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Wednesday 03/09/2016
8 reasons this stunning wedding destination won't be a secret for long
Posted: March 09, 2016

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Thursday 03/03/2016
3 Ways Couples Today are Personalizing their Weddings
Updated: March 03, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The face of marriage is changing and so are the ways couples are choosing to celebrate the occasion.

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Monday 02/08/2016
5 tips to ensure you get romantic wedding photos
Posted: February 08, 2016

(BPT) - Planning your wedding can feel like you’re running a major corporation. From budgeting spreadsheets to seating charts and managing unruly relatives, there are times when the number crunching and Post-it notes can make your big day look like it will be anything but romantic.

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Monday 04/25/2016
Encryption Technology for Your Privacy
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Encryption and controversy seem to go hand in hand lately in the technology community. Case in point: When The FBI sought to compel Apple to assist in unlocking a cell phone in the case of the San Bernardino shooter last December. Ultimately the FBI was denied its request by a California district court.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
What Is $186 Million?
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - To the life insurance industry, $186 million represents the fulfillment of promises made to policy owners who turned to life insurers to protect their families' financial futures.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Study Finds Boomers Are Sinking Their Teeth Into Looking Younger
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 12:23 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For baby boomers, looking and feeling young (especially in a society that values youth and vitality) is paramount. One way to appear younger than you are, according to a recent study, is to take care of your smile.

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Monday 04/11/2016
Congress Should Make It Easier for Taxpayers Who Still File by Mail
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Tax season is upon us, and once again, taxpayers who aren't technologically savvy are scrambling to find the resources they need to file their taxes because the IRS stopped mailing forms and instructions, even to taxpayers who filed by mail the previous tax year. At the same time, tax fraud and identity theft have reached record levels, much of it driven by criminals using e-filing technologies. Congress now has the opportunity to take action. The PAPER Act (H.R. 3673) would require the IRS to mail tax forms and instructions to individuals who filed paper returns in the preceding tax year.

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Think Your Data is Safe? Think Again
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - No matter who you are or what business you are in, you're vulnerable to a cyber attack. That's the unfortunate reality of the times we live in.

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Friday 04/01/2016
The American Red Cross Helping Military Families
Updated: April 02, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—For many American military families, the transition home from deployments can be challenging. Fortunately, there are free, confidential programs that can help.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
How to Make Mother’s Day More Meaningful this Year
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Gifts and flowers are a nice way to show mom you care on Mother’s Day. But this year, consider adding deeper meaning to the holiday (which falls on May 8) with these ideas:

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
Why It's Important to Carve Your Own Identity
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) As a society, we sometimes tend to put people in boxes and narrow an individual's character to a single label -- especially if he or she is different from us. 

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
A Guide to Enrolling in Medicare When You Become Eligible
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - You know you'll be eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, but what does that mean? More than 10,000 people age into Medicare eligibility every day, but many have questions about how to enroll and which plan will best meet their health and budget needs.

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
How to Unwind Before Your Unravel
Updated: March 02, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - It sounds so simple: Relax. Let go. Just breathe.

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Let's Make Coloring Great Again!
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Through this election season (and perhaps beyond), many people are expressing their feelings about the candidates in a very colorful way. They’re voting with their...crayons.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
The Twister Game Celebrates Five Decades as Family Party Game Favorite
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) It’s been five decades of party-goers tangling themselves up in knots, as the TWISTER game celebrates its 50th anniversary as a pop culture phenomenon and game night staple.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Enjoy A New Thriller
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—“Rogue Mission: A Jordan Sandor Thriller” sends the talented CIA agent on his most exciting adventure yet. Reviewers call this highly anticipated fourth entry in Jeffrey S. Stephens’ critically acclaimed series the best yet.

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Monday 04/25/2016
Embracing the Season’s Home Trends
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather ahead, now is the perfect time to assess the nest and look for ways to refresh the home with the latest colors, prints, patterns and fabrics that are on-trend for the season.

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7 Tips to Get a Step Ahead for Prom
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Prom is one of the most unforgettable moments of high school and an event that is looked forward to with excitement. What is there not to enjoy about getting all dolled up and spending a memorable night dancing and having a good time with your friends?

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3 Ways to Begin Settling a Loved One’s Affairs
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Following the loss of a parent, the list of to-dos can feel overwhelming. Not only are you adjusting to life without a loved one, you may be facing a seemingly insurmountable list of tasks. From arranging services to dispersing personal possessions to taking care of yourself, it’s easy to find yourself in over your head.

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Learn More, Breathe Better
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Only a few years ago, about one third of the population had not heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), despite its status as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, nearly a decade later, awareness of COPD is on the rise.

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5 Reasons Why Hen Welfare Should Ruffle Your Feathers
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, the national conversation over animal welfare has grown increasingly louder. Just three years ago, eggs from hens in cramped cages made up 95 percent of the market. Today, major corporations across the country have committed to more humane food practices by moving to cage-free eggs.

