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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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Digital Eyestrain - Are You at Risk? [Infographic]
We live and communicate in an evolving digital world. More than a third of U.S. adults spend four to six hours a day with digital or electronic devices. While these devices enable instant communication, awareness and socialization, 70 percent of U.S. adults experience some form of digital eyestrain. Computer tablets, smartphones and other hand-held products are designed for reading and close range use. As a result, eyes must constantly refocus and reposition to process graphics and text. To r...
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Miley Cyrus, notorious trials and Obamacare top online searches for 2013
(BPT) - While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013. Top searches on Yahoo in...
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Christmas in Europe perfected on a river cruise
Visiting Europe in the weeks before Christmas adds a whole new character to the holiday season, one that's quite different from what is celebrated in the United States. Decorated to the hilt with greenery and lights, the towns and villages in Austria, Germany and France will delight visitors with traditional Christmas ma...
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Digital world demands new IT workforce
(BPT) - It's no secret that technology has changed how we live. From tablets and streaming video, to big data analytics and network security, we live in a digital world that impacts us every minute of every day. However, technology not only improves the way we live and work in the present, but also offers great opportuni...
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Working can benefit those suffering with a chronic illness
(BPT) - No one needed to tell Houston's Robert Gandy that he would reap health and wellness benefits from continuing to work after he started dialysis four years ago. For more than 42 years, Gandy has worked in the restaurant business. The thought of leaving the job he loves never crossed his mind when he started treatme...
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How a specialized nurse can benefit you and your loved ones
(BPT) - If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound-, ostomy- or incontinence-related issue and receiving treatment, it may feel like the condition will never stabilize. But many patients in similar situations are finding relief through the services of professional, Baccalaureate-prepared specialty nurses trained and...
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New year, new you, new boat: Insider tips for shopping a local boat show
(BPT) - A new year means new resolutions. Maybe your resolution is looking to spend more quality time with family and friends? Learn something new? Spend more time outdoors or being active? This is the year to follow through on that resolution and discover boating - an activity that can accomplish all of the above. Boati...
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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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national news

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The 16th annual convention will run through April 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New program focused on thousands of clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates.


2014-04-23 10:23:35 -0600

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation.


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FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Conrado Marrero holds up a baseball as he poses for pictures during an interview in Havana, Cuba. Family members say Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died in Havana. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday. Grandson Rogelio Marrero confirmed the death Wednesday afternoon, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died, his grandson said. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.


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