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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.

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

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Crosswords

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

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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 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
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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Wednesday 07/17/2019
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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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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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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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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Thursday 07/11/2019
3 Reasons Preschoolers Should Play with Building Blocks
Posted: July 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Playtime is important to a child’s development. Offering many social and emotional benefits, it helps lay the foundation for children’s future success and prepares them for school. One classic toy -- building blocks -- should be incorporated into every child’s playtime. Here are three reasons why:

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Wednesday 07/10/2019
5 Ways to Prepare for a New Furry Companion
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:51 am

(Family Features) Bringing home a new furry friend can spark joy while adding new routines for the whole family. When adding a pet to a household, it’s important to take into consideration the type of companion, a pet’s life stage, size and how to select a veterinarian.

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How to Create a Pet-Friendly Workplace
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:51 am

(Family Features) In the last five years, pet-friendly offices have increased in popularity and companies are developing accommodating policies that benefit both pets and the offices they join.

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4 Ways to Connect with Your Cat
Updated: July 15, 2019 - 2:51 am

(Family Features) In addition to playing with a laser pointer and offering endless cuddle sessions, there are many more ways to connect with your favorite feline. Cats are curious by nature, and in order for them to stay happy and healthy, they need lots of love and care from their parents.

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Tuesday 07/09/2019
Get the facts about radiation therapy and cancer
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.

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Monday 07/08/2019
How to add truck rental services to your business
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - Successful entrepreneurs are always looking for new opportunities to expand their business and increase their revenue, with minimal time commitment, overhead and expenditure. For business owners looking to grow their bottom line, becoming a truck rental agent can provide a profitable opportunity.

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Wednesday 07/03/2019
Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don’t have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of your time and take better care of yourself. Sometimes it’s a question of prioritizing what you want to do — and outsourcing the rest.

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4 things a healthy breakfast should include
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Everyone has heard, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but why?

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Honor History and Its Lessons
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) The reasons for understanding the past are plentiful. Historical knowledge may illuminate the moments that shaped a loved one’s life or simply satisfy a curiosity about events and people that occupied a different place in time. A look into yesteryear can help make sense of the world today or even foreshadow happenings well into the future.

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Furry Friends and a Welcoming Workplace
Updated: July 08, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Pets are more than just members of the family – they also make great co-workers. As more offices work to create pet-friendly environments, a survey conducted by Mars Petcare shows that workspaces allowing furry friends are more likely to attract and retain (human) talent. Consider these four ways to make your workplace more pet-friendly and find more information at BetterCitiesForPets.com.

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Enjoy Summer Movie Favorites at Home
Updated: July 09, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) The 2019 summer movie season is filled with exciting big screen events, from mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to “Toy Story 4.” After the closing credits roll, however, movie fans can explore plenty of complementary film titles at home.

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Tuesday 07/02/2019
Raising a Baby is Expensive: How to Safely Save Money
Posted: July 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Raising a child in the U.S. is an expensive proposition, particularly when using name-brand products. For most growing families, finding ways to make life more affordable is a top priority. Unfortunately, when it comes to feeding babies, many unknowingly make unsafe choices in an attempt to stretch their budgets for things like baby formula.

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Monday 07/01/2019
Need for Donor Registry Prompts Nobel Nomination
Posted: July 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - When Dr. Bart Fisher's son, Ivan, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 1983 at eight-years-old, the only cure was a bone marrow transplant. However, at that time, there was only a small bone marrow registry in England, with 50,000 names and, in the U.S., no registry at all to find a match.

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Safeguard Your Jewelry on Summer Vacation
Posted: July 01, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Julie Embling and her fiancé were traveling from Milwaukee, WI to Bridal Veil, Oregon to mail their wedding invitations. It was a quick 36-hour trip that was supposed to be filled with bliss but turned horrifying when Embling noticed her engagement ring was gone.

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Enjoy These Tales Of Danger, Strange Events And A Memorable Life
Updated: July 03, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—BookBites is a continuing series bringing readers information and ideas for their next read. Here are four new books in which to get lost—something for all different tastes from BookTrib.com.

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Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Minds Active in Summer
Posted: July 01, 2019

(StatePoint) A vacation from school is no excuse for a vacation from thinking. Not only can learning be made fun, but you can avoid a rusty return to school in the fall by keeping kids’ minds active all summer long.

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Friday 06/28/2019
Increasing access to computer science education for students
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - For today’s students, learning how to code is becoming just as important as learning how to read. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says computer science is the fastest growing profession within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. They also project that, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs.

