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Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

Nov. 11, 2019 11:10 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries. It's an architectural jewel box where buildings collapse from lack of maintenance. It's a coastal capital facing a sea nearly devoid of boats, thanks to U.S. sanctions and Cuban...

Ex-MMA fighter and another man guilty in murder plot

Nov. 7, 2019 8:19 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former Cuban Olympic wrestling champion and pro mixed-martial arts fighter has been convicted of helping to arrange the killing of a South Florida interior designer. The Miami Herald reports 48-year-old Alexis Vila Perdomo was found guilty Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder. He faces up...

Simple can be gorgeous when setting a holiday table

Nov. 6, 2019 10:27 AM EST

Setting a gorgeous table for a holiday meal doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, says interior designer Elizabeth Stuart. Sometimes, a simple design using just a few plants and candles can be more beautiful than an intricate display. "There are no rules," says Stuart, and you can plan a table that looks...

China and France reiterate support for Paris climate deal

Nov. 6, 2019 7:22 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday hailed a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron as giving a boost to multilateralism and free trade, amid ongoing economic tensions with Washington. The two countries also pledged continued support for the Paris Agreement as the U.S. begins its...

RIGHT AT HOME: Design and décor with British flair

Oct. 30, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

Britain's political climate may be gloomy, but on the decor front the sun is shining. Young designers and established firms are crafting furniture, lighting and accessory collections that celebrate vintage patterns, tweak the traditional and offer a new take on British history. There are porter's chairs, for...

Salvage shops offer sustainable decor with a story

Oct. 30, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

Two of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique Lumber News. "When you can point to your floor and say it came from an old...

From Paris, with love: Rodin's Thinker at Abu Dhabi Louvre

Oct. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — His head bent down, chin resting on one hand, a furrowed brow and pressed lips: The Thinker, possibly one of the most famous sculptures of all time, has found a new home at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The bronze sculpture, on loan for a year from the Rodin Museum in Paris,...

Exhibit on Jefferson's architecture weaves in slavery's role

Oct. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As an architect, Thomas Jefferson envisioned buildings for a new republic — not old-world kings. The domes and columns in his designs recalled ancient Greece and Rome to symbolize liberty and democracy. And yet enslaved Americans were involved in the actual construction. They...

APNewsBreak: Wright-designed home sold for nearly $1.7M

Oct. 16, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona house that was the last home architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed before his death sold Wednesday for nearly $1.7 million. Out of nearly 20 bids at a public auction for the Norman Lykes House, the winning bid came from a man who lives out of state, Heritage Auctions told The...

MoMA reopens with more space, fresh juxtapositions

Oct. 16, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of Modern Art's new $450 million, 47,000-square-foot expansion offers visitors more than much-needed elbow room. It emphasizes new juxtapositions of works to encourage broader perspectives and new narratives. The revamped MoMA, a third bigger than the old one, opens to the public...