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  • RIGHT AT HOME: Saddle up in style on new rocking horses

    The rocking horse, offspring of the hobby horse, seems to have appeared first in the early 17th century. Not much more than a log with board sides, it may have been inspired by the cradle, according to Alec Kinane of Legends Rocking Horses in Buckinghamshire, England.
  • ASK A DESIGNER: Kitchen trends and innovations for 2017

    Americans briefly scaled back the scope of home renovation projects after the recession began nearly a decade ago, says interior designer and "HGTV Design Star" judge Vern Yip. But even during the peak of that focus on smaller, more sustainable living, the size and complexity of kitchen designs continued to grow.
  • In Greece's tobacco culture, passive smoke a serious problem

    BRUSSELS - Nearly two-thirds of Greeks are inhaling someone else's tobacco smoke on a daily basis, making Greece the worst nation in the European Union in exposing its people to the health risks of passive smoking.
  • An Afghan woman goes from refugee to military pilot

    KABUL - From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces.
  • Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

    BERLIN - Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.
  • Parents prep for realities of legalized marijuana

    TORONTO - B.C. mom Scarlett Ballantyne wonders if Ottawa's plans to legalize marijuana will make her 14- and 16-year-old daughters more inclined to try it. But she's not waiting to find out.
  • Pot use on rise, as is driving under drug's influence, Ontario survey finds

    TORONTO - With Ottawa poised to legalize recreational marijuana next year, researchers are keeping a close eye on use of the so-called demon weed, which has been steadily trending upward over the last couple of decades.
  • Carolina Herrera says it's an honour to dress Melania Trump

    NEW YORK - While a few designers have made news saying they would not dress the future first lady, Carolina Herrera says she'd be honoured if Melania Trump wore one of her outfits.
  • Mindful of Amazon, malls take the Santa experience high-tech

    NEW YORK - Hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole. Stand on the "Naughty or Nice O'Meter." Snap a selfie and see your face on a dancing elf. The Santa experience has gotten a makeover as many malls install shows and games they hope will lure shoppers who are buying more online.
  • Survey: Parents binge on media, say they're good role models

    LOS ANGELES - Parents spend more than nine hours a day with TVs, computers and other screen devices while also giving themselves high marks as role models for their children's media use, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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