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Love your country, love your dog: Keep pets safe over July 4

| | Jul 1 2015 - 8:23am | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. But to dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air.

  • | Posted: May 14 2015 - 2:17pm

    To be honest, it’s hard not to get inspired by hasselback potatoes, those deliciously crisp and creamy potatoes that are thinly sliced so they fan out accordion-style during roasting. The edges take on lovely French fry qualities, while the insides stay moist and tender. Add a serious splash of butter or oil and they can be pretty heavenly.

  • | Posted: May 14 2015 - 2:17pm

    Much as I love my grill for the low-and-slow magic it works with a monster hunk of pork butt or a thick and beefy steak, I find it often shines brightest on more tender fare, such as peppers, corn and mushrooms.

  • | Posted: May 14 2015 - 2:16pm

    It’s a difficult compromise: Many of us want our homes to look as stylish and carefully designed as the ones we see in decorating magazines. But we also want them to be comfortable and easy to enjoy.

  • | Posted: May 14 2015 - 12:05am

    NEWPORT, R.I. — A hologram of 17-time major champion Roger Federer will be a highlight of the renovated International Tennis Hall of Fame museum when it re-opens next week, museum officials announced Monday.

  • | Posted: May 8 2015 - 6:02am

    “5 Flights Up” — An aging married couple put their fifth-floor walk-up in Brooklyn on the market and search for a potential new home over a chaotic weekend. With Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman and Cynthia Nixon. Written by Charlie Peters. Directed by Richard Loncraine. (1:32) PG-13.

  • | Posted: May 7 2015 - 12:05am

    NEW YORK — Not all of the stories at Ellis Island’s immigration museum are about someone’s great-grandfather arriving as a boy from Europe at the start of the 20th century.

  • | Posted: May 6 2015 - 6:35am

    The Mark Twain many Americans read about in textbooks is, more or less, a literary superman. He wears a white suit; he pals around with Ulysses S. Grant; he tosses off chestnuts profound (“Lincoln’s proclamation … not only set the black slaves free, but set the white man free also”) and ridiculous (“Always respect your superiors; if you have any”); he’s the man called America’s first modern celebrity. The creator of the now-controversial masterpiece “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” — love it or hate it — is cool, confident and collected.

  • | Posted: May 3 2015 - 12:05am

    It’s hard to stand out at graduation when dozens, hundreds or even thousands of your classmates are dressed in identical caps and gowns.

  • | Posted: May 3 2015 - 12:05am

    PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Museum of Art plans to bring its paintings to the people, placing reproductions of famous works outdoors in about dozen communities over the coming months, officials said Thursday.

  • | Posted: May 1 2015 - 12:05am

    “Any Day” — Having served 12 years in prison for killing a man with his bare hands, a resentful ex-boxer tries to get his life back on track. With Sean Bean, Eva Longoria and Kate Walsh. Written and directed by Rustam Branaman. (1:38) NR.

  • | Posted: Apr 30 2015 - 12:05am

    NEW YORK — Is someone in your family graduating from college this year? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind that might preserve your sanity on commencement day.

  • | Posted: Apr 28 2015 - 12:05am

    When people think barbecue sauce, they usually think something tomato- or vinegar-based. But today, I want to convince you to consider another breed of barbecue — white.

  • | Posted: Apr 28 2015 - 12:05am

    Butter and dill are lovely on roasted carrots, but this spring I wanted something a little more… robust.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 6:03am

    “24 Days” — A fact-based drama inspired by Ilan Halimi, a Jewish cellphone salesman who was held captive in Paris for 24 days while his family was blackmailed. With Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbe and Jacques Gamblin. Written by Antoine Lacomblez, Emilie Freche and Alexandre Arcady. Directed by Arcady. In French with English subtitles. (1:48) NR.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 5:20am

    LOS ANGELES — What do you get when more than 1,100 ukulele enthusiasts gather and begin playing their instruments?