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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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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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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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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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Serve your country and explore the world simultaneously
(BPT) - It's no secret that world travel is one of the most exciting perks enjoyed by men and women in America's Navy. With more than 100 ports of call around the globe and bases in multiple time zones, there's a great chance you'll see the world over the course of your Navy career. On any given day, 600,000 Sailors and ...
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Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100. To cut insurance cost...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, April 18, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, EDITORIAL USE ONLYAll the victims are Nepalese guides in the worst disaster on the world's highest peak.


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A relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast prays while crying at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)As rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead, officials say the investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster is focusing on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and whether a quicker evacuation order could have saved lives.


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In this Oct. 13, 2013 photo, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walks down the chute at the finish of the Boston Athletic Association half marathon in Boston. Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times, and finished in 2013 before the bombings occurred. This time he will be there as police commissioner, supervising increased security. "It weighs heavy on my mind, that I want this to go off well," he says. "I don’t want anyone hurt. I don’t ever want a repeat of the tragedy we saw that day." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)William Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times. This year, he's opted out of the race.


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