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How a whole-house humidifier helps keep your home healthy and comfortable this winter
(BPT) - Dry, winter air causes numerous problems that can adversely affect the health and comfort of your family. Many of these issues materialize indoors, where countless people suffer from dry noses, cracked, itchy skin and sore throats. These health and comfort issues arise because the relative humidity (RH) of cold, ...
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Cost of home fire sprinklers at all-time lows; benefits still high
(BPT) - When it comes to the safety of your home and family, you would probably say money is no object. Yet cost (real or perceived) has long deterred many homeowners from considering a residential fire sprinkler system to protect their homes. The systems cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent, have broad sup...
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Planning to plant a fall garden? [Infographic]
Spring crops vacate space that can allow for later summer sowing and fall harvesting. Maximize your garden's production by planning accordingly so you can eat fresh produce in the fall. Learn how to plant a fall garden and use raised garden beds with this infographic courtesy of AvantGardenDecor.com.
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What a home inspection can do for you
(BPT) - While giving a new $900,000 home a thorough going-over, Salt Lake City home inspector Kurt Salomon found a problem under the deck. The builder had cut corners, using the wrong kind of fasteners to secure the deck to the house. Yet, the municipal building official had approved the work. 'In some cases, a building inspector is not going to crawl underneath the deck looking at the hardware. A good home inspector will,' says Salomon, past president of the American Society of Home Inspecto...
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Ask the pharmacist: Expert advice for navigating Medicare Part D enrollment
(BPT) - If you're confused about health care reform and Medicare, you're not alone. Medicare Part D open enrollment is underway and thousands of Americans are looking for answers. A new survey from Express Scripts titled, 'Fifty States of Confusion,' confirms that seniors are misinformed about how health care reform will...
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50 state parks that will make you forget all about the shutdown
The government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences, but travelers are really feeling the pinch as their plans get ... well, shut down ... due to national park and monument closures. But America's principal attractions aren't all shuttered. From sea to shining sea, state parks have an astounding array of natural ...
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Avoid the flu this season: Tips for keeping your employees and business healthy
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year's flu season began four weeks earlier than expected, resulting in the earliest flu season in a decade. While the early arrival proved to be tough on families, it was especially difficult for small businesses and start-ups that rely on th...
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Woman with rare disease overcomes adversity one mountain at a time
(BPT) - For most of her life, 44-year-old Tanya Howell was considered unreliable. She missed many days of work, even lost jobs and would frequently cancel on her friends and family at the last minute. She was particularly devastated when she needed to cancel on group outings, because she loves exploring and conquering th...
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Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey
(BPT) - The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you'll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your turkey. More than 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, accor...
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Malbec 101 [Infographic]
Malbec is a shining star in today's wine world, but what sets this red grape apart from the rest? Read on to take a quick course in 'Malbec 101' and learn about Alamos (R) Malbec, America's most preferred Malbec. Grown at the foothills of Argentina's Andes Mountains, Alamos Malbec combines bold layers of flavor and excellent acidity for a wine that enhances any meal. In addition to the award-winning Malbec, the Alamos portfolio of high-quality wines also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend...
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Move over carrots: other key nutrients for healthy vision
(BPT) - Popeye trumps Bugs Bunny - at least for your eyes. An overwhelming majority of Americans - 89 percent - identify carrots as the best food to eat to ensure healthy eyes but far fewer, 32 percent, know that spinach can help support their vision too, according to a survey by Kelton/DSM Nutritional Products. Move ove...
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Be wary of credit and loan scams this holiday season
While economists are reporting signs of improvement in the economy, it's still tough out there for families trying to make ends meet. The fall and winter months can be even more financially challenging, between balancing the expensive holiday season and needing extra cash for repairs and replacements of everyday objects....
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.


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This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 photo shows unsold 2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to government documents released Saturday, April 19, 2014, General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 small cars for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, didn’t seek a recall of the Saturn Ion compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago, and even though it found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.


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