diet any time you need a boost. With 7 grams of protein per serving and 30 essential nutrients, peanuts are a superfood. They're also an affordable source of protein and convenient to bring with you to work or stir in your oatmeal. Enjoy these fun ...
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Alzheimer's caregivers: Tips to take care of yourself, too
(BPT) - Taking care of an ill loved one is never easy, but for the 15 million Americans who provide care for someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD), the emotional and financial toll of caregiving can be overwhelming. Last year, caregivers provided more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care for AD patients, amounting to $21...
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Now any man can be the king of the castle
(BPT) - The popular saying 'a man's home is his castle' still holds true today. Men across the nation are investing their time, sweat and labor into do-it-yourself projects to make their homes the best fortresses they can be. Dove Men+Care Hair has partnered with home improvement expert Jonathan Scott to offer the King of the Castle Home Upgrade contest . A man's daily activities can take a toll on his hair and Dove Men+Care Hair is proven to make hair three times stronger so, in celebration,...
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Baking basics are a recipe for holiday success
(BPT) - Whether your end-of-year festivities involve mistletoe and ho-ho-ho, a menorah and dreidel, or a kinara and seven colorful candles, holidays of all cultures seem to have one thing in common: baking. Food is an integral part of many celebrations, and whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a family get-toget...
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Home improvement tips that instantly lower your energy bill
(BPT) - It's one piece of mail homeowners dread every month: the utility bill. Considering the average annual utility bill is $2,200, according to energystar.gov, it's no wonder homeowners cringe every time it arrives. What if you opened your bill and, to your surprise, it was lower than expected? With a few simple steps...
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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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