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    Ease Gift-Giving Anxiety with This Simple Tip: Ask a Bookseller

    (NewsUSA) - Between the planning, gift-buying and parties, the holidays can be a stressful time.

  • Family Living

    No Arms, No Legs, No Worries

    (NewsUSA) - One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit from zero gravity and scuba therapy.

  • Family Living

    The Ins and Outs of Birth Control

    (Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

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Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

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Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Wednesday 11/14/2018
6 holiday travel hacks to save your sanity
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Follow these tips to save time, money and your sanity this holiday season.

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Friday 10/26/2018
How to Eat Like a Local in El Salvador
Updated: November 05, 2018 - 4:13 am

(BPT) - Foodies with adventurous palates might be tempted to vacation in El Salvador just to enjoy its array of delectable local dishes.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
12 things every traveler should add to their France itinerary
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:37 am

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Thursday 10/04/2018
Touring through the best Italian wines
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - Dreaming of an Italian vacation? You can experience the country's ancient, romantic regions without even leaving home. The wines of Italy embody the heart and soul of the regions in which they're grown.

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Friday 04/20/2018
Shopping for a Wedding Gift? What to Know Now
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) If your fridge is filled with save-the-dates and wedding invitations, you’re inevitably facing the daunting question: what to give?

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Tuesday 04/10/2018
Popping the Question? How to Select an Engagement Ring
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) “Will you marry me?” Be sure to pair these four little words with the perfect engagement ring. While there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to selecting the right diamond, the most important thing you can do is find a piece both you and your significant other will love.

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Friday 03/30/2018
Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must-haves, like connected lightbulbs, voice assistants and smart showers.

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Friday 11/30/2018
Bringing Families Together Around The World
Updated: December 04, 2018 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—With all the sad stories of conflict and desperation from around the world, it can be heartening to hear of loved ones reunited.

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Monday 11/19/2018
Innovative School Is A Training Ground For Artists
Updated: November 21, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—Art classes have slowly but steadily all but disappeared from public schools over the years. Lack of funding has been the culprit, but educators tend to agree that the arts play a crucial role in the academic and creative development of our children.

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Monday 11/12/2018
3 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2018

(StatePoint) Want to give back this holiday season? There are many ways to get into the charitable spirit. And if you need some inspiration for how to go about benefitting those in your local and global community, consider the following ideas.

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
YA Author Meyer Mentors Young Writer
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—Marissa Meyer, author of young adult fantasy series “The Lunar Chronicles,” recently mentored Riley Pearce, an aspiring author, and shared advice about writing as part of an intriguing job shadow program.

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Friday 10/26/2018
Be A Hero—Mentor A Child
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—Helping to turn a young life around may be simpler than many people realize.

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Thursday 10/25/2018
Girls: Our Time Is Now
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

by Shelby O’Neil

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Monday 10/15/2018
Together, We Can (And Must) End Family Fire
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

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Thursday 10/11/2018
Microsoft Destaca La Innovacion Y La Transformacion Cultural
Updated: November 15, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Microsoft se unirá a Hispanicize LA por segundo año consecutivo. El evento, diseñado para creadores de tendencias y creadores de noticias latinos, tendrá lugar en Los ?ngeles del 11 al 13 de octubre, y dos ejecutivos de Microsoft abordarán algunas de las últimas innovaciones e ilustrarán la transformación cultural en Microsoft.

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Monday 10/01/2018
Never Forget: What the Past Can Teach Us About Today’s Problems
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(StatePoint) While history may feel like the distant past (and something you may think you don’t need to know much about outside the classroom), many experts believe it can offer valuable lessons for today.

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Friday 09/28/2018
A Lasting Tribute To American Soldiers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—More than 30 million Americans have served in the United States Army. If you or someone you care about is among them, you can now order a personalized, commemorative brick that will be permanently placed along the pathway to the future National Museum of the United States Army.

