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Mobile bookers are impulsive and short-term travelers [Infographic]
Mobile devices have truly become an integral part of the travel experience. With hundreds of travel apps for smartphones and tablets available, millions of people are adapting to the mobile way of life, especially when it comes to booking a last-minute hotel room or even planning holiday travel.
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Top trends in kitchen cabinetry
(BPT) - 'A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life.' That's how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it's probably even truer today. The kitchen's central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more...
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Making your home more personal
(BPT) - With so many TV shows, publications, websites and social networks focusing on home design, gathering expert tips and real-world inspirations to make over your home is easier than ever. Use these sources of inspiration and ideas as a starting point, and inject personality by adding layers to the space with individ...
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How people pay each other: more texts, less checks [Infographic]
When it comes to paying other people, cash is still king, but times are changing. The 2013 'How Americans Pay Each Other' survey from Fiserv, provider of the social payment service Popmoney , revealed that cash and checks are increasingly being replaced by emails and texts to send, request or receive money. With 79 percent of respondents saying they would use a person-to-person (P2P) payment service from their bank, it may only be a matter of time before the 'check is in the mail' becomes 'th...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Are you at risk for hepatitis C?
(BPT) - What do Mickey Mantle, Evel Knievel, Naomi Judd, Pamela Anderson, Jim Nabors and Keith Richards have in common? They have all faced hepatitis C. And they are not the only ones; about 3.2 million Americans have chronic hepatitis C. It claims the lives of more people each year than HIV/AIDS and is the leading cause...
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Your zzz's count this holiday season, so start counting them
(BPT) - Between squeezing extra activities into your schedule, finding time to bake holiday treats for your children's classrooms and organizing a mini family reunion, the holiday season might be causing you a bit of stress. And if that stress is affecting your sleep, you could be caught up in the vicious cycle of exhaus...
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Why older adults must understand their flu vaccine options and get vaccinated
(BPT) - With the 2013-2014 flu season officially here, it's important to consider the single best way to prevent influenza (commonly known as 'the flu') - the flu vaccine. What many older adults don't know is that the immune system weakens with age, meaning older adults are at a higher risk for flu and related complicati...
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Bathroom decor: Big bang ideas for less than $100
(BPT) - When it comes to bathroom decor, tastes and preferences are as common and varied as wrinkles on elbows. A look that delights one homeowner may disgust another, but one trend suits everyone's taste: saving money. You may want your bathroom redo to look like you spent a million bucks on it, but you can get a whole ...
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Think outside the chocolate box when hosting a holiday cookie exchange
(BPT) - The holidays provide a good excuse to bake and eat cookies. Not the traditional chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies that most of us eat during the rest of the year, but those special recipes that have everyone going back for a second taste. Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to expose your friends to a ...
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Bedtime tips to encourage kids to get to sleep
(BPT) - Despite parents' best efforts, bedtime can be the most stressful time of the day. Many kids fight sleep and resist going to bed, and questions of 'but why do I have to go to bed?' are often answered with an unsatisfying, 'Because I said so!' To help eliminate bedtime frustrations, the American Academy of Sleep Me...
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The 'hearing bone's' connected to the what?
(BPT) - Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older - something not worth doing much about. They were wrong. Turns out, hearing loss isn't fussy about age. More than half of us with hearing loss are still in the workforce. And hearing loss is a much b...
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Four steps to outsmarting diabetes
(BPT) - Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and while many of those individuals manage their condition through a combination of treatment options, each year thousands still face one of the most devastating side effects of the disease: amputation. About half of those with diabetes will experience peripheral neuropa...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


2014-04-23 14:18:24 -0600

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


2014-04-23 14:31:59 -0600

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


2014-04-23 10:23:24 -0600