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Two approaches to turning recycled materials into art

What have you not seen recycled into an art form? Everything from T-shirts to trash finds new life, as artists and crafters scramble to create something new out of something old. Here's a look at two couples who have found interesting ways to turn recycling into art, and enjoy doing it ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Modern folklore patterns adorn decor

Many young international designers are drawing on heritage, folklore and their imaginations to create contemporary textile, ceramic and wall-covering patterns. Some are finding larger audiences through decor retailers and online sites. Others are taking their imaginations outdoors, onto the ...

Kindness is contagious: Many people benefit when we strive to become our best

I have yet to meet someone who says, “Nope. I’m not a kind person and I have no intention of changing.” We might agree that we have a little work to be done in the kindness area, but generally people seem to think they are doing a pretty good job of treating others well. In a study ...

Could you do it? Trips that ban cellphones, even for photos

Would you take a trip if you couldn't use your cellphone? A new tour company called Off the Grid is asking travelers to put their cellphones away and not even use them for photos. "When you're somewhere new, there's a lot to soak up, a lot to see, a lot of cool, interesting people to meet. ...

7 ways to save on your next national park trip

America's national parks are brimming with natural wonders: cascading waterfalls, towering redwoods, white sand beaches. But visiting these gems can cost money and soon will get a little pricier: Many national parks will increase their entrance fees by $5 beginning June 1. In honor of ...

Travel guidebook and tours for a new generation

NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Steves grew up traveling with his dad, Rick Steves, the well-known guidebook writer, tour operator and PBS show host. But Andy Steves is now offering his own brand of travel advice and recommendations for a new generation. A second edition of his book, "Andy Steves' ...

Males and laundry: know when to fold ‘em

When scientists explored the male genome – searching for the reasons why men are pathologically afraid of both crying females and asking for directions – researchers stumbled across another native trait. It was called the “Real men don’t sort” gene, and it was directly tied to a ...

Kindness is Contagious: One act of kindness spans states and decades

Our lives often intersect for a reason, but isn’t it amazing when we they do, and we actually notice? Two men, one from Twin Valley, Minn., and the other from Loveland, Colo., have never met in person, but their paths crossed 20 years ago, leading to a beautiful act of kindness today. Here ...

Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago. Minister for Tourism Rabindra Adhikari praised the climbers at a ceremony in the capital, Kathmandu. Italian Reinhold Messner ...

‘I climb for all women’: Single mom plans 9th Everest summit

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn't have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times — and hopes to outdo herself yet again. The 44-year-old native of ...

Squeezing the most out of small outdoor spaces

As herb and vegetable gardens, composting and other aspects of green living become more popular, many people with limited outdoor space are looking for ways to squeeze the most out of it. "A client in a modern high-rise in downtown Chicago did not have a typical garden per se, but did have a ...

Comforters, duvets get bolder

Colored, textured and patterned comforters and duvets are telling a dramatic bedtime story these days. "Bedding acts as a narrator to set the tone of the room," said Anthropologie's home textiles buyer Brittany Peacock. "As the focal point of the room, the bed is a natural location for a pop ...

Bad Clown vs. Good Clown

NEW YORK (AP) — His nose was round and bright red, his face as white as a sheet. His mouth was surrounded by an exaggerated smear of red makeup and his arched eyebrows hung ridiculously high on his forehead. Such was the daily uniform of Bozo the Clown, who entertained kids for decades when ...

Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is intoxicatingly creepy

Let's start with a popcorn warning. If you're bringing your usual tub of multiplex popcorn into "A Quiet Place," just be aware that you'll be hearing every single crunch. That's because much of John Krasinski's ingeniously creepy new film, in which he stars alongside his real-life better ...

Unrestored ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ returning to theaters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An unrestored 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey" is coming to select U.S. theaters in May in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. Warner Bros. Pictures says Wednesday that the cut will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 12 ...

Kindness is contagious: Are you kind when you disagree with someone?

What feelings arise when you read the name Donald Trump? Does it create a knot in your stomach? Do you feel pride in our president? Or are you feeling numb to politics in general? There is a young woman in my town who is one of the kindest, most gentle people I have ever met. I got to know ...

Altar-bound Meghan Markle to leave TV show with a wedding

NEW YORK (AP) — Real life will imitate art this spring at the USA series "Suits" when series regular Meghan Markle bids farewell to the legal drama in a wedding — and then goes off to marry her prince in real life. Show creator and show runner Aaron Korsh has written an on-screen wedding ...

Netflix ‘On My Block’ hits race, poverty with teen humor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Film and television productions about the inner city typically follow the same formula: life is depressing, addicts lurk at every corner and students can barely do homework without ducking to the rat-a-tat-tat of drive-by bullets. Teen dramedy "On My Block," a new ...

Graceland opens vault for Elvis documentary to air on HBO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new television documentary about Elvis Presley takes advantage of the vast collection of footage, pictures, documents and music from his estate to give a behind-the-scenes look at the king of rock 'n' roll. "Elvis Presley: The Searcher," a two-part, three-hour ...

Q&A: Kenneth Lonergan on adapting ‘Howards End’

NEW YORK (AP) — "Howards End," the upcoming four-part miniseries adapted from E.M. Forster's 1910 novel, isn't Kenneth Lonergan's first foray into television. That would be the animated Nickelodeon kids show "Doug." Before Lonergan was one of the most acclaimed playwrights and filmmakers of ...