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    Top Tips for Moving With a Pet

    (StatePoint) Your furball is part of the family, so if you’re like most, you don’t make major life decisions without thinking of your pet’s needs — including where you live and how you move into a new home.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Tips to Outsmart Bugs in Your Home

    (StatePoint) If you have bugs in your home -- as many households do and the majority worry about -- there may be good reasons for this. Insects are resilient, strategic and way smarter than you may realize.

  • Home Improvement

    Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors

    (Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

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End The Summer with Serenity at Calabash Cove Resort And Spa

(NewsUSA) - August: the dog days of summer are still long and warm, and there's still time to indulge in an adults-only vacation before the pace picks up in the fall with a return to school schedules and the impending holidays.

Pet Central

pets

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

Fitness

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 >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

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 >>




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Friday 07/19/2019
5 latest trends in bathroom design
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Today's homeowners are increasingly expecting their bathrooms to mirror some of the spa-like features that were previously seen only in hotels, resorts and luxury vacation rentals.

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5 ways to celebrate your successful student
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - As students move forward to preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and college, parents across America celebrate the achievements of their children, nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives.

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Thursday 07/18/2019
From Techy Trucks to Vehicles of the Future: How Commercial Transportation Technology is Driving Forward Safer Driverless Vehicles
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Once the stuff of science fiction, driverless cars are already here, with vehicles adding more automated features every year. Cars already use many features self-driving cars need, such as cruise control, multi-view cameras, proximity sensors and brake assist and autonomous vehicle companies are paving the way to make autonomous vehicles (AVs) a reality sooner rather than later.

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Eighty-Eight Percent of Teachers Seek Book Discounts and More
Posted: July 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It's undeniable that teachers are considered to be some of the most significant and respected people in our lives. In fact, about 80 percent of Americans feel strongly so, according to the Global Teacher Status Index.

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How to Take on the New School Year Like the Ultimate Overachiever
Posted: July 18, 2019

(StatePoint) A new school year is a clean slate. How are you going to make your mark?

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How to Find the Best Back-to-School Deals
Posted: July 18, 2019

(StatePoint) With households nationwide spending $27.6 billion on items like clothes, accessories and supplies, back-to-school is now the second biggest shopping season of the year, according to Deloitte research.

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Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Medical Care
Posted: July 18, 2019

(StatePoint) Choosing the right doctor is one of the most important decisions people can make for their health. If you are unsure who to turn to for your general care, experts point out that internal medicine specialists, or internists, specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of illnesses that affect adults throughout their lives, making them the right choice for many adults.

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Wednesday 07/17/2019
Internship tips from an intern who became an owner and CEO
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Internships can be a valuable opportunity to start your full-time working career, and change your life.

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When eating a balanced diet, beef remains a high-protein option
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Imagine you are preparing for a trip to the grocery store. To meal prep for the upcoming week, you develop a balanced grocery list with various items spanning the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and protein. You know protein is essential to a balanced diet and maintaining energy and many products are now boasting protein content, but do you know what foods are healthful high sources of protein? And do you know how much protein you really need?

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ICO Offers Investors a Chance to Cash in on Green Energy Plan
Posted: July 17, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Interest in alternative, environmentally-friendly energy sources continues to grow, and one company, Eco Smart Energies, offers investors a unique opportunity to get in on the ground floor of green energy with a pre-sale Initial Coin Offering (ICO) at renbdo.io to raise funds for the Renewable Energy Network Based on Decentralized Organization (RENBDO) project.

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How one idea - big or small - can help change cancer care
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Anyone who has confronted cancer or helped a friend or family member battle the disease knows that the challenges go far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Managing the cancer journey and life after treatment calls on support from family and the surrounding community. It is this community that may have the greatest potential to improve lives of people touched by cancer, by using their own experiences to inform solutions.

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Party like it’s 1969: Space Coast celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - For those of us who were glued to the television during the launch of the legendary Apollo 11 mission that first landed man on the moon, it may be hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since mankind’s greatest leap.

