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Swarovski crystals, $900 cabernet and a Buttigieg fundraiser

Dec. 13, 2019 7:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hall Rutherford wine caves in the hills of California's Napa Valley boast a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals, an onyx banquet table to reflect its luminescence and bottles of cabernet sauvignon that sell for as much as $900. It is also where Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic...

California's Paso Robles area offers wine-tasters variety

Dec. 11, 2019 1:16 PM EST

PASO ROBLES, California (AP) — Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates. Visitors can take a tasting tour of European varietals — from Italy and Spain as well as France’s Rhone and Bordeaux regions....

How not to ruin that pricy piece of meat in the holiday meal

Dec. 10, 2019 12:41 PM EST

Nothing says “celebration” like a ridiculously expensive piece of meat. Well, that’s not really true, but this is the time of year for splurging, in dollars and eating. And with apologies to all the vegetarians out there, few things are as impressive an anchor to a festive meal than an...

London offers winter warmers with a festive flavor

Dec. 9, 2019 8:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Mulled wine, warm spiced cider and hot toddies have long been British staples during winter. Whiskey expert Ross Dennis at Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery explains that the hot toddy comes from Scotland. “The first mention of what we now think of as a hot toddy comes about in the...

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

Dec. 9, 2019 7:40 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root, focused on...

Co-inventor of New Orleans 'hand grenade' cocktail dies

Dec. 7, 2019 9:07 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The co-founder of a chain of bars in New Orleans' French Quarter who helped create an iconic cocktail known as the “hand grenade” has died. Earl Bernhardt died Thursday at the age of 80 from natural causes, Bernhardt's business partner Pam Fortner said in a statement,...

Caroline Kennedy to christen carrier named after her father

Dec. 6, 2019 1:08 PM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline will participate in the christening of a new aircraft carrier that's named after the 35th U.S. president. Newport News Shipbuilding said the christening of the USS John Kennedy will occur Saturday at the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. ...

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

Dec. 4, 2019 8:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020. The color is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection, said Laurie Pressman, vice president of...

Kid Rock's Detroit eatery closing after his anti-Oprah rant

Dec. 4, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Kid Rock-owned restaurant in Detroit's Little Caesars Arena will close once its licensing agreement expires this spring, the singer and arena operator announced separately Wednesday. The severing of ties between the suburban Detroit-born musician and Ilitch Holdings came days after video...

668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules

Dec. 4, 2019 2:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans who rely on the federal food stamp program will lose their benefits under a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements for recipients. The move by the administration is the latest in its attempt to scale back the social safety net...