Online Features
Crucial steps needed for healthy and safe homes in 2014
(BPT) - As Americans brace for more snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures this winter, education about and protection from residential fire and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning become increasingly important. This is especially true considering that U.S. residential fire and CO deaths and injuries account for far more f...
full story
The 7 best American cities for vegetarians by region
Food is an important part of traveling for many reasons. Dining is a great opportunity to socialize, you can rest while you refuel, and what better way is there to get to know a city than by trying its food? While it can often be difficult for vegetarians to dine out, if the proper research is done before going on a trip, you could end up having some meals to remember. DreamPlanGo found these cities to be the best for vegetarians to get their grub on. 1. Mountain: Denver, Colorado With more t...
full story
8 German towns too charming to overlook
Half-timbered homes, colorfully-painted buildings lining stony roads and an enchanting Bavarian Alps backdrop - these alluring characteristics create some of Germany's most postcard-perfect towns. Whether you travel down the winding streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber or explore the Brick Gothic town center in the Baltic Sea city of Stralsund, there's no way you'll leave Deutschland without experiencing its undeniable charm. DreamPlanGo suggests visiting these must-see charming German towns. ...
full story
What valentines want [Infographic]
We take the guesswork out of winning your Valentine's heart - from the treats they crave to the where, when and how to celebrate.
full story
Steering the course to success
(BPT) - Elana Meyers' dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursu...
full story
Simple steps to reduce winter energy costs
Winter's falling temperatures typically lead to higher energy costs as we try to keep our home interiors comfortably warm. At the same time, many of us are concerned about the environmental impact of winter's increased energy use. Is there anything simple a handy homeowner or renter can do to save some money and energy? ...
full story
Survey says: Payday loan users savvier than you think
(BPT) - Read enough about the state of Americans' finances and you might get the impression that the average consumer is fairly clueless when it comes to making good money decisions. But a new survey indicates that Americans are more credit-savvy than you might think about how and when to use one of the most-maligned typ...
full story
Is a refinance the right decision?
(BPT) - Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest rates are projected to rise to 5 percent or above by August 2014, according to an August 2013, Freddie Mac study. 'The window hasn't closed, but homeowners should analyze their mortgage situation to see if a refinance can improve their overall financial picture,' says John Young, director of real estate product management at USAA . Mi...
full story
Save time and money: Do your federal taxes for free
Taxes can be, well, taxing. But there's a simple, easy way to do your federal taxes, and it's all for free. It's called Free File. Free File does the hard work for you either through brand-name software or online fillable forms. And, it's available only at IRS.gov. Free File is offered through the Internal Revenue Servic...
full story
Does your employer benefit package measure up?
(BPT) - Many Americans just went through their annual benefits enrollment period at their work. Precious time was spent reviewing the available offerings with spouses and determining which ones best meet their families' needs, weighed against the cost. Yet a good number of Americans may not have taken the time to review ...
full story
Protect your eyes year-round from UV exposure
(BPT) - Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they're on a snowy mountain-top, watching a footba...
full story
Successful restaurant kitchens have 5 indispensable pieces of cooking equipment
Whether it's a quaint corner cafe, the newest chain in the neighborhood or a high-end steak house with the city's hottest chef, every restaurant owner and manager knows what's in the kitchen can make or break a business. Bottom line: good restaurant equipment is a must. The freshest food is only as good as the equipment that cooks it, so it's essential to invest in quality items that will last through the morning rush and well into the evening hours, every day of the week. The experts at ACit...
full story
national news

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.


2014-04-19 10:08:06 -0600

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.


2014-04-19 11:06:20 -0600

This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 photo shows unsold 2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to government documents released Saturday, April 19, 2014, General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 small cars for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, didn’t seek a recall of the Saturn Ion compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago, and even though it found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.


2014-04-19 14:08:22 -0600