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Homemade alternatives to Halloween candy
(BPT) - Processed, sugar-packed candies are collected door-to-door every year at Halloween. This year, try a different angle with homemade sweet treats that parents can make with their kids for Halloween. Chef Claire Menck from The Art Institute of Wisconsin loves making ghostly 'gorp' wrapped in white parchment paper wi...
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Top trends for a fall wardrobe update
(BPT) - Fall fashion magazines can easily top 500 pages of skirts, tops, pants, coats and accessories; all deemed 'must-haves' for the chilly weather ahead. The choices and trends can be staggering, but just because temperatures are falling doesn't mean you need to drop a small fortune on a new wardrobe. Fashion experts ...
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River cruise through Europe in the spring to tantalize the senses
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Europe and enjoy the greening of rolling hillsides, the blooming of colorful flowers and birds singing earlier each morning. Plus, you can tour the countryside free of crowds. As winter's freeze ebbs away, European waterways make the perfect transportation method to tour cities from Am...
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Allergies are one gift you don't want to share during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are a time when the decorations come out of storage, a live tree is brought inside adorned with lights and tinsel, and holiday scents fill the air. While this sounds like a warm and homey-style holiday, it can also cause watery eyes, runny noses and sneezes. Read on to learn how you can bypass these ...
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Going gluten free may not be enough to manage celiac disease
(BPT) - If you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, joint pain, skin rash, mouth sores or tingling in the legs and feet, you may be one of the approximately 1 percent of Americans who are diagnosed with celiac disease. For those who are diagnosed with celiac disease, following a strict gluten-free diet is curr...
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Steps for creating the ultimate game day space
(BPT) - Looking for a great space to chill out and hang with the dudes? Call it the basement, the garage, a home bar, or just a room dedicated to enjoying the game - it's your man cave. This year, take your space to the next level with these important game day essentials. If you're lucky - it'll become a known game day s...
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Scream-worthy Halloween stats [Infographic]
Halloween wouldn't be the same without candy, and The Hershey Company is taking part in the celebration by sharing some scream-worthy Halloween stats that are sure to get candy lovers howling with joy. Some quick facts: 55 percent of respondents hand out an average of more than 90 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters each year, and 89 percent snack on candy while doing so! Check out other sweet results below!
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Peanuts: Energy for the good life [Infographic]
As we begin inching closer to the holiday season, juggling work, family and activities can take a lot out of us. More than ever, we need help getting through the day. Peanuts and peanut butter provide lasting energy and are a smart addition to your diet any time you need a boost. With 7 grams of protein per serving and 30 essential nutrients, peanuts are a superfood. They're also an affordable source of protein and convenient to bring with you to work or stir in your oatmeal. Enjoy these fun ...
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Alzheimer's caregivers: Tips to take care of yourself, too
(BPT) - Taking care of an ill loved one is never easy, but for the 15 million Americans who provide care for someone with Alzheimer's disease (AD), the emotional and financial toll of caregiving can be overwhelming. Last year, caregivers provided more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care for AD patients, amounting to $21...
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Now any man can be the king of the castle
(BPT) - The popular saying 'a man's home is his castle' still holds true today. Men across the nation are investing their time, sweat and labor into do-it-yourself projects to make their homes the best fortresses they can be. Dove Men+Care Hair has partnered with home improvement expert Jonathan Scott to offer the King of the Castle Home Upgrade contest . A man's daily activities can take a toll on his hair and Dove Men+Care Hair is proven to make hair three times stronger so, in celebration,...
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Baking basics are a recipe for holiday success
(BPT) - Whether your end-of-year festivities involve mistletoe and ho-ho-ho, a menorah and dreidel, or a kinara and seven colorful candles, holidays of all cultures seem to have one thing in common: baking. Food is an integral part of many celebrations, and whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a family get-toget...
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Home improvement tips that instantly lower your energy bill
(BPT) - It's one piece of mail homeowners dread every month: the utility bill. Considering the average annual utility bill is $2,200, according to energystar.gov, it's no wonder homeowners cringe every time it arrives. What if you opened your bill and, to your surprise, it was lower than expected? With a few simple steps...
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President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)New enrollment figures beat expectations, boost Democrats defending law ahead of midterms.


2014-04-17 15:41:27 -0600

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


2014-04-17 14:57:48 -0600

Rep. Steve IsraelSo now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."


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