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Time-saving tips for creating simple morning routines
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Mornings can be a bit chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you actually looked forward to?

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4 affordable bucket list trips for the summertime
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - The country is filled with adventures to check off your bucket list this summer. From road trips to unique vacations, there’s something for everybody! With the help of your smartphone and dependable wireless service, you can stay connected and share the special moments along the way with family and friends. Here are four must-do summer endeavors that won’t break the bank.

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5 creative ways to help pay for rising school costs
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — back-to-school sales are starting up, and parents everywhere are preparing to send kids back to the classroom. In a recent Coinstar back-to-school survey conducted among 1,004 U.S. parents, three in five said that they felt stressed about managing school-related costs, from new clothes to all the school supplies their kids will need.

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Start the School Year Off Right
Posted: July 17, 2019

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year.

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5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

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Young Athlete Recovery
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:39 am

How chocolate milk can aid in replenishing nutrients for teen athletes

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Simple Tips to Create a Pure Home
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When you think about creating a better lifestyle for you and your family, you may first consider factors such as healthy eating and exercise. However, things as simple as a clean kitchen or stocking your pantry with gentle products can create a pure home and help to benefit you and your family’s health and happiness.

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Make Your Movie Night Pop
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Invite your friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it’s a kids’ birthday party, an adult gathering or nearly anything in-between, hosting a movie night in the comfort of your own home – or on a projector in the yard – can be the perfect escape. Of course, tasty snacks only add to the fun.

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Break Away from Traditional Barbecue Fare
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Burgers and brats have earned a spot in the backyard barbecue hall of fame, no doubt, but if you’re looking for a different type of barbecue, add some finesse to your menu with flatbreads.

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Fuel Your Day the Healthy Way
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Between balancing work with family and friends, squeezing in a healthy meal can be hard, and finding time for a workout can be even harder. A busy lifestyle demands quick, portable and convenient foods that let you refuel your body with better health in mind.

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Summer Wine Savvy
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

3 ways to upgrade your summer sipping routine

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Simple Swaps for Serious Flavor
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) From burgers to barbecued chicken, many of the best grilled foods are served with creamy condiments – often packing on calories and fat. Next time you’re ready to grill, experiment with new ways to create simple but robust flavors using fewer ingredients through simple swaps.

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Building a Balanced Diet with a Better Sandwich
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Fad diets come and go, and as many Americans find, so do the pounds they lose. Most experts agree that eliminating, or drastically reducing, any of the major foods groups from your diet can be detrimental to your health and prevent you from achieving long-term healthy eating goals.

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Simply Sweet Summer Entertaining
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Light, refreshing flavors are the perfect solution for a summer meal. As temperatures heat up, take your summer entertaining to the next level with a secret ingredient that is as pretty as it is tasty.

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A Sweet Superfruit for Summer Meals
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) From backyard barbecues and family picnics to a bright addition to seasonal recipes, sweet cherries not only provide a boost of flavor but also pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, helping keep you and your family healthy during busy summer months.

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Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Stainless steel has been a staple in luxurious, contemporary kitchens all over the world for years. While it’s most often used indoors, this durable, low-maintenance, design-forward material is making its way outdoors.

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Color Your Kitchen
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) While the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, it is also one of the most important rooms when it comes to renovations. An upgraded, vibrant kitchen that incorporates elements of personal style can make the room more attrac­tive while increasing the home’s overall value.

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5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Whether it’s across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful and chaotic time for your family. This can be especially true for your four-legged family members, who don’t understand what’s happening. Detailed planning and foresight can help alleviate some of the hassle and make relocating a more positive experience for everyone.

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Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) With the abundance of home improvement shows on TV, DIY has evolved from an intimidating trade for the pros to an easy-to-manage project for even the least handy of humans. Transforming a home from disaster to delightful through simple DIY projects and repairs is much easier than you may think and can save you a bundle in the process. If the thought of doing your own handy work has you wiping your brow, think again with these easy improvements.

