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Tips on reducing the massive Halloween haul: swap, substitute and donate

TORONTO—Neighbourhood kids flock to Farhad Khan’s house each Halloween for good reason: She owns a candy store. But parents like to stop by, too, says the eastern Ontario entrepreneur, because she makes a point of packaging each bundle of sweets with a note explicitly detailing every ingredient. As someone who grew up on a halal …

How do different countries observe the Halloween?

MANILA — Have you already prepared your costume for the Halloween? Are you in for a trick-or-treat? Every October 31, Halloween or the eve of the All Saints’ Day, is being observed in different countries. The Philippine News Agency listed what some countries do during this day. * Philippines Most schools and companies hold trick-or-treat …

From coast to coast to coast: ice breaker ends epic voyage around Canada

VANCOUVER — When a massive ice breaker arrives in Victoria’s harbour this week, it will mark the end of a 150-day-long journey exploring Canada’s coastline, communities and future. The trip from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, but celebrations are just the beginning, said Geoff Green, expedition leader …

Zendaya, Cate Blanchett preach empowerment at InStyle Awards

LOS ANGELES — Empowerment was the de facto theme at the third annual InStyle Awards Monday night, where Hollywood and fashion A-listers from Cate Blanchett and Zendaya to Cindy Crawford gathered on an open-air patio at The Getty Center to celebrate one another and those behind the scenes that make the glamour possible. Attendees were …

Satirical ‘Ask A Mexican’ column to end after decade run

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The “Ask A Mexican” column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end. The column’s founder, Gustavo Arellano, told The Associated Press on Monday that the final version of the humorous installment will appear …

Giorgio Armani outlines succession plan to keep house intact

MILAN — Giorgio Armani says he has devised a succession plan that will prevent his fashion empire from being split up into pieces. The 83-year-old Armani is one of the founding designers of Milan ready-to-wear. He has kept a firm grip on the privately run fashion group Giorgio Armani SpA, which has left open speculation …

UK paper sorry for airbrushing out Solange Knowles’s braids

LONDON— Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper has apologized to Solange Knowles for digitally altering an image of the singer on the cover of its magazine. Knowles who had released a song called “Don’t Touch My Hair” complained on Instagram that an elaborate braided crown on her head had been digitally removed from the cover photo. The …

Honolulu store owners say thieves are targeting cans of Spam

HONOLULU— Cans of Spam have become a common item that’s being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities. Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in the city, said shoplifters have typically targeted alcohol in the past, but recently more cans of Spam have gone missing, …

Ahoy! ‘Old Ironsides,’ world’s oldest warship, sailing again

BOSTON — The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin under sail in three years. Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage. The world’s oldest commissioned warship will fire …

Study: Lower income kids give more time to TV, digital media

LOS ANGELES—Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the non-profit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent youngsters spend nearly …