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This Feb. 4, 2020 photo taken in Hopkinton, N.H., shows three pairs of handmade mittens, each constructed from sweaters using slightly different techniques. If winter is lasting longer than the groundhog predicted where you live, consider restocking your mitten supply and clearing out your closet at the same time. Instead of tossing stained or accidentally shrunken sweaters, turn them into cozy mittens. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

Crafts: Turn stained, shrunken sweaters into cozy mittens

Feb. 18, 2020 11:45 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A certain groundhog’s prediction notwithstanding, there’s plenty of winter left where I live in New Hampshire. That means it’s time to restock my supply of mittens, an alarming number of which seem to disappeared since the temperature started to dip last fall. ...

This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

Manager Chen Tiantian, left, hands a takeaway order to a delivery driver at a Moka Bros cafe in Beijing, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. For Valentine's Day Moka Bros, a health food eatery in Beijing, offered a special that included both a rose and a note logging the temperature of the chef that made the meal. Like many businesses in China, the restaurant has struggled to cope with the impact of a virus that has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide and sent several cities into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

Feb. 14, 2020 8:43 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door. The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of the chef who made it. Moka Bros, a health food eatery...

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Review: 'The Photograph' develops nicely into a fine film

Feb. 13, 2020 12:53 PM EST

This Valentine's Day, there's certain to be the usual flood of candy and flowers. But at your local movie theater, there's something increasingly rare: A soulful and adult romantic drama in “The Photograph.” Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield star as tentative, would-be lovers in modern-day New York....

What to know before laying down money for a mattress

Feb. 13, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Here comes Presidents Day, a time to celebrate Lincoln and Roosevelt — and blowout mattress sales. These holiday-weekend bargains can be a smart opportunity to shop for a mattress if you need a new one. But choosing the right bed in your budget can be tricky if you go into the decision cold. Do this...

In this photo released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran's Semnan province, some 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Iran's capital, Tehran, Iran. The rocket failed to put the satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. (Iranian Defense Ministry via AP)

Iranian minister apologizes over mock spacesuit post

Feb. 12, 2020 6:08 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s information minister apologized Wednesday for posting a photo on Twitter of what appeared to be a Halloween-type costume representing a spacesuit, in an effort to promote the idea of a manned space program for his country. The official IRNA news agency quoted Mohammad...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1979, file photo, Bobby Allison, left, grabs Cale Yarborough after a collision between Yarborough and Allison's brother Donnie on the last lap of the Daytona 500 auto race in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

Daytona 500: A rich, storied history on the Fun Coast

Feb. 11, 2020 11:56 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona Beach became the unofficial “Birthplace of Speed” in 1903 when two men argued over who had the fastest horseless carriage and decided things in a race on the white, hardpacked sand along the Atlantic Ocean. Since then, the community of 61,000-plus in the...

Bono the Havanese poses with handler Taffe McFadden on the way to a best of breed win at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Bono finished second overall in the event last year. (AP Photo/Ginger Tidwell-Walker)

The Latest: Conrad the Sheltie makes Westminster final ring

Feb. 10, 2020 11:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local): 10:58 Conrad the Shetland sheepdog is headed to the best-of-seven final ring at the Westminster dog show. The 6-year-old Sheltie won the herding group Monday nightfht. He'll join Siba the standard black poodle, Bono the...

A notice announces no entry to customers with out protective face masks at a pharmacy in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. China is reporting a rise in new virus cases, denting optimism that disease control measures which isolated major cities might be working. AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home

Feb. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home. Public health authorities are watching closely to see...

A paradegoer holds a sign of support for Wuhan, China, at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, as participants in the Lunar New Year parade pass by in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NYC Lunar New Year parade showcases support for China, Wuhan

Feb. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of support for the Chinese city at the center of a global virus outbreak marked floats at the Lunar New Year parade in Manhattan's Chinatown on Sunday as brightly colored puppets made their way through the streets in front of crowds of onlookers. A banner on one float read...