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Historic ocean liner could be turned into luxury cruise ship at cost of $700M
This July 1, 2010, file photo shows the SS United States, a luxury ocean liner removed from service in 1969 and moored for nearly two decades in Philadelphia. The SS United States, a historic and record-breaking ocean liner that once hosted royalty and presidents, has escaped the scrap heap and will undergo a rebirth, supporters announced Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File
This July 1, 2010, file photo shows the SS United States, a luxury ocean liner removed from service in 1969 and moored for nearly two decades in Philadelphia. The SS United States, a historic and record-breaking ocean liner that once hosted royalty and presidents, has escaped the scrap heap and will undergo a rebirth, supporters announced Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File
NEW YORK (AP) — An ocean liner bigger than the Titanic that once carried celebrities across the Atlantic at record speeds may one day sail again.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Ape at Utah zoo predicts Panthers to win Super Bowl Sunday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An ape at the Salt Lake City zoo has predicted the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Woman, 82, tracks down 96-year-old birth mother
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Video shows only known jaguar roaming wild in US
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The only known wild jaguar in the United States is seen roaming around a creek and other parts of a mountain range in southern Arizona in the first publicly released video of the giant cat.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sports Illustrated: swim suit edition to be TV show
NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is turning the unveiling of its 2016 top swimsuit model into a television special.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pepsi opening hipster joint to make soda cool
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo’s quest to make soda edgy has brought it to one of the great restaurant towns of the world, where it will open its own joint with cuisine “inspired by the exploration of the kola nut.” 
Friday, January 29, 2016

San Francisco park reopens with new outdoor urinal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's iconic Dolores Park is now home to the city's first open-air urinal, the latest move to combat the destructive scourge of public urination in the City by the Bay.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Cattle drive draws focus to Florida's cowboy history
KENANSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Some cowboys had selfie-sticks, and others posted regularly on Facebook while helping to herd more than 400 head of cattle more than 50 miles through central Florida.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Changes for the world's most scrutinized body
NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie’s got a brand new bod.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mammoth bones unearthed at OSU football field
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Principal to parents: No pajamas at school
LONDON (AP) — The principal of a primary school in northern England wants to impose a dress code — not on students, but on their parents.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Phoenix Essentials: Dining, hikes, art and sunshine
PHOENIX (AP) — With hundreds of golf courses and 300 days of sunshine a year, it's easy to cast metropolitan Phoenix as a retiree's paradise that leaves everyone else out in the cold. But within the desert beats the heart of an actual urban core that has come into its own.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Oysters are perfect for romance. And perfect to eat at home.
One of Valentine's Day's enduring customs is to launch the annual Feast of Love with a dozen raw oysters on the half shell washed down with a chilled bottle of bubbly. The briny bivalves have long enjoyed a reputation as an aphrodisiac.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Westminster Dog Show to feature seven new breeds and new competition
NEW YORK (AP) — A bumper crop of seven new dog breeds will get a shot at being best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club competition next month, while a new obedience contest makes more room for mixed-breed dogs at the nation's premier canine competition.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Arizona city made famous by Eagles song celebrates life of Glenn Frey
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Winslow, Arizona, was all but forgotten when Interstate 40 displaced Route 66 and began whisking travelers around its downtown in the late 1970s.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HEALTHBEAT: Complex issue of when to stop mammograms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they'll all eventually face: when to stop.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Liquid gold goes bold a spicy new take on cheesy pasta
(Family Features) If cooler days have you wishing for savory dishes, give your menu a boost this fall with a bold, spicy twist on your favorite comfort foods. Rich, creamy dishes featuring pasta and a kick of spicy heat will warm you up from the inside out.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Winning back weeknight cooking
(Family Features) Moms pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals. But here's the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to eat because they don't have the ingredients on-hand to make dinner.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Middle-aged man dresses as old woman for official's photo op
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A city official who wanted to include an elderly woman in a photo op about a snow shoveling program persuaded a middle-aged man to dress up in a wig, earrings, lipstick and a dress.
Friday, January 15, 2016