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Smart, Stylish Designs for Outdoor Kitchens
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

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5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Cats are naturally curious, and while that can make them entertaining and engaging pets, it doesn’t always lead to the best photos. While getting a perfect pet pic is hard enough, a frisky, playful or defiant cat can make a photo op nearly impossible.

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Making Communities More Pet-Friendly
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) The human-animal bond can be a powerful connection with pets providing positive impacts on the lives of their owners. Mars Petcare works to create a more pet-friendly world so that more people and pets can live happily together. A survey on behalf of its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program highlighted what people love about their pets and the benefits of making four-legged friends more welcome. For tools and resources to help make your community more pet-friendly, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.

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Bring Big Screen Entertainment Home
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) The smash hit “Toy Story 4” helped raise the 2019 summer box office even higher than last year’s record-breaking summer. That trend looks to continue in July with highly anticipated releases such as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Lion King” on deck. However, the local theater isn’t the only place for movie fans to get in on the big screen excitement.

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How Medicaid Expansion Can Benefit North Carolinians
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) North Carolina will gain 37,000 more jobs and insure 365,000 more people by expanding Medicaid. In addition to the new jobs and newly insured North Carolinians, according to a report from researchers at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the state would increase its business activity by $11.7 billion in communities statewide in just three years, between 2020-2022, by expanding Medicaid.

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Pique Your Culinary Curiosity with These Trends
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Forget the rules and restrictions. Today’s food trends are about enjoyment and simplicity, from decadent flavors your taste buds can’t wait to explore to convenient packaging that makes it incredibly easy to eat no matter where or when you make time to dine.

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5 easy projects to get the whole family outside
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.

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Tuesday 07/16/2019
Avoiding the summer slide: How teens can learn new skills during summer break
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Summer vacation is all about freedom and flexibility for most teens, and sometimes all they want to do is kick back and relax. While a break from structured school days and homework can be refreshing, too many weeks without flexing mental muscles can mean losing knowledge teens gained over the school year.

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Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her worst fear was confirmed after a visit to her doctor when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

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Smoking basics for mastering the art of delectable beef
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - Summer weekends are all about the barbecue. Grilling has become an American staple, and many home grill masters yearn to take it to the next level, impressing their friends and families with tasty, mouthwatering smoked beef. Smoking is a timeless technique that elevates the beef people crave by delivering rich flavor and tenderness.

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How to create a charcuterie board for your next party
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Planning a party doesn’t have to be difficult. Instead of agonizing over appetizers, opt for serving delicious wine with a charcuterie board — a variety of cured meats, cheeses and condiments that can range from simple to sophisticated. Even a fairly basic spread can look elegant, while providing your guests with inviting, impressive flavor combinations.

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Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims have a higher risk of SCA, but there are life-saving treatment options available.

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How to Keep Your Home Secure and Your Data Private
Posted: July 16, 2019

(StatePoint) The recent explosion of video recording devices keeps people and property more secure. From highways and byways to doorsteps and nurseries, here are a few of the many ways this technology is working for you:

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Monday 07/15/2019
Whole home safety: Fire and carbon monoxide protection [Video]
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

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Get ripped without breaking a sweat
Posted: July 15, 2019

(BPT) - No matter how many sit-ups you do, you can’t seem to get those six-pack abs, and all of those squats and lunges don’t add up to buns of steel either.

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5 ways to stretch fuel economy for the perfect summer road trip
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - There is nothing better than a summer road trip to the beach or to visit loved ones as we approach the dog days of summer! But with millions of Americans taking to the roads, getting from point A to point B can be quite stressful if you are stopping constantly for delays or to refill your gas tank. If you are looking for a quicker arrival and fewer trips to the gas station, consider these five tips to maximize your fuel economy:

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Splash Through Summer in The Natural State
Posted: July 15, 2019

(BPT) - Whether you enjoy cruising around on a jet ski or soaking up the sun on the shore, you won’t need to travel all the way to the coast to experience the endless benefits of spending time on the water this summer.

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Why ethics is good for business
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputational setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller businesses can take a proactive approach to developing ethical business leaders and business cultures. In doing so, experts say businesses can achieve benefits for their bottom line, their employees and the common good.

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