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Turn your tax refund into savings
(BPT) - Millions of Americans get a refund on their taxes each year. If you are one of them, why not use part of your refund to save for the future with a Series I Savings Bond from the U.S. Department of the Treasury? You can invest as little as $50 in this affordable, safe and convenient savings option, which can help ...
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7 ways to look red carpet ready
It is red carpet season in Hollywood and that means gorgeous gowns, striking jewels and plenty of flashing cameras capturing the looks. While you may not be hitting an awards show red carpet anytime soon, you can still achieve a look that's worthy of it. Below you'll find insider tips and tricks for looking like a star for any red carpet moment of your own. 1. DIY exfoliator Refresh your face and instantly glow with an at-home facial treatment with ingredients you can find right in your kitch...
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Ditch the New Year's resolution and make 2014 a delicious, well-balanced eating revolution
(BPT) - The New Year's resolution is an annual tradition for many Americans. But year after year, Americans throw themselves into a harsh new routine of extreme weight loss and diet, which leaves little room for success. In fact, 92 percent of those who set a resolution fall short of keeping it. This year, kick those New...
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Tough times never last, tough people do
(BPT) - Growing up just steps away from the slopes in Park City, Utah, Steven Holcomb's Olympic dreams started early. Today, the 32-year-old Holcomb pilots the four-man bobsled crew nicknamed the 'Night Train' and is considered one of the most successful bobsled drivers in U.S. history. Holcomb is headed to compete for T...
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Know your options when selecting a treatment for metastatic melanoma
(BPT) - After a diagnosis of metastatic melanoma, it can be difficult to understand the different treatment options that are available. Every case is unique and there is no single answer for which treatment may be best for you. But it is important to be an active participant in your own treatment journey, or that of your...
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What you don't know about pain can hurt you
(BPT) - You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it's to stop what you're doing. ('Ouch, that stove is hot!') That's why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at times, pain also can be intolerable, becoming constant...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Understanding the dangers of low blood sugar
(BPT) - The numbers are astounding - nearly 400 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes and many patients may not realize they are at risk for a condition known as hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is characterized as dangerously low blood sugar levels that could cause serious side-effects including hospitalization. Jay B...
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3 easy steps to sweeten someone's Valentine's Day
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it's a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showi...
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Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay
(BPT) - Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly. 'Demand is high for homes that are not...
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Boomers: Have you heard about this health test that can help stop a 'silent killer'?
(BPT) - Eating well, exercise, sleep - these are all things we can control when it comes to our health. But unfortunately, some health-related things are out of sight, and therefore, often out of mind. Hidden health issues can escalate for years before becoming potentially life-threatening. For example, the term 'silent ...
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Got an 'impossible' space? The no-fail way to turn it into a bathroom
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has a home improvement 'impossible dream' - an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can't-do renovation is adding a bathroom in an impossible space. But enterprising homeowners and contractors are using ...
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Heart attack proof: How to give yourself a cardiac makeover
(BPT) - It's not cancer, accidents or even old age - the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States is cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. The good news is that this killer is highly preventable and controllable. By taking the right steps and working closely with your do...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


2014-04-23 14:18:24 -0600

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2013, file photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from near the top of the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that asks whether a victim of child pornography can seek millions of dollars from a defendant who had just two images of her on his computer. The woman known only as Amy is trying to persuade the justices in arguments on Jan. 22, 2014, that people convicted of possessing child pornography should be held liable for the entire cost of the harm their victims suffer, including in psychiatric care, lost income and legal fees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Supreme Court says man found with pictures not responsible for entirety of woman's losses.


2014-04-23 12:57:25 -0600

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


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