Undefeated, high schoolers head online for isolation proms

NEW YORK (AP) — In party dresses or come as you are, with colored lights flashing in their bedrooms and teachers-turned-DJs spinning, high schoolers have turned to virtual proms to salvage at least on...

Hopeful birdsong, foreboding sirens: A pandemic in sound

NEW YORK (AP) — Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns. The coronavirus crisis has drastically transformed the world in sound. The rou...

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies at 59 of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK (AP) — Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef,” won “Top Chef Masters” and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died Wednesday of complications from the coronavir...

Parents, police struggle to herd the young in virus outbreak

Teen: “I can't stay here all day. What about my friends!?” Parent: “Are you kidding? This is serious!" The adolescent brain is definitely in play as authorities aro...

RSVP 'maybe'? Coronavirus puts wedding industry on edge

NEW YORK (AP) — Guests are jittery, travel is tangled, and soon-to-be brides and grooms are facing tough choices because of the coronavirus outbreak: postpone, cancel or forge ahead with their wedding...

Questions of racism linger as Harry, Meghan step back

LONDON (AP) — When accomplished, glamorous American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, she was hailed as a breath of fresh air for Britain’s fusty royal family. That honeymoon didn’t ...

Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adults who snipe?

NEW YORK (AP) — The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or th...

Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options

NEW YORK (AP) — The Advent, to some Christians, is the four Sundays before Christmas. More generally, the variation of the Latin word for “coming” marks the season to prepare for the holiday. ...

Celebrities are deep into liquor, wine with their own brands

NEW YORK (AP) — From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays. ...

As a novelty or a favorite, wooden toys can make great gifts

NEW YORK (AP) — Why buy wooden toys for children? Chances are good you know at least one parent who sings their praises for durability, sustainability or magical powers to boost creativity. If you don...

Give the gift of winter white this holiday season

NEW YORK (AP) — White is snow and Santa’s beard, so why not share the joy by embracing the color in holiday gifts? The possibilities are endless, from home decor to apparel, bespoke ...

Some binge-worthy options for holiday gift season

NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are there’s at least one TV binger on your gift list. Why not go all in for the holidays and wrap up something on-point? Some ideas: POPCORN...

Don’t overlook splashy coffee table books as holiday gifts

NEW YORK (AP) — Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself. ...

Marie Kondo's doing what she can to make your kids tidy

NEW YORK (AP) — Not even Marie Kondo can follow all her rules for tidying all the time. The decluttering guru from Japan says it's only natural that busy people like herself let go o...

Stretchy, lovable slime takes up residence in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — Slime, the bedazzled stretchy sensation that has spawned social media influencers and fans of all ages, is taking up residence in New York City. An immersive, 8,000-s...