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Looking for the perfect wedding gift? How to spice up the happy couple's newlywed bliss
(BPT) - If you struggle finding just the right wedding present for friends and family who are getting married, you're not alone. You want a gift that is personal, unique and, above all else, something they will actually use. Many newlyweds need to build their kitchen supplies, plus with the foodie trend still going stron...
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Hosting a bridal, baby or graduation party? Clever food shortcuts big on taste, low on stress
(BPT) - It's that time of year - bridal showers, baby showers and graduation parties are likely dotting your calendar. If you're the lucky host of one of these milestone events, you might feel excitement paired with a bit of trepidation as you start the party-planning process. The good news is, there are some simple ways...
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Food forecast: U.S. embraces European traditions to create authentic cuisine stateside
(BPT) - Not long ago, adding international flair to your foods simply meant incorporating a dash of spice or trying a new cooking method. Today, Americans expect more out of their food, and the newest culinary trends are inspired by European traditions in order to create delicious, unique cuisine closer to home. As more ...
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Making security a priority during the busy holiday of hearts
Valentine's Day is a busy day for many small-business owners - especially those who cater to the love and romance industries. While tech and big-box retailers have 'Black Friday' in November, businesses like florists, candy shops and restaurants may experience 'Pink Friday' on February 14, with significant influx in sale...
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Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft...
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Simple steps to hassle-free family vacationing
Was your last family vacation a spectacle that would have made Clark Griswold proud? While Clark's heart was always in the right place, his family vacations often suffered from less-than-stellar planning and unrealistic expectations. Fortunately, your family never again has to live their own version of a Griswold holiday...
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Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel
(BPT) - Remodeling a home's decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new - something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also improve the indoor air quality - an important factor especially during the winter m...
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Benefits of cochlear implants in older adults go beyond restored hearing
(BPT) - As a private pilot and frequent commercial passenger, John Walkup's hearing worsened over a number of years. But during one memorable airline flight, he suddenly lost most of his hearing, leading to enormous life changes. The impact of his hearing loss went beyond simply not being able to hear. His career ended a...
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Preparing for peace of mind in retirement
(BPT) - Everyone's vision for retirement is different - for some it involves trips across the globe, while for others it means relocating to a new city or picking up a new hobby. Regardless of what your retirement goals might be, preparing to achieve them financially should include a plan that anticipates both the expect...
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Last-minute Valentine's gifts to stay out of the dog house
It's officially last minute for Valentine's Day, but there are plenty of gifts options out there that will arrive in time for Valentine's Day celebrations. From the classic sweets and flowers to creative ideas to spend time with loved ones, these ideas will make the day a special one. 1. Plan a quiet afternoon Not every gift has to come from a store. Plan a romantic picnic, a trip to that movie she really wants to see, a relaxing walk through the park or a leisurely drive in the country. The ...
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How color affects your exterior home makeover
(BPT) - How do you know you've chosen the right colors to accent your home's exterior? What colors on windows, doors, trim or shutters can highlight architectural details? Try these tips to help choose an exterior color scheme for your home. Accent your home's style Consider your home's design. Blend existing features, l...
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How patients can impact the future of cancer care and actively participate in their cancer journey
(BPT) - More than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society, with more than half a million Americans expected to die from it. While we have seen significant advances in cancer treatment over the past several years, the medical and scientific communities co...
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Elite women runners leave the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


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Parents say 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school, up from 85 reportedThe school was attacked last week by Islamic extremists, and the number of kidnapped victims is up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.


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File-This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo shows Vice President Joe Biden speaking to media during a meeting with representatives of student groups in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. Biden’s visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. A shootout at a checkpoint in eastern Ukraine manned by pro-Russia insurgents left at least three dead and Ukrainian and Russian officials trading accusations of blame. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile, two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


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