‘Her Every Fear’ is effective, compulsive thriller

This image provided by William Morrow shows the cover of the book “Her Every Fear” by Peter Swanson. Swanson tells an engaging story of a woman battling severe anxiety who decides to radically change her life and the horrifying results that following in “Her Every Fear.” (William Morrow via AP)

“Her Every Fear” (William Morrow), by Peter Swanson

Tattoos as evidence

FILE- In this Dec. 27, 2016, file photo, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez appears in Suffolk Superior Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge Jeffrey Locke in Boston. Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, is scheduled to go on trial in Feb 13, 2017, for the murder of two men in a 2012 drive-by shooting. Body art has played a role in a surprising number of criminal cases nationwide, though legal experts concede that tattoos by themselves are rarely a deciding factor in convictions. (Josh Reynolds/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s tattoos aren’t the first to be used as evidence in a murder trial. Body art has played a role in a surprising number of criminal cases nationwide, though legal experts concede that tattoos by themselves are rarely a deciding factor in convictions.

Gilmore Girls rabbit hole

You know when—maybe in the flush of youth—you get swept away with the crowd and, buckling under peer pressure, become involved in something that takes over your life and threatens the health and vitality of all you hold dear?

Winter visit to Athens offers a pleasant alternative

In this Dec. 12, 2016 photo, the Temple of Poseidon, an ancient hilltop structure on the southern peninsula of Sounion dedicated to the god of the sea is shown. For travelers with more than beaches on their minds, there's plenty of upside to a brief winter visit to Athens that avoids the crowds and heat of summer. (Jerrin Heller via AP)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — As a seaside metropolis with a lively outdoor vibe and dozens of picturesque islands beckoning nearby, Athens is more often considered a summer tourist destination than a winter escape. But if you’ve got more than beaches on your mind, there’s plenty of upside to a brief cool visit that avoids the crowds and heat of summer.

Giving peanut-based foods early prevents allergies

In this photo provided by the Carrie Stevenson, her daughter Estelle holds a bag of peanut snacks in her pediatrician’s office at age nine-months, in Columbus, Ohio. Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy. The new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health mark a shift in dietary advice, based on landmark research that found early exposure dramatically lowers a baby's chances of becoming allergic. (Carrie Stevenson via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy.

Northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival

In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. The city of Harbin in China's frigid northeast is in its final stages of preparation for one of the world's largest ice and snow festivals, an annual event that last year drew more than a million visitors. (Chinatopix via AP)

HARBIN, China (AP) — The city of Harbin in China’s frigid northeast is hosting one of the world’s largest festivals featuring ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks.

Humanoid robot is amusing, but is it practical?

In this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, photo, Emerson Hill, 6, plays with Pepper the robot at Westfield Mall in San Francisco. While merrily chirping, dancing and posing for selfies, Pepper looks like another expensive toy in the San Francisco mall where it will be entertaining shoppers through mid-February. But it would be a mistake to dismiss Pepper as mere child's play, even though kids flock around the 4-foot-tall humanoid as it speaks in a cherubic voice that could belong to either a boy or girl. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While merrily chirping, dancing and posing for selfies, a robot named Pepper looks like another expensive toy at a San Francisco mall. But don’t dismiss it as mere child’s play.

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