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Stella Jean quits Milan Fashion Week over lack of inclusion

Feb. 08, 2023 15:11 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The only Black designer belonging to Italy’s fashion chamber withdrew Wednesday from this month’s Milan Fashion Week, alleging a lack of support for diversity and inclusion after the chamber “abandoned” a project to promote young designers of color working in Italy. ...

High school sports officials reconsider menstrual questions

Feb. 08, 2023 14:58 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Facing blowback, the director of Florida’s high school sports governing body is backing away from using an eligibility form that requires female athletes to disclose their menstrual history in order to compete. Instead, the executive director of the Florida...

Earnest or playful, that Valentine's card has a history

Feb. 08, 2023 14:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It was Valentine’s Day 1917 in the Minnesota farming village of Lewiston, and Fred Roth — a fourth grader — seems to have come up with just the way to express his love for his sweetheart, Louise Wirt. He gave her a card. The folding, pop-up Valentine's Day...

AI search engines can now chat with us, but glitches abound

Feb. 08, 2023 14:15 PM EST

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Nearly a quarter-century after Google's search engine began to reshape how we use the internet, big tech companies are racing to revamp a familiar web tool into a gateway to a new form of artificial intelligence. If it seems like this week's newly announced...

How fresh tax credits, rebates can launch eco home updates

Feb. 08, 2023 11:08 AM EST

If you’ve been holding off on home improvements, a new law signed last year and now in effect as of Jan. 1, 2023, may provide a fresh incentive. The Inflation Reduction Act, or IRA, includes tax credits and rebates for homeowners who make energy-saving updates to their homes....

UK holds ceremony replete with tradition to consider coins

Feb. 08, 2023 07:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A jury sat solemnly in a gilded hall in central London on Tuesday, presided over by a bewigged representative of the crown in flowing black robes, but there were no criminals in the dock. Britain’s coinage was on trial. In a ceremony that dates back...

Edmunds: Car shopping trends and tips for 2023

Feb. 08, 2023 06:56 AM EST

Shopping for a new or used car over the last few years has become a frustrating and expensive undertaking. Car shoppers have had to deal with vehicle shortages, high prices, dwindling incentives and rising interest rates. Will 2023 bring any relief? Yes and no. “Many buyers exited...

After ticket flap, Springsteen's fan magazine shutting down

Feb. 07, 2023 20:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A magazine and website that has served Bruce Springsteen's fans for 43 years is shutting down, with its publisher writing that he's been disillusioned by the debate over ticket prices for their hero's current tour. Backstreets had been an unusually robust...

'Super bloom' swarms force California city to say no more

Feb. 07, 2023 18:46 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small California city that was overrun by visitors four years ago when heavy winter rains produced a “super bloom” of wild poppies has a message for the public after this year's deluge: Do not come. You could be arrested. The poppies are beginning to bloom...

Dog owners tout Xolos' loyalty and sacred underworld history

Feb. 07, 2023 17:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mezcal is not your ordinary pet. Hundreds of years ago the Latin American Indigenous group, the Nahuas, believed that a hairless dog like him, a Xoloitzcuintle, was a sacred creature who could guide its deceased master through the underworld. Dozens gathered on a...