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Certifications: the new key to employment
(BPT) - A professional certification may not always be a job requirement, but it is often a deciding factor between qualified candidates. In fact, technology is one of the most in-demand career fields, but recent graduates and professionals are both struggling to find new jobs or get promoted because they don't have a ce...
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Smart TV smarts: Learning the truth about smart TVs
(BPT) - American consumers are increasingly comfortable with the term 'smart' when it's associated with technology. From smartphones to smart cars and even smart clothing, they've embraced the idea of devices that are 'intelligent' and responsive to their changing needs. Even though smart TVs have been around for almost ...
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Winter home safety: Quick steps to help protect your family
(BPT) - As cooler weather descends, homes heat up and so does the risk your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the National Fire Protection Association, most home fires and CO poisonings occur in the winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased...
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Embrace color trends in style this fall
(BPT) - From runway fashion to home decor, blue is definitely in the spotlight right now. Give your home a fresh boost of an on-trend color and make it through the fall season in style. If you're warming up to the idea of a new look in your home, but aren't sure how to use color to create a good mood, consider using a fa...
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Why exterior trim is a key part of home remodeling
(BPT) - With the leaves continuing to fall, now is a great time to tackle home improvement projects that will add value and beauty to your home. A quick review of your exterior trim is a perfect place to start. No matter how well maintained, most homes will need some exterior trim replaced from time to time. Traditional ...
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I spy with my little eye: nutrients kids need for healthy vision
(BPT) - The struggle at the dinner table between parents and their picky eaters isn't uncommon. Add in a food jag, when children fixate on a particular food and don't want to eat anything else, and the struggle turns to worry - 'Is my child getting enough nutrients in his or her diet?' While many parents worry that their...
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Applying to college? Practical advice for finding your dream university
(BPT) - High school seniors are faced with making the first of many life-changing decisions: 'Which college should I go to?' With more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. to choose from, finding the 'Dream U' may be a daunting task. The truth is the perfect university doesn't exist, but with the right guidan...
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Extreme athletes require high-performance gear
In extreme sports competitions such as the X Games, some of the world's gutsiest (some may say craziest) athletes push themselves - and their equipment - to the limit. To help these athletes prevent injuries and perform their best, competitors in sports such as motocross, rallycross, skateboarding, BMX biking and mountai...
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Five ways to build a better shower
(BPT) - The shower is a place to unwind from a stressful day, where you can forget your worries and pamper yourself. Remodeling the shower is extremely popular because it allows homeowners to create a spa-like experience in their own home, not to mention it's a good investment and can increase resale value. Before you st...
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Daring pairings: making a match of food and wine
(BPT) - Whether you're a trained chef or simply enjoy cooking at home, there's always a certain amount of trepidation at the thought of having guests for dinner. Do you go out on a culinary limb and serve something impressively daring, or do you play it safe with a tried and true menu? If you decide to take a chance, how...
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Expert tips to transform your style for fall
(BPT) - With fall's arrival, many people change out their wardrobe, meals and turn up the thermostat, but often forget that just a few simple changes can get their home and other parts of their life ready for autumn. Renowned designer David Bromstad offers his quick and simple tips to transition and transform your interior spaces for the season, no matter your budget or style. Freshen up your colors. Bromstad says one of the easiest ways to transition into fall is to switch up the color palet...
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Expert strategies for defining flow and function in your yard
(BPT) - Many strategies can enhance the flow and function of a home's interior and how a family lives and uses the space. But what about a home's exterior? When it comes to a yard, the same thoughtfulness can help homeowners create functional spaces outdoors that not only look great, but also deliver maximum enjoyment. H...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


2014-04-23 14:18:24 -0600

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


2014-04-23 14:31:59 -0600

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


2014-04-23 10:23:24 -0600