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Tips for college-bound students
(BPT) - Transitioning from high school to college is a big deal. Beyond the overwhelming college application process, many students wrestle with questions about their major, career goals, moving away from home and financing college expenses. Many college officials worry that high school students are not prepared for coll...
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Elegant outdoor entertaining on a dime
(BPT) - Wish your soiree could have a bit more swagger? You don’t need a celebrity budget and abode to throw a stunning celebration. With just a bit of creative vision and DIY savvy, you’ll have an affair to remember in no time at all. Sensational seating The first step to ensure an enjoyable event is to provide enough s...
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New itineraries, ships and offerings draw more cruise travelers to European rivers
(BPT) - Europe continues to attract the attention of American travelers, and travel on river cruises is one of the best ways to see many of the continent’s sights and explore much of its history. In response to strong demand, cruise lines are offering many new and expanded services to accommodate this growing travel inte...
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Does your back-to-school to-do list include vaccination?
(BPT) - Back-to-school time for parents of preteens and teens often involves purchasing school supplies, coordinating extracurricular activities, and organizing fall schedules. However, this time is also a good opportunity to talk with your health care professional about vaccines that may be recommended for your preteen ...
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How to find support for an advanced breast cancer diagnoses
More than half of American women living with advanced breast cancer feel support from friends and family is not as strong now as when they were first diagnosed, according to the global Count Us, Know Us, Join Us survey. American women with stage IV metastatic breast cancer and stage III locally advanced breast cancer – c...
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Stepping out to stop diabetes
(BPT) - This year, co-workers, families and friends across the country are making every step count in the fight against diabetes. Your steps can count too. Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes(R), the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising walk, has been taking place for more than 20 years. Participants walk as...
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Four reasons to dehumidify your home [Infographic]
From improved health to savings on energy bills, there are many benefits to controlling the humidity levels in your home. Aprilaire reveals the top four reasons to dehumidify your home.  
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National Health Center Week: Recognizing community health centers that help millions of Americans every year
(BPT) - It’s National Health Center Week - a time to reflect on the commitment of health centers across the country to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective services, including those that help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The services they offer are critically important for more than half of all Americans who suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Every year chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and di...
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Simple steps to packing a better school lunch
(BPT) - As kids get ready to head back to school, it’s time for parents to break out the lunch boxes and start planning for school lunches. The good news is that packing a healthy, nutritious school lunch - that’s also kid-approved - may be easier than most parents think. “Packing the perfect school lunch is about ensuri...
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What Gen Z knows - and should learn - about saving for college
(BPT) - Is it ever too early to start saving for college? Is it ever too late? Finance experts say the answer to both questions is a resounding “no,” and an annual Gen Z & Money survey released by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) indicates that members of Generation Z are hearing the message loud and clear....
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Competing against the odds: Special Olympics athlete with rare disorder succeeds on and off the track
(BPT) - At a recent Special Olympics Summer Games, one athlete took center stage to receive a gold medal – something that symbolized much more than winning a sporting event. For Ryan Groves, a 26-year-old from Michigan, the award meant he was confronting a lifelong challenge that started when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, right before his first birthday. Tuberous sclerosis complex is a genetic disorder that can affect many areas of the body, ...
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Last minute tips to find those back-to-school deals
The school bell will be ringing soon but summer activities have kept your family far too busy to find time to shop for school supplies. Don’t panic if you notice the store shelves looking a little bare: There are still some really great deals to find and you can easily get all of your back-to-school needs filled. If you have a list of all the school supplies your children need, you can get started immediately with your shopping. But if you haven’t thought about creating a list, take the time ...
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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."


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