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New Year's Eve uncorked [Infographic]
The countdown to the countdown has begun! Barefoot Bubbly , a fun, flavorful and affordable sparkling wine, commissioned a survey to learn how Americans are planning to celebrate New Year's Eve this year. Though some will head out for a night on the town, more than half (54 percent) intend to skip long lines and high prices by celebrating at home. Check out the infographic below for a summary of additional survey findings.
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Stumped for a gift idea? Give the power to change the world
(BPT) - Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)? How about the chance to ...
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Boomers on the road [Infographic]
As one of the nation's largest generations, baby boomers are nearing the end of their careers, unlocking more time to travel. By breaking the mold of bus tours and multi-generational trips, boomers are redefining how they travel. To capture the evolving desires of this new generation of retirees, 12,000 AARP members registered with AARPdiscounts.com were recently polled on their travel preferences. Homewood Suites by Hilton has created an infographic to demonstrate how boomers prefer to hit t...
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Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
(BPT) - When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and re...
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Gift-giving tips for people who have everything
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the 'perfect' gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you've receiv...
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To tip or not to tip: that is the holiday question
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What's supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more. Lizzie Post, co-author of 'Emily Post's Et...
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10 year-end financial ideas to consider
(BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year's end, there's no better time than the present to start. 'If you're waiting until the New Year to resolve to better your ...
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Tipping TVs to fire hazards: Vital home safety resolutions for 2014
(BPT) - Some New Year's resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement - and often they're much easier to keep. Boosting home safety in 2014 can be as simple as m...
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Three tips to extend the life of your smartphone
(BPT) - We sit on our smartphones, toss them into a purse and sometimes, quite accidentally, douse them in the toilet. And that doesn't include what grimy-fingered kids do to smartphones as they play games. Generally, we are not very nice to the technology that has become central to our lifestyles. 'Most smartphones are ...
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Tips to achieve wholesome health in 2014
(BPT) - You're all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you'll get healthy. But what does healthy mean? We're bombarded with visions of st...
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Dazzling holiday party looks from head to toe
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for glitzing up a sparkling holiday look. From office parties and family gatherings to community events and charity galas, now is the time to look and feel your best. It may be a hectic time of year, but with a little preparation and creativity you can dazzle all season long. Try these quick and e...
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Dealing with dry eye - more common than you think
(BPT) - They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishi...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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