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Protect your credit while shopping this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is a great time for merriment - finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season. However, the holidays can cause a strain on your credit if you don't take certain precautions. Don't let this year's celebration leave you with the credit...
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Tips for safer home medication storage and consumption
(BPT) - Allergy season is behind us and before flu season strikes, now is the time for consumers to clean out their medicine cabinet and brush up on medication consumption and storage tips. A recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that almost 50 percent of Americans take at le...
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Fun and creative kids' activities just in time for fall
(BPT) - Each year autumn marks a time for change - leaves turn colors, the air becomes crisp and parents everywhere prepare for their children to return to school. The new season brings with it a shift in rhythms and patterns, including a new weekly routine for families as children go back to school. For young children starting school, it's important to maintain a learning environment even after the last school bell rings and they return home. Spend this time building family traditions and ma...
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Water: It's what's on tap [Infographic]
The leaves are falling and the air is crisp, it's time enjoy Oktoberfest! What better way to do that than to have a pint of ... water? Yep, water. Water is 90 percent of your favorite beer, and can determine the type of beer brewed. Historically, different types of beer have been brewed in different regions because of the mineral and calcium content of the source water. Now, advances in reverse osmosis technology makes it possible to enjoy your favorite stout, lager or pale ale made from anyw...
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The value of DIY home improvement projects
(BPT) - Each day across the United States homeowners are taking on do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Whether you're a first-time or long-time homeowner, DIY enhancements can have positive results - emotionally, esthetically and financially. By tackling DIY projects, you'll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment...
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Regional differences in banking fees and consumer experiences [Infographic]
Checking accounts are fundamental building blocks of healthy finances, but many bank consumers are frustrated with the rising cost of banking. The TD Bank Checking Experience Index, a study conducted by TD Bank and Angus Reid Public Opinion found that while many consumers are seeing rising costs, the majority are not moving to a new account or bank. For the best experience, consumers should investigate options, like accounts that waive non-bank ATM fees or don't require a minimum balance. Wit...
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Not home for the holidays: the beauty of holiday traveling
(BPT) - Vocalists from Perry Como and the Carpenters to Michael Buble have warbled about how wonderful it is to be home for the holidays. But who says you have to buy into that belief? Not being home for the holidays offers many advantages, including the opportunity to travel, visit far-off loved ones or just immerse you...
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Halloween fun [Infographic]
This Halloween, Chester Cheetah, the official Cheetos brand spokes-cheetah, is putting his paw down to show that cheesy Halloween fun never grows old.
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Planting a fall garden [Infographic]
Spring crops vacate space that can allow for later summer sowing and fall harvesting. Maximize your garden's production by planning accordingly so you can eat fresh produce in the fall. Learn how to plant a fall garden and use raised garden beds with this infographic courtesy of AvantGardenDecor.com.
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Tips for healthier air travel
(BPT) - Ask people who fly frequently, and they will tell you that it takes a mental and physical toll on them. Psychologically, air travel can make you feel like a nameless face in a herd of sameness. The combination of spending hours in airport lines, dragging around luggage to avoid bag fees and being wedged into tiny...
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Tips to ensure your shower upgrade doesn't turn into a leaky mess
(BPT) - Bathrooms are certainly among the busiest rooms in any home. But a bathroom can be so much more than just the place where you get ready during your hurried morning routine. One of the hottest trends in home decorating and remodeling is creating a bathroom that serves as a spa-like retreat. Soothing colors and nat...
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Home renovation for baby boomers: Preparing for the next stage in life
(BPT) - Lived in your home for years? Love your neighborhood? The thought of moving away from your home's comfort, warmth and memories can be unsettling. Instead of moving out, consider updating and remodeling your home to accommodate your future needs. Eight-nine percent of Americans 55 and older have embraced this agin...
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national news

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The 16th annual convention will run through April 12. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New program focused on thousands of clemency petitions from nonviolent federal inmates.


2014-04-23 10:23:35 -0600

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation.


2014-04-23 12:39:10 -0600

Conrado Marrero, oldest living ex-MLB player, dies at 102 (Photo taken on April 25, 2012.) (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)HAVANA (AP) — Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday.


2014-04-23 13:06:28 -0600