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All the New Year's fun on half the budget
(BPT) - Ringing in the new year on a budget? The high price of New Year's Eve hotel accommodations doesn't have to keep you from celebrating in big-city style. Even the most sought-after New Year's Eve hotspots have nearby alternatives that give travelers access to big-city countdowns without the big-city price tags. 'Su...
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Stretching your ski vacation dollar
(BPT) - With the Olympics right around the corner, skiing is on a lot of people's minds. While ski trips can get pricey quickly, there are ways to give your budget a lift. 'It's not unusual for 'ski vacation' to be synonymous with 'expensive getaway,'' says Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor for the travel booking website...
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Planning a home improvement project? How to hire a quality contractor
(BPT) - Dreaming of home improvement projects in the New Year? You're not alone - many homeowners are deciding what improvement project to tackle next. As the housing market continues to strengthen, homeowners buying or selling homes are focused on curb appeal or updating new spaces, which makes now a perfect time for re...
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Staying happy and healthy this season the active way
The holidays are a time to share joy and happiness with loved ones. Yet with long lines, holiday parties and traveling, this time of year can really be exhausting. Add in the cold weather and other everyday stresses and you will find staying happy and healthy during the holidays can be downright impossible. 'People fall ...
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Winter sports safety gear evolves with plastics
Just what does it take to excel in winter sports? Practice, practice, practice - plus modern safety gear to help protect against injury. While nothing can fully protect pro or amateur athletes from harm, today's winter sports safety gear is tougher than ever, thanks mostly to combinations of various lightweight, high-per...
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Make every bath a safe bath [Infographic]
Did you know January is National Bath Safety Month? Nearly 200,000 people are injured in their bathroom each year, making now a great time to update the space with safety features. A grab bar is a stylish addition to any bathroom that also makes it safer for people of all ages.
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Want a shot at a healthy future? Vaccinations aren't just for kids
(BPT) - The best approach to health is a proactive one, and that means getting an annual checkup and staying up-to-date on recommended vaccinations. But many adults don't visit a doctor unless they feel ill, nor do they think about vaccination as part of their routine, preventive health care. This leaves them needlessly ...
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Winter dreaming: 7 drop-dead-fabulous dream destinations
Winter's dark nights are for more than just regular dreaming: They're for conjuring up pleasant images of that satisfying cold-weather escape we all envision. But just where are Americans' winter travel dreams landing these days? DreamPlanGo , the travelers' website for destination ideas and inspiration, asked a cross-section of followers what wintertime journeys were on their wish lists and in their plans. Here are 7 of the best and most beautiful. 1. The top dream destination was Bora Bora,...
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Exciting ways to stay motivated and get fit this year
This is the time of year when many people set a weight loss goal and pledge to begin living a healthier life. Enrolling in a fitness program is a popular means of accomplishing a weight loss goal. But while many people are successful with their exercise programs, others fail because they quit the program before they can ...
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The nation's most deadly disease
(BPT) - Few people understand just how much a threat cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease, can be. Consider this: heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and accidents combined. According to the C...
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Survey finds Americans want gift cards for the holidays
The holiday shopping season is wrapping up, and poll after poll shows that consumers spent even less this year. But, despite the tight wallets, one gift category is expected to increase in sales this year: gift cards. Holiday gift card purchases and use is on the rise, according to recent surveys by the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF survey shows that 59 percent of respondents said they'd like to receive gift cards this year. But that is ...
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Transforming the world: A new program fosters the next generation of leaders
(BPT) - What will be the world's next big innovation? Whether it's a cure for a disease that has plagued the world for generations or a new tool that makes life easier, one thing is for sure: science and technology will play a role in its creation. To encourage high school students and passionate teachers to step up to t...
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South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTAt least two people are confirmed dead after a ferry carrying 459 sank.


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A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


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Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield move Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search for MH370 on April 14, 2014Perth (Australia) (AFP) - The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to "technical" troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified "technical issue" with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). "The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue," JACC said.


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