Lifestyle

Need a new appliance? Learn, compare then ask for a deal

Unless you’re an expert in spin cycles, buying an appliance could leave you dizzy. To make the process easier, here are answers to the appliance-buying questions you’ll probably ponder, from “When should I buy?” to “Do I really need a warranty?” REPAIR OR REPLACE? People with existing appliances have two options: repair or replace. You …

Rest easy: How not to lose sleep over buying a new mattress

The path to a restful night’s sleep begins with the right bed. Maybe you prefer a firmer mattress over one with more give. Perhaps you need the feeling of a plush pillow top to sink into a slumber more swiftly. Or you crave the spongy embrace of a memory foam mattress. End up with a …

Mormon-owned BYU ends ban on caffeinated soda

PROVO, Utah — Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: “It’s happening.” The move sparked social media celebrations from current and former students, with many recalling …

Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

SEATTLE—The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead. Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon …

Bicyclists get free roadside assistance in Connecticut city

HARTFORD, Conn. — Maureen Hart was riding home on the Founders Bridge into Hartford when the tire on her bicycle went flat. Stranded on her way home from a friend’s house, Hart took advantage of a program she’d learned about just days before. While at a jazz concert in Bushnell Park, she and other friends …

Don’t remove the tie: France’s Macron bound by unspoken rule

PARIS — That tie. He just won’t take it off, even when picking his way in sweltering heat through the rubble left by Hurricane Irma on the French Caribbean island of St. Martin. President Emmanuel Macron has shaken French politics to its core but dares not breach the dress code for a French chief of …

‘Fear is the greatest factor:’ Survey finds Canadians worry about rise of racism

CALGARY — A survey suggests Canadians have a generally positive impression of Muslims but that view doesn’t apply to some of the religion’s leadership and beliefs. The poll, commissioned by Think for Actions and Insights Matter, found 78 per cent of Canadians agreed Muslims should adopt Canadian customs and values but maintain their religious and …

Some weird and wonderful moments of NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK — What, really, is a fashion show? Discuss. Of course, there’s the well-worn formula: People wait in line for ages, sit down, wait some more, look at clothes for about 10 minutes, spend another half-hour greeting and double-cheek kissing, then go do the same thing somewhere else. But lately, fashion shows have been …

‘A really good aura:’ Calgary office tower dog friendly to attract tenants

CALGARY — Man’s best friend is moving on up — to the 16th floor of a downtown Calgary office building. As the city continues to suffer from a severe economic downturn caused by low oil prices, real estate firms are struggling to fill a glut of empty office buildings. When Aspen Properties took over The …

Rihanna rides into New York Fashion Week like a rock star

NEW YORK — Rihanna didn’t walk into New York Fashion Week. She rode through it. Literally. The pop star and fashionista kicked off her Fenty Puma 2018 spring-summer collection Sunday with motocross bicycles flying high in the air, ascending above a dreamy display of powder pink mountains and sand — as the audience watched in …