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Head of the class: New online college programs help students advance careers
(BPT) - There is a skills gap in the United States. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. employers report having difficulty finding staff with the appropriate skills, according to the annual Talent Shortage Survey conducted by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consulting firm. Employers are looking for employees who possess the...
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From supplies to volunteering, parents can find ways to support teachers
(BPT) - Parents know educating their children is a collaborative effort between families and teachers. Each new school year, parents look for ways to make that effort as fruitful and positive for their children as possible. By supporting their child’s teacher, parents can help ensure kids get the best education possible ...
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Planning ahead is key to throwing a memorable party
(BPT) - There’s nothing more chic than entertaining with ease and seamlessly bringing family and friends together over a great meal at a fashionable table. If you want to be known as an unforgettable host, follow these tips for entertaining in style to impress guests at your next event: * Select a theme: No matter the oc...
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Your game plan for disaster-free, tailgating success
(BPT) - Tailgating is an investment in having fun - 42 percent of tailgaters spend more than $500 a season on food and supplies, according to a Tailgating Institute research study . When you’re spending that much on your pre-game fun, food failures, cooler crises and other disasters are not an option. Here are a handful ...
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Surgery insight: What happens while you're under anesthesia?
(BPT) - Preparing for surgery can create anxiety for some patients. It is not uncommon for patients to be particularly nervous about undergoing anesthesia. Have you ever wondered what happens during surgery and anesthesia? You’re not alone. Knowing you will receive the highest quality and safest medical care throughout y...
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Rise and shine - wake up to new home decor ideas
(BPT) - Few things feel better than waking in the morning refreshed and ready to start the day. But if the first thing you see is a bedroom that needs some improvement, your day might not go as planned. If you’re suffering from the bedroom blues, why not reinvent the space? Especially since you don’t have to buy new to g...
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Long-term care: Are you ready? [Infographic]
About 70 percent of people turning 65 can expect to need some kind of long-term care service as they age. Yet, only about 1/3 of us are planning or saving for it. Many don’t realize that several types of long-term care are not covered by health insurance, including Medicare. If you’re 40 plus, www.longtermcare.gov is a good place to start thinking through a strategy that works for you and your family.  
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Know how to keep young athletes playing safe and strong
(BPT) - Playing sports is great for kids. It teaches them the importance of teamwork, helps them stay physically active and creates positive habits that last a lifetime. An injury, however, can sideline young athletes for the season – or longer. A recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide identified measures that athletes, coa...
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Fall into great tabletop decorating ideas
(BPT) - Saying goodbye to summer doesn’t have to be a sentimental ending when you consider it’s also a beginning – the kick off to autumn and the holiday season. The promise of fall is in the air. It’s a great time to dress up your home for fall entertaining; whether that means friends gathered around the television root...
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What's your home's price tag now?
(BPT) - As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my home worth now? There's actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA . He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its: 1. Market value 2. Replacement value 3. Property tax value “Since different values can be used for different reasons, it's important to understand when each applies,” Halliwell says, addi...
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Tips to get the most out of your car this Labor Day and beyond
(BPT) - As the sun begins to set on the last stretch of summer, it’s time to start prepping for the final road trip of the season. Millions of drivers hit the road during the summer months, but the weekend leading up to the start of September marks the last hurrah of vacation season, one of the busiest weekends of the year for motorists across the country. According to AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, more than 34.1 million Americans will take to the stre...
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Capture the spirit of the American Southwest on a Grand Canyon tour
There are some travel destinations where sights, people and activities add up to much more than the sum of their parts. You know when you’re in one of those special locations because you’re doing more than just seeing – you’re experiencing the spirit of the place. In the United States, there are few places more imbued wi...
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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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