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Thursday 12/13/2018
Ease Gift-Giving Anxiety with This Simple Tip: Ask a Bookseller
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Between the planning, gift-buying and parties, the holidays can be a stressful time.

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No Arms, No Legs, No Worries
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit from zero gravity and scuba therapy.

more »
Wednesday 12/12/2018
The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

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5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

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The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

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Thoughtful, Stress-Free Gift Giving
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When in need of inspiration during gift-giving season, focusing on thoughtful presents that align with the personalities and interests of your intended recipients can be a surefire way to delight even the hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

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A Photo-Worthy Home Decorated for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Tips for creating a festive space while leasing your home

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Perfect Picks for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Practical presents for everyone on your list

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Saturday 12/08/2018
Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Seasons change, and so do rental contracts and housing arrangements. If you’re leasing, you can still make your rental feel like home for the holidays with seasonal decor.

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Practical Tips to Prep for Holiday Travel
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Planning travel around the holidays is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.  

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Thursday 12/13/2018
Patient thanks her caregiver after successful transplant
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those that have touched our lives. For former dialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient Ingrid Codrington, her biggest “thank you” is to a woman who changed her life when she needed it the most.

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3 steps for your end-of-year financial checkup
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Amidst a frenzy of holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of your financial goals. But the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect on your financial plan and review your savings and investing approach. Before you say goodbye to 2018, take these steps to maximize your savings and help position your portfolio favorably for the coming year:

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5 health evaluations you shouldn't put off
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - In the new year, lots of people will make resolutions to get healthier. When it comes down to it, no one is in charge of your health but you. Sure, you can use technology to track some health issues, but that will only get you so far. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to ensure you get the checkups that are key to your health care. Here are the top five health evaluations you shouldn’t put off.

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Cold brew coffee: How to enjoy this top 2019 food trend at home
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Cold brew coffee is popping up everywhere, poised to be a top food trend in the new year. You may have seen it on the menu of your favorite coffeehouse or in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store, but what exactly is cold brew coffee, and why are people raving about it?

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Wednesday 12/12/2018
Inspired gifts for a magical holiday (shhh, you can find them all online!)
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The holidays are sneaking up on us and, for many people with hectic lives, there are school programs and work holiday parties to attend, trees to decorate, cookies to bake and halls to deck. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all of that and shop for the perfect gift for everyone on your list, even if you could manage to snag a parking spot at the mall.

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Tuesday 12/11/2018
Tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - If you've been in the process of buying or selling a home this past year, or even considering it, you know it's been a seller's market for the most part. Inventory of homes available for sale has been low, creating more demand than the market can supply. Couple that with low interest rates, which make it a great time for prospective buyers to get more bang for their mortgage dollar, and you've got a marketplace in which buyers have been competing for nearly every listing. The forecast for 2019 is rolling in, and RE/MAX and others are predicting the seller's market trend will continue throughout the coming year, with millennials fueling the home-buyer pipeline.

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Friday 12/07/2018
Most adults with chronic health conditions unaware of dangers of influenza
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - During the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season, nearly 80,000 people died and more than 950,000 people were hospitalized due to flu and flu-related illnesses, and less than four in 10 U.S. adults (37.1 percent) were vaccinated against flu, fewer than in previous years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While those who are vaccinated may still get the flu, the vaccine helps prevent serious complications that may result in hospitalization, loss of independence or even death. 

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Fun Facts About Seniors and Travel
Posted: December 07, 2018

(StatePoint) Lingering anxieties may influence some older Americans about if and where they will journey out of town; however, a new survey found that a majority of seniors say that aging has positively affected their desire and ability to travel.

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Thursday 12/06/2018
5 questions to answer when considering a new deck
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across the country.

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Fighting an illness? 4 ways to boost your immune system
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Your body’s ability to fight infection and disease depends on your immune system.”

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Thursday 12/13/2018
How a healthy lifestyle and open communication may help with psoriatic arthritis
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Content provided by Pfizer Inc.

