• Nyong'o, Blunt sparkle at Christian Dior couture garden show

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o and Emily Blunt sparkled in the heat at Christian Dior's vivid couture show, hosted in a timeless conservatory in Paris. It was the highlight of Monday's fall-winter 2015-16 Paris Couture Week shows, which also included Giambattista Valli, Ralph & Russo, and Schiaparelli. ___ DIOR CELEBRITIES HOLD COURT Lupita Nyong'o looked ravishing in a short, cherry red Dior couture dress Monday, and was at a loss for words on entering Christian Dior's "The Garden of Earthly Delights" show set inside the Rodin Museum.

  • Satanic Temple sees Arkansas as possible monument location

    By ALLEN REED Associated Press | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that will rid the Capitol grounds of a religious monument has simultaneously scuttled the plans of a group advocating for a Satanic statue there, and they now hope to enshrine the deity outside the Arkansas Statehouse. The Satanic Temple, which advocates for the separation of church and state, spent more than $100,000 to design and construct an 8½-foot-tall bronze Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure with horns, hooves, wings and a beard. With Oklahoma justices outlawing a Ten Commandments display from around its Capitol, The Satanic Temple has turned its attention to Arkansas, where lawmakers this year approved a similar

  • Plans emerge for new casino-hotel on site of New Frontier

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Initial plans for a casino-hotel that may rise from the Las Vegas Strip site where the New Frontier once stood show two hotel towers with 1,100 rooms and a 126,000-square-foot space for a water feature inside. The plans were submitted to Clark County on May 28 by the owners of the 35-acre parcel across from the Wynn and Encore resorts. It represents the latest in efforts to fill in dormant sites on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip with new resort-casinos including Genting Group's $4 billion sprawling Resorts World development expected to open by mid-2018, along with a plan by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to raze the Riviera hotel-casino and extend the convention center to the Strip

  • Florida man gets 2.5 years for having sex on the beach

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of having sex on a Florida beach in front of families was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday. Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 21, were convicted in May of two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior in a case that drew international attention for the couple's brazed act. They were videotaped having sex on a Manatee County beach last summer in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them. Caballero told jurors that he and Alvarez were not having sex and that witnesses were mistaken. Jurors listened to graphic testimony from witnesses and saw a video of Alvarez moving on top of Caballero in a sexual manner in the middle of the day while ot

  • Atlantic City betting big on non-gambling attractions

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working. Nine years ago, the city's casinos started realizing they needed to offer more than just gambling if they still wanted visitors. They doubled down on expensive investments like additional hotel towers, restaurants, swimming pools, spas, shopping, nightclubs and concert venues. Now, cash sales at non-gambling outlets within casinos represent 28.5 percent of revenue, up from 22.

  • UPDATED: The Haunted House has risen from the dead

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 9 hr ago

    It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive is haunting again starting. After more than half a century in operation followed by a couple of months dark, The Haunted House reopens with a new owner and name. The new owner is Patrick M. Boylan, who made is fortune as an event planner, and the new name is J. Bruner's at The Haunted House. About nine years ago, Boylan rescued J. Bruner's Steakhouse in Osage Beach, Mo., from an untimely demise. Now, Boylan waves his re-animating wand at the iconic restaurant owned and operated for 51 years by Marian Thibault, who died in May. J. Bruner's at The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Dr., is taking reservations for Saturday night and

  • Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    WALSENBURG, Colo. — Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them? They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

  • A look at some of Atlantic City's non-gambling attractions

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A look at some of the non-gambling attractions in Atlantic City as the resort city tries to move beyond offering just gambling: ___ — The Playground. Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's $52 million redo of the former Pier Shops at Caesars project into a music-themed entertainment attraction. — Borgata Festival Park. $3.5 million outdoor concert facility that can hold 5,000 fans. — Bass Pro Shops. $15 million outdoors-related superstore in the heart of the city's shopping district. — Caesars Waterfront Conference Center. $126 million conference center opening in August to grab a bigger piece of the Northeast meetings trade. — Tropicana renovations.

  • 17 popular baby names based on cars

    Herb Scribner, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    It turns out many parents across the United States name their children after cars. Here's a list of the most popular.

  • The real reason you will probably end up getting a divorce

    Megan Shauri, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    There are several reasons marriages end in divorce, but there seems to be one underlying reason that leads to the rest. Read on to see what that is and how you can stop it from happening.

  • Can you enjoy Disney while you’re expecting?

    Megan Shauri, FamilyShare | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Worried about going to a Disney park while you are pregnant? The good news is there are numerous ways to have fun safely so you can still enjoy your Disney experience.

