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Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it's time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth. Lunch in the park The cold of winter has kept you and your coworkers eating lunch ...
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Kick-start kids' summer with shoe-shopping tips for parents
(BPT) - When it comes to the health of your children, you do everything you can to help them grow up healthy and strong. You get them vaccinated, take them to the dentist and optometrist, and you do your best to ensure they eat a nutritious diet that will help them grow. But are you aware of the important role foot healt...
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Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
(BPT) - As temperatures warm across the country, many homeowners will begin thinking about home improvement. Adding a deck or replacing an old one is a popular project in spring and summer - one that provides outdoor entertaining space and enhances home value. If you're considering a deck project this season, will you ch...
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Healthy housekeeping tips offer a fresh approach to spring cleaning
(BPT) - After the long and cold winter experienced across the United States, families will be tackling spring cleaning with a passion this year. But for more than 40 million Americans living with allergies and 25 million with asthma, housekeeping comes with extra concerns and responsibilities. More than half of all homes...
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Parents: Put the brakes on kids' summer 'brain drain'
(BPT) - Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer 'brain drain' is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn't always where they are when they begin a new one. Over the summer, the average s...
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Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
(BPT) - When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. Replacing less healthy ingredients in your favorite recipes with ingredients that are lower in calories and packed with nutrients (and flavor) make it easy for you to stay on track. The trick is to identify ingredients that make for easy tra...
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Outdoor kitchen? Second-floor laundry? How to easily achieve summer's hottest home improvements
(BPT) - Whether you're staying in place or planning to take advantage of an improving real estate market to sell your home, spring and summer are upgrade seasons. From adding a bathroom to creating an outdoor kitchen, certain improvements pay off for both homeowners who are selling and those who are staying. And while pl...
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The new time to have fun and bond with your family: breakfast
(BPT) - Families are always looking for new ways to celebrate and spend time together. Why not start your weekend off on the right foot with a little family time in the kitchen over a delicious hot breakfast? Cooking in the kitchen is a great activity for families, including children of all ages. Consider the following w...
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Modern technology rescues backyard pool-time fun
(BPT) - Technology has made the world a very different place than it was just one, five or 10 years ago. Film cameras, handwritten letters and portable CD players, all have been replaced by newer, more efficient inventions. These advancements have improved so many facets of our lives, it really is no surprise that the la...
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Greener grilling: Good for you and for Mother Nature, too
(BPT) - You already know grilling is a healthful, flavorful and fun way to cook while enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know it can also be a 'green' activity? By choosing earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients and sustainably sourced seasonings , you can satisfy your family's taste buds and Mother Nature...
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Got a great wedding theme? Tips for carrying it throughout your big day
(BPT) - What does the concept of a wedding theme mean to you? Do you think it's just about the colors you choose for your bouquet and bridesmaid gowns? Or do you think of it as something grander - your personalized stamp that should shine through every aspect of your big day? 'Even the most romantic, unique theme can fai...
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To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don't exactly fit neatly into today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in. Here are three h...
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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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