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(BPT) - Chances are, you’ve been through it — when severe weather hits, there's nearby construction or just out of the blue, your power suddenly goes out. And you don’t know how long it will last — minutes, hours or days. It’s not just an inconvenience for your family, especially since every…

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(BPT) - Are you ready for the holidays? Searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. Especially when money is tight, it's a challenge to shop for just the right gifts for your loved ones and BFFs. But with a bit of planning, ho…

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(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you don’t have to look far to find items that deliver great features and functionality but use less energy. Products that earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label save money on energy bills and help protect the environment, making them gi…

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(NAPSI)—These days, it’s still essential for families to stay connected. The last months have been challenging. More than ever people need family and friends.Modern technology has gone a long way to help. Skype and Zoom are marvelous tools but when the connection ends and the screen goes bla…

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(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of the necessary social distancing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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(NAPSI)—If you’ll be decking the halls of a new home this holiday season, you won’t be alone. Every year, one in ten Americans moves to a new place. It can take some careful coordination in the best of times, but during the holidays—and a pandemic—it can be even more of a challenge. One of t…

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(StatePoint) Working and learning from home is the new norm for millions of American families. They’re engaged in a daily juggling act, making sure everyone has the bandwidth and privacy to complete their work, whether it’s the latest algebra assignment or the monthly all-staff meeting. Add …

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(NAPSI)—Clearing snow and ice from driveways, sidewalks and parking lots is no small job. You rely on your outdoor power equipment to do the heavy lifting, and it’s important to keep safety in mind. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds home and business owners to use snow thr…

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(NewsUSA) - These days, stress seems to spike at every turn, especially in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and stressed out individuals continue to seek strategies to improve health, wellbeing and harmony.

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(NAPSI)—If you have a job—or wish you did—or a child in school, a new way of looking at technology, education and the world of work may prove good news for you.COVID-19 has deeply affected both the American workforce and higher education, with community college enrollment down nationwide. Th…

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(BPT) - While recycling is a proactive way to have a positive impact on the planet, putting recyclable items out on the curb is just one step in the overall process. Cartons, like those made by Tetra Pak, are recyclable and are common in many households since they package food and beverage s…

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(BPT) - The United States of America is confusing in the best of times. Tax returns. Fifty different legal systems. Why we still use pounds, inches and Fahrenheit. Daylight saving time. We could go on.

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(BPT) - If you've considered gifting your son or daughter a smartphone, you’re not alone. In a survey by SellCell last year, about 41% of parents thought a smartphone was the top holiday or birthday gift choice for their teenager. But with Common Sense Media reporting that most (53%) kids ha…

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(BPT) - Recent projects have seen project managers and change makers find resourceful ways to maintain momentum and avoid obstacles, despite a global pandemic. To honor this perseverance, Project Management Institute (PMI), with input from hundreds of experts globally, has unveiled 2020’s 50…

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(BPT) - Billionaire Mark Cuban was fired from his first job in software. Actress Jameela Jamil endured three life-changing medical diagnoses before breaking big in Hollywood. Musician John Legend was receiving unemployment checks while waiting for his big break.

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(BPT) - The election season is a lot to handle no matter where you land on the political spectrum. It can be draining on many levels, which is why now is the perfect time to escape the political drama and make up your own political fun at home.

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(NAPSI)—Getting a job may not be as difficult as some people fear thanks to innovative efforts by a government agency.For example, on July 15, 2020, Social Security launched a campaign to inform the public about the Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program. The Ticket Program supports career developm…

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(NAPSI)—Generations of people with disabilities have faced the challenge of figuring out how to best contribute their skills and talents in workplaces that weren’t originally designed with them in mind. Increasingly, employers are acknowledging the benefits of a diverse workforce and advance…

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(BPT) - Whether working from home for the first time, helping kids navigate the new madness of Zoom classes, or simply trying to connect online with relatives, our newfound pandemic-driven remote lifestyles are creating a completely new relationship between ourselves, our homes and our techn…

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(BPT) - Quality smartphones come in all configurations and price points these days. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look for to make sure you find one that works best for your needs. Happy shopping!

