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The new Simonne Mathieu court is seen as Spain's Garbine Muguruza serves against Taylor Townsend of the U.S. during their first round matches of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 26, 2019 - 10:36 am
PARIS (AP) — Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild. Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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Los Angeles City officials at podium on right, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, from left, Mayor Eric Garcetti, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Los Angeles Urban League President and CEO Matthew Lawson, unveil the Obama Boulevard sign in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 4, 2019. A stretch of road in Los Angeles was renamed after former President Barack Obama during a festival and unveiling ceremony. The Obama Boulevard will replace Rodeo Road, a 3 ½-mile street that runs across the city's historic black neighborhood. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
May 05, 2019 - 1:34 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A stretch of road in Los Angeles has been renamed after former President Barack Obama. A concert and ceremony Saturday unveiled Obama Boulevard. The street replaced Rodeo Road, a 3 ½-mile street that runs across the city's historic black neighborhood. It also intersects with...
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Taylor Swift attends the Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
April 26, 2019 - 8:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift will open next week's Billboard Music Awards with a performance of her new single "ME!" Swift released the colorful, upbeat song Friday morning, ending the weekslong search the pop star set off when she teased fans with clues about a new project. She will kick off the...
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FILE- In this Feb. 21, 2019, file photo a recently constructed home, left, is reflected in water, in Natick, Mass. Before squeezing every last nickel into a down payment on a home mortgage, set some cash aside to handle unexpected expenses after the closing. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 25, 2019 - 10:01 am
Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of building equity more quickly. But putting too much down could leave you without enough cash for home maintenance — or anything else. Pinpointing the right...
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This photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday April 22, 2019, and taken by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, shows Prince Louis at their home in Norfolk, England, to mark his first birthday on Tuesday. (Duchess of Cambridge/Kensington Palace via AP)
April 23, 2019 - 4:46 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have released new photos of their youngest child Prince Louis to celebrate his first birthday. Prince Louis reached the milestone on Tuesday. The photos, taken by Kate, show him playing in the garden of the family's home in Norfolk, on...
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Algerian lawyers demonstrate with a national flag outside the constitutional council in a protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Thursday March 7, 2019 in Algiers. The Algerian leader, in power since 1999 and all but invisible since a stroke in 2013, is running for a fifth term. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
March 08, 2019 - 8:14 am
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Wrapped in Algerian flags, singing and tossing flowers, a festive crowd of thousands of protesters marched through central Algiers on Friday to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's hold on power. The protesters converged after prayers in a dense stream stretching nearly...
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Models wear creations as part of the Manish Arora ready to wear Fall-Winter 2019-2020 collection, that was presented in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
February 28, 2019 - 1:59 pm
PARIS (AP) — High-collared, fluid silhouettes teeming with detail: That was the recipe at Chloe Thursday, which showcased its latest winter collection at Paris Fashion Week, as it bid adieu to its former designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died earlier this month. Rick Owens, meanwhile, pushed the...
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February 25, 2019 - 10:59 am
WACO, Texas (AP) — Chip and Joanna Gaines' latest home project is quite the fixer-upper. The Texas couple made famous by HGTV's "Fixer Upper" home improvement show closed last week on the historic but rundown Cottonland Castle in Waco. A spokesman for the Gaines' business, Magnolia, says the couple...
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FILE- In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo the Nest Secure alarm system is seen on display during an event in San Francisco. Google says it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in the security product it began selling in 2017, but blames the omission on an error. When the company’s Nest Secure home alarm system hit the market, its product information didn’t mention a microphone. Google said in a statement that the microphone wasn’t intended to be a secret and should have been disclosed. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
February 20, 2019 - 5:27 pm
Google said Wednesday it forgot to mention that it included a microphone in its Nest Secure home alarm system, the latest privacy flub by one of the tech industry's leading collectors of personal information. The company said earlier this month that its voice assistant feature would be available on...
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