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Protect your new purchases over the holiday season
(BPT) - Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft. From 2012 to 2013, consumers reported 10,755 t...
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Give back this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are known for eliciting cheer, thanks and a sense of community as families come together to share some of their most treasured traditions, whether that's gathering for a special meal, organizing an activity or finding a way to give back to those less fortunate. Last year, Americans gave $316 billion ...
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Re-mix holiday [Infographic]
Not that there's anything wrong with traditional recipes - but let's face it, many of them could use a reboot. The foods that are expected to be on many of our tables at this time of year - turkey, green beans, stuffing and pie - are waiting for you to take them up a notch. Swap out that tired, gooey green bean casserole for sesame ginger green beans. Update that ho-hum roast turkey and roll out honey smoked turkey with black and cayenne pepper instead. The spice experts at Simply Organic hav...
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How to get the most out of your new tablet in the new year
(BPT) - Tablets are clearly today's hot tech device: shipments will reach 184 million units in 2013 alone, estimates Gartner, an information technology research company . If you don't already own a tablet, it's very possible you might receive an iPad, Kindle or Nexus as a holiday gift. Knowing a few tricks to get the mos...
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Americans' top Internet searches of 2013
(BPT) - Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women. Search trends, found at www.BingTrends.com , indicate what most captivated people in 2013, including celebrities, music, movies, technology, fashion, sports, travel and more. According to Bing , the search engine from Microsoft, Beyonce, Tim Tebow,...
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Bacteria lurking in your home plumbing
(BPT) - Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination...
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Don't bust your budget: Tips and tricks to stretch those holiday dollars
(BPT) - Creating lists, checking them twice - it's a tradition for many families across the country this time of year as they plan and shop for gifts for friends and family. Even with the economy starting to recover, many people will set a budget before tackling their holiday shopping, but two-thirds of those that set a ...
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Tips for a keeping your home safe and dry this winter
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead. Last year, winter st...
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Creating a pollinator-friendly habitat in your backyard
(BPT) - Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds. You can attract pollinators ...
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Gifts for foodies guaranteed to leave taste buds dancing
(BPT) - Between the growing trends of boutique restaurants, creative home cooking and entire television networks dedicated to food, you probably know a few people who consider themselves 'foodies.' Whether they love craft beer, decadent chocolate treats or gourmet cheeses, you can find many great gift ideas for people pa...
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Laws to legalize pot for recreational use continue to grow
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of 'Reefer Madness,' the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately - madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013...
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Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
(BPT) - Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to mankind. The fluffy kernels were a favorite pastime long before the first motion picture. In fact, it is believed the oldest ear of popping corn was over 5,000 years old. Now that's staying power. Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year maki...
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.


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FILE - This April 17, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. During his upcoming trip to Asia, the president and the region's leaders will be keeping close watch on the Russian troops amassed on Ukraine's border and the status of a tenuous diplomatic deal aimed at keeping those forces at bay. In Asia, the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis is being viewed through the prism of the region's own territorial disputes China. Japan and the Philippines _ two of the four countries Obama will visit _ are locked in tense disputes with Beijing over islands in the South and East China Seas and will be seeking reassurances that the U.S. would back them if the conflicts boiled over. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.


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