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Fun and creative kids' activities just in time for fall
(BPT) - Each year autumn marks a time for change - leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school. The new season brings with it a shift in rhythms and patterns, including a new weekly routine for families as children go back to school. For young children starting school, it's important to maintain a learning environment even after the last school bell rings and they return home. Spend this time building family traditions and ma...
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Water: It's what's on tap [Infographic]
The leaves are falling and the air is crisp, it's time enjoy Oktoberfest! What better way to do that than to have a pint of ... water? Yep, water. Water is 90 percent of your favorite beer, and can determine the type of beer brewed. Historically, different types of beer have been brewed in different regions because of the mineral and calcium content of the source water. Now, advances in reverse osmosis technology makes it possible to enjoy your favorite stout, lager or pale ale made from anyw...
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The value of DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment...
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Regional differences in banking fees and consumer experiences [Infographic]
Checking accounts are fundamental building blocks of healthy finances, but many bank consumers are frustrated with the rising cost of banking. The TD Bank Checking Experience Index, a study conducted by TD Bank and Angus Reid Public Opinion found that while many consumers are seeing rising costs, the majority are not moving to a new account or bank. For the best experience, consumers should investigate options, like accounts that waive non-bank ATM fees or don't require a minimum balance. Wit...
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Not home for the holidays: the beauty of holiday traveling
(BPT) - Vocalists from Perry Como and the Carpenters to Michael Buble have warbled about how wonderful it is to be home for the holidays. But who says you have to buy into that belief? Not being home for the holidays offers many advantages, including the opportunity to travel, visit far-off loved ones or just immerse you...
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Halloween fun [Infographic]
This Halloween, Chester Cheetah, the official Cheetos brand spokes-cheetah, is putting his paw down to show that cheesy Halloween fun never grows old.
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Planting a fall garden [Infographic]
Spring crops vacate space that can allow for later summer sowing and fall harvesting. Maximize your garden's production by planning accordingly so you can eat fresh produce in the fall. Learn how to plant a fall garden and use raised garden beds with this infographic courtesy of AvantGardenDecor.com.
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Tips for healthier air travel
(BPT) - Ask people who fly frequently, and they will tell you that it takes a mental and physical toll on them. Psychologically, air travel can make you feel like a nameless face in a herd of sameness. The combination of spending hours in airport lines, dragging around luggage to avoid bag fees and being wedged into tiny...
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Tips to ensure your shower upgrade doesn't turn into a leaky mess
(BPT) - Bathrooms are certainly among the busiest rooms in any home. But a bathroom can be so much more than just the place where you get ready during your hurried morning routine. One of the hottest trends in home decorating and remodeling is creating a bathroom that serves as a spa-like retreat. Soothing colors and nat...
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Home renovation for baby boomers: Preparing for the next stage in life
(BPT) - Lived in your home for years? Love your neighborhood? The thought of moving away from your home's comfort, warmth and memories can be unsettling. Instead of moving out, consider updating and remodeling your home to accommodate your future needs. Eight-nine percent of Americans 55 and older have embraced this agin...
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Seniors and driving: The importance of having early and frequent conversations with senior loved ones
(BPT) - The U.S. population aged 65 and older is estimated to increase from 47 million in 2015 to 72 million in 2030, according to U.S. Census data, meaning more senior drivers will be on the roads. This also means that more adult children may need to have difficult conversations with their aging parents about driving. H...
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Five fun and affordable fall activities your family will love
(BPT) - Crisp air, changing leaves and cozy knit sweaters signify the return of autumn. Fall can be a busy time for most families, juggling back-to-school routines, carpools, homework, after school events and sports practice. Now is a great time to slow down, bring the whole family together and enjoy all of the exciting ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation with Ukraine and Russia from the State Department in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)The secretary of state says Russia has failed to live up to its commitments on Ukraine.


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McAlevey sits in the cockpit of a RNZAF P3 Orion maritime search aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Matt Siegel and Byron Kaye SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defence official said on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed. The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone had turned up no wreckage.


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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 30, 2012, file photo, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens speaks at a lecture presented by the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana. The 94-year-old retired justice tells NPR that public opinion has changed on the issue. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana.


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