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One mac and cheese recipe served 3 ways makes for ultimate comfort food
(BPT) - The chill of the season heralds many changes, including your appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family's favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave. In fact, ac...
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2013 holiday gift guide: outrageous and outside-the-box ideas
(BPT) - With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's officially shopping crunch time. This year, consider some innovative and imaginative gift ideas sure to impress even the hardest to shop for on your list. You may want to gift yourself a holiday treat, too. For the aspiring rock star One of the hottest home gadget...
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Eight steps to perfect holiday cookies
(BPT) - The time-honored popularity of holiday cookie baking remains strong even in today's grab-and-go society. 'Most of us are looking for ways to simplify the holiday hubbub, and focus on activities that truly have meaning for our families,' says Ginny Bean, publisher of Ginny's catalog and Ginnys.com . Bean, who fond...
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What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
(BPT) - It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the countr...
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Tips for keeping kids' minds and bodies active through cooler months
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer may seem like a distant memory, but as tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they're home, it's important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity. Whethe...
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Tips for successful gift giving this holiday season
(BPT) - This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday gift guides available to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether it's your chocolate-loving aunt or fashion-forward sister, there is an art to selecting just the right things to put smiles on their faces. Here are a few tips to get you throug...
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Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age
(BPT) - As smartphones and tablets are more frequently finding their way into kids' hands, many parents may wonder about the implications of increased screen time, and question what role traditional toys should play in their children's lives. While there is no denying the benefits of digital devices and it is becoming co...
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Tips for merry holiday season travel
(BPT) - Traveling during the holiday season can be fun, but it also offers its fair share of anxious moments, stress and expense. This year, between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year's Day, an estimated 100 million Americans will travel by car, train or air to visit family or go on vacation, based on forecasts issued in ...
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Nearly every state addressing medical marijuana legislation
(BPT) - As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use. Numerous polls have indicated that a growing majority of Americans believe that medical marijuana sh...
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'Tis the season to see if your tread's been bad or good
(BPT) - The holidays are here again, and so is running - er, driving - around for things. Rushing to parties, picking up family at the airport, preparing dinners, and, of course, shopping. Whether it's fighting for parking spaces at the mall or traveling over the river and through the woods, don't overlook the four round...
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Get crafty with edible holiday appetizers
(BPT) - Don't worry, Mom. In this case, it's OK to play with your food. The latest online social media craze features awe-inspiring galleries of edible art, showcasing everyday ingredients transformed into munchable holiday masterpieces. This season, whether you're looking to revamp the relish tray or simply keep the kid...
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Critical tips for protecting your vehicle's exterior from winter wear
Making sure your car or truck is ready for winter is an important aspect of being a responsible driver. But preparing your vehicle isn't just about checking your fluids and filling your tires - Old Man Winter can take a toll on a vehicle's exterior, which means it needs the proper protection too. Freezing rain, snow, sle...
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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)Gunmen say Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."


2014-04-23 06:10:15 -0600

FILE - This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The case of John Wayne Gacy has helped authorities solve another slaying, one that he didn’t commit. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce Wednesday, April 23, 2014, they have identified the remains found in a forest preserve in 2008 as those of 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago. Beaudion was identified after his relatives came forward to submit DNA samples as part of the effort to identify several of Gacy’s 1970s victims. Authorities believe Missouri resident Jerry Jackson killed Beaudion in 1978. But without a body at the time, they never charged him. Jackson died last year at age 62. (AP Photo/File)Four decades later, the killer's case is helping authorities solve another murder — one he didn't commit.


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A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTThe city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.


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