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Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
(BPT) - By now you've abandoned your plan to eat a healthier breakfast and spend an hour at the gym every day. Across the country, self-improvement resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Instead of succumbing to guilt and frustration over what you might not do this year, why not focus your energy on a goal that's achiev...
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Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining
(BPT) - From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. 'Try to create a living room for your outdoor space,' says Kate Anthony, owner of Kate & Company Design Studio and Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of California ...
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Tax filing and planning tips for small business owners
(BPT) - With an April 15 tax deadline looming, businesses across the country are preparing to file their 2013 taxes. Tax season can be both an administrative and financial burden. New data reports that only 41 percent of small business owners feel very confident they are maximizing their tax benefits for the 2013 year, according to a recent Spark Business OmniPulse Survey conducted by Research Now. In fact, 22 percent of business owners plan to file for an extension this year. The survey also...
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Wow guests with original wedding reception touches
(BPT) - Most brides have a vision of a beautifully decorated and themed wedding reception. Luckily, it is easy to achieve the wedding decor you see in your mind's eye with a few easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects. Tables they'll talk about You don't have to settle for the same old table settings and centerpiece...
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Is your technology working for you?
(BPT) - For every new computer, gadget or service there are several different stages of ownership. Unfortunately, the first and happiest phase - the honeymoon - doesn't last forever. Eventually, devices can slow, services get outdated, and in the end, the ailing technology begins to work against you. Stay ahead of the cu...
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How to personalize your backyard with a beautiful concrete path
Paths provide the practical purpose of connecting two or more locations but a well-made walkway that will stand up for years can enrich the natural landscape of a backyard and complement the exterior look of a home. While traditionally popular materials for creating paths, like brick and stone, are attractive and durable...
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) - more than just joint pain [Infographic]
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease and although symptoms can come and go, each person with RA is affected differently. Pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints are some of the many concerns for those with the disease, but not the only ones - many people with RA may develop joint damage. Fortunately, people living with RA can take steps to manage their symptoms and help stop joint damage from getting worse. References 1. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis- The Arthr...
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Pancreatic Cancer Survey: Learning Through Experiences [Infographic]
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in collaboration with Celgene issued results from the "Pancreatic Cancer Survey: Learning Through Experiences", the first national survey of nearly 400 people with any stage pancreatic cancer and caregivers. The survey uncovered the complexity of diagnosis and the significant impact management of the disease has on patients' and caregivers' lives.
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Dermatologist approved skin care trends for a naturally glowing look
(BPT) - Looking to achieve naturally glowing skin, but have no clue where to begin? You are not alone. With today's deluge of complex beauty treatments and seemingly endless beauty aisles, it's time to simplify. Dr. Ellen Marmur, author of Simple Skin Beauty and spokesperson for Dove Advance Care Deodorant, helps us cut ...
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Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
(BPT) - When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it's often the things that homeowners don't consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home. Across the country, the cost of h...
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Why's vibration therapy creating such a buzz? Find out. [Infographic]
These days vibration therapy is generating a lot of excitement. Emerging research suggests low amplitude vibration therapy may have more benefits than previously known. You can learn more about vibration therapy through the infographic below.
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Migraine and headache management: Sufferers still need new treatment options
One of the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide, the impact of headaches and migraine is undeniable. More than 36 million Americans routinely put their lives on hold and miss precious moments with their loved ones because of migraine pain, according to the American Migraine Foundation (AMF). Not only does it...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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