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  • Marathon bombing survivor in ‘Yes to Dress’ finale

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino’s leg, but they couldn’t rob her of her joy as a new bride. Her sometimes faltering search for the perfect wedding dress — trying on designer gowns while balancing on crutches — is featured in Friday night’s season finale of TLC’s popular reality show, “Say…

  • New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK (AP) — C’est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches. A judge Friday approved a pretrial settlement in a complaint brought by community groups. They objected to the onslaught of…

  • Ice buckets, breaking the Internet: A year in pop culture

    Just for fun, let’s try to picture the year in pop culture, all in one image. We might begin with a singer oddly named Adele Dazeem, belting “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.” Suddenly a friend would pour a bucket of ice water over her head. Adele would immediately tweet the moment on her new…

  • Prince William calls Kate’s hair a ‘nightmare’

    WASHINGTON – It sounds like Duchess Kate’s famous locks may not be a favorite of her husband. Prince William was recently on a charity visit when he was overheard cracking jokes to a trainee hairdresser, according to Today. He reportedly told the woman that she should try styling Kate’s “nightmare” hair. Angel, training to be…

  • Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014

    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre. Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control…

  • Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit — as well as where to put the poo bags. Creating on-trend outfits is a whole different animal for pet fashion designers, whose work is becoming mainstream as animal lovers look to further pamper their pets. For some owners, it’s…

  • Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace. On Tuesday afternoon, the agency received a call directing bell ringers to check a kettle in Doral, a Miami suburb. There,…

  • Man seeks Ronaldo to sue him over underwear line

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is trying to sue international soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in a dispute over an underwear line, but he can’t get to him. Christopher Renzi sued the Real Madrid forward and a Danish underwear maker in July after being told of their plan to use the phrase “CR7″…

  • Bold booty or sheer reveal: 2014 was big on flesh

    NEW YORK (AP) — Skin was definitely in, but was 2014 all about the big, bold booty or a sheer reveal up top? On runways, Marc Jacobs sent up-and-comer Kendall Jenner out during February’s New York Fashion Week with nipples clearly visible under a taupe knit top. Christian Siriano closed his show in September with…

  • Parents flock to eBay for a royal sweater

    LONDON (AP) — Parents looking to dress their toddlers like Prince George for Christmas may be too late. The royal toddler was seen wearing a blue sweater decorated with soldiers of a Guards regiment in bearskin hats and red tunics in official holiday pictures released last weekend. The “guards” sweater worn by the young prince…

  • Rings given to Salvation Army fetch $21K for toys

    BOSTON (AP) — Not even J.R.R. Tolkien could dream up rings as precious as these. A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for a diamond engagement ring and wedding band that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston. A note accompanying the rings asked that the jewelry be sold and…

  • ‘Selma’ stars on poignancy and parallels of movie

    NEW YORK (AP) — At Sunday’s premiere of “Selma” in New York, the cast acknowledged parallels between their film about the African-American civil rights movement and recent protests nationwide, calling attention to the deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of police. “You can look out your window and you can see people protesting…

  • CEO and creative director of Gucci stepping down

    MILAN (AP) — Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco are leaving their posts next year, the luxury brand’s parent company said Friday, in what is the biggest shake-up since star designer Tom Ford left 12 years ago. The moves come as the industry witnesses a downturn in some of its major…

  • National retailers take part in Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

    Sales have spiked dramatically since October.

  • Teen retailers get the cold shoulder for holidays

    NEW YORK (AP) — Being a teen can be tough, but catering to one is even more difficult. Teen retailers are learning that lesson the hard way this holiday season. The longtime CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch on Tuesday abruptly retired just a week after the retailer posted an 11.5 percent quarterly sales drop and…