The Latest: Turkey detains 4 more in Istanbul blast probe
ISTANBUL (AP) — The latest on the investigation into the explosion in the historic center of Istanbul. All times local.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Neighborhoods: Lots to do in Tucson's revitalized downtown
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — As a kid growing up in Tucson, Eddie Gallego remembers "when everything was downtown." Then businesses began to move out to the malls, and downtown suffered. Now, he says, the neighborhood has come full circle.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

AP-NORC Poll: Christian rights more vital than Muslim ones
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more likely to say protecting religious liberties of Christians is important than to say the same for Muslims, according to a new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Monkey cannot own selfie photos copyright
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos, a federal judge said.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Idaho man finds art in back hair
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — One man's back hair is another man's canvas.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Autonomous car breakthroughs featured at CES gadget show
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Severe sell-off does not slow rise in shares of gunmakers
With all major markets in a severe sell-off Monday, shares of companies that make guns surged as new data pointed to strong sales at the close of 2015, a year marked by mass shootings in Paris and California, and new political pressure to tighten regulations.
Monday, January 4, 2016

Online Animals Of The Year: Oh-So-Cute Faces And A Rat's Resolve
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Animals can melt the human heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears. And thanks to Instagram, YouTube and other online options, you can enjoy their antics simply by following, liking or pinning them.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Travel: Essentials for a San Francisco trip, from classics to the very latest
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Some things in San Francisco never change. The Golden Gate Bridge is still, in fact, orange; Lombard Street still has eight hairpin turns in one block.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Trump, Williams, Jenner Among TV's Biggest Happenings
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a year of shifting sands in late night. A year of broken trust in two vastly different TV personalities. And a year when presidential debates became must-see TV.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merriam-Webster Declares 'ism' as 2015 Word of the Year
NEW YORK (AP) — Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Abandoned WWII era bunkers in southern Illinois draw interest, visitors
MARION, Ill. (AP) — After a winding, three-mile trip on a gravel road, the first of several trapezoid-shaped buildings come into focus — a reddish-brown door set into the middle of a hunk of concrete, with letters and numbers atop the doorway.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

9-year-old calls 911 after touching Elf on the Shelf
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey girl called 911 after she touched her Elf on the Shelf.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

1.6 Billion Christmas cards sent annually
Here are some statistics on greeting cards and ways to improve upon your Christmas card sending process.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas advice from a trusted source
We've all seen those TV ads where happy couples wow each other with the holiday gift of a 5,000-pound, $50,000, red ribbon-wrapped luxury vehicle, notes Consumer Reports. To be sure, a brand-new set of wheels is the holiday fantasy gift for some Americans. But does it ever really make sense to gift a car?
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Cookies and milk a St. Nic tradition
Saturday, December 19, 2015

History behind some of the season's most cherished Christmas music
In 2014, Time magazine researched records at the U.S. Copyright Office to determine the most popular and most recorded Christmas songs since 1978. when copyright registrations were digitized. The following are some of the more beloved holiday tunes and a bit of history about each song.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Can you tell a Fraser fir from a Douglas fir?
An evergreen tree decked out in lights and ornaments is one of the universal symbols of the holiday season. The Christmas tree tradition is believed to have originated in Germany in the 15th or 16th centuries, when trees were decorated with edibles, such as nuts and fruits. They were later decorated with candles and eventually lights.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Keeping poinsettias looking great thru the holiday
Unlike holly and some of the other greenery that is commonly associated with the holidays, poinsettias do not naturally thrive in the colder temperatures.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

