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This Sept. 17, 2019, photo shows refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room of the White House in Washington. Sunlight streaming into the Red Room had left wall fabric "so faded it was almost pink," said Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 17, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room,...
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FILE - This April 30, 2018 file photo shows a woman knitting in Silverdale Wash. A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any talk of President Donald Trump and his administration. The new policy on Ravelry.com was posted Sunday, June 23, 2019. The post says the site took the action because it can’t provide a space “inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy.” (Larry Steagall/Kitsap Sun via AP, File)
June 24, 2019 - 1:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned talk of President Donald Trump and his administration. The new policy on Ravelry.com was posted Sunday. The post says the site took the action because it can't provide a space "...
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April 16, 2019 - 7:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Martha Stewart brand is getting a new home. Sequential Brands Group, which bought the Martha Stewart brand nearly four years ago for about $353 million, said Tuesday that it is selling it to Marquee Brands for about $175 million. As part of the deal, Marquee will also acquire...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2016, file photo, Joanna and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York. The lifestyle team of Chip and Joanna Gaines will launch their own Discovery-affiliated television network in the summer of 2020. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced the Gaines' channel Wednesday, April 10, 2019, prior to a sales presentation to advertisers. There’s no name yet. It will replace the current DIY network, which is seen in about 52 million homes in the United States. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)
April 10, 2019 - 2:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The lifestyle team of Chip and Joanna Gaines will launch their own Discovery-affiliated television network in the summer of 2020. Discovery CEO David Zaslav announced the Gaines' channel Wednesday prior to a sales presentation to advertisers. There's no name yet. It will replace the...
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Kenneth Toft-Hansen of Denmark, center, celebrates on the podium after winning the final of the "Bocuse d'Or" (Golden Bocuse) trophy, in Lyon, central France, ahead Sebastian Gibrand of Sweden, left, who finished second, and Christian Andre Pettersen, right, who came third, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The contest, a sort of world cup of cuisine, was started in 1987 by Lyon chef Paul Bocuse to reward young international culinary talents. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
February 03, 2019 - 9:56 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Nordic nations have swept the top four prizes at the world's most prestigious culinary competition in France, beating Gallic gourmet chefs at their own game with Northern European simplicity and local ingredients. Team Denmark took the gold medal at the biennial Bocuse d'Or...
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This Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 photo shows an iRobot Terra lawn mower in Bedford, Mass. Building a robot lawn mower seemed the logical next step for iRobot, which invented the pioneering robotic vacuum Roomba. But the company’s secret, decade-plus lawn mower project was a lot harder than anyone expected. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
January 30, 2019 - 6:59 am
BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Building a robot lawn mower seemed the logical next step for iRobot, the company behind the Roomba vacuum robot. But the Massachusetts company's secret lawn mower project was a lot harder than anyone expected. Now, iRobot finally has something to show after more than a decade...
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This photo shows Clorox's stainless steel wipe container designed for use with Loop. The new shopping platform announced at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way people buy many products, from food to personal-care and home products. Loop would do away with disposable containers for some name-brand products, including some shampoos and laundry detergents. Instead, those products would be delivered in sleek, reusable containers that will be picked up at your door, washed and refilled. (Dara Rackley/TerraCycle via AP)
January 24, 2019 - 8:01 am
A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. Loop, as the platform is called, would do away with disposable containers for things like shampoo and laundry detergent from some of the world's biggest manufacturers...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas preview at the White House in Washington. Melania Trump's cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a hit this Christmas _ one of several new wrinkles the Trumps introduced this holiday season. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
December 22, 2018 - 9:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump's cranberry topiary trees may have left some of her critics seeing red, but they turned out to be a Christmas hit — one of several new ideas the Trumps introduced this holiday season. In a four-week stretch of 21 holiday parties, the president also did fewer official...
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Pest Control Officers Gregory Cornes, left, uses a hand trowel to scoop-up dry ice before dropping it directly into rat burrows, as his co-worker Curtis Redman assist, near the Capitol building in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Both are from the Department of Health's Rodent Control Division. The nation’s capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. Washington’s government is struggling to keep pace (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 12, 2018 - 12:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation. Fueled by mild winters and a human population boom, rats are sparking a record number of calls to Washington's pest control department. The local government is struggling to keep pace while boosting the department's...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump receive the White House Christmas Tree, at the North Portico of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The North Carolina-grown 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser Fir will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
November 19, 2018 - 4:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As strains of "O Christmas Tree" wafted through the cool air, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Monday accepted the official White House Christmas tree that will go on display in the Blue Room and anchor the holiday season at the executive mansion. The 19½-...
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