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Tips for branding your small business
McDonald's golden arches, Target's bull's eye and Starbucks' mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer's experience. 'All of these things work togethe...
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Expert tips for adding top home design trends to your holiday decor
(BPT) - From decking the halls to trimming the tree, everyone loves the tradition of decorating their home for the holiday season. It's a time to pull out heirloom pieces and blend them with modern elements to make your home truly one of a kind. This year, refresh your holiday motif with a few top decor trends for a look...
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Did you know chronic pain affects 100 million Americans? [Infographic]
Today 100 million Americans live with chronic pain - more than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined. Despite the prevalence of chronic pain, the real impact of the condition is not often understood by the rest of us. A new survey titled Individual Burdens of Chronic Pain uncovered the real challenges that people with chronic pain face every day, as well as the people closest to them: their loved ones. These stories will be told in a new documentary, 'Pain Matters,' airing on the Discov...
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One size does not fit all when it comes to health care
(BPT) - With impending health care changes, employers and employees are looking for ways to offset some of the rising costs of health care with the goal of getting healthy at the same time. MyHealthCheck , available from Life Time-The Healthy Way of Life Company , offers a revolutionary way to manage health care costs fo...
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Celebrate the season with loved ones near and far
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones, but family and friends aren't always nearby. Although you may not be able to spend the holidays together in-person, there are still plenty of ways to show out-of-town loved ones you care. With a thoughtful approach, you can find easy ways to spread som...
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Experts warn of cyber threats during peak online shopping season
(BPT) - Consumers often associate holiday shopping with long lines, crowded stores and overpriced goods. In recent years, many have turned to e-commerce as an easier alternative - holiday shopping without the headache. This year e-commerce sales are projected to reach $262 billion, a 13-percent increase over 2012. This g...
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Festive tabletop ideas for holiday entertaining
(BPT) - Do you have the blues this holiday season? How about the pinks? Non-traditional holiday colors are a popular trend in home decor this yuletide, especially when it comes to decking the table for special gatherings with family and friends. 'Traditional patterns and colors are wonderful and such a big part of the ho...
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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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President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)U.S.-Japan mutual security treaty applies to islands at center of China-Japan territorial dispute, the president confirms.


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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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In this map provided on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLYUnidentified material is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.


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