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Budget-friendly ideas for creating an impressive entertaining space
(BPT) - Each year there is a plethora of sports games, birthday parties and holidays to celebrate with friends and family. Now is the ideal time to create an impressive entertaining space in your home - one that you will be proud to share and truly enjoy throughout the year, whatever the occasion. The good news is, with ...
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How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host
(BPT) - When you hear the phrase ''tis the season' you might be thinking holidays. But it's also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams. Pro football draws the biggest audience, but don't discount the basketball and hockey pro ...
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Melanoma facts you should know [Infographic]
Melanoma is the most serious and deadly form of skin cancer and metastatic melanoma is when the disease has spread to other parts of the body. The National Cancer Institute estimated in 2013 there were more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma and close to 9,500 deaths in the United States from the disease. Approximately half of all people with metastatic melanoma have a BRAF mutation, which is an abnormal change in a gene that can enable some melanoma tumors to grow and spread. Melanoma occurs ...
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A fitness revolution for your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - It is the time of year when resolutions are made, but that does not have to mean the beginning of broken promises. It should not be a surprise that fitness goals are among the top New Year's resolution for men. Gyms are flowing with new members in the beginning of the year, but within a few weeks many men will re...
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Resolving to cook more at home?
(BPT) - Cooking more at home is a common New Year's resolution - and a good one at that. Not only can you save money by eating at home, you can also make choices restaurants often decide for you about how food is purchased and prepared. Labels and terms on packaging at the supermarket today can be really confusing. Do yo...
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2014 travel bucket list: The 14 most amazing places to go this year
New year, new travel opportunities - where are you going to go? Everyone who wants to take a vacation in the next year needs a little inspiration, even if it's just for some armchair traveling. But when you're ready to get out and explore the world in 2014, inspiration travel website DreamPlanGo suggests the following destinations that will make your travels truly memorable. 1. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina For a lot of people, the name Sarajevo conjures up memories of the war in Bosnia du...
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Time to talk about HPV
(BPT) - Four out of five women are likely to be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives, although most will never know it. Using a condom won't always prevent it. And it's the cause of virtually every case of cervical cancer. Yet a woman who finds out she has an HPV infection is not likel...
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Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
(BPT) - At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall. This summer, as Steven was gearing up for a local Special Olympics softball competition, he experienced a seizure that caused him to fall onto a concrete sidewalk and fracture his jaw in two places....
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10 expert tips for an affordable and memorable destination wedding
(BPT) - A flurry of congratulatory phone calls, social media announcements and sparkling ring pictures all mean one thing: engagement season has arrived. With approximately 39 percent of marriage proposals taking place between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, engaged couples are taking note of one of the fastest-growing...
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Ideas to inspire home remodeling projects
(BPT) - With new home trends emerging, it's an ideal time to collect ideas to inspire your next home improvement plans. Nearly 60 percent of homeowners surveyed by real estate site Zillow plan to complete a home improvement project or room addition by the summer of 2014. Of those surveyed, nearly 40 percent will find ins...
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Boomers: Are you asking your doctor these critical heart health questions?
(BPT) - America's baby boomers are a vibrant group of people who embrace the idea of aging well. A healthy heart is key to ensuring you can live life to the fullest no matter what your age. Even if you're committed to taking care of your heart health, the amount of information available can be overwhelming, and you may n...
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A smart guide to keeping your New Year's resolutions in 2014 [Infographic]
Take a look at this smart guide to keeping your New Year's resolutions in 2014.
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President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)New enrollment figures beat expectations, boost Democrats defending law ahead of midterms.


2014-04-17 14:18:16 -0600

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


2014-04-17 14:57:48 -0600

Rep. Steve IsraelSo now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."


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