Play time

Puppet, Twister, Super Soaker make it into Toy Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER, N.Y.   Twister, the parlor game once too hot for the Sears catalog but cool enough for Johnny Carson, was inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame. More...

Carveless creations

Leave the knife in the drawer with these dressed-up pumpkins

While some people can’t wait to get out the carving knife, there are lots of alternative ways to dress up a Halloween pumpkin.  “No carving means less mess,” says Katherine Parker, senior digital editor of Better Homes and Gard More...

Fashion week

Michael Kors and Marchesa shine in New York

NEW YORK  The Associated Press is all over New York Fashion Week, from the runways to celebrities as eight days of spring previews entered their seventh day Wednesday. More...

An incredible discovery

Through a narrow crack in an underground cave in South Africa, a new member of the human family tree is found

MAGALIESBURG, South Africa Jagged rocks hooked into Steven Tucker's overalls as he squeezed through a crack deep in a subterranean cave. Upon emerging at the other end, he saw he was in a chamber dripping with stalactites. More...

Going beyond gumbo

New Orleans restaurants on rebound post-Katrina

NEW ORLEANS   Talk to folks on the street about the “holy trinity” and you’re as likely to get a lesson on onions, celery and peppers as you are Catholicism. More...

Agrotourism growth sparks safety concerns

As farms open up to visitors, experts advise owners to take steps to prevent accidents

SOUTH HERO, VT.   As more farms begin to open themselves up to visitors for apple picking, hay rides and some extra income, experts are advising owners to take steps to prevent accidents — be they small or fatal.  More...

Airbnb on wheels

Van, taxi latest NYC lodging option for bold visitors

NEW YORK   There's no electricity, no running water, no bathroom.  But travelers to New York City bold enough to book a parked van for $22 a night through Airbnb do get a real bed and a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline from across More...

Big Green Monster cukes?

Rooftop garden thrives at Fenway

BOSTON   There's more green at Fenway Park than the infield or the monster wall.  The Red Sox are growing vegetables and herbs in a rooftop garden. More...

The art of folk

World’s largest folk art market to open in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. It's more than the world's largest folk art market. It's about keeping traditions alive and helping artisans from developing countries use their skills to start their own businesses. More...