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Inspect home fencing to ensure your home's safety and security
(BPT) - Weather extremes are brutal on exterior landscaping. Rain, snow, wind and temperature variances all take a toll, especially on residential fencing. Rain accelerates rust and wood-rot, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Gate misalignment - as well as rusty, metal hinges and la...
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Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
(BPT) - What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms. 'After years of leaning toward casual dinnerware, ...
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Best on the block: How to create curb appeal
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, so it's time to give your home an exterior makeover and add curb appeal. A few simple tricks can help boost your home's profile, and ensure visitors get a good first impression when they arrive on your doorstep. Make a statement with your front door Your front door is one of the first things...
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Three-room makeover takes homes from simple to sensational this spring
(BPT) - Spring is the season of new beginnings, so is it any wonder that many Americans think about home improvement and brightening their decor when the weather warms? Simple updates can bring the cheerful perspective from the outside indoors, and revive any room just in time for warmer weather. Make your bathroom bloom...
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How to prepare your pet for summer fun - and beyond
(BPT) - The dark, cold days of winter are nearly behind us, and many people are looking forward to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Dogs also appreciate their time in the sun. So, it's important to keep in mind what you need to do to make sure your dog is ready to enjoy summer activities. The American Veterinary Me...
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The road to happy: tips to boost happiness on vacation
Do vacations make you more happy or less happy? The answer, according to new research: It depends. In theory, vacations should equal happiness. After all, taking time off work and time away allows us the opportunity to share experiences and memories with our families and friends. It gives us the chance to look at the wor...
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Will your vacation reduce stress or create it? [Infographic]
Have you ever felt worse after your vacation? There may be a reason. Learn how to alleviate stress and generate more happiness on vacation.
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Easy tips to create the perfect outdoor living room
(BPT) - It's that time of year - time to dust off your patio furniture, fill your planters and set up to spend the spring outdoors. While expanding an outdoor space is a top renovation project for homeowners and renters alike, it does not have to induce a state of pre-spring stress. With a few simple tips, you can create...
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Build a better bath on a budget
(BPT) - Do you cringe every time you step into your bathroom? If so, it may be time to remodel. Bathroom remodels are the most popular remodeling project, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But remodeling doesn't have to be a budget buster. You can simply improve what you already h...
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Increasing your resale value is easy when you save smartly
(BPT) - Investing in home improvements is a smart idea when you're thinking of putting your home on the market. So where is the best place to spend your money? While it may be tempting to make cosmetic home improvements including decorating touches or fresh coats of paint, upgrading vital home systems such as heating and...
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Reaching new heights: 4 tips for finding a skilled roofing contractor
(BPT) - Purchasing a new roof is one of the most important - and biggest - investments you can make in your home. That's why it's crucial to have a knowledgeable professional on hand to guide you through each step of the process. In fact, choosing the right contractor is just as important as choosing the right roofing co...
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New moms guide to going back to work
(BPT) - Going back to work for new moms can be challenging. Learning to balance work and family while facing many new stressors can be overwhelming. Jill Smokler, author of the New York Times bestselling book 'Confessions of a Scary Mommy' and 'Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies),' shares tips and tricks ...
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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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