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This image released by NBC shows, from left, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally in "Will & Grace," premiering Sept.
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Can broadcast’s new fall programs really be called ‘new’?

NEW YORK (AP) — Once upon a time, the fall rollout from the Big Three broadcast networks was as eagerly awaited as those shiny new models from the Big Three automakers, unveiled with great fanfare in dealer showrooms. The TV "season" today is a seamless year-round cycle with dozens of ...

HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOOD: Why we shouldn’t wait for sickness to slow us down

LOS ANGELES — Last week I was sick. I had the kind of cough that makes people scoot their chairs a few inches away and look at you with a mix of pity and disgust — like I was a poor Victorian woman dying of consumption. My husband, Jason, claims the only time I’m ever truly honest ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Clever ways to make sure nothing goes to waste

Sometimes I wonder how “Everyday Cheapskate” readers discover their handy ideas. I mean, who would have thought something that cleans brake parts would also remove stains from clothes? Go figure! NOTHING GOES TO WASTE. Our town has two thrift shops that accept worn-out clothes. They ...

‘Accidental’ job in education yields many rewards

When I took a new job at Prairie Public Education Services three years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. Of course, I was aware of the fine reputation of Prairie Public. But I had no idea that the organization had its own education division, dedicated exclusively to promoting and ...

Why ‘Hotel Impossible’ star likes a good roadside motel

You'd think a guy like Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel's "Hotel Impossible," would settle for nothing less than luxury hotels when he travels. But Melchiorri, entering his seventh season as the fixer of failing hotels, says he'd just as soon stay in a roadside motel if it's got ...

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Fall Movie Preview

NEW YORK (AP) — FBI battles with the White House. Revelatory government leaks on the front page. Soldiers haunted by unwinnable wars. Courtroom clashes over civil rights. Movies take years to make, but many of this fall's films may feel almost preternaturally programmed for the President ...

Chasing contentment: Learning how to love life just as it is

FARGO – “Contentment” isn't in our vocabulary. As millennials, we’re not even really sure what it means … at the surface, it’s hard to define. How do you describe something so uniquely personal? How can it be explained? While some might equate it with safety, security or comfort, ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Why you need to start planning for Christmas now

It’s hot; you’re sweaty and longing for some relief from the heat. Kinda makes you think about cooler days ahead, right? And while thinking, you may also be dreaming of brisk mornings, fall colors, back-to-school time and ... Christmas! Summer is the perfect time to think ahead to the ...

Courtyards — the original ‘outdoor rooms’ — get a new look

The trend toward outdoor living, which uses comfy seating, bright rugs and weatherproof art to extend the al fresco season at home, is bringing new attention to a centuries-old architectural feature: the courtyard. "It's the original outdoor room," said Philip Weddle, principal architect of ...

Sick puppies spur New York scrutiny of non-profit rescues

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — When Alexis Kozmon and her husband decided to get a dog for their 6-year-old daughter, they chose to adopt rather than buy from a breeder to teach the child the value of rescuing. Four weeks later, the puppy the family named Sugar was dying painfully from distemper, and ...

Pint by pint, a hoppy revolution is brewing in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Pint by frothy pint, a hoppy revolution is brewing in Russia. This new generation of craft brewers began sprouting in the vodka capital of the world as foreign beers became too expensive and beer fans sought alternatives to mass-produced lagers. From juicy IPAs to velvety ...

Man’s best friend sometimes eats like a man

FARGO — You wouldn’t believe what’s on the menu tonight. Shredded chicken with pureed chicken livers, flaxseed, finely chopped apples, raw Brussels sprouts, beets, bone meal, goat yogurt, extra-virgin olive oil, two raw eggs with shells and chicken fat a la mode. Yummm. “That’s ...

This undated photo shows Matt Kepnes on a hike in Iceland. Kepnes is a travel expert known to his fans as the blogger Nomadic Matt. (Matt Kepnes via AP)

Your personal travel coach: Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks' vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and "fell in love with travel." The next year he went to Thailand and "met five backpackers who were living my dream." "I grew up in an environment where travel ...

HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOOD: Laughing all the way to imminent destruction

Last month I wrote my first script for a television show. I had a week to complete it, and I spent the first two days staring at a blank screen, frozen in terror. Most of the scripts I’d written up to now were tucked away safely in a file on my computer. Or, at best, read by Studio ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Why 15 cents matter

I used to think that small amounts of money didn’t matter. What difference could $5 here or $10 there make when we were more than $100,000 in debt (not counting the house and cars)? So what if I increased our debt by such a small amount? It wouldn’t really matter because we already owed so ...

You’re only as strong as your weakest LinkedIn profile

Imagine that you’re a kid again. You want to go hang out at the fun playground, where other kids are making each other laugh, adorable tots are toddling around everywhere, a couple of friends are engaged in a loud yet fascinating spat and someone just put a toupee on a cat. But your ...

Curtain’s up: Fall decor takes the style stage

By KIM COOK Associated Press Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colors. Compelling patterns. This fall, we're seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story's got something for everyone. "It's like midcentury modern has met Sophia Loren," laughs New York-based interior ...

WHICHCRAFT: Watercolor effects add color to pillows

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — With bright splotches or pale washes of color, watercolor paintings certainly can brighten up walls. But why stop there? Applying a watercolor effect to fabric and covering pillows with it lets you display abstract artwork on your sofa or bed as well. Looking to add ...

Woman becomes Glacier National Park’s first female packer

By TRISTAN SCOTT Flathead Beacon KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Packing is an ancient art and trade rooted in tradition, and while Jill Michalak subscribes to its customs with the utmost deference, she's bucking convention at Glacier National Park, where this season she landed a job as the first ...

In this July 15, 2017 photo, Jim Westover of Arizona City, Ariz., waits backstage before performing at the Images of the King: Las Vegas tribute artist contest in Las Vegas. Tribute artists will buy custom made clothes and jewelry to recreate outfits worn by Elvis. (AP Photo/John Locher)

PHOTO GALLERY: Elvis has never left the building in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elvis Presley has been dead for 40 years, but the King's legacy is alive and well in Las Vegas. Elvis impersonators remain a staple of Las Vegas kitsch, performing at casino venues, wedding chapels and street stages while decked out in garish jumpsuits, sunglasses and ...