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Black Friday and Cyber Monday [Infographic]
With fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, shoppers will be more strategic than ever in their holiday shopping. Consumers will look to retailer sales and promotions and key shopping days, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to find the best deals. New data from Discover card's holiday shopping survey highlights the differences between Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers and reveals the method to their madness, key shopping strategies and what they plan to buy this s...
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Gifts to decor: 'Hot' chocolate ideas for the holidays
(BPT) - Peppermint may grab the glamour as a flavor of choice during the holiday seasons, but when it comes to sheer staying power in the hearts of the American public, it's hard to beat chocolate. While many of us consider chocolate welcome and appropriate at any time of year, this most delightful sweet can take center ...
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How to have a high-tech holiday without the high price
(BPT) - Have a holly, jolly, high-tech holiday - and in case you didn't hear - it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Some of the season's hottest tech gifts are more affordable than ever this year. Spending on consumer electronics this holiday season is expected to grow 2.6 percent, according to the Consumer Elec...
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Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is the third leading cause of death and impacts 12 million people in the U.S., with an additional 12 million who may remain undiagnosed. It's a serious, chronic lung disease that includes bronchitis and emphysema. Talk to your doctor to learn more about treatment options.
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Simple steps to improve your backyard safety all year
(BPT) - Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family - from running around with your kids in the fall leaves to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It's a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to e...
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Dish up the love this holiday season with time-honored recipes
(BPT) - The heart of the holiday season centers around the bonds created during celebrations and traditions - Thanksgiving dinner, cookie exchanges, Christmas and Hanukkah parties and more. These special moments are often created in and around the kitchen. Whether it's an afternoon spent making holiday cookies or sitting...
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Quick, simple holiday entertaining tricks
(BPT) - The holidays are that special time of year when we open our homes and welcome guests from far and wide. It is a chance for us to connect with old friends and family we may not have seen since the previous holiday season. If you'll be hosting holiday guests this year, you know there are plenty of preparations to b...
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Taking control of your cancer journey
(BPT) - Each year, an estimated 650,000 people in the United States undergo chemotherapy in their battle against cancer. This experience can be a lonely and isolating time for patients and their caregivers, and despite all the educational resources available today, many people continue to feel overwhelmed and uninformed....
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Protecting concrete surfaces from inclement weather
The arrival of fall and winter weather is a signal to homeowners that unprotected driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, paths and other exterior concrete surfaces around the house are in danger of flaking, spalling, staining or cracking. Concrete is like a rigid sponge that can become saturated from rain and melted s...
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Smart 'green' options that help homeowners save green
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government's Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier f...
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Chronic pain: A daily, hidden reality for many
(BPT) - Mariann Farrell was a busy, young mom in Pittsburgh whose life revolved around her family and her career as a music teacher - until the day of her car crash. It has been 30 years since the accident that left her with such debilitating chronic pain that she was forced to give up her job. Mariann, now 66, has had t...
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Celebrity chef Art Smith 'cooks up' a recipe for type 2 diabetes management
(BPT) - Did you know that celebrity chef Art Smith is one of the nearly 26 million Americans in the United States living with diabetes? When Smith was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, he took the news as a wake-up call. Soon after, he began working with his doctor to develop a treatment plan that was right for him...
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President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)New enrollment figures beat expectations, boost Democrats defending law ahead of midterms.


2014-04-17 14:18:16 -0600

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


2014-04-17 14:57:48 -0600

Rep. Steve IsraelSo now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."


2014-04-17 03:58:09 -0600