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In this Tuesday, May 16, 2017 photo, superhero impersonator Justin Harrison, left, rides a Metro train wearing a Superman costume on his way to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. "I always go out in a costume," said Harrison. "I love seeing people happy and seeing them smile." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Hollywood Boulevard street performers unmasked

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain America has a thick British accent, and his day job is cinematographer. Iron Man lives in an apartment behind Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, and at least one of Batman's wings are made with a pair of shower curtains from Target. Superman comes from Ukraine, not the ...

Ready, set (the table), go! Tablescaping gets competitive

Andrea Smith's dining room will be out of commission for the next few months while she prepares what she hopes will be another award-winning entry for a local "tablescaping" contest. Smith, a retired teacher and avid quilter in Estes Park, Colorado, has already spent hours planning what ...

Stray cats find a home on an Amsterdam houseboat

AMSTERDAM (AP) — In the heart of the Dutch capital, on a canal near one of the busiest shopping streets, a floating animal sanctuary called The Catboat provides refuge for about 50 stray and abandoned felines. Known in Dutch as De Poezenboot, the houseboat in Amsterdam's picturesque canal ...

Not just fluff and buff: Spas emphasize wellness over beauty

NEW YORK (AP) — Unplug. Breathe. Relax. Wellness rather than beauty was the message this week at the annual International Spa Association event in New York. While there were plenty of skin products and treatments on display, the bigger trend in the spa world remains alleviating ...

Please, uncommit me: Life at 20-something needs to slow down

This week, we have work happy hour, a sushi date with an old friend, an evening baseball game with family, a birthday party at the cabin, a neighbor’s wedding out of town, a fundraiser with our favorite organization and zero time for ourselves. Next week – well, next week looks about the ...

Under suspicion: Attack of the 51-year-old dog walker!

Cross that one off my bucket list. After 51 years on the planet, I have finally been reported as a suspicious person. Up to now, my career in criminal activity has been sadly lacking. Oh sure, if an extra candy bar falls down in the vending machine, I am going to take it (unless, of course, ...

In this Thursday, July 20, 2017 photo, the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern snaps a cell phone photo of chicken kebabs, far left, a dish composed of organ meats, center, and a goat dish called katakat at Kababish, a Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi takeout food shop in the Jackson Heights section of New York. Zimmern says, "I purposely set out to make a show that's entertaining," he said. "At the same time I try to be very thoughtful and thought-provoking and I try to educate and I take the cultural lessons of the show very, very, very seriously." A new show, "The Zimmern List," debuts early 2018 showcasing his favorite places, "where I actually go when the cameras aren't rolling." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Zimmern: Bizarre Foods host on new show, travel tips, addiction hope

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods," thinks he's misunderstood. He says he's known as "fat guy runs around world, eats bugs," but adds, "I don't think I've eaten a bug or an organ in 'Bizarre Foods' in years." "I purposely set out to make a show ...

Despite workplace innovations, some (laughable) resistance exists

Some people go to yoga class to relax. I go to OfficeMax. I’m not really sure why, but a visit to the office supply store can be strangely soothing. All those color-coded binders and elaborate planners line up before me like willing foot soldiers in the War Against Disorganization. It’s ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Best inexpensive skin care products

How shocked was I? Speechless. But somehow, I gathered enough strength to respond, “There’s no way!” I did a quick search only to discover it was no typo at all. 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Cream retails for $1,095 on Amazon. All I can say is at that price, it better contain a ...

NYC to at-home pet boarders: Legally, you’re in the doghouse

NEW YORK (AP) — Fur is flying over pet-sitting in New York City, where regulators are sniffing around apps that connect owners with people who take animals into their homes for pay. Health regulators are trying to reinforce a longstanding rule against the practice, a leading app is pushing ...

College tours stir God-on-campus thoughts

Last weekend, my youngest daughter and I toured two of the handful of colleges she’s hoping to visit by fall. Of the two parochial and two public universities we’ve explored so far, each offers attributes and amenities I couldn’t have dreamed of during my own college days. ...

In this July 18, 2017 photo, imagining specialist Erin McClintic works in the lab at Phototronics in Winnetka, Ill., digitizing and archiving a shoebox of customer photographs, right. (Phototronics via AP)

Is your home drowning in old photos? Organizers offer tips

Take a survey of your home, and consider all the spots where you have old photos. Perhaps you'll find baby pictures in albums in the living room, vacation snaps in tattered envelopes tucked into a bookshelf, milestone moments in old frames, and older relatives' fading photos in dusty boxes in ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: A feel-good vacation does you and others a lot of good

So, how are those summer vacation plans coming? If things aren’t looking so good for you to get away from home this year, it’s probably not because you don’t have the time. According to a survey by Harris Interactive the American worker left an average of 9.2 days of vacation unused ...

Decorating project really takes the cake

It was going to be the perfect summertime confection. When I was invited to a summer potluck, I decided to bring something spectacular. After all, I had just helped decorate cookies for my brother’s wedding, which had received worldwide acclaim (or, at least, reception-wide acclaim from the ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Lighting that makes a statement

Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art. "Designs are now not only a source of light, but a distinctive feature of an interior design," says New York architect West ...

Paint it forward: Sending positive vibes on painted rocks

When Leslie Hall came across a rock painted with the words "Kind Soul," she had just finished a chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. The rock, which she found in a grocery store parking lot, offered some comfort. It was a random act of kindness that made her smile. A few days later, when ...

A vacant White House job: first pet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Politically ambitious pups and kittens: Put your resumes aside. The job of first pet — an enviable White House gig with luxurious live-in privileges, after-hours access to the president and guaranteed positive press coverage — is not currently available. That's ...

Tips: Take better photos of your garden and wildlife

So the garden you planted or enjoy each day is flowering. Birds and animals are busy in your yard or neighborhood. And you'd love to capture all this natural beauty in photos. It's so easy these days to pull out a phone and take pictures of anything anytime, but a little time and thought can ...

Revelers run in front of Cebada Gago fighting bulls during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Pamplona’s festival, the fiesta of a lifetime

fter I first started covering the San Fermin running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain for The Associated Press, the same sense of anticipation haunts me on the eve of July 6. The night before the launching of the "Chupinazo" rocket that kick-starts the festival is always one of ...

The real America refers to many versions Homegrown Hollywood:

I’ve always loved the Fourth of July. Growing up in my small town, the Fourth meant three-legged races, watching the parade on Main Street and covering my ears during fireworks. Eating corn on the cob in my flag shirt with butter dripping down my face, I remember feeling so grateful I ...