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(BPT) - Heading full speed toward winter, we all know holiday shopping won’t look the same as years past. But that doesn’t mean you should let the latest trends pass you by this gift-giving season. These tips from UScellular will keep you from missing out on the best gifts and gadgets for yo…

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(BPT) - Returning to school for a master’s degree may seem like a daunting undertaking, no matter what your current situation is. However, it’s important to understand the many benefits of pursuing a master’s degree, and how those benefits can be applied to enhance your current job — or leve…

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(BPT) - As Americans continue to follow stay-at-home and social distancing recommendations, their personal and professional online activity has drastically increased. As a result of the jump in online activity, the threat of data breaches and identity theft is greater than ever.

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(NewsUSA) - Choosing a Medicare plan is a big decision for eligible individuals, including those who are age 65 or older or are living with a disability, as the plan you select during the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period is the plan you'll have for the com…

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(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard financially. From furloughs to job loss and from strict budgets to depleted savings and much more, people are making adjustments as needed. It's important to stay focused on your financial well-being and take simple steps so you can reco…

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(BPT) - One of the many changes spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic is a fundamental shift in how people are paying for the goods and services they need. Due to both health and safety concerns, consumers and retailers are more frequently choosing credit cards for online and in-person payments i…

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(BPT) - Eighty-two percent of multigenerational families say that living together has increased their bonds among family members, according to a study published by Generations United. As COVID-19 has led to increased hardships throughout the United States, many families have taken the opport…

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(NAPSI)—With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various sounds of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy a…

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(BPT) - New research from Spotify, part of its annual “Culture Next” report, takes a closer look at the force that is Gen Z, revealing them to be a passionate crew of young people taking the reins for their future — a plugged-in, podcast-listening squad streaming news podcasts The Daily, NPR…

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(BPT) - The economic impact of COVID-19 has hit U.S. employees hard, causing millions to lose their jobs or be furloughed, while others switched to all-remote work — and still others risk their health to stay employed. The pandemic has also affected some sectors much harder than others.

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(NAPSI)—Here’s good news for America’s approximately 70 million grandparents: A growing problem that has been bugging families since the advent of the digital photo revolution—“Where is the latest photo of my grandchild?”—may have a surprising solution thanks to two enterprising granddads, S…

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(BPT) - Social distance, remote work and shelter in place orders continue. As seasons change, the dropping temperatures drive more people indoors as well. Now that you're spending more time at home, what can you do to make the most of it? Many people want to find fun at-home activities that …

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(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the more than 42 million Americans battling addiction and struggling with the isolation and stress of the pandemic, there’s a ray of hope and a positive path forward in the form of online recovery and support programs. Among increased feeling…

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(BPT) - There’s something about songs and stories that have the power to stick with us through the years. There are certain tracks that make us feel good no matter how many times we listen, and certain conversations that we can’t seem to get out of our heads.

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(NAPSI)—If you’re a business owner and you haven’t already pivoted your business model to accommodate the pandemic, you could be missing out on higher revenue opportunities. A June 2020 GetApp.com survey found that 92% of small businesses in the U.S. had already done so, adding elements such…

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(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the 48 million Americans who experience hearing loss, here’s some news for you.  Access to communication is especially vital during national emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many Americans isolated due to physical dis…

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(BPT) - Whether you’re an avid or casual PC gamer, chances are you could improve your gameplay set-up. Most people develop their gaming station gradually, over time. The result? A hodgepodge of equipment and furniture that often falls short. The more you play, the more you may notice your se…

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(BPT) - The new school year is here — and it may look a little different. Teens are gearing up for more homework, more papers, and especially this year, more screen time. As of March 2020, teen use of apps and digital services is up 70% in the U.S.(1), and 70% of kids ages 12 to 15 get more …

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(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the 48 million Americans who experience hearing loss, here’s some news for you.  Access to communication is especially vital during national emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many Americans isolated due to physical dis…

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(StatePoint) Many kids gravitate toward technology, leaving parents looking for ways to introduce it to them in a safe, age-appropriate way. Here are three examples of how kids can turn to their gadgets and gear to inspire their creative side, build new skills and even get outdoors and on the move: