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Met Exhibit: how Chippendale became a household name

"Chippendale's Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker" reveals how Thomas Chippendale, an 18th century artisan of humble origins, came up with a new way of designing, marketing and producing furniture. The exhibit, featuring furniture, drawings and other objects, remains on view at the Met through Jan. 27.


Aretha Franklin exhibit debuts with eye toward her legacy

"My aunt used to always talk about having a Franklin family museum," Franklin's niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press. "That's not on the immediate horizon, but I thought this would be a good start to it."


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Biopharmaceutical company fined for misleading investors

Federal regulators said Clovis Oncology reported its lung cancer drug was effective 60 percent of the time before its July 2015 stock offering. The company's stock collapsed in November 2015 after it disclosed the actual efficacy rate was 28 percent. The company stopped developing the drug in May 2016.


Review: Novel by Hank Green is out of this world

April May pays her dues working at a Manhattan-based startup by logging in a ton of hours. So it's no surprise why she stumbles into a 10-foot-tall Transformer-style robot on the sidewalk at three o'clock in the morning. What is surprising is the robot seems to have materialized out of thin air.

Put away the lobster and try roasting your shrimp next time

Butterflying the shrimp offered an easy route to flavor-infused flesh, and although we sliced through the shells, we didn't remove them, as they proved key to boosting flavor while also adding an extra layer of protection.

You can get great meaty, bold chili thanks to a multicooker

Browning the beef is standard in many chili recipes, but we found that the browned meat overcooked easily in either the intense heat of the pressure cooker or the prolonged heat of the slow cooker. To avoid this, we mixed it with a panade (a mixture of bread and milk) to help it stay moist, and sauteed the meat just until it lost its pink color.

Dive into a rich dish of zucchini, basil and mozzarella

Once she got home, she started experimenting and re-creating what she ate from taste memory_and of course she told me about it! It sounded so simple, yet so delicious that I had to try it. I have now made it three times and decided to write it down and pass it along since there is still so much beautiful zucchini and squash available in the farmers markets. Better yet, in most towns, you can buy good zucchini all year long.

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Celine Dion to end Las Vegas concert residency next year

"Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades," Dion said in a statement. "Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special."

That's Weird

Dense swarm of bats causes flap at Vienna airport

Airport spokesman Peter Kleemann told the Austria Press Agency on Monday that the dense swarm of bats descended on one runway for about 45 minutes Wednesday evening. As a safety precaution, another runway was used for takeoffs and landings, affecting four flights and causing a few slight delays.

Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?

"We — like the baseball team, like the opera — would say, 'We're sorry, it was nonrefundable,'" Parker said this week.

Shh! Introverts share travel survival secrets

"It's up to you to help them understand that it's not anything wrong with them that makes you want to go away and be by yourself," says Nathan Hartle, introvert and blogger at Two Drifters.

Tiny Alaska village experiences boom in polar bear tourism

"Today we're talking about hundreds and hundreds of visitors, many from around the world each year," Reed said.

AP PHOTOS: Czech ‘ghost church’ gets new life from tourism

In 2012, art student Jakub Hadrava used St. George's Church in the village of Lukova as his canvas for his senior arts thesis. He filled the Catholic church's pews with ghostly figures, made from plaster casts of live models draped in white cloth. The effect is chilling. He called the work "My Mind."