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Thursday 06/27/2019
Creating An Outdoor Oasis
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Summer cookouts. Relaxing nights. Weekend staycations. Whether entertaining friends or simply relaxing with family, homeowners are enjoying vacation vibes in their own backyards. Serene porches and oasis-like patios are all the rage these days, and design pros - aiming to pair comfort and functionality - are crafting these stylish spaces with natural materials such as cypress.

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Be Your Own Towel Guru
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Whether you're creating your wedding registry, preparing for a bathroom makeover, taking advantage of holiday sales or just ready to towel off like a grownup - here's a handy visual guide to selecting quality bath linens from Micro Cotton®, which has been crafting quality comfort for eight decades. 

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The Barcode Story: Its Past, Present, And Future
Posted: June 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Whether you're buying online or shopping in a store, there are many modern shopping conveniences available today that can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology - the first barcode scan.

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Educational Activities to Make Memories Together
Updated: July 03, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Educational activities and plans that allow kids to flex their brain muscles in fun and creative ways can be ideal ways to spend family time that makes lasting memories.

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Wednesday 06/26/2019
Weathering The Storm Starts at The Top
Posted: June 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - While property damage caused by extreme weather often makes headlines, even isolated spring and summer storms can wreak havoc on your home's roof.

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4 Key Decisions to Help Memorialize a Loved One
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) Despite the certainty of death, many Americans delay dealing with the fact and avoid funeral planning.

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4 Stealthy Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) Living a healthy lifestyle takes effort and diligence, but with common stressors of day-to-day life, health can take a backseat to jobs, social engagements and tempting treats. While adopting more healthful habits may not be top-of-mind for your family, there are some simple and sneaky ways to incorporate them into your family’s routines.

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7 Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) With crowds of unfamiliar people and loud, scary noises, the Fourth of July can make even the most laid-back, four-legged family members apprehensive and unpredictable.

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Memorable Family Moments
Updated: July 01, 2019 - 3:14 am

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

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Tuesday 06/25/2019
Contest Promotes Emerging SciFi Writers and Illustrators
Posted: June 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Aspiring artists and authors in the science fiction and fantasy arena have an outlet to finding a wider audience, thanks to the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Award.

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Airport Kiosks Teach Travelers Hands-Only CPR
Posted: June 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur at locations other than hospitals, and more than 20 percent occur in public places, according to the American Heart Association. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple the odds of survival for someone in cardiac arrest.

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Monday 06/24/2019
Decoupling from China
Posted: June 24, 2019

(NewsUSA) -We do not know what will come out of the meeting between President Trump and Xi Jinping at the G-20 on June 28, but the signs are ominous. The state-promoted anti-American propaganda blasting U.S. "bullying" on trade and the resurgence in Chinese nationalism stoked by Xi Jinping augur poorly for successful trade negotiations with China. And any deal made by Trump is likely to be attacked by Democrats as too weak, so Trump at this point has little incentive to make a deal with China before the 2020 presidential election.

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How to avoid hidden dangers in home and office furniture
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what’s in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.

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The Story of the Barcode: Past, Present, and Future
Updated: June 28, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Same-day delivery. Self-checkout. Buy online, pick-up in store. Countless modern shopping conveniences that are currently available can be traced back to the debut of a seemingly simple technology with a powerful impact on global commerce - the barcode.

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Friday 06/21/2019
5 signs you should seek medical treatment for your headache
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - You’ve been there before — you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you’re gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain in your head magnifies with every shout of excitement.

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5 steps to eco-friendly pet care
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Your animal companion is part of the family. You care about what your pet eats, and want what’s healthiest for everyone, including your pet. You also care about promoting a healthy environment and using products that are eco-friendly.

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5 Reasons Kids Should Play Outside More
Posted: June 21, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether it’s dance lessons, computer projects, art class or yoga, kids these days are busy bees. And while such activities are enriching and fun, experts say that many kids aren’t spending enough time doing something much simpler and every bit as important as structured programming: playing outdoors.

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Thursday 06/20/2019
5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: June 26, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
5 ways parents can help kids avoid the 'summer slide'
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - After many months of learning through the school year, kids are understandably ready for summer vacation. But hitting pause on academics can cause significant challenges when returning to school in the fall. Some children lose the equivalent of one month of learning over the summer and “slide” back in math, reading and other skills.

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