  • Exhibit opens July 4 about black experience in WW2

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy. The sacrifice by 1st Lt. John Fox is one of many endured by the 100,000 African-American service members during World War II and is now the focus of an exhibit at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Titled "Fighting for the Right to Fight: The African American Experience in WWII," the exhibit runs from July 4 through May 30, 2016. It describes discrimination before and after the war as well as in the military during World War II.

  • Zimbabwean government exports elephants despite protest

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Twenty elephants exported to China would be "better off" in Chinese zoos rather than struggling wildlife parks in Zimbabwe, the southern African nation's minister in charge of wildlife said on Monday, dismissing protests from animal rights groups. "Those elephants have gone to world class zoos. They will get much better care but, of course, the lobbyists are always keen to ignore facts," Minister of Environment Saviour Kasukuwere told The Associated Press. Zimbabwe's national parks are overpopulated and the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is struggling to raise money for conservation efforts, Kasukuwere said.

  • Daddy doesn't live here anymore: How absentee fathers are affecting our kids

    Rosalind Sedacca, FamilyShare | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Daddy doesn't live here anymore, and the statistics reflecting the negative effect of this arrangement are alarming. Relationships expert, Rosalind Sedacca shares the consequences of this current trend in the rise of absentee fathers.

  • World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BONN, Germany (AP) — The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday. The Alamo was one of five Spanish Roman Catholic sites, known as the San Antonio Missions, to receive the coveted label likely to boost tourism. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee approved the Missions' status along with more than a dozen others from around the globe, including the Gunkanjima industrial site off Japan that South Korea had long objected to. Susan Snow, an archaeologist for San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, said the site in Texas represents "the very essence of the great melting pot of the United States.

  • Germany's Nuerburg links cars racing with nature and history

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NUERBURG, Germany (AP) — Race drivers call it "The Green Hell" and it has taken dozens of drivers' lives, but Germany's Nuerburgring car-racing track offers unparalleled excitement for car racing fans. Engines roar, car tires squeal, crowds cheer or hold their breath for the champions, all in the middle of dense woods in western Germany, amid the singing of unfazed birds. Throngs fill the stands or crowd along the fenced track, beer in hand, their tents and mobile homes a few steps away, in the woods. The races become fiestas for German and foreign fans alike. Nuerburgring, in the Eifel Mountains, opened in 1927.

  • Wild Walk gives NY museum visitors treetop view of forest

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — While most boardwalks skirt beaches or traverse bogs and marshlands, a new wooden walkway in the Adirondacks takes nature lovers on a tour of the treetops to let them experience the forest from the perspective of the birds and beasts that live there. The just-opened $5.5 million Wild Walk is set on 80 wooded acres at the Wild Center, an interactive natural history museum beside a twisty oxbow of the Raquette River in Tupper Lake, 115 miles north of Albany.

  • Texas officials laud Alamo's world heritage site designation

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas officials applauded a United Nations committee's decision Sunday to add the Alamo and four other Spanish Roman Catholic missions to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, knowing it may bring more tourists. The UNESCO World Heritage committee added the sites, which are known as the San Antonio Missions, to the list during a meeting in Bonn, Germany. State Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio native, said in a statement that he was "proud and grateful" to the UN cultural body. "Not only does the World Heritage Site designation raise San Antonio's international profile, it stands to add over a thousand jobs and more than $100 million to our city's economy," Castro said.

  • New lodges replace old cabins at Yellowstone's Canyon area

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Five new lodges are under construction at Yellowstone National Park's Canyon Lodge that will replace 400 outdated cabins. Mia Bell, assistant general manager for Xanterra's Yellowstone National Park Lodges, said the five new lodges will have 73 to 87 rooms each. Three of those buildings will open to guests early next month. The two other buildings will open next summer. The redevelopment at Canyon Lodge is part of Xanterra's 20-year contract as the concessionaire in Yellowstone National Park. That contract calls for $150 million in improvements of Yellowstone's lodging and dining facilities. The Canyon Lodge project will account for $90 million.

  • Newport's Cliff Walk by Gilded Age mansions now smoke-free

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Now that smokers can no longer light up on Newport's iconic Cliff Walk, the only thing breathtaking is the view. A new ban instituted last month applies to the 3 1/2-mile public walkway that runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's most spectacular Gilded Age mansions. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and is Rhode Island's most visited tourist attraction. Councilor John Florez said they don't want to subject tourists to cigarette smoke and litter. "The cleaner the beaches, the more tourists we'll have," Florez said. Newport officials said they aren't worried about losing tourists because of the city's new ban. In fact, many tourists at the Cliff Walk on Thur