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An hour of meal prep on Sunday sets you up for a yummy week

What if you had a prep cook in your kitchen? A sous chef who made sure that all of the slicing and dicing and mincing and zesting was done for you, so that when it came time to make dinner, all you had to do was wash your hands and start cooking? Most of us aren't going to get this in our ...

‘Game of Thrones’ slays with a leading 22 Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Game of Thrones" roared back onto the Emmy battlefield, topping Thursday's nominations with 22 bids but with a formidable opponent in last year's winner "The Handmaid's Tale," while a streaming platform made history by earning the most bids for the first time. Netflix's ...

John Legend, Bruno Mars, Ricky Martin get Emmy nods

NEW YORK (AP) — Music stars in competition for Emmys this year include Bruno Mars, Sara Bareilles, Ricky Martin and John Legend, who earned two nominations. Legend and Bareilles each earned acting nods for their roles in NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert." Legend also picked up a ...

Partial list of nominees for annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Partial list of nominees for annual Primetime Emmy Awards (AP) — Partial list of nominees for the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. For the complete list, visit Emmys.com: 1. Comedy Series: "Atlanta," ''Barry," ''black-ish," ...

‘The Rock’ joining group that champions rights for disabled

BOSTON (AP) — Dwayne Johnson plays an amputee in his latest movie. Now he's jumping in to help people with disabilities in real life. Johnson, who plays a former FBI agent with a prosthetic leg in the new action thriller "Skyscraper," said Thursday he's joining the Boston-based Ruderman ...

Ladybug, where have you gone? Aphid fighters tend to roam

To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck — harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centers, and then free them to ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Steam features are hot in home appliances

What hot in home appliances these days? That's a steamy story, say industry watchers. Across several categories — cookery, cleaning and personal care — steam features are the big news. "I first started seeing them in laundry products," says Nigel Maynard, an editor based in Hyattsville, ...

Pinke Post: When someone asks ‘how are you doing?’ tell the truth

“How are you doing?” is a common daily question in the rural Upper Midwest culture I call home. It’s like a greeting of hello. You hear it in our small towns, passing by in the grocery store or after church on Sunday. Most answers are “good” or “busy.” And then we all go on about ...

Here’s a start on reading for summer

Suggestions for summer reading: “Brave New World” by Aldous  (1932, Easton Press collection,1978) is a timeless novel that is as disquieting today as it was when published 86 years ago. It was required reading when I was in school. I was unimpressed; not smart enough, not mature enough ...

Climbers return every year to volunteer at Grand Teton ranch

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The group huddled together, drinks in hand, and headed to the shed when Bob Baribeau said it was time. They'd worked for a week for this dusty trek, hauling the 100-pound sign out to Teton Park Road. They took turns, four at a time, carrying the marker that directs ...

Pauline Frommer’s picks and tips for a stress-free NYC visit

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City can be an intimidating place for visitors. But travel expert Pauline Frommer is here to help with a new book, "Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City 2018." Here are some tips and advice from Frommer's recent interview with AP Travel's "Get Outta Here!" podcast ...

Gray: A ‘sneaky color’ is red-hot for painting interiors

By KATHERINE ROTH Associated Press When it comes to painting rooms, gray is red-hot. Benjamin Moore carries over 150 shades of gray, and Sherwin-Williams says that of their top 50 colors for interiors, 30 are grays. "The trend toward gray started in Scandinavia, became big in the U.S. ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Pro-style kitchens for the home cook

By KIM COOK Associated Press Avid home cooks often want to outfit their kitchens with the kind of high-end appliances and gear used by professional chefs. There's that aspirational notion that somehow having the right equipment will lead to better food. So what's in a pro kitchen that ...

Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that device?

CHICAGO (AP) — Ayrial Miller is clearly annoyed. Her mother is sitting with her on the couch in their Chicago apartment, scrolling through the teen's contacts on social media. "Who's this?" asks Jennea Bivens, aka Mom. It's a friend of a friend, Ayrial says, and they haven't talked in a ...

Kindness is Contagious: Past hurts can make us powerful forces for good

The things that break our hearts are often the things that make us powerful. I am regularly reminding my children and their friends that someday they will have the opportunity to use each hurt to help another human. A dear friend shared the following story with me, and although I was sad for ...

Homegrown Hollywood: Runck returns: Hello, again

Editor’s note: Due to an outpouring of requests in the past month to keep Jessica Runck as a columnist, she’s back! Hello, again. It’s nice to be back. After my last column ran in the paper, so many of you reached out to Forum Communications – and to me – expressing your ...

Google prepping its Duplex bot for a summer rollout

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — When Google first introduced its phone-calling digital concierge Duplex in May, some thought it sounded too human. Others worried that it would secretly record calls with people. The search giant says it has been working to address these concerns. For ...

Turtles can make great pets, but do your homework first

While turtles might seem like the perfect pet — less work than dogs and cats, more interactive than fish ‚Äî there are a few things to keep in mind before buying one. “They are definitely becoming more popular as pets. Some of them are very beautiful and they can be easily purchased ...