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Taking the stress out of a job transfer move
(BPT) - A job transfer usually is a good thing. Hopefully the transfer signals a promotion as you take your career a step further up the ladder, bringing about new and fun challenges in the workplace. But the transition itself is often not easy, especially if it involves moving your home and family to a new location. Bus...
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Five simple steps to a more stylish outdoor living space
(BPT) - It’s not too late in the season to create your dream deck – or to give your existing outdoor living space a fresh new look. Design a backyard retreat that’s ideal for entertaining family and friends as the weather grows more temperate with a few tips from the experts. 1. Make the most of your space. Think about t...
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Indoor air quality: What you can't see can hurt you
(BPT) - The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to kee...
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Insure yourself before Mother Nature strikes again
(BPT) - Hurricanes and tornadoes, blizzards and heat waves, floods and wildfires ... Mother Nature has become the lead story in nearly every news cycle. Can meteor showers be far behind? Whether it’s climate change or simply cyclical, one fact can’t be debated: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra...
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Top winterizing tasks for your home
(BPT) - If you shudder at the thought of shivering through another frigid winter, building industry experts say now is the time to consider winterizing your home. Several simple and cost-effective measures can yield both immediate and long-term benefits. While instinct may prod you to increase the heat during winter and ...
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Impact of the Affordable Care Act on your income taxes
(BPT) - The most significant implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as “Obamacare,” are just around the corner. In addition to having wide-ranging effects on health insurance in 2014 and 2015, the legislation also impacts income taxes. “Though the Affordable Care Act has implic...
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Four ways to tech up your bathroom
(BPT) - We live in a constantly connected society - more than half of adults in the U.S. own smartphones (75 percent in a recent survey actually admit to taking them in the bathroom). It comes as no surprise that integrating technology into the bathing space is one of the hottest trends in products and interior design. G...
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The top home decorating trend: Infusing natural elements into the decor
(BPT) - Nature is bringing a breath of freshness into home decorating, but it’s more than just incorporating flowering pots or opening windows. The latest home decorating trend features natural elements in the textures and finishes of furniture and accessories, giving homeowners an elegant – and often calming – result of...
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Six must-have fall travel apps
(BPT) - This fall, you have a choice of great travel apps that can help make your getaways a breeze, from booking a flight or renting a car while on the road to finding a bathroom during a busy day of sightseeing. For readers in the throes of booking their fall adventures, we’ve rounded up six of the most useful go-to ap...
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Smell and your brain [Infographic]
Early detection is a crucial step to understanding the causes of and developing better treatments for Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Loss of sense of smell is a common but little-noticed symptom that may occur years before the onset of PD motor symptoms. The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) aims to learn more about the link between sense of smell and PD. This study could help researchers detect, and potentially even treat PD before motor symptoms occur. PPMI seeks 10,000 voluntee...
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Give your home a quick refresh with these budget-friendly tips
(BPT) - Whether you are buying, selling or simply remodeling, you are looking to invest in updates that will increase the value and appeal of your home. It’s natural to want it all, but before you over-personalize or break the bank, there are many simple, budget-friendly changes that can increase the value of your home w...
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Afterschool nutrition and activities improve educational success
(BPT) - Millions of students are heading back to school with high hopes for a great school year. When it comes to educational success, most parents and caregivers focus on what happens in the classroom, but what takes place after school is equally important to academic success. According to the U.S. Department of Agricul...
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U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed by South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. Obama, continuing his four-nation Asia trip which began in Japan, is expected to underscore warnings against North Korean nuclear provocations, calls to lower tensions in regional territorial disputes, and words of condolence for the ferry disaster victims and the people of South Korea. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)The visit comes amid grief over the ferry tragedy, as well as worries over North Korea.


2014-04-25 03:34:03 -0600

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during his meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and said the pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast would lay down their arms only if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in the capital Kiev.


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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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