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Sensational spring break 2014: How travelers' plans are stacking up [Infographic]
Finally, it's that time of year. The sun stays out a bit more. The snow melts bit by bit. Birds chirp. Winter may be on the wane after all. That means it's time to head out to great spring break destinations and close the door on a long winter. DreamPlanGo recently surveyed their audience of travel enthusiasts to find out where they like to go and what they like to do during their time away. Here are the destinations and activities that emerged. What are your spring break dreams this year? Se...
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Shape up for surgery: Tips to improve your health, safety and outcome
(BPT) - More than 50 million surgeries occur every year and patient safety is always the top priority for surgeons or physician anesthesiologists involved in medical care. If you're scheduled for surgery and have weeks or even months to prepare, important actions to improve your health, such as exercising and eating righ...
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Is it really possible for kids to like whole grains?
(BPT) - We know. Whole grains are good for us, offering fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. But can they really be tasty enough for our kids to enjoy? And how do we add them to more of our meals? The answers may be as close as your nearest elementary, middle or high school. Schools across the country are introducing who...
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Five insider tips to save money when buying a car
(BPT) - As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their next vehicle and staying within their budgets. 'Purchasing power is crucial when it comes to buying a vehicle and it'...
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High fashion shines a spotlight on colon cancer
(BPT) - Blue is the new black. It is also the national color for colorectal cancer education. Who better to talk about the cancer than Carmen Marc Valvo. He is one of the nation's top designers. And he also has had the disease. 'I was lucky because I caught my disease early before it had a chance to get worse,' says Carm...
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Cold and flu season news: Avoid sickness by using a four-step process to eliminate germs
(BPT) - All across the country this winter Americans have braced themselves for one polar vortex after another and many regions are experiencing their coldest temperatures in more than 20 years. This undesirable weather is driving adults and children alike indoors, where viruses and germs are spreading like wildfire. Acc...
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7 easy tips to help you get on deck with the right composite decking
Interest in alternative decking materials has skyrocketed in recent years, with composite decking becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the decking market. For homeowners looking to outfit their deck with the durable, long-lasting material, this means dozens of products to choose from. Today's choices range from progressive composite deck boards that encapsulate wood fibers in plastic throughout the board, to boards with wood-plastic cores wrapped in a plastic shell (capped composit...
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Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
(BPT) - For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This year, international Rare Disease Day will be held on Feb. 28. Rare diseases, including some cancers, are commonly misdiagnosed and undertreated. It often takes years for physicians and patients to rea...
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Trim adds decorative new dimensions throughout home interiors
(BPT) - When people think of home trim, they often picture the beauty it brings to exteriors - but the right trim products can add arrestingly elegant and bold decorative elements throughout home interiors, too. High-quality cellular PVC trim from Kleer Lumber, a division of The Tapco Group, is an innovative, versatile s...
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Five surprisingly simple ways to turn your current deck into a dream outdoor oasis
(BPT) - It's easy to dream of perfectly pristine outdoor spaces when looking at the decks in magazines and online, but too often what we want and what we have don't align. If your deck suffers from weathered wood, loose railings or dated balusters, you're not alone. The good news is there are surprisingly simple ways to ...
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From carnival to Corcovado, check out Rio's must-see sights
Few cities in South America possess the exotic cache of Rio de Janeiro. And whether you go to savor the excitement of a carnival event or to bask in the solemnity of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue that towers over Brazil's largest city, a visit to Rio is sure to be one you'll never forget. There's so much to see...
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Best actor predictions? Start with a smooth-shave [Infographic]
During awards season, the national spotlight is fixated on Hollywood to see the latest trends in fashion and grooming. But while the actors have changed and the scripts have varied, there has been one common piece of hardware that all leading men have handled just before accepting the best actor and best supporting actor awards - a razor . In fact, 18 of the last 20 best actor winners were all clean-shaven the night they received their award on stage, while the other two wore neatly styled fa...
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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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