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3 Ways to Find Financial Happiness This Year
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether a Millennial keen to put down roots and buy a house in the near future, a Gen Xer intent on nourishing credit health to keep life goals on track or a Boomer who wants to ensure their finances are in order before retirement, good credit health matters. A majority of Americans feel it directly correlates with their overall happiness, too.

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Weed Out Gardening Injuries this Spring
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Gardening has many health benefits, but you need to ensure that you're not putting undue strain on your body.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Nursing shortage creates career opportunities at senior living communities
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With nearly 8 million Americans still unemployed, it may be difficult to imagine a labor shortage is on the horizon. Yet many labor experts predict the health care industry is headed in that direction — and older adults may be one of the groups that will suffer the most if a shortage does occur as forecasted.

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Friday 04/08/2016
Meaningful, moving ways to support veterans this Memorial Day
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - “All gave some. Some gave all.” You likely hear that phrase around Memorial Day every year, but do you know its origin? Or what Memorial Day is supposed to mean to the veterans who gave some, the survivors of those who gave all, and the Americans who enjoy continued freedom because of those sacrifices?

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 12:23 pm

(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the moment.

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Friday 04/01/2016
3 ways your home value can help in retirement
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Your retirement. Your golden years to spend doing the things you enjoy - hobbies, travel, more time with family, and so on. But can you afford to live your post-paycheck life the way you always hoped?

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Monday 03/21/2016
Need readers? Here are key facts to know before you buy reading glasses
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Your 40th birthday was a while ago and since then, print looks like it’s been getting smaller. Moving printed matter farther from your eyes to bring it into focus worked for a while, but now you’re stretching your arm as far as it will reach. Since that arm’s not going to get any longer, it may be time to get some reading glasses.

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
2 ways to protect your vision from blue light
Updated: March 24, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Blue light is everywhere — from the sunshine you enjoy on a beautiful day, to the digital devices you have come to depend upon.

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Monday 03/14/2016
Beyond the city: Misconceptions about hunger in rural America
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For farming communities around the country, spring brings not only sunshine and blooms, it means it's planting season. Farmers are already working hard and planning ahead to ensure a bountiful harvest in the fall. Spring is also a time for renewed hope and the anticipation of the abundance produced. However, for many people in the very areas where mile after mile of productive crops exist, children and families are facing hunger.

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
More seniors finding peace of mind, lifelong care at continuing care communities
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 8:42 am

(BPT) - Are you worried you might one day outlive your retirement savings? Running out of money is a common concern, and the sad reality is it does happen to some people. The Administration on Aging predicts the number of Americans age 65 and older will reach 98 million in less than 50 years, so it’s possible many will struggle to take care of themselves physically, medically and financially.

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Tuesday 03/08/2016
Boomers: 5 proven practices to win the race against aging
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Naps, knitting and nuzzling with the grandchildren — the traditional image of retirement is being challenged by the more than 76 million baby boomers in the United States.

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Saturday 04/30/2016
3 facts you don't know about fruit and fruit juice
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Feeding your family nutritious food and drinks can be tricky, especially when there are so many mixed messages about food out there. Diane Welland, nutritionist and registered dietitian, shares three reasons why 100 percent juice is a great way to help your family get those important fruits and vegetables into their diet.

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When healthy still doesn't feel good
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You have replaced refined grains with whole grains, increased nuts, fruits and vegetables, are drinking more water and even began taking a probiotic supplement to support your digestive health. Yet, despite these healthy habits, you’re still not feeling your best and you don’t understand why.

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Friday 04/29/2016
6 ways to vacation your way to wellness and weight loss
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Why is it that a vacation leaves us exhausted, bloated and broke? This summer, you might consider a more rejuvenating option: a wellness retreat.

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Myths And Facts About LASIK
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—For those with vision correction needs, the daily rituals required in order to see clearly with glasses or contacts can be a real struggle. So it isn’t surprising that so many people consider LASIK as an attractive alternative to treat their vision correction issues. Although it is incredibly popular, LASIK is surprisingly misunderstood. Like many things that make their way into cultural norms, LASIK’s prevalence and success have led to the rise of many myths about the procedure. If you are among the millions considering LASIK, the American Refractive Surgery Council is here to dispel some common myths about the laser vision correction surgery:

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Thursday 04/28/2016
Why your favorite foods may soon be changing
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The Federal Government’s push for reduced sodium in American foods will likely affect your favorite foods within the next few months.  Food manufacturers will be pushed to change their recipes, which will change the taste and texture of many foods made in the U.S.

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The new prescription drugs: Are they really the solution for toe and foot fungus? Or do they just come with a high price?
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - About 35 million Americans suffer from toe, finger, and athlete’s foot fungus, but some treatments aimed at curing the infection have failure rates as high as 93.5 percent. What’s the remedy?

