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Check your tax forms for errors and avoid fines for 2013
(BPT) - Tax season will be here before you know it and businesses everywhere want to handle their reporting quickly, efficiently and on time in order to avoid the penalties and fines associated with missed deadlines. In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased its penalties for misfiled or late tax ...
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Planning ahead for holiday gatherings
(BPT) - No matter what time of year it is, the kitchen is always the busiest room in the home. That's especially the case during the holiday season. With the added stress of planning the perfect menu and creating the ideal holiday atmosphere for your guests, it's no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed with the pla...
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Itchin' to update your kitchen?
(BPT) - Remodeling the kitchen. When you decide to tackle this daunting undertaking, you want to do it right. And, you're not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. Regardless of the scope of your proje...
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AGER 2013 global entrepreneurship report [Infographic]
The 2013 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report surveyed 26,000 people in 24 countries, led by GfK Research and the Entrepreneurship Centre at The University of Munich. This year, two-thirds of respondents had a positive attitude toward entrepreneurship and 46 percent consider their country entrepreneur-friendly. The study also shows we need to help people feel comfortable with the idea of owning their own business: "Fear of failure' is, by far, the No. 1 obstacle. It is our hope that this stud...
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Early detection and treatment can slow the progress of kidney disease
(BPT) - More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive loss of kidney function that's most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. Both kidneys are usually affected by CKD which, if left untreated, may lead to a complete loss of kidney function , or end stage renal disease (ESRD)...
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Warm up to budget-friendly winter travel in Europe
(BPT) - Traveling Europe may seem like a distant dream; tourists inundate cities during peak season, driving prices up. But your European dreams are attainable - if you travel during winter months. Europe can be much more affordable in winter and the quiet cities offer a more intimate and authentic experience. During the...
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Rate of pregnancy and childbirth complications on the rise in the United States: How we can reverse this trend
(BPT) - Pregnancy and childbirth should be a time of joy. But, today alone, 800 women around the world will die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth, according to a WHO report. It is shocking to learn that most of these deaths are preventable. Despite significant global progress in reducing the ...
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Stay on trend this winter season
(BPT) - As we head into the cold winter months, there is no need to sacrifice your style for warmth. This year, incorporate on-trend looks from the runway into your wardrobe to keep your look fashion-forward throughout season. Here are five fantastic looks for fall and winter from celebrity stylist, Cristina Ehrlich. 1. ...
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Tips to make your home sparkle for holiday guests
(BPT) - The holiday season's here - time for enjoying your favorite foods, cider simmering on the stove and gatherings of friends and family. If you're hosting a holiday celebration, prepping your home now will help reduce last-minute chores and make the season more enjoyable. Cleaning the glass on your front door and wi...
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Five reasons why scent is important for home decorating
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays - at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you're breaking out the holiday decorations or looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter ...
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Parenting tips to help young children love to read
(BPT) - Children are energetic learners, trying to make sense of the world around them. One of the most important activities to help a child stretch his mind, especially in the early years, is reading. From birth to age 5, development in all areas of the brain is rapid, so it is especially important during this time that...
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Cinnamon: what's the difference? [Infographic]
Different kinds of cinnamon offer different flavor profiles, aromas and uses. Whether ground or in cinnamon stick form, the quality of the cinnamon you choose also has a lot to do with the degree of cinnamon zing you're bringing to a dish, dessert or drink. Here's a handy chart of what you should know about cinnamon from the spice experts at Frontier Natural Products Co-op .
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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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