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NYC is top dog again

NEW YORK (AP) — The once-deserted steps outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art are filling up with visitors again. Hotel lobbies are losing their desolate feel. Downtown, people are back to taking selfies with the Charging Bull statue near Wall Street. Tourists who vanished from New York ...

Chic hotel opening in New York City celebrates Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) —Visitors to the latest chic hotel to open in New York’s theater district can easily walk to any Broadway show —î or they can stay inside and celebrate them. The Civilian —î a 203-room hotel with bars, lounges and a bistro —î is packed with hundreds of pieces of ...

Recycled Holiday

With concern about climate change growing, this holiday season is a chance to try celebrating in more planet-friendly ways. Simple changes to the way we gift wrap, send cards, decorate and entertain can cut out a lot of waste. And often save money in the process. “This is the year to ...

Thankful for safety

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving is Jonatan Mitchell’s favorite holiday, usually spent with his wife co-hosting up to 20 loved ones. He’d been looking forward to the gathering this year after calling it off in 2020 due to the pandemic, but one of the most pressing issues of the times got in ...

Can at-home COVID-19 tests make holiday gatherings safer?

Can at-home COVID-19 tests make holiday gatherings safer? Yes, combined with vaccination, home test kits for COVID-19 can add a layer of safety and reassurance by providing on-the-spot results during this second year of pandemic holidays. “We will be using rapid tests to doublecheck ...

Marie Antoinette’s diamond bracelets fetch $8.3M at auction

GENEVA (AP) — A pair of diamond bracelets that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the famed wife of French King Louis XVI who met her fate at the revolutionary guillotine, sold for 7.46 million Swiss francs ($8.34 million) on Tuesday. The opulent bracelets, among the rare pieces of jewelry ...