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  • Pets

    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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Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Medical Care

(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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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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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 >>




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Thursday 07/18/2019
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?

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.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
Internship tips from an intern who became an owner and CEO
Posted: July 17, 2019

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

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.

5 creative ways to help pay for rising school costs
Posted: July 17, 2019

(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.

Stainless Steel is Trending Outdoors
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Color Your Kitchen
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

5 Tips for Moving with a Pet
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Big Results on a Little Budget
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Smart, Stylish Designs for Outdoor Kitchens
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

5 Tips for Capturing Purr-fect Pictures of Your Cat
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

5 easy projects to get the whole family outside
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:39 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.

How Medicaid Expansion Can Benefit North Carolinians
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Pique Your Culinary Curiosity with These Trends
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Young Athlete Recovery
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

How chocolate milk can aid in replenishing nutrients for teen athletes

Making Communities More Pet-Friendly
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Simple Tips to Create a Pure Home
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Bring Big Screen Entertainment Home
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Make Your Movie Night Pop
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Break Away from Traditional Barbecue Fare
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Fuel Your Day the Healthy Way
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Summer Wine Savvy
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

3 ways to upgrade your summer sipping routine

Simple Swaps for Serious Flavor
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Building a Balanced Diet with a Better Sandwich
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Simply Sweet Summer Entertaining
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

A Sweet Superfruit for Summer Meals
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 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.

Tuesday 07/16/2019
Avoiding the summer slide: How teens can learn new skills during summer break
Posted: July 16, 2019

(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.

Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:37 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.

Smoking basics for mastering the art of delectable beef
Posted: July 16, 2019

(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.

How to create a charcuterie board for your next party
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:37 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.

Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:37 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.

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:

Monday 07/15/2019
Whole home safety: Fire and carbon monoxide protection [Video]
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

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.

5 ways to stretch fuel economy for the perfect summer road trip
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 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:

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.

Why ethics is good for business
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:37 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.

Disfrute el verano con 6 consejos de seguridad esenciales en las piscinas
Posted: July 15, 2019

(BPT) - No hay nada mejor que pasar los días calurosos del verano dándose un chapuzón en una piscina. Nadar, ya sea en la piscina de su casa, la de un amigo o la de un centro comunitario, es una forma idónea de fomentar la unidad familiar y de aprovechar al máximo el clima caluroso; pero es importante evitar que la diversión ensombrezca la seguridad acuática.

Buy a home without breaking the bank
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Buying a home is one of life’s biggest financial milestones, but people often think it’s out of reach because of the costs involved, including the myth that you have to put 20% down. The fact is, you don’t necessarily need to deplete all of your savings to qualify for a mortgage and you can purchase a home sooner than many people believe.

5 Tips for Managing Your Student Loan Debt
Posted: July 15, 2019

(StatePoint) Student loan debt is a fact of life for many college graduates and their parents, with borrowers owing approximately $1.6 trillion in federal and private student loans in 2019. While some graduates easily repay their loans, others struggle to manage their debt.

Sunday 07/14/2019
How to protect yourself from 4 health concerns during travel
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - It’s the night before that long-awaited vacation you’ve been planning. You’ve tripled-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and have notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can’t predict the unexpected health hiccups that might arise along the way.

Friday 07/12/2019
4 steps to keep your home safe from fires
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major venues across Los Angeles and New York.

How To Identify Flood-Damaged Vehicles
Posted: July 12, 2019

(NAPSI)—Following record-setting rainfall in many areas of the country, flooding has taken its toll on vehicles. It's important for those considering buying a used vehicle to be car care aware and check for signs of water intrusion or contamination, advises the nonprofit Car Care Council.

Avoiding Common Driving Dangers
Posted: July 12, 2019

(NAPSI)—According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 6.5 million reported crashes in 2017 (the most recent available data), many of which were avoidable.

Free Glossary And Compensation Guide
Posted: July 12, 2019

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care for is ever diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer after exposure to asbestos at work decades ago, here’s news for you. If you’re undergoing medical treatment, you can use a free “Asbestos Disease Glossary” available from the Asbestos Lifeline Institute of Great Neck, New York.

Tips to Build Good Credit During and After College
Posted: July 12, 2019

(StatePoint) There’s a lot of learning that takes place during and after college, including many lessons outside of the classroom. When it comes to personal finance, however, young people don’t need to learn their lessons the hard way.

Thursday 07/11/2019
Say goodbye to dull, tired skin with powerhouse ingredients
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - The end of your 20s is an interesting time. Gone are the days of chugging caffeine for lunch and the nights that turned into mornings, running from afterparty to afterparty. You’re becoming more confident and advancing professionally, but you may also be noticing a few things changing about your body. Eventually, the bad habits of the past catch up to you.

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