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Cashier Druhan Parker, center, works behind a plexiglass shield Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, as he checks out shoppers at an Ulta beauty store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. The pandemic has forced people to spend more time with themselves than ever. Along the way, it has reshaped and broadened the way many think about and prioritize how they treat themselves — what has come to be called self-care. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

In pandemic era's isolation, meaning of 'self-care' evolves

Nov. 24, 2020 3:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — These days, with a pandemic raging, this is what life can look like: Staring at your face on Zoom for hours instead of occasionally glimpsing it in the mirror. Living out the days in loungewear. Wearing minimal makeup because no one sees much of you. Considering an investment in home...

A female worker walks with a pesticide sprayer on her back at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Some workers use a yellow paste made of rice powder and a local root as a sunblock. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

This combination of photos shows Gillian Anderson, portraying Margaret Thatcher in a scene from the fourth season of

Gillian Anderson brings uncanny 'Iron Lady' to 'The Crown'

Nov. 13, 2020 12:29 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gillian Anderson's portrayal of British political leader Margaret Thatcher in “The Crown” was built step by step, from distinctive voice to helmet-hair wig to padded wardrobe. Olivia Colman, who as Queen Elizabeth II goes coif to coif with Thatcher, found Anderson's...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, women walk to an Ulta Beauty store in Schaumburg, Ill. The nation’s largest beauty chain has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. Ulta Beauty and Target said Tuesday, Nov. 10 that the shops will be located next to Target’s existing beauty sections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Ulta to open beauty shops at 100 Target stores in 2021

Nov. 10, 2020 8:49 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest beauty store chain, Ulta Beauty, has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. The shops, which will each be about 1,000 square feet and carry makeup, skincare, and fragrance, will operate beside existing beauty sections in Target stores, the...

La Tanya Autry, a curatorial fellow at The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, poses outside of the museum in Cleveland on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Museums are being called on to examine what's on their walls amid a national reckoning on racism. Among 18 major U.S. museums, 85% of artists featured are white, while 87% are men, according to a 2019 study conducted at Williams College. Autry helped start an initiative called Museums Are Not Neutral. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Museums face calls to better represent people of color

Nov. 6, 2020 10:10 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As young as 5 years old, La Tanya Autry loved visiting local museums like the Detroit Institute of Art with her mom. She relished the shows, dances and plays she saw there. But as she walked through their halls, she felt a disconnect. There were few artworks by Black Americans like her...

This product image released by Refined Raccoon Textiles shows a 100% cotton face mask featuring a repeating design of the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's head against a black background. Ten percent of each purchase will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Ginsburg's honor. (Refined Raccoon Textiles via AP)

Face masks to bobbleheads: All things RBG available in gifts

Oct. 19, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone but far from forgotten. With the death of the Supreme Court justice on Sept. 18 came an outpouring of gift prospects in her honor. Ahead of the holidays, Ginsburg is absolutely everywhere. Head to for unique items if you're looking to gift an admirer,...

California legislation bans toxic chemicals in cosmetics

Sep. 30, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed legislation banning two dozen toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics, making the state the first in the nation to prohibit the use of the hazardous ingredients for that purpose. “Children, communities of color and...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...