How to choose the right chili pepper for your garden
(AP) — There are hundreds of chili pepper varieties from which to choose for the home garden, so it pays to know which deliver the most flavor and which pack the most heat. Others are popular simply for their looks.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Perennial plant of 2016: Anemone Honorine Jobert
URBANA, Ill. - The Perennial Plant Association members nominate a slate of perennials every year and vote to select the Perennial Plant of the Year. Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is the 2016 winner.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Three All-America Selections winners are veggies
URBANA, Ill. – When it’s cold and wintry out, the easiest way to warm up is to think spring while looking through those newly received seed catalogs and beginning to decide what to plant in your garden, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

'Christmas Vacation' still a top flick for the holiday
HOLLYWOOD, Ca. — Holiday films hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and perhaps no holiday movie of the last 30 years has resonated as much as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The oft-quoted holiday favorite turned 25 years old in 2014, yet the film remains as popular as ever.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Animal advocate Doris Day shares Chrismas message
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Aside from its traditional spiritual significance, Christmas is generally considered a time to spread peace, love, and “good will to all men.” Actress Doris Day would like to see that benevolence extend to animals year-long, but especially during the gift-giving season.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Professor's card game made for his kids takes off
BOSTON (AP) — When Darren Kisgen decided to make a game, his only goal was to entertain his family. But over the past few months, the finance professor at Boston College has seen his game selling thousands of copies around the world and winning a big prize.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tips to keep kids entertained during the holiday
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Entertaining At Home? A Do It Yourself On Bars:
Open bars are for weddings. To keep your event manageable, limit your guests to a handful of drinks, and let them do the mixology work.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Savor These Suggestions For A New Year's Gathering
(AP) — The prospect of roasting a duck strikes many a home cook as a mountain too high, but I'm not sure why.
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Margaritaville madness: Jimmy Buffett musical in the works
NEW YORK (AP) — Parrottheads, rejoice — there’s a Jimmy Buffett musical in the works.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cats and dogs partying like animals in ugly holiday sweaters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Why US will export oil for 1st time in decades
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. could soon end restrictions on oil exports put in place in the mid-1970s. The lifting of the embargo is part of a spending deal expected to be pushed through the House and Senate by the end of the week. Here are the reasons why the ban was in place, why is it is now being lifted and how consumers and businesses will be affected.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A look back at a century of Frank Sinatra
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Frank Sinatra was the Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes and The Voice. But “Slacksy O’Brien?”
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Some very simple steps to ready your trees, shrubs and vines for winter
(AP) — Trees, shrubs and vines may need a little help getting ready for winter's frigid temperatures, but not too much.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Handy holiday tips for a tidy house
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nashville offers hip neighborhoods and fashion
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville is the home of country music, from the Grand Ole Opry to the Bluebird Cafe to the noisy honky-tonks of Lower Broadway. Those venues are an obligatory part of every visit, but while you're here, why not check out the city's emerging fashion scene or explore an off-the-beaten path neighborhood?
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Big books make great gifts for the holidays
NEW YORK (AP) — Coffee table books are always great gifts for just the right enthusiast, and they’re plentiful at holiday time as quick grabs or advance buys.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

VW staff began working on cheating software in 2005 to crack US market
WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — A small group of Volkswagen engineers began working as early as 2005 on emissions cheating software after they were unable to find a technical solution to U.S. emissions controls as the automaker pushed into the North American market, executives said Thursday.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sewer plant helps create a 'microscale snow event'
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A sewer plant helped create a winter wonderland for a 3-square-mile area in central Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Facebook hails presidential race year's top topic
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. won’t elect a president until next year but the debate over the crowded field of candidates jostling for the Oval Office emerged as the hottest topic on Facebook this year.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Lennon gun: Could it happen the same way now?
NEW YORK (AP) — On a cold night 35 years ago, Mark David Chapman waited for John Lennon outside the New York City apartment building where the former Beatle lived with his wife Yoko Ono and his son. When Lennon appeared shortly before 11 p.m., Chapman opened fire with a Charter Arms .38-caliber pistol. Here's a look at how he easily circumvented New York's restrictive gun laws, and whether it would be possible today.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Spicy anecdotes, spicy recipes in 'Mission' cookbook
NEW YORK (AP) — Reality check: The kung pao pastrami at Danny Bowien's Mission Chinese Food on Manhattan's Lower East Side doesn't actually arrive on a flaming dish with dangerous sparks flying in all directions, despite being illustrated thusly in his entertaining new cookbook.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Easy needle-felted critters make great gifts, ornaments
AP) — For holiday decorating and gift-making, fast and easy always win. Adorable doesn't hurt, either.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Wonderful recipe for Cremini Mushroom and Walnut Samosas.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Delish With Soups And Salads
What's better than cheese and crackers? Cheese in your crackers! And you can make yummy cheese crackers right in your home kitchen.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

