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Quick tips on preparing your home for the holidays in a flash
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but it may seem like you never have enough time to get ready. From preparing meals, buying presents and cleaning your home before friends and family arrive, time seems to always run short. So wouldn't it be nice if you could save time on even one of those monumental tasks? With ...
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Better-for-you snacks to satisfy all your holiday guests
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for everyone to indulge in delicious foods but doing so shouldn't be a guilt-ridden experience. There are several options available to satisfy your taste buds while still staying on track. The following are some snack options that not only embrace the latest food trends but are sure t...
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Help your holiday season flow easier
(BPT) - As people fill their holidays with parties, friends, family and celebrations, a bit of added stress and a tremendous amount of decadent food are also thrown into the mix. For many Americans, this may lead to digestive problems, too. 'One issue surrounding the holidays is that most of the deliciously tempting foods available are fat- and sugar-laden and contain very little fiber,' says Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian nutritionist and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families. 'Ano...
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Recently engaged? Critical financial questions to ask before you say 'I do'
(BPT) - Engagement season is officially here, with couples around the country saying 'yes' to proposals and starting to plan their weddings. In fact, 39 percent of marriage proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, according to WeddingChannel.com. While immediate discussions with your partner might be fo...
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Give yourself the gift of stress-free holiday shopping with these tips
(BPT) - Giving holiday gifts can be as enjoyable as receiving them. This year, why not revel in the fun of gift-giving while saving money with these tips for making it a happy holiday shopping season! Here are some easy gift ideas for four hard-to-shop-for groups: The ungiftables People may be 'ungiftable' for a number o...
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'Tis the season for online shopping traps
(BPT) - It doesn't matter if it's the day after Thanksgiving or the night before Christmas, cybercriminals don't take a holiday. "People are spending with reckless abandon this time of year," says Christopher Elliott, consumer advocate and author of "Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles and Shady Deals." To avoid falling victim to these creative crooks, financial services company USAA advises consumers to watch out for these five common cyber...
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Don't let messes leave you in a 'holidaze': Easy tips for post-holiday clean up
(BPT) - The holidays bring plenty of cheer and the arrival of family from all over. It's the most wonderful time of the year, after all. But with family visits and hearty meals also comes a big share of messes. After hefty helpings of gravy and chocolates, there will be plenty of cleaning required to get your home back i...
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How important is the toilet to your health? [Infographic]
You flush the toilet every day without ever realizing just how important a flush toilet is to your quality of life. Across the world more than 3.5 billion people do not have access to a flush toilet and they suffer from disease because of this. Read on to learn more about the effect poor sanitation has on many of the world's people and see how you can help.
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Car shopping at your local auto show
(BPT) - Auto shows are full of flashy new cars and concept cars that offer an exciting look into the future of technology and design. If you are in the market for a new car, your local auto show can be the perfect place to start shopping. Here are a few simple tips that can narrow down which cars to take on a test drive:...
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More options than ever for families needing elder care
(BPT) - More Americans than ever before are now older than 65, and in just four more decades, for the first time in history, there will be more seniors in the U.S. than people younger than 18, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Given those numbers, is it any surprise that many families wrestle with decisions for how to...
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Make eye-healthy foods part of your holiday meals and memories this season
As you plan your holiday menu this season, you may not realize that even your favorite traditional recipes can be easily updated to include more nutritious ingredients. And because vision plays such a critical role not only in enjoying your favorite meals but also in making memories with family and loved ones throughout ...
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How to maintain your deck for outdoor entertaining year-round
(BPT) - Expanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but today's homeowners aren't satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, they're creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your exis...
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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the situation with Ukraine and Russia from the State Department in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)The secretary of state says Russia has failed to live up to its commitments on Ukraine.


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McAlevey sits in the cockpit of a RNZAF P3 Orion maritime search aircraft as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Matt Siegel and Byron Kaye SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is likely to drag on for years, a senior U.S. defence official said on Friday, as an underwater search for any trace of the plane's wreckage off west Australia appeared to have failed. The official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorised to comment on the search effort, said two weeks of scouring the Indian Ocean floor with a U.S. Navy submersible drone had turned up no wreckage.


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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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