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The Moody Blooms: Dark florals move from runway to rooms

We know that what brews in fashion percolates into decor. This fall, it's floral prints loaded with depth and drama. Anna Sui's fall 2017 show was replete with deep, moody florals on velvet, silk and chiffon. Recent collections from Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu have also ...

Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state's sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust ...

Contemplating a ski trip this winter? Book now for best deal

(AP) — Are you contemplating a ski trip this winter? It might be hard to wrap your head around the concept of snow if you're still mourning summer's passing or trying to make vacation plans for fall amid foliage forecasts and hurricane news. But the best deals for ski vacations are offered ...

Exhibit allows virtual ‘interviews’ with Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK (AP) — What was it like in a Nazi concentration camp? How did you survive? How has it affected your life since? Technology is allowing people to ask these questions and many more in virtual interviews with actual Holocaust survivors, preparing for a day when the estimated 100,000 ...

Websites for travelers who need info on hurricane regions

Tourism is a top industry in many destinations that have been hit by hurricanes this season. For travelers looking to plan or confirm trips to Florida or the Caribbean, it can be hard to figure out what's happening on the ground. Impact on individual destinations has varied widely. Places that ...

Review: iTunes video upgrade makes the new Apple TV worth it

NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem odd to review the new Apple TV streaming device — one specifically designed to display super-sharp video known as 4K — without actually owning a 4K TV. But in a way, that's the point. Most people still don't have 4K TVs, so the new Apple TV model doesn't ...

Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses. The products announced Wednesday expand upon the internet-connected thermostats, ...

Review: Apple Watch goes solo, but don’t dump your phone yet

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion of GPS last year helped on runs and bike rides, but you're still missing calls and messages without the phone nearby. A new model with its own ...

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 ...