More regs for coal will focus on dust and black lung disease
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Alarmed that black lung disease routinely goes unreported decades after it was discovered among miners, federal mine safety officials are touting new regulations that will step up monitoring for the coal dust that causes the deadly disease.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Michigan students ascend five-story singing Christmas tree
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — It's not that an oversized tree adorned with ornaments is uncommon as a student choir sings carols in the days leading up to Christmas. It's more that the towering steel tree is decorated with garland, twinkling lights ... and hundreds of teenagers.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Town celebrates big-eared inventor of the earmuff
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Earmuffs have come a long way in 142 years.

Chester Greenwood was a 15-year-old bestowed with generous ears when he decided he had had enough of the biting cold while ice skating in 1873. The first earmuffs were then born, fashioned from farm wire with fur sewn on them by his grandmother.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Real Jackass Passenger
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 photo provided by the Norman, Okla., Police Department, a donkey sits in the passenger section of a police car in Norman, Okla.
Friday, December 4, 2015

'Clean coal' technology fails to gain acceptance
DEKALB, Miss. (AP) — The Kemper County power plant was supposed to be up and running by now, showing the world how to burn coal cleanly.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Most searched in 2015? Bobbi Kristina Brown, says Yahoo
NEW YORK (AP) — Internet searchers had celebrities on the mind this year: Famous names made up eight of the top 10 searches on Yahoo in 2015.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Scientists tackle the promise and ethics of gene editing
WASHINGTON (AP) — A hot new tool to edit the human genetic code has a big wow factor: the promise of long-sought cures for intractable diseases. But depending on how it’s used, that same tool could also alter human heredity.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Appalachia grasps for hope as coal jobs fade
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury's mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don't stand up all day.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dancing cop disinvited from 2nd city, blasts NAACP head
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A second city on Tuesday withdrew its invitation for Rhode Island’s “Dancing Cop” to direct holiday traffic because of his activism against the Black Lives Matter movement. The retired officer responded by blasting the head of the Providence NAACP and threatening to sue his detractors for defamation.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Neighborhoods: Art, fashion collide in Miami Design District
MIAMI (AP) — It was once was a pineapple farm. Then a rough, industrial neighborhood overlooking a furniture district. Today, the Miami Design District is emerging as an upscale shopping and art mecca.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Black Friday around the country
Shoppers began feasting on deals on Thanksgiving, but just how hungry they’ll remain is yet to be seen.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Preston & Child return with 'Crimson Shore'
FBI Special Agent Pendergast returns in a simple theft case that takes a turn and soon becomes more elaborate and terrifying in "Crimson Shore" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

New still added as part of Maker's Mark expansion
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Crank up the flow of red wax: Maker’s Mark is boosting its bourbon output.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Down Memory Lane Reminiscence As Therapy. . .
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Honolulu offers rain forests, snorkeling and rich history
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu is a bustling metropolis with great restaurants just minutes from rain forest hiking trails and snorkeling spots. The state of Hawaii's capital, located on the island of Oahu, is also an excellent place to learn about World War II as well as Hawaiian history and culture.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tempest in a coffee cup: Is the Starbucks flap part of a War on Christmas?
(AP) — In the beginning, there was a paper coffee cup — bright red on top, shading to a darker cranberry below. That much seems beyond doubt.
Friday, November 13, 2015

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