Bregman embracing All-Star attention

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston third baseman Alex Bregman is a first time All-Star, will appear in his first Home Run Derby next week and has tried his hand at modeling to help promote a new art, fashion and ...

Vivid 'Florida' stories are edgy, potent

"Florida" (Riverhead Books), by Lauren Groff. "Florida," a collection of short fiction by Lauren Groff, brings together 11 stories that for the most part have been published in recen...

Insider Q&A: Mozilla exec says to demand better internet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The manifesto Mitchell Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that "must not b...

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana paleontologist who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the "Jurassic Park" movies is developing a three-dimensional hologram exhibit that will showcase the lat...

Taiwan's He Ping Park invites netizens to help name beloved rock formations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — He Ping Island National Park (和平島海濱公園) in Keelung announced on Mother's Day that the park will democratically decide the names for their 10 most popular rock formation...

Review: The prank-loving cops of 'Super Troopers' return

A goofy sense of inconsequentiality is an underappreciated trait in comedies. There's an abiding charm to movies so low in their stakes and so loose in their order that they feel as if at any moment t...

After Olympic win, Chloe Kim puts fame, fun in perspective

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — In between the dozens of media appearances that have suddenly become her new day job, Chloe Kim slipped away from the lunch table, disappeared into the restroom, pulled the gold med...

Italian exhibit traces its fashion DNA; Cavalli shows skin

MILAN (AP) — For anyone wanting to unlock the DNA of Milan ready-to-wear, a new museum exhibition surveying three decades of Italian fashion offers some keys. Echoes of styles and tr...

Woman prepares salad, sticks fork into 3-inch lizard

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman who prepared a salad says she realized after a couple of bites her fork was stuck in a 3-inch lizard, minus the tail. After vomiting and getting o...

Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

MIAMI (AP) — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people's toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state's booming population of th...

Turkeys thriving, causing ruckus in San Francisco suburbs

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving. But some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying the wild ones will go away. Introduced into the state for h...

4-foot-long lizard found in Southern California backyard

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A lizard that can grow to be 8 feet long has been found in Southern California, thousands of miles from its native land, and authorities think it's a pet gone astray. ...

Who killed Kim Jong Un's half brother? Here's what we know

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Eight months after the audacious assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother, a Malaysian court is trying to unweave a complicated web of de...

Coming to a movie theater near you: Dubai destroyed, again

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As a mammoth wave from the Persian Gulf rises up to drown fleeing beachgoers and wash over downtown Dubai and the world's tallest building, you can be forgiven for t...

Review: "Paradise Valley" by C.J. Box is taut, suspenseful

"Paradise Valley: a Novel" (Minotaur), by C.J. Box "Paradise Valley" reaches the same level of frightening realism that made C.J. Box's "The Highway" so terrifying. A sequel to that ...