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How to Keep Your Health in Check This Holiday Season
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies . Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it's easy for physical health to fall to the wayside.

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No Arms, No Legs, No Worries
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit from zero gravity and scuba therapy.

more »
Wednesday 12/12/2018
The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

more »
5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

more »
The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

more »
Thoughtful, Stress-Free Gift Giving
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) When in need of inspiration during gift-giving season, focusing on thoughtful presents that align with the personalities and interests of your intended recipients can be a surefire way to delight even the hard-to-buy-for friends and family on your list.

more »
A Photo-Worthy Home Decorated for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Tips for creating a festive space while leasing your home

more »
Perfect Picks for the Holidays
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

Practical presents for everyone on your list

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Tuesday 12/11/2018
Breaking the Silence of Hepatitis C: The Importance of Treating a Disease that May Not Show Symptoms
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Travel, music festivals, ziplining, touring breweries with friends — Tim Steele always enjoyed a life full of adventure. His health was generally good, but before partially retiring from his career as a computer salesman he decided to schedule some checkups for peace of mind. That's when he was surprised to learn he had hepatitis C.

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while also teaching them life lessons about empathy, compassion and responsibility.

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How to Keep Dogs Safe During Cold Weather Walks
Posted: December 04, 2018

(StatePoint) Make winter a wonderland for dogs by ensuring they’re safe when temperatures drop.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Pumpkin: The ultimate fall superfood
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - The perfect fall foods are hearty, nutrient-dense and packed with flavor. And while there is no shortage of savory sustenance this time of year, no other food captures the essence of the season quite like pumpkin. Brimming with nutrients and boasting a rich taste, it’s a nourishing food the whole family enjoys — from picky toddlers to even your dog! Here are five flavorful ways to incorporate pumpkin into your entire family’s meals this season.

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Monday 10/15/2018
Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, adopting is a great way to go. Whether you find a purebreed or a mutt, an older dog or a puppy, you will be saving a life while adding immeasurably to your own.

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Saturday 10/13/2018
Celebrating Halloween Safely With Dogs
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) Over half of pet parents plan to dress up their dogs for Halloween, according to a Wag! survey. 

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
5 things to know to help your pet live a healthier life
Updated: October 30, 2018 - 3:22 am

(BPT) - Pets are part of the family, so it’s important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why it’s always good to stay informed and be proactive to help avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic conditions in pets. Here’s 5 things to know about caring for your pet:

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New technology helps keep pets safe while traveling
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - For many people, the health and happiness of their pets is a prime concern during travel. In fact, according to a recent survey, 48 percent of pet owners said that they actually care about their pets’ comfort more than their own when traveling. And while traveling with pets can be stressful — for the owner and the pet — the latest technology can help travelers rest easy knowing that their furry friends are safe and secure, no matter where they go.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Special Needs Pets: Can I Adopt a Heartworm-Positive Dog?
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:52 am

(StatePoint) Every year, an estimated 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters, with roughly half that number subsequently adopted by pet owners. These include shelter dogs with special medical needs that can make them harder to place. Dogs with heartworm infection are a common example.

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Friday 09/14/2018
Not Just for the Dogs: Pet Parents Love Their Dog Walkers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:53 am

(StatePoint) Americans don’t just love their dogs – they also love their dog walkers, with a whopping 85 percent of pet parents affording their dog walkers equal importance to their nanny or childcare provider, according to a recent survey by Wag!, the inventor of on-demand mobile dog walking.

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Thursday 08/16/2018
America's top dogs: 10 best shelter dog makeovers
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Imagine going to a job interview filthy and stinky. Or on a first date covered in mud. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for millions of shelter dogs looking to make a good first impression. While rescue organizations work tirelessly, the sad truth is that less than half of these dogs are getting the grooming they need so their lovable, adoptable selves can shine through. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal: Transform more than 20,000 dogs this year to get them ready for adoption. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery (DirtyDogsGallery.com), but the following represent the 10 most amazing transformations.

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