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Trick-or-What? Pandemic Halloween is a mixed bag all around

NEW YORK (AP) — Roving grown-ups tossing candy at kids waiting on lawns. Drive-thru Halloween haunts. Yard parties instead of block parties and parades. Wider paths through corn mazes. The family holiday so many look forward to each year is going t...

 

Anna Wintour apologizes for race-related 'mistakes' at Vogue

NEW YORK (AP) — Vogue's Anna Wintour has apologized in an internal email for "mistakes" made in her 32-year tenure in not doing enough to elevate black voices on her staff and publishing images and stories that have been racially and culturally...

 

Parents, educators, experts talk to kids on race amid unrest

NEW YORK (AP) — As an African American parent, Cassandre Dunbar in Charlotte, North Carolina, always knew she and her husband would have "the talk" with their son, the one preparing him for interactions with law enforcement. But she never dreamed...

 

Alexa, read me a story: Audio content for kids on the rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Melanie Musson in Belgrade, Montana, does a lot of driving with her four girls. Juggling a broad age range, 1 to 9, she's forever searching for ways to keep them all entertained without relying entirely on video. While she still...

 

Are young crusaders and heroes fair game for critics?

NEW YORK (AP) — The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives....

 

Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?

NEW YORK (AP) — The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives....

 

Let's cancel 'OK Boomer' in 2020, and the humblebrag, too

NEW YORK (AP) — Either loudly sing your own praises or don't in the new year, but let's leave the humble brag behind, along with a few other oversaturated, cloying or just plain silly cultural quirks that deserve a big goodbye. Among them are...

 

Prince's anticipated, posthumous memoir is ready for fans

NEW YORK (AP) — Panic, joy, shock: Dan Piepenbring felt them all when Prince plucked him to collaborate on his first memoir, followed by more shock and profound sadness at news of the superstar's death while the book was in its early stages....

 

Lovers of slime can gear up and get drenched at NYC pop-up

NEW YORK (AP) — Slime, the bedazzled, stretchy sensation that has spawned its own social media influencers and fans of all ages, is taking up residence in New York City. An immersive, 8,000-square-foot (743.22-sq. meter) museum dedicated to all...

 

With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold

NEW YORK (AP) — Five years ago, for her 27th birthday, Lorelei Bandrovschi gave up drinking for a month on a dare. She was a casual drinker and figured it would be easy. It was, but she hadn't banked on learning so much about herself in the...

 

Do Americans care about Britain's next royal birth?

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwynne Wilcox jokingly calls herself a duchess because she celebrates all things Meghan Markle. The New York attorney wore a Markle mask in the office for Halloween and served scones to colleagues. If not for work demands, she...

 

Billy Porter speaks on Oscars gown and social media hate

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Porter, speaking to Vogue before he walked the Oscars red carpet, knew what he was in for among some social media users: "People are going to be really uncomfortable with my black ass in a ball gown, but it's not anybody's...

 

Know what to say when postpartum depression hits a loved one

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Adele: The charge to destigmatize postpartum depression has never before had so many high-profile sufferers willing to share their stories. Add Serena Williams to the list. The 23-time Grand Slam...

 

Japan's declutter queen Marie Kondo expands her empire

NEW YORK (AP) — People often ask Japanese tidying queen Marie Kondo what containers they need to achieve her brand of organizational success. They expect her to "reveal some hitherto secret storage weapon, " she explains in her popular book....

 

Swaddle, rock, whoosh: Putting babies to sleep in the Snoo

NEW YORK (AP) — "I don't even call it a bed. I kind of think of it as your grandmother." So declares Dr. Harvey Karp, a Los Angeles pediatrician whose smart-tech baby sleeper, the Snoo, is a game-changer for some sleep-deprived parents. The Snoo...

 

As with the president, managing up comes with risks, rewards

NEW YORK (AP) — Communication, collaboration, cooperation. Those are a few favorite things when it comes to "managing up" at work, but handling a difficult boss can be tricky. The challenges and risks are playing out in the White House on a...

 

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism." Yes, it's been a big year or two or 100 for the word. In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on...

 

Pencils, paper, backpacks, oh my! Stars go back to school

New York (AP) — Hot notebooks and cool backpacks. Fresh pencils and the latest lunchboxes: Even celebrities have fond memories of going back to school. A range of stars, from Samuel L. Jackson to Salma Hayek, recently time-tripped back to...

 

Robots, race cars and weather: Girl Scouts offer new badges

NEW YORK (AP) — Girl Scouts from tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors may earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA. The effort takes a...

 

Dig deeper before mocking 'crazy' pet parents

NEW YORK (AP) — It's easy to jump directly to "crazy cat lady" or poke fun at "stay-at-home dog moms" when describing intense relationships between humans and their pets. But for some who spend the bulk of each day with their animals, it's more lik...

 

Hooch, an abused French mastiff, is Hero Dog of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — The human nearly lost his life to drug and alcohol addiction. The dog, well, he nearly lost his life to humans. A French mastiff named Hooch, rescued by Zach Skow in Tehachapi, California, is the 2016 American Humane organization's...

 

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