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This Sept. 17, 2019, photo shows refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room of the White House in Washington. Sunlight streaming into the Red Room had left wall fabric "so faded it was almost pink," said Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 17, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric in the Red Room,...
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Destruction from Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, Bahamas on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 10:00 pm
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The ground crunched under Greg Alem's feet on Wednesday as he walked over the ruins of his home, laid waste by Hurricane Dorian. He touched a splintered beam of wood and pointed to the fallen trees, overcome by memories. "We planted those trees ourselves. Everything has a...
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Two newly-elected lawmakers, Yasuhiko Funago, right, and Eiko Kimura, in wheelchairs are helped to arrive for an extraordinary session of the parliament's upper house in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Japan’s parliament convened after elections and a minor renovation at the upper house. Funago, who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease known as ALS, and Kimura who has cerebral palsy, won the July 21 elections at the less-powerful of the two chambers, representing an opposition group. (Muneyuki Tomari/Kyodo News via AP)
August 01, 2019 - 2:13 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Diet convened Thursday after elections and a renovation at the upper house to improve its accessibility for two new lawmakers who use wheelchairs. For the new session of parliament, Emperor Naruhito is to deliver his first opening speech since ascending to the Chrysanthemum...
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FILE - This June 20, 2019, file photo shows an existing home is offered for sale in Rutledge, Ga. Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
July 29, 2019 - 1:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Weaker home sales trends are expected to contribute to a sharp slowing in the home remodeling market. That's the conclusion of a report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The quarterly report forecasts that spending by homeowners for renovations, expansions...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 9, 2018 file photo, Red Arrows fly over Buckingham Palace to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London. Buckingham Palace says the monarchy cost the taxpayer 67 million pounds ($85.2 million) during 2018-19, a 41% increase on the previous financial year. Expenditures rose primarily because of higher levels of spending devoted to critical renovation and repair for Buckingham Palace. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
June 25, 2019 - 5:26 am
LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's home was renovated with 2.4 million pounds ($3.06 million) of taxpayers' money, royal accounts revealed Tuesday. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's residence near Windsor Castle, called Frogmore Cottage, underwent major work to turn five properties...
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In this Friday, June 21, 2019 photo, shows the Audubon wildlife sanctuary in Corolla, N.C. The sanctuary is 2,600 acres of marsh and maritime forest habitat for hundreds of different plants and animals. (Jeff Hampton/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 3:11 pm
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — Upgrades to a wildlife sanctuary on North Carolina's Outer Banks are expected to attract groups of scientists to carry out long-term research. The Virginian-Pilot reports state officials gathered Friday to announce the $8.4 million project at the Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. Sanctuary...
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Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, waves toward members of the media as he and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti leave King Taco after talking to patrons Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 09, 2019 - 5:39 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden raked in over $750,000 during a fundraiser attended by Hollywood powerbrokers, a major haul that demonstrates the entertainment industry's lasting affection for the former vice president. Biden's 2020 Democratic presidential campaign declined to comment on how much was...
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Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, center, celebrates the opening bell at Nasdaq as his company holds its IPO, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. The videoconferencing company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 18, 2019 - 6:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — There's some tech jubilance in the air on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley as a pair of newly public companies — Zoom and Pinterest — saw their stocks soar on their first trading day. No one wants talk about a bubble, not to mention its prospects for bursting, but the strong...
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April 10, 2019 - 3:15 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A fix to North Carolina's voter identification laws advancing in the state House is designed to make it easier for colleges, governments and other institutions to have their student and employee IDs meet security rules so people can use them at polls next year. The House...
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FILE- In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Customers stand outside Ikea's first store in India as it opened in Hyderabad, India. India is a test case for whether Ikea should keep shifting resources toward emerging economies, including Latin America and China, given the saturation of markets in Europe and the United States, and the possibility of another global recession. Six months after Ikea opened its first store in Hyderabad, the 400,000-square-foot cornucopia of furniture, linens, kitchenware and other goodies is drawing between 10,000 and 30,000 visitors per day. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A, File)
February 15, 2019 - 12:23 am
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — In Hyderabad's bustling Nampally furniture market, customers explore a crowded, dusty labyrinth of shops, haggle over prices and work with carpenters to design made-to-order housewares. This is the competition Swedish giant Ikea faces in tackling the $40 billion Indian...
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