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Head-to-toe tips for picking and packing summer travel togs
(BPT) - Vacation packing is an art-form, one every mother must master if she wants her family to be comfortable and well-dressed while traveling. Running out of clean clothes, having to do laundry, or wearing outfits that are hopelessly wrinkled or don't suit the destination are all avoidable travel fiascoes. All you hav...
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From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
(BPT) - Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this lifestyle at increasingly f...
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Teens need annual checkups, too
(BPT) - During cold, flu, and allergy seasons, sick teens and their parents are more likely to make time to see the doctor. However, these visits tend to focus on a specific illness rather than the teen's general health and well-being. Annual checkups, on the other hand, can provide an opportunity for teens and their doctors to discuss important health topics, such as weight, sexual health, vaccines and stress-related conditions. Statistics show that as children get older, they are less likel...
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How American singles feel about love, dating and cigarettes [Infographic]
Match.com and Pfizer Inc teamed up to conduct a survey asking Match.com members what they think about dating, smoking and their preferences in a potential partner. The survey provided insights for a new program, 'We Heart Quitters,' aimed at helping people who are interested in quitting smoking by providing information and resources. Quitting is hard! A good quit plan, support from that special someone and your doctor can help. Visit www.WeHeartQuitters.com to download tips and resources to h...
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Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
(BPT) - Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money at tax time. "First, gather...
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Money talk: Educating the next generation
(BPT) - At a certain age, kids stop listening to their parents on all topics except for one. Money. Yet recent research conducted by Bank of America found that although this is the one area where teens and tweens actually seek advice from their parents, it's one many adults avoid due to their own lack of confidence in ma...
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Spring cleaning your medicine cabinet? Simple steps to cut cabinet clutter
(BPT) - As temperatures warm and flowers blossom, Mother Nature's renewal often inspires us to refresh our own surroundings. It's officially time for spring cleaning, but as you focus on scrubbing floors, refreshing draperies and dusting every surface in sight, don't forget about one area critical to your health and happ...
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Boomers who take action now may enjoy better brain health, research shows
(BPT) - Baby boomers often think of 50 as the new 40. This is especially true in 2014 as the last members of the think-young generation reach the half-century mark. Yet with an unprecedented life expectancy - 78.7 years - for the youngest of the boomers, it is more important than ever to incorporate healthy habits to kee...
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Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of spring
(BPT) - Something about spring seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize spring as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, for sheer spring-like impa...
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Spring into the season: Great dishes and flavors to celebrate spring's arrival
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, we gladly shed heavy coats and snow boots. Meals, too, lighten up with warmer weather, as we leave behind hearty soups and heavier meals in favor of more sprightly and seasonal fare. Spring celebrations - from Easter brunches to graduation dinners - are great opportunities to revisit ...
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Working adults plug into online education
(BPT) - Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get into the office, technology allows people to be efficient and stay connected anytime, anyplace. This same ...
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The new world of business computers
(BPT) - Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets. This may be the post-PC er...
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Bloomberg talks to reporters after meeting with Obama and business and civic leaders for an event to discuss his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative at the White House in WashingtonThe former New York City mayor aims to battle the NRA.


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FILE- In this file photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2012, Emmanuel de Merode, Virunga National Park director and chief warden, poses at the park headquarters in Rumangabo, some 60 kms (40 miles) north of Goma, eastern Congo. Park officials say the Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded. Three gunmen ambushed de Merode on Tuesday, April 15 according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time Natasegara said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay,File)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A member of Belgium's royal family who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has tried to defend endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging and charcoal production, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove in the area, officials said Wednesday.


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This undated photo provided by M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, west London, shows barber Karim Nabbach standing next to a poster poking fun at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unusual hairstyle. North Korean diplomats have asked the British government take action against a London hair salon’s poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un. The Foreign Office said Wednesday it had received a letter from the country’s embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response. The Evening Standard newspaper reported that the letter urged Britain to take “necessary action to stop the provocation.” Staff at M&M Hair Academy say they were visited by diplomats from the nearby embassy after putting up a poster featuring a picture of Kim - who sports a distinctive undercut - and the slogan "Bad Hair Day?" Police say they spoke to both parties and determined no crime had been committed. The embassy didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/M&M Hair Academy)LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.


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