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Expert advice for spring kitchen redesigns that you'll love forever from designer Nate Berkus
(BPT) - When your spring cleaning is accomplished and the room sparkles, do you still feel as if something is missing? All the cleaning in the world can't hide worn countertops, outdated appliances or uninspired cabinetry. If spring cleaning your kitchen is starting to feel like you're simply putting polish on a dirt flo...
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New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
(BPT) - Storms and wet weather not only impact our life's activities they can also have a disastrous effect on our homes, both inside and out. New technologies and products that help homeowners manage the damaging effects of weather with reduced stress are in high demand. Included here are some of the latest innovations ...
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Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
(BPT) - When spring arrives, leaves, flowers and robins aren't the only signs of warm weather to reappear. Spring also heralds the return of farmers markets. A trip to the market is a great opportunity to indulge in fresh healthy produce and to expand your horizons by trying new items or preparing them in different ways....
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Great-looking, flavorful veggies are also good for your eyes
(BPT) - After a long, cold winter, it's time to celebrate the start of summer with outdoor picnics, activities with friends and family, and by enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. As you put together your menu for your upcoming summer celebrations, you may not realize just how many foods in some of your favorite recipes conta...
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How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories - whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing so, they can become a sun-sav...
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Public awareness needed to prevent bed bugs
(BPT) - One of the most feared household pests of the past decade has been the bed bug. What may be the most unnerving part about these tiny pests is how they hide in mattresses, couches and even dressers waiting for their next blood meal. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of bed bug infestations a...
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Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly
(BPT) - More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They're seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you're among these groups, you may choose to avoid construction materials you've come to think ...
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How to prepare for class [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you want to get the most out of school, preparation seems to help. Strive to set time aside to plan your day. From packing your bag the night before to prioritizing your assignments before you begin, these additional steps may help you work toward the goals you set for yourself and get something out of class. For more tips and tools to help you with organization, visit www.OrganizeYourStuffContest.com and enter the Organize Your Stuff contest for your chance to win a free space mak...
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No sweat: Secrets to staying cool in the kitchen and eating well this summer
(BPT) - Summer is on the way and for the next several months, heavy clothes and winter boots will be on hiatus. So too will ovens in kitchens across the country as home cooks avoid running an appliance notorious for raising the temperature. But if you hate to give up the dishes your family loves until the weather cools a...
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Make two company - not a crowd - in the master bath
(BPT) - The saying is that you shouldn't marry the person you can live with, but the person you can't live without. But while you may be ready to share your life with someone, you may quickly realize you aren't willing to share everything, and some of your partner's habits you could definitely live without. So how can yo...
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The key to managing stress: identify causes and find simple solutions
(BPT) - If there is one aspect of life in the modern world that affects all of us, it's stress. In fact, it's so prevalent and can have such a serious effect on our health, that April has been named Stress Awareness Month. Yet despite the potential negative effects of stress, it can also be beneficial. Stress can lead to...
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6 ways to turn (less) water into wine
(BPT) - When it comes to making wine, water is the most crucial element second only to the grapes. In the heart of Sonoma County a team of experts at Frei Brothers Reserve, a sustainable vineyard and winery, has challenged themselves to ask the question: How can we do more to use less water? With a mix of state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to preserving the surrounding delicate ecosystems, the winery is pushing itself to reduce its water use, while creating award-winning wines and p...
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Pro-Russian activists prepare to block a planned campaigning visit by presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 22, 2014Ukraine relaunched military operations against pro-Kremlin separatists, hours after US Vice President Joe Biden ended a two-day visit to Kiev in which he warned Russia over its actions in the former Soviet republic. Russia already has tens of thousands of its troops massed on Ukraine's eastern border. Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, late Tuesday said he was ordering the military to restart operations against the rebels after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies in the eastern rebel-held town of Slavyansk.


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SotomayorFirst Hispanic Supreme Court judge issues sharp dissent in affirmative action case.


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A general view of the Internal Revenue Service Building in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.


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