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Making sense of online traveler reviews
The Internet has revolutionized the way we plan vacations, and nowhere is that impact more apparent than in the explosion of online, first-person traveler reviews of hotels, restaurants, guided tours, cruises and attractions. Consider this: One leading travel review website hosts 260 million unique monthly visitors and m...
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To reduce Lyme disease risks, keep tick-carrying deer out of your yard
(BPT) - Colder weather's arrival means homeowners across the country brace themselves for the battle against bold, foraging deer. But with recent reports that Lyme disease - transmitted by ticks that live on deer - is even more prevalent than health officials once thought, keeping deer away from your backyard is not just...
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Survey: Teens not as cyber savvy as parents might think
(BPT) - While some parents may not know a gigabyte from Google, they still need to help their kids stay safe and protect personal information online. A new survey by LifeLock finds that some of today's young people don't understand the dangers of their tech-heavy lifestyles. While 89 percent of the 700 teenagers polled s...
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Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don't
(BPT) - Most parents know that kids are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are situations when families decide to take a risk by not buckling up their children on every ride. A new survey reveals one in four parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car. The 'Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time' study re...
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How to use the holiday spirit to talk to loved ones about hearing loss
(BPT) - Every family, it seems, has at least one goofy relative who adds some excitement to holiday gatherings. And for many, getting older means getting goofier - whether it's Aunt Edna who insists on bringing the same casserole that no one wants to eat year after year, or cousin Joe and his conspiracy theories involvin...
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Hot cooking trends for cool weather foods
(BPT) - With the return of cool autumn weather, our thoughts turn to warm, comforting foods. But cold-weather cooking needn't be dull. This year, take your menu cues from restaurant and cooking trends to create fun fall foods your entire family will enjoy. Here are some popular restaurant ingredients and cooking methods ...
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Simple ways baby boomers can boost heart health
(BPT) - It's rare to find a person who hasn't been affected by heart disease in some way. As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease - and how to avoid it - should be top of mind, especially for baby boomers. Beyond...
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All about mushrooms [Infographic]
Often overlooked, mighty mushrooms are available year-round and pack a nutritious-punch. Discover why no other food compares to mushrooms in terms of flavor, nutrient profile and their ability to be easily incorporated into virtually any meal - including those you're already eating.
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Dispelling 5 common myths about depression
(BPT) - There are more than 19 million adults in the United States living with depression and many more people could be suffering but are unaware that what they are feeling is depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This common and treatable illness affects people from all walks of life and can ...
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The psychology of seasons: Caring for your mental health
(BPT) - When seasons change, moods can change with them. The long, dark and cold months can give people a serious case of cabin fever. Some people may even suffer from seasonal depression. Those who face this type of depression, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), feel a physiological response by the body to decr...
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Part-time jobs may be the new normal in the U.S. job market
(BPT) - The unemployment rate has edged lower as the nation slowly recovers from the economic crash of 2009 but unemployment is still a concern for many Americans. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in August 2013, a small change over the past few months. That means there are stil...
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Career opportunities booming for financial professionals
(BPT) - At a time when unemployment still remains relatively high and competition for jobs is stiff, the career as a personal financial professional holds much promise for graduating college students and career-changers. While the national unemployment rate hovers at 7.3 percent, as of September 2013, jobs as personal fi...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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