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Crucial steps needed for healthy and safe homes in 2014
(BPT) - As Americans brace for more snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures this winter, education about and protection from residential fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning become increasingly important. This is especially true considering that U.S. residential fire and CO deaths and injuries account for far more f...
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The 7 best American cities for vegetarians by region
Food is an important part of traveling for many reasons. Dining is a great opportunity to socialize, you can rest while you refuel, and what better way is there to get to know a city than by trying its food? While it can often be difficult for vegetarians to dine out, if the proper research is done before going on a trip, you could end up having some meals to remember. DreamPlanGo found these cities to be the best for vegetarians to get their grub on. 1. Mountain: Denver, Colorado With more t...
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8 German towns too charming to overlook
Half-timbered homes, colorfully-painted buildings lining stony roads and an enchanting Bavarian Alps backdrop - these alluring characteristics create some of Germany's most postcard-perfect towns. Whether you travel down the winding streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber or explore the Brick Gothic town center in the Baltic Sea city of Stralsund, there's no way you'll leave Deutschland without experiencing its undeniable charm. DreamPlanGo suggests visiting these must-see charming German towns. ...
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What valentines want [Infographic]
We take the guesswork out of winning your Valentine's heart - from the treats they crave to the where, when and how to celebrate.
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Steering the course to success
(BPT) - Elana Meyers' dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursu...
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Simple steps to reduce winter energy costs
Winter's falling temperatures typically lead to higher energy costs as we try to keep our home interiors comfortably warm. At the same time, many of us are concerned about the environmental impact of winter's increased energy use. Is there anything simple a handy homeowner or renter can do to save some money and energy? ...
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Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans' finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned typ...
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Is a refinance the right decision?
(BPT) - Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest rates are projected to rise to 5 percent or above by August 2014, according to an August 2013, Freddie Mac study. 'The window hasn't closed, but homeowners should analyze their mortgage situation to see if a refinance can improve their overall financial picture,' says John Young, director of real estate product management at USAA . Mi...
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Save time and money: Do your federal taxes for free
Taxes can be, well, taxing. But there's a simple, easy way to do your federal taxes, and it's all for free. It's called Free File. Free File does the hard work for you either through brand-name software or online fillable forms. And, it's available only at IRS.gov. Free File is offered through the Internal Revenue Servic...
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Does your employer benefit package measure up?
(BPT) - Many Americans just went through their annual benefits enrollment period at their work. Precious time was spent reviewing the available offerings with spouses and determining which ones best meet their families' needs, weighed against the cost. Yet a good number of Americans may not have taken the time to review ...
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Protect your eyes year-round from UV exposure
(BPT) - Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they're on a snowy mountain-top, watching a footba...
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Successful restaurant kitchens have 5 indispensable pieces of cooking equipment
Whether it's a quaint corner cafe, the newest chain in the neighborhood or a high-end steak house with the city's hottest chef, every restaurant owner and manager knows what's in the kitchen can make or break a business. Bottom line: good restaurant equipment is a must. The freshest food is only as good as the equipment that cooks it, so it's essential to invest in quality items that will last through the morning rush and well into the evening hours, every day of the week. The experts at ACit...
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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 photo of U.S. President Obama meeting with Russian President Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in EnniskillenIn September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.


2014-04-19 05:07:37 -0600

FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


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