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    Parents: Store Medicine Properly to Avoid Halloween ‘Candy Confusion’

    (StatePoint) This Halloween, families are projected to spend $2.6 billion on candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Unfortunately, Halloween can quickly go from spooky to scary with precautions that start right in your own home when it comes to medicine safety.

  • Family Living

    5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy

    (Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

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    5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them

    (Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

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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 >>

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 >>




Wednesday 06/13/2018
Coupling Finances: What All Newlyweds Should Know
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Coupling finances.

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Friday 04/20/2018
Shopping for a Wedding Gift? What to Know Now
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 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: April 10, 2018 - 4:38 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: March 30, 2018 - 4:37 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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Monday 10/15/2018
Together, We Can (And Must) End Family Fire
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck

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Thursday 10/11/2018
Microsoft Destaca La Innovacion Y La Transformacion Cultural
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 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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Saturday 09/22/2018
Parents: How to Build Empathy and Prevent Bullying
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) Sixty-two percent of 9 to 11-year-olds say they have been bullied at least “once or twice,” according to a recent national survey.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Microsoft shares inspiring stories about Latinos driven by passion, determination, faith, love - and everything in between. Join the celebration sharing your story using #MicrosoftLatinx and #HispanicHeritageMonth. 

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Monday 09/17/2018
What You Can Do About 'Education Deserts'
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NAPSI)—The U.S. Department of Education reports that nearly 57 million children will go to shool in America this year. Some of them live in what are known as “education deserts,” but fortunately, there are solutions.

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Tuesday 09/11/2018
Learning Golf Can Be Good For Your Career
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NAPSI)—Many women, looking to advance in their careers, have found the grass is always greener—on the golf course.

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Friday 08/17/2018
How Service Leadership Prepares Today’s Students to Succeed
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) Students are more successful when they practice leadership outside of the classroom. A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll found that 91 percent of respondents agreed with this statement.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
Is Your Child’s School Promoting Healthy Habits or Junk Food?
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(StatePoint) Fast food coupons used as prizes, candy sale fundraisers, vending machine exteriors -- these are just a few examples of the kinds of junk food marketing that regularly takes place in U.S. schools, and such advertising is taking a toll on children’s health, say experts.

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Friday 10/19/2018
Parents: Store Medicine Properly to Avoid Halloween ‘Candy Confusion’
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(StatePoint) This Halloween, families are projected to spend $2.6 billion on candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Unfortunately, Halloween can quickly go from spooky to scary with precautions that start right in your own home when it comes to medicine safety.

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Thursday 10/18/2018
5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

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5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

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3 Tips for a Healthy Baby
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) When you’re a new parent, once you’ve successfully navigated the first car ride home from the hospital and the euphoria of this new little life begins to fade, you’re left with one resounding question: now what?

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Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

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5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

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Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

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A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

Improve health and performance at the office

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Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous.

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Saturday 10/20/2018
5 secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - A cup of steaming rich coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially if you have some extra time to linger over those roasty aromas and flavors at your favorite coffee shop.

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Friday 10/19/2018
Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 am

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Thursday 10/18/2018
3 things small businesses can do to compete in the talent war
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - Life at a small company, 50 employees or less, has its upsides. But an employee departure is not one of them. When someone from the team moves on to new opportunities, everyone feels it, whether that means shuffling workloads or working extra shifts.

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Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website — FactsOnRetirement.org. Much of the academic research and the ICI’s analysis of the retirement data indicate that most Americans are properly preparing for retirement, and with some very small changes, the retirement system can be even stronger.

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Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 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 — and for good reason.

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Long-term HIV survivors reassure others: 'You are never alone'
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 am

(BPT) - In 1990, after Michelle Lopez left a domestic violence situation, she and her infant daughter were homeless and were both diagnosed with HIV. “If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead,” remarks Michelle. Today, Michelle, a 51-year-old mother and grandmother, reminds people that “You’re not alone, you’re never going to be alone.”

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Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:32 am

(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we recognize the 155,000 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the most advanced form of the disease. MBC is when the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body such as the brain or the bones. It is important that MBC patients receive information relevant to them and that they are empowered to take an active role in their treatment in order to receive the best possible care.

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4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life if you knew just a little bit more?

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
Meaningful ways to connect different generations during the holidays
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:32 am

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Pickled onions add healthy kick to any dish
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:31 am

(BPT) - You may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may even have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness and onion flavor kick every dish up a notch.

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Friday 10/19/2018
What to Know Now About COPD
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(StatePoint) It claims a life every three to four minutes, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

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Thursday 10/18/2018
Navigate4Me: Offering a Trusted Guide Along Your Health Journey
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - How would your life be different if you had one person to guide and support you when you’re at your most vulnerable?

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New Study Uses Smartphone Technology to Connect the Dots for People with MS, Doctors and Researchers
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - Can you remember the last time you had a headache? How about the last time you ate something that bothered your stomach? Chances are these events are hard to recall, because our brains aren’t wired to retain small, subtle details over time.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the Number One Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality - Have You Heard of It?
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - 1 in 10,000 babies worldwide are affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a devastating disease that can cause extreme muscle weakness and paralysis1,2,3

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Generic Prescriptions Save Lives ... and Money, Too [Video]
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

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5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

more »
5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

more »
4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

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3 Tips for a Healthy Baby
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) When you’re a new parent, once you’ve successfully navigated the first car ride home from the hospital and the euphoria of this new little life begins to fade, you’re left with one resounding question: now what?

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Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

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Monday 10/15/2018
Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 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 22, 2018 - 4:32 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 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: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 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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Thursday 08/09/2018
Hemp Has Significant Health Benefits For Pets
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 am

(NAPSI)—NaturVet’s veterinarian-formulated pet supplements have progressed over the last 25 years to keep up with the ever-changing needs of pet parents. NaturVet’s newest Hemp for Health product line includes four top products—Allergy, Calming, Immune and Joint—that are now available enhanced with Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Powder, sharing the same great original base formulas that pet parents have relied on for years.

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Thursday 07/19/2018
Traveling With Pets? What to Know
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 am

(StatePoint) Do your upcoming travel plans include pets? Whether you’re flying to an exciting destination or hitting the road, these suggestions can make the journey easier for animals and humans alike.

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Tuesday 07/10/2018
Six Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Storm Season
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:30 am

(NAPSI)—While no one is immune from the devastation of a natural disaster, preparing before a storm hits is key to keeping everyone in your family—including your pets—safe.

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