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5 reasons to visit Alaska
If you're looking to take a vacation filled with adventure and some of the most breathtaking views in the U.S., then Alaska might be your next ideal vacation destination. From fresh, coastal seafood to unforgettable flightseeing in Denali National Park, Alaska will please nature lovers, gourmands and everyone in between! Inspiration travel website DreamPlanGo , suggests the following five reasons to add Alaska to your 2014 travel planning list: 1. Kenai Fjords National Park For the best views...
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Enjoy the taste of eating right with healthy, tasty snacks
(BPT) - While health is a main concern for many Americans, the majority are still choosing food based on taste rather than nutrition. This March, however, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) is hoping to change perceptions and shed light on the fact that healthy food can taste good by promoting the theme: Enjoy ...
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Brewing up fresh ideas in the kitchen: How to incorporate craft beer into your cooking
(BPT) - For those that are experienced in the kitchen, wine may be a familiar ingredient to cook with, but many people don't even consider using craft beer in their recipes. While it may not be commonplace quite yet, more and more people are learning that craft beer can add a flavorful dimension to a variety of dishes. W...
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Misconceptions exposed - multivitamins and nutritional supplements
(BPT) - How often do you eat a cup of sauteed spinach? How about three servings of fatty fish, like salmon, per week? Probably not very often, but those are examples of foods and portions that are packed with the recommended amounts of essential nutrients. Research shows that Americans aren't making the nutrition grade a...
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Is it better to look good or feel good? Both, when you're pondering pedicures
(BPT) - Whether you're getting ready for a romantic evening out, or looking ahead to when sandal days are back again, treating your feet to a pedicure can help you look and feel your best - as long as you keep foot health front of mind. It's important to ensure your pedicure is done properly, whether you're doing it your...
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Jump on your bike to help Stop Diabetes
(BPT) - Whether you do it to boost your health and fitness, balance your lifestyle or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling has many benefits. Some ride down rocky trails or up burly hills, some ride for sport and some ride just for fun or to get around. But everyone can take advantage of the healthy benefits of ...
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Lovestruck: How to give a Valentine's Day gift perfect for her unique personality
(BPT) - Whether it's a couple's first date, a pair of love birds in their honeymoon phase or a husband and wife team enjoying 50 years of married bliss, Valentine's Day serves as a reminder of the affection shared with a special someone. For the Valentine who is truly one of a kind, find a gift that perfectly suits her u...
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Top fashion tips for spring and summer
(BPT) - Spring is just around the corner - time to start planning your warm-weather wardrobe updates. To help you stay on top of the trends for spring 2014, the experts have plenty of advice to share. Lynne Riding, who is the fashion coordinator at The Art Institute of Charleston , a branch of The Art Institute of Atlant...
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Save a life: learn the signs, symptoms of lung cancer
(BPT) - A worrisome cough that just won't go away might send you to the doctor, and rightly so. A cough that keeps getting worse could be a sign of lung cancer, or several other serious health issues. But there are other less-obvious signs and symptoms of lung cancer, and paying attention to them could save your life or ...
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Three easy DIY tips to maintain your vehicle
(BPT) - When it comes to vehicle maintenance there are two schools of practice: the 'do it for me' and the 'do it yourself.' The majority fall under the first category, meaning they opt to take their vehicle in for maintenance, mostly because having the ability to lift your vehicle for an oil change or having the proper ...
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Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes
(BPT) - Navigating the world of diabetes care can be overwhelming, whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed or are living with diabetes. Where do you turn for help? You can find answers to many questions at the American Diabetes Association EXPO events. These are free one-day diabetes-focused health events in more than a dozen metropolitan areas that bring health care professionals, leading experts and product exhibitors under one roof. Visit an EXPO near you and take advanta...
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Paralympic alpine skier breaks barriers on the slopes
(BPT) - Ralph Green was a well-rounded junior athlete. He excelled as a football quarterback and basketball point guard for his high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. His life dramatically changed at the age of 15 when a gunshot wound in the back resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the hip down. Today, Green, 36, is t...
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President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)New enrollment figures beat expectations, boost Democrats defending law ahead of midterms.


2014-04-17 14:18:16 -0600

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


2014-04-17 14:57:48 -0600

Rep. Steve IsraelSo now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."


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