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Looking for a sign it's time to quit? [Infographic]
Each January, people pledge to make healthy lifestyle choices in the New Year, and for many, it means making a commitment to quit smoking. While many smokers choose to quit with the goal of becoming healthier, a lesser-known outcome of quitting smoking is that it can also make people happier. One study shows that seventy percent of ex-smokers say they are happier after quitting than when they smoked. Sponsorship to Quit , a new quit-smoking program, is asking America to take to social media a...
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Obesity: Let's start a healthy conversation [Infographic]
Did you know that there's a communications disconnect when it comes to weight loss discussions among physicians and patients? According to a new survey conducted by Eisai Inc., in partnership with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and The Obesity Society (TOS), only 56 percent of adults affected by overweight or obesity report ever having discussed weight with their doctor, yet all doctors surveyed say they counsel their patients affected by overweight or obesity about diet and exercise. A l...
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Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods
(BPT) - The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone sitting around the table. If you're serving a smaller crowd like your immediate family or planning...
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The no-fail solution for keeping healthy-eating resolutions
(BPT) - New Year's resolutions are good things - unless you set yourself up for failure with grand, ultimately unachievable goals. Rather than frustrate yourself with overwhelming changes, try making smaller ones that will positively impact your life and encourage other healthier decisions throughout the year. Sticking t...
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Healthy happy family travel
(BPT) - Looking to take a road trip but dread hearing the infamous 'Are we there yet?' or 'Can we please, please stop for fast food?' questions. Never fear, Registered Dietitian, author and mother, Pamela Nisevich Bede, offers creative ways to keep your family (and you) satisfied and entertained while traveling. * Who ca...
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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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Four simple tips to achieve your New Year's resolutions
(BPT) - The new year is here and it's time to tackle your resolutions! You've set your goal, and now is the time to take action. A recent survey by Bing and Impulse Research showed 69 percent of people were all talk last year and did not keep their New Year's resolution. The same survey showed 41 percent of people want to improve their health and lose weight in 2014. Following a few simple tips can help you kick start your healthy habits and inspire you to achieve your goals this year. * Be s...
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Keep your hair shiny and bright this year
(BPT) - Holiday festivities may be over, but that doesn't mean you can slack on hair care. Starting each day with a great 'do can help you face winter challenges looking your best. Mark Townsend, Dove celebrity stylist, offers these tips to help you create fabulous hair styles that last day and night. Moisturized hair is...
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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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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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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.


2014-04-23 14:31:59 -0600

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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