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Hardwood flooring trends, a touch of the creative
(BPT) - The recovering U.S. housing market has led to increased demand for certain luxury items, including hardwood flooring. Exciting trends are influencing the marketplace and for today's consumers, there are more hardwood flooring options than ever before. 'Savvy consumers want variety and flexibility in their floorin...
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Know hepatitis B [Infographic]
Did you know one in 12 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) has hepatitis B, yet two in three don't know they're infected? Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease that can cause severe liver damage and even liver cancer. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends hepatitis B testing for people who were born, or whose parents were born, in Asia or the Pacific Islands. Explore the following infographic and CDC's Know Hepatitis B website for critical infor...
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Top apps help keep small-business owners efficient and on the go
(BPT) - With all the buzz surrounding business use of 'cloud computing,' you might think the concept of conducting business anywhere - on the road, in the board room, on a soccer field or in the gym - was a new one. But small-business owners (SBOs) have been working on the go for decades. The arrival of mobile apps has j...
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How to find rebates for energy-efficient home improvements
(BPT) - Home improvements that increase energy efficiency are appealing on many levels, from saving you money on heating and cooling costs to the confidence you get from knowing you're doing something good for the environment. They're even better when you can get some money back from the initial investment of making thos...
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Three tools to make your active New Year's resolution stick
Each year, getting fit is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions that people make and break, according to Time Magazine. Although people start out with good intentions, finding the will power to stick with a fitness routine is more difficult than many anticipate. In fact, research shows that 60 percent of gym mem...
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What is the generation gap on credit?
Whether you're wrapping up end-of-year paperwork, getting ready to create your 2014 budget, or preparing for tax season, something about this time of year inspires financial introspection. While you're evaluating your own financial well-being - including your credit status - it may be helpful to know how other Americans ...
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New year, new holistic skincare routine
(BPT) - The new year is an ideal time to set goals surrounding personal health, fitness and wellness. As many goal-setters know, setting realistic resolutions that one can keep is a challenge, but taking a holistic approach to health - which includes everything from skincare and diet to working out and maintaining a bala...
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Get in gear this year with a resolution to ride with
(BPT) - Now that the ball has dropped to usher in 2014, make it your mission to set a resolution to stick with this new year. According to Forbes, more than 40 percent of Americans set a goal for themselves at the start of a fresh year. However, only a mere 8 percent ever actually reach the finish line due to lack of ease and tangibility. So this year, while the fitness centers become packed with people vowing to get physically fit for 2014, spend some time in the garage easily getting someth...
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Create a traditional kitchen full of personality and style
(BPT) - The kitchen is the heart of the home ... the place where memories are made while cooking, eating and sharing stories around the table. Since so much time is spent in this room, it's important to have a kitchen that fits your personality. There are many styles to choose; but traditional remains one of the most pop...
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Resolve to reduce waste this year
Americans produce 25 percent more household waste during the holiday season - that's an extra 1.2 million tons of trash per week from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. Here are some simple resolutions for the new year that can help you to do more with less waste. Recycle more plastics: Plastics recycling is growing rapidly...
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Keep wall flaws hidden with beautiful texturing techniques
(BPT) - When it comes to home decorating, texturing can do for your walls what a good coat of wax can do for your car's finish - hide a host of flaws. Poorly patched holes, uneven sheetrock, ugly wallpaper and even multiple layers of peeling paint can all be hidden beneath a beautiful layer of texture. Texture's beauty, ...
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Tips to keep you trekking this winter
(BPT) - Winter is in full swing, and with the magical season come the potentially unpleasant snow, ice and slippery conditions that can make driving a challenge. But, even in this less-than-ideal driving weather, Americans are ready to take on what Mother Nature throws their way. Even though 63 percent of Americans say i...
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South Korean medics help a collapsed family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, as she cries while waiting for news from a rescue team, at a gym in JindoFrustrated parents of the missing passengers blame the ship's captain.


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference in Geneva on April 17, 2014Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. While not spelt out explicitly, that was a likely reference to pro-Kremlin separatists who have taken over parts of Ukraine's restive southeast. The deal appeared to mark a sharp change from the tone taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, when he left the door open for armed intervention in Ukraine. At the same time, Obama said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.


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Security men stand guard in front of a bus conveying All progressives Congress opposition governors after visiting victims of at the Accident and Emergency unit of Asokoro hospital where injured people from Monday's explosion at a bus station are receiving treatment in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Scores of peopledied in the the blast that destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.


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