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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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Wedding trend alert: 3 invitation styles guaranteed to 'wow' guests
When it comes to planning a wedding, you have a lot of details to consider. Invitations, however, merit extra attention. The perfect wedding invitation doesn't just excite guests about your event, it leaves them guessing at the themes, colors and other surprises that await them on your big day. 'As the first thing your g...
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Snack like a pro on game day
(BPT) - Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian of the New England Patriots, and Bryan Snyder, the team nutrition manager for the Denver Broncos, may be rivals on the field, but when it comes to nutrition, they agree on one thing: pistachios are an ideal snack, whether you're a professional athlete or an armchair spectator...
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Mom was right, you should eat more veggies - here's how you do it
(BPT) - With the new year upon us, people are thinking about changing their eating habits for the healthier. For many, that means vowing to eat more vegetables; the majority of Americans say they've been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables over the past year, according to a poll by the International Food Information...
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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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Spruce up your home in the new year
(BPT) - Making a New Year's resolution is common, and many people set goals for ways to improve themselves. If you have set a goal to lose weight, learn a new skill or get promoted, congratulations. But while you are striving to attain your personal goal, have you ever thought of setting a goal to refresh your home in a ...
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How to protect your diesel in cold weather
(BPT) - As more manufacturers produce diesel vehicles for consumers, owners need to be aware of the issues that may occur during the cold winter months and learn how they can protect their vehicle. Gelling Cold weather can cause starting problems in diesel vehicles because the fuel tends to gel. Most consumers cannot con...
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Three health issues women shouldn't (and don't have to) put up with
(BPT) - Women often endure health issues in silence, especially if the problem is embarrassing, affects only them and doesn't pose a serious health risk. Yet issues that appear minor and personal can have a major impact on a woman's quality of life - and ultimately on the lives of those around her. 'It's natural for wome...
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Top 10 bone and joint health resolutions in 2014
Orthopaedic surgeons understand bone and joint health problems are among the most prevalent and debilitating health challenges Americans face. This new year, the members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) would like to empower you to do your part in ensuring a more healthy and active lifestyle. Pledge to make the top 10 bone and joint health resolutions part of your life in 2014. 10: Always cut away from yourself in the kitchen One slip of the knife can cause a terrible in...
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How to manage your money in the new year
(BPT) - As a new year unfolds, many people resolve to kick bad habits and take better care of their health and their finances. After a few late payments, messy receipt folders and carefree budgeting, it's time to make your personal finances a priority. It may feel like you don't have enough time in your hectic life to si...
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Top 10 home decor trends for 2014
(BPT) - Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year's resolutions can be just as easily be applied to their homes. There's no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it's incorporating a new color palette, adding accessories, repurposing furniture or putti...
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.


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FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.


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