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Even with restrictive rules, swimsuit wars heat up in an Olympic year

Jul. 18, 2024 06:07 AM EDT

The iconic LZR Racer, the swimsuit that Michael Phelps wore while winning eight golds medals at the Beijing Olympics, is still revered around Speedo's design center. It serves as a reminder of just how much a suit can push a swimmer to greater heights. “In so many...

The uncertainty that plagues life in crisis-ridden Venezuela is also wreaking havoc on relationships

Jul. 18, 2024 02:12 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Victoria Estevez finally met someone who saw past her shyness. They spent two months learning about their likes and dislikes, texting about their families and friends, and walking around their hometowns on Venezuela's Caribbean coast. On a trip to the capital in...

Historic utility AND high fashion. 80-year-old LL Bean staple finds a new audience as a trendy bag

Jul. 18, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean created it 80 years ago to haul heavy blocks of ice. Now it's a must-have summer fashion accessory. The simple, sturdy canvas bag called the Boat and Tote is having an extended moment 80 years after its introduction, thanks to a social media trend...

Darden Restaurants buys Tex-Mex chain Chuy's for $605 million

Jul. 17, 2024 17:45 PM EDT

Darden Restaurants is adding Tex-Mex to the menu. The parent company of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House and other chains, said Wednesday it's buying Chuy's for approximately $605 million. Darden said it will acquire all outstanding shares of Chuy’s for...

Don't work in bed, and other tips for creating a peaceful sleep zone in a studio apartment

Jul. 17, 2024 11:31 AM EDT

There's a lot to be said for the work/play energy of a nice studio or other small apartment during the day. But how do you bring that energy down to get a good night's sleep? With electronics, cookery, clothes and books all in one space, it can be a challenge to create a restful...

Hikers and cyclists can now cross Vermont on New England's longest rail trail, a year after floods

Jul. 17, 2024 07:32 AM EDT

HARDWICK, Vt. (AP) — A year after epic summer flooding delayed the official opening of New England’s longest rail trail, the 93-mile route across northern Vermont is finally delivering on the promise made years ago of a cross-state recreation trail. The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail...

Tight budget? Edmunds highlights the least expensive cars and SUVs for 2024

Jul. 17, 2024 06:38 AM EDT

The average transaction price for a new vehicle was $46,992 in the first quarter of this year, according to Edmunds transaction data. That’s out of reach of a lot of car shoppers. While buying a used vehicle can be a more affordable alternative, there’s understandably a lot of appeal to buying...

Southern California school district sues Gov. Newsom over new gender-identity law

Jul. 17, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district involved in an ongoing legal battle with the state over the district's gender-identity policy sued Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday over a new law banning districts from requiring that parents be notified of their child's gender...

Amazon Prime Day is a big event for scammers, experts warn

Jul. 16, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon Prime Day is here, and experts are reminding consumers to be wary of scams. Deceptions such as phony emails from people impersonating online retailers like Amazon are nothing new. But phishing attempts increase amid the heavy spending seen during significant...

Educators wonder how to teach the writings of Alice Munro in wake of daughter's revelations

Jul. 16, 2024 18:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, Robert Lecker has read, taught and written about Alice Munro, the Nobel laureate from Canada renowned for her short stories. A professor of English at McGill University in Montreal, and author of numerous critical studies of Canadian fiction, he has thought of Munro...