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Restaurants serve up opportunities to give back
(BPT) - Approximately 980,000 restaurants serve communities across the U.S., according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Many have deep roots in those communities - they know the needs of their neighbors and recognize they are an integral part of everyday life. Restaurants understand the positive impact that ...
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Payday lending [Infographic]
Nearly 20 million American households borrow payday loans to manage their expenses each year. But there is remarkably little insight into their experiences or rationale. According to a new national public opinion survey, an overwhelming majority of payday loan borrowers not only understand the terms of their loans, they also value having this credit option and use it responsibly. The following infographic outlines the findings of the survey conducted by Harris Interactive, an international re...
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This season, shop for your health
(BPT) - The holidays are fast approaching, and there's one must have for every shopping list: health insurance. And the place to get it? The Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. To help you with the process, here are the top things to know when choosing and enrolling in plans through the Health Insurance Marke...
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What it takes to be a Heisman winner [Infographic]
Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high-school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and in the community. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.
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How using outdated technology can impact the reputation of a small business
(BPT) - Smart business owners know how important it is to preserve their company's reputation, but many may not realize the extent to which their current and potential customers care about the technology they use. According to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of consumers said they would - or would consider - taking...
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Caring for your community: Three ways to give back year-round
(BPT) - Do you think your family should get involved in volunteer efforts, but you don't know how to get started? Whether you choose to be active in your community on a weekly basis or dedicate holidays to helping out, it's never too late to begin giving something back, and there are many ways to make a difference on a l...
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The recipe for indulging in Italian comfort cuisine at home
(BPT) - Looking for a hearty dish to warm up your table this season? Look no further than Tuscan Lasagna al Forno. Inspired by DaVinci(R) Wine's popular Storyteller Experience, this dish brings the authentic flavors of Tuscan food and wine right to your dinner table. In its third year, the Storyteller Experience has sent...
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Simpler cooking, bolder flavors with cooking wine
(BPT) - Using cooking wine in recipes is a simple way to enhance the flavor of any dish. Found on grocery store shelves, cooking wine is just that - wine made for cooking. Use it like you would a seasoning in recipes where you want to add more flavor. 'Many people don't realize how easy it is to use cooking wine,' says R...
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Add a touch of style to your holiday this year
(BPT) - The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. Whether you are hosting a large party or are planning to keep it simple with just a few guests, chances are you are looking for ways to deck the halls inside and out to create Christmas cheer. You aren't alone. According to a recent survey by Kmart and...
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Make the most of your end-of-year charitable donations
Giving back is a big focus of the holiday season. This year, because Thanksgiving fell a week late, Americans have five fewer days to give back and help charities earn much-needed funds that keep yearlong programming afloat. That could translate into shortfalls of millions of dollars for charities, so the stakes are high...
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Discover recently unveiled holiday trends [Infographic]
The holidays are a time to celebrate traditions with family and friends, and this year Kmart and Shop Your Way are discovering the most popular ways Americans decorate, celebrate and kickoff the Christmas holiday. Kmart has a wide range of holiday decor and innovative items sure to help you deck the halls in time for holiday entertaining. Read on to find out where your traditions fit among other Americans. Are you part of the majority? Or are your holiday festivities one-of-a-kind?
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Five simple ways to find deeper meaning in everyday life
(BPT) - Turbulent, fast-paced, chaotic - the modern world is increasingly hectic. From this oft-crazy environment, a new movement is emerging - where people are pausing to find deeper meaning in everyday life. Self-empowerment and true emotional connections can counterbalance daily stress and uncertainty, providing happi...
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In this Oct. 13, 2013 photo, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walks down the chute at the finish of the Boston Athletic Association half marathon in Boston. Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times, and finished in 2013 before the bombings occurred. This time he will be there as police commissioner, supervising increased security. "It weighs heavy on my mind, that I want this to go off well," he says. "I don’t want anyone hurt. I don’t ever want a repeat of the tragedy we saw that day." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)William Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times. This year, he's opted out of the race.


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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal. An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday, April 18, 2014, along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)All the victims are Nepalese guides killed in the worst disaster on the world's highest peak.


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Cranes wait near the buoys installed to mark the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.


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