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Tips to fight seasonal acne
Posted: April 28, 2016

(BPT) - For many teens, hitting the books and snapping tons of school spirit-filled selfies is second nature, meaning you can’t wait a minute longer to get your skin healthy and clearer. Unfortunately, the changing seasons and cooler temperatures could also mean less than perfect skin. So if you’re affected by acne like 85% of the population between the ages of 12 and 24 are,1 listen up.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Top 10 foods that might be affecting your digestive health
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When you’re not feeling great and your stomach is just a little off, it can sidetrack your whole day. You may think you’re doing everything you can to maintain good digestive health — like eating a balanced diet, getting enough fiber and eating foods with probiotics — and wonder what you are doing wrong. For some people with digestive sensitivities, including those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), specific types of carbohydrates called FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols) can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine, causing gas, bloating and other digestive symptoms. According to www.LowFODMAPcentral.com from Nestlé Health Science, FODMAPs are found in a wide variety of foods across many food groups. Here are 10 foods and beverages you may not realize could be affecting your digestive health.

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Monday 04/25/2016
Step up your summer beauty regimen with help from expert dermatologists
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - While magazines make summer beauty look simple, in reality it’s anything but. From bloat to breakouts, summer is wrought with beauty challenges.

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Three Ways To Improve Your Spring Workout
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—As the weather improves, spring is the perfect time to ease back into working out. “The sooner you start, the easier it is to achieve your goal,” explains Tom Holland, exercise physiologist and Bowflex Fitness Advisor. “Small changes spread out over more time is the secret to success.” Holland recommends these three ways to improve your spring exercise routine.

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Thursday 04/14/2016
How volunteers are making a difference for animal welfare
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When you come home from work, he’s always there to greet you. When you need extra motivation to workout, he’s happy to join for a walk. When you’ve had a bad day, he can sense it and is quick to give you a loving nuzzle. Pets provide endless joy to their families, but for millions of shelter animals, each day is a test of patience in hopes of finding a forever home.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
Help Lassie (And Fluffy) Come Home
Updated: April 08, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—Each year, 14 percent of dogs and 15 percent of cats escape or are abandoned, and while most will naturally return to their owners, there are over a million lost animals wandering around America. Fortunately, yours don’t have to be among them.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Improve Your Pet's Health And Your Own Wealth
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—You can now invest in your pet’s health and happiness in two special ways.

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
Three Tips To Keep Horse Hooves Infection Free
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often a critical element so you can enjoy normal activities together, such as riding or competing. Properly maintained hooves are much less likely to develop bacterial and fungal infections; thus, horses can maintain normal hoof function.

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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Raising backyard chickens: Egging on the farm-to-table movement at home
Updated: March 23, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As more Americans choose restaurants that take pride in buying from local farms and cooking in season, many families have brought these farm-to-table values home with them. That may feel like the latest trend to emerge from the culinary world, but its roots run deep on family farms; the benefits of growing your own food and living “backyard-to-table” have been practiced there for generations.

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Friday 03/11/2016
7 keys to a 'pawfect' pet photo session
Posted: March 11, 2016

(BPT) - Your pets are part of your family and nothing captures their unconditional love better than the perfect portrait. But securing that photo? It’s out there, and the right photographer can help you get it. Below are 7 things you can do to make sure your pet photos come to life in front of your eyes!

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Thursday 03/10/2016
Heartworm Testing: What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know
Updated: March 10, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Your dog is your best friend, and you take good care of him, making sure he gets quality food and exercise, immunizations and heartworm medication. Why, then, does your veterinarian also insist on a yearly heartworm test?

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
10 tail-wagging tips for traveling with your dog
Updated: March 02, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Dogs can be the best travel companions to have by your side. The long walks, easy adventures and that familiar nose nuzzle make any trip special. Of course, traveling with a dog takes special consideration by pet parents, which is why the experts at DogVacay, a pet-sitting community that connects pet owners with care providers, offer some advice.

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Monday 02/29/2016
3 surprising things your veterinarian wishes you knew
Updated: March 04, 2016 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In an age when information is at our fingertips, we depend on the Internet’s advice for any topic imaginable. But problems arise when we find truth in every written word, especially when it comes to quality dog food and the pet food industry. And with so much information available, telling myth from fact is difficult.

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Thursday 02/18/2016
Pet Owners: Tips to Keep Floors in Tip Top Shape
Updated: February 18, 2016 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) Whether you share your home with dogs, cats, birds, turtles or anything in between, you are probably aware of the challenges of protecting and cleaning your floors.

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Cove officials announce waste pickup update
Posted: April 25, 2016

COPPERAS COVE — The Solid Waste Transfer Station will undergo improvements to the tipping floor beginning today, and work is expected to last about four to six weeks, the city stated in a news release.

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Chartered bus planned for Franklin Graham’s ‘Decision America’
Posted: April 24, 2016

A chartered Arrow coach bus will travel from Killeen to Austin on Tuesday to take local residents to Franklin Graham’s “Decision America,” an hourlong prayer rally on the state Capitol’s south steps.

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