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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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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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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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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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U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. Obama, continuing his four-nation Asia trip which began in Japan, is expected to underscore warnings against North Korean nuclear provocations, calls to lower tensions in regional territorial disputes, and words of condolence for the ferry disaster victims and the people of South Korea. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)The visit comes amid grief over the ferry tragedy, as well as worries over North Korea.


2014-04-25 03:34:03 -0600

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and said the pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast would lay down their arms only if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in the capital Kiev.


2014-04-25 03:22:04 -0600

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 30, 2012, file photo, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens speaks at a lecture presented by the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark. Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana. The 94-year-old retired justice tells NPR that public opinion has changed on the issue. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana.


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