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This Oct. 26, 2017 photo shows Bethany C. Meyers in New York City, where she uses the urban landscape for workouts. There are tons of amazing streaming workout options out there and Meyers has a new streaming workout called be.come, which is a music driven mash-up of low impact yoga, pilates and strength training. (Victoria Matthews/Bethany C. Meyers via AP)

Rowing, rebounders, boxing among 2018’s top fitness trends

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — If you skipped most of your workouts to be more "present" during the holiday festivities and aren't looking forward to getting back on the treadmill, we feel you. We rounded some of the workouts that have fitness fans talking to keep you motivated. Do them at ...

HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOOD: Waiting is hard to do in an instant world

It’s a new year. Or as I like to call it, “Halleluiah-It’s-Over-Pass-The-Wine.” (Except, don’t really because I’m trying to have a baby, and I’m not allowed to drink.) I’ve always liked looking back on the year and figuring out some of the best moments. In this ...

Wearing ‘multitasker’ badge of honor despite drawbacks

We often consider it a “strength.” We boast about it on our resumes and refer to it when asking for a raise or proving our worth in the workplace. We smile, assuming it makes us a valuable player in this game of life. Though under high levels of stress, we wear “multitasker” as a ...

Rooms with ‘good bones’: Edith Wharton’s design legacy

Edith Wharton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author famous for novels set in the late 19th century, also wrote an influential book on interior design, long considered a sort of bible of American decorating. "The Decoration of Houses," written before any of her novels, was radical when published in ...

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS: Mistake made right by stranger’s kindness

My purse was stolen when I was in college. A few years later, it happened again. Was it my fault? Absolutely. I had been careless both times. The grief I felt came from a sense of being personally violated, but it also stemmed from something larger. I had believed in my heart that people ...

Dog meet dog: American Kennel Club adds 2 breeds to roster

NEW YORK (AP) — A spirited Dutch duck-luring dog and a friendly French rabbit hound are now running with the American Kennel Club's pack. The club announced Wednesday that it's recognizing the Nederlandse kooikerhondje and the grand basset griffon Vendeen. They're the first breeds added to ...

Take this job and shiver it: Chilly offices plague workers

Two long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks. That has been Karen Ericson's go-to outfit in her office in Des Moines, Iowa, in recent weeks. "I am still shivering," the 39-year-old graphic designer said last week, estimating the temperature in the ...

ADDS CREDIT INFORMATION - This undated rendering provided by bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects depicts the Tower of Voices, which is scheduled to open in September at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pa. The 93-foot tower will be part of the commemoration of the downing of the jet on Sept. 11, 2001. It will feature 40 chimes, a symbolic representation of the 40 passengers and crew who perished in the crash of Flight 93. (bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects/Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial via AP)

New museums, destinations and openings around the US in 2018

For travelers, the new year opens up a whole new world of places to go and things to do. Here are a few notable openings and events scheduled for 2018 around the U.S. NOTABLE IN THE NEW YEAR The Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania is scheduled to open the Tower of Voices in ...

In this April 4, 2017 photo, TV travel show host Samantha Brown walks through a field of flowers in Fredericksburg, Texas, with John Thomas, the owner of Wildseed Farms. Brown, who's hosted a variety of shows in the past on the Travel Channel, has a new series premiering Jan. 6 on PBS called "Places to Love." (Samantha Brown via AP)

Samantha Brown hosts new PBS travel series ‘Places to Love’

NEW YORK (AP) — You may know Samantha Brown from her years as a Travel Channel host for shows like "Great Hotels," ''Green Getaways" and the "Passport" series about Latin America, China and Europe, among others. She's back with a new series on PBS called "Places to Love," launched Saturday ...

Smart homes: Not just for tech geeks anymore

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet-connected lights, locks and laundry machines are close to becoming everyday household items, thanks in part to voice-activated speakers such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home. Market research groups are seeing increased sales of lights that turn off when you say ...

How to keep your smartened-up home safe from hackers

NEW YORK (AP) — More people are getting voice-activated speakers and other smart devices for convenience and security. But doing so could also be giving hackers a key to their homes. Many devices from reputable manufacturers have safeguards built in, but those can't guarantee against hacks. ...

Snatched by hungry eagle, little dog lives to bark the tale

(AP) — Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister's little white dog from her yard, flapped its massive wings and disappeared over the trees. Did he really just see that? He had. Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was gone, taken by a hungry raptor ...

Beginners take heart: Indigo dyeing makes everyone look good

When the outcome of a craft project is a surprise, it's often not a good surprise. My recent experience trying indigo dyeing in Tokyo was an exception to that rule. Dye from the indigo plant has been used for centuries all over the world. It's the familiar blue of blue jeans, and in a class ...

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows James D'Arcy, left, and Kenneth Branagh in a scene from "Dunkirk." (Melissa Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’ top AP’s best 2017 films

Associated Press Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle name their choices for the best films of 2017. LINDSEY BAHR: 1. "Dunkirk": I'm not sure I've ever been so wholly transported by and viscerally engaged in a theatergoing experience as I was watching Christopher Nolan's masterpiece ...

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Tiffany Haddish in a scene from "Girls Trip." Haddish stole the whole of “Girls Trip” right out from under her more famous counterparts as the bawdy, take-no-prisoners Dina. (Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures via AP)

Top 2017 film moments: ‘Girls Trip’ and ‘Get Out’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From Tiffany Haddish and that grapefruit to Wonder Woman taking on No Man's Land by herself, here are the 10 movie moments from 2017 that we can't stop talking about. Beware, mild spoilers lurk below. NO MAN'S LAND, "Wonder Woman" Goosebumps. I still get goosebumps ...

Wedding thank-you notes are hard. Here’s how to get ’em done

NEW YORK (AP) — Been to a wedding recently? How long did it take to get a thank-you note for your gift — assuming you got one at all? Newlyweds say it's hard to organize a big task like writing 100 or more notes by hand — especially when they're exhausted after months of wedding ...

Brides find non-traditional ways to celebrate grandparents

Nancy Rutchik and Flossie Pack are flower girls extraordinaire. Not only did the outgoing and energetic 80-somethings draw cheers as the surprise flower girls at their granddaughter Lucy Schanzer's wedding, but they reprised the role to further acclaim at the wedding of Schanzer's younger ...

Revelers congregate at the start of the Society of Saint Anne Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. The city celebrates its tricentennial in 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go in 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — From Malta to Minneapolis, here's a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their ...

A look at travel lists

Many travel brands, guidebook publishers and websites offer lists of places to go in the new year. Here's a look at some of those lists for 2018. They include destinations from every continent, cities large and small, islands, rural regions and wilderness areas, places in the news and places ...

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS: No need to plan kindness this season

Are you done? Have you finished all the hustle and bustle that comes with creating the magic of the season? If so, good for you! (Now can you come to my house and help me?) If not, take heart. Ironically, it’s in the midst of our craziest schedules that we are most blessed with the chance ...