Japan’s declutter queen Marie Kondo expands empire

In this July 11, 2018 photo, Japanese organizational expert Marie Kondo introduces her new line of storage boxes during a media event in New York. Kondo is launching the product line, a six-piece set of colorful and sturdy paper boxes, for $89. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — People often ask Japanese tidying queen Marie Kondo what containers they need to achieve her brand of organizational success. They expect her to “reveal some hitherto secret storage weapon, ” she explains in her popular book.

Tips for planning a new kitchen

This undated photo provided by Semihandmade shows a kitchen designed Samantha Gluck. Semihandmade, a Los Angeles company, makes cabinets, drawer fronts and accessories specifically made to fit IKEA cabinet boxes. Whether you're considering using your own architect, a kitchen planner hired through a store like IKEA or an online planning service, professionals suggest you start planning way ahead. Think about your specific needs. Measure well. And be realistic about how long it all will take. (Alison Bernier/Samantha Gluck/Semihandmade via AP)

So you want a new kitchen? Whether you’re considering designing a kitchen using your own architect, a kitchen planner hired through a store like IKEA or Home Depot, or an online planning service, professionals suggest keeping a few things in mind.

Mobile farriers for New York Police Department’s finest

In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018 photo, New York City Police Department mounted unit officer Robert D'Aamodio rides McQuade through New York's Theater District, before the horse is reshod at the department's farriers' mobile workshop in Times Square. The NYPD has two such mobile horseshoe units stocked with all manner of anvils, hammers, nippers and pullers that have been the tools of the equine hoof trade for centuries. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s like AAA for horses.

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will help economy

In this long exposure photo taken Tuesday July 3, 2018, the night sky is illuminated by a lava eruption in Pahoa, Hawaii. Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava - a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. (Dennis Oda /Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

HONOLULU (AP) — Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that’s squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.

Homegirl Cafe offers hope for ex-gang members

Maria Hidalgo, 26, talks to her co-worker while preparing in the kitchen at Homegirl Cafe Monday, July 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. The LA breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, offers a unique dining experience with food prepared by former gang members gaining new skills. The popular cafe in the city's Chinatown allows visitors to relish carefully crafted meals while getting inspired by former inmates who willingly tell stories on how they are seeking a better life. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a different time, at another place, and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two waitresses welcome you with smiles and friendship.

Donkey ears on Alpe d’Huez

The pack speeds downhill during the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 108.5 kilometers (67.4 miles) with start in Albertville and finish in La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )

LA ROSIERE, France (AP) — Lasagna named after a donkey’s ears and a nip of Chartreuse liqueur await the cyclists of the Tour de France on their way up one of the race’s famous summits.

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