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A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
(BPT) - Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don't know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing, according to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions , a cre...
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The cancer you've never heard of
(BPT) - When Sue Hollingsworth was diagnosed with advanced medullary thyroid cancer (aMTC), she had never even heard of the disease, let alone met another patient like her. Feeling isolated and unable to find information to best prepare herself for what the future held, she began writing letters for her daughter to read ...
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Personalized Valentines that last all year long
(BPT) - Americans spent more than $13 billion on Valentine's Day gifts last year. Sixty-four percent of men gave their significant other flowers and a card, and took them out to dinner, according to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. Valentine's Day is full of expectations, so how do you show your unique a...
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Cleaning conundrums [Infographic]
We have to do it ... and 87 percent don't enjoy doing it ... but Moen Research dishes the dirt on who, how and how often we clean our homes.
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Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
(BPT) - If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider starting a bit earlier this season. National Clean Out Your Inbox Week runs from Jan. 19 to 26, giving you the perfect excuse to jump start an often forgotten and usually cluttered space - your email. Your digital world can get just as messy as ...
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Bathroom remodeling: the first five things you must do
(BPT) - So you've decided it's time to remodel your bathroom. Whether you're excited at the idea of creating a new look that will add value to your home, or simply relieved that you'll no longer have to look at dated fixtures and cracked tile, you'll be facing a lot of decisions about materials, colors, fixtures, floorin...
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Fumble-free food ideas for the big game
Whether you can barely contain your excitement for epic football competition, or you prefer to watch the clever commercials between plays, football fans big and small are gearing up for the big game. America loves a game-viewing party, so why not invite your friends and family over and score big with a few surprisingly q...
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Don't throw away that old phone [Infographic]
On the heels of a holiday season in which one in three Americans said they planned on giving electronics as gifts, ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, announced it has officially recycled more than 2 million phones and devices in its four-year history. Pointing to a rising trend in Americans' interest in electronics recycling, it took just nine months for ecoATM to double the number of devices it has processed. ecoATM's more than 800 kiosks, which are loc...
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Treat your feet to pampering now to prepare for sandal season
(BPT) - With snow falling, the wind blowing and everyone bundling up in extra layers of clothing, the last thing you probably have on your mind is the condition of your feet. But time passes quickly. Before you know it, the temps will be rising, and you'll be digging in the back of your closet for sandals. Will your feet...
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How your car's computers can improve your gas mileage
(BPT) - Your right foot holds the key to better gas mileage. How aggressively you apply the gas or brakes affects how frequently you have to stop for fuel. And driving style is even more important with today's cars as the spread between a vehicle's best and worst mileage may be 10 mpg or more. Here are some tips you can ...
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Can you afford a college degree?
(BPT) - For working adults wondering if they should go back to school for a degree - or to upgrade their bachelor's degree to a master's - affordability is, today, more important than ever. 'How can I afford it?' is often the first question students ask before they enroll. But perhaps a better question would be 'how can ...
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Look for the seal for safe children's products
(BPT) - Your children's safety is your top priority. You heard from the experts and you've read the books to ensure you're providing them with the right clothes and the proper food. But what about the baby products they use every day? How do you know they're safe? The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a...
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A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)The boy went undetected for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.


2014-04-22 21:24:15 -0600

US President Barack Obama departs for his week long trip to Asia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 22, 2014US President Barack Obama's Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts. Obama touches down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial war shrine seen by neighbouring nations as a symbol of Japan's brutal imperialist past, and shortly after the prime minister made a shrine offering. Days earlier, China seized a huge Japanese freighter over what a Shanghai court says are unpaid bills relating to Japan's 1930s occupation of vast swathes of the country.


2014-04-23 01:17:34 -0600

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTJINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.


2014-04-23 00:32:08 -0600