Book review: ‘The Platinum Age of Television’

This cover image released by Penguin Random House/Doubleday shows, "The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific," by David Bianculli. (Penguin Random House/Doubleday via AP)

“The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific” (Penguin Random House/ Doubleday), by David Bianculli

Malls take the Santa experience high-tech

In this Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, photo, mall shoppers line up to visit the "Adventure to Santa," a DreamWorks DreamPlace experience at North Point Mall, in Alpharetta, Ga. In an effort to lure online shoppers to their stores, many malls are upgrading the traditional visit to Santa into a high-tech spectacle. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

NEW YORK (AP) — Hop on a virtual sleigh ride to the North Pole. Stand on the “Naughty or Nice O’Meter.” Snap a selfie and see your face on a dancing elf. The Santa experience has gotten a makeover as many malls install shows and games they hope will lure shoppers who are buying more online.

Ducks on draft: Birders and brewers form flock

In this Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 photo a group of birding enthusiasts finish discuss their day while sampling a flight of beers at the Maine Brewing Company in Freeport, Maine. The Maine Brew Bus tour group combines bird watching and craft beers into popular trips throughout southern Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

SABATTUS, Maine (AP) — In the worlds of birders and craft beer lovers, there’s a new paradigm, and it involves searching for ales along with the eagles, pairing stouts with swans and enjoying some bocks in tandem with buntings. Tours and events aimed at attracting both beer nerds and bird enthusiasts are popping up all over the country, attracting bearded microbrew lovers, field-guide-wielding bird buffs and folks with a passion for both suds and sparrows. Bird-and-beer happenings are taking place from Los Angeles to Minneapolis to Hampton, New Hampshire.

‘Harry Potter’ inspires decor in homeowner’s rooms

In a Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 photo, Benjamin Lee-Roche lights candles in a tent with magical artifacts at his home in Springville. Roche has been building an academy of witchcraft and wizardry, based loosely off of the famed Harry Potter series, for kids to come and enjoy and learn, for fun, about different aspects of the whimsical.(Dominic Valente/Daily Herald via AP)

SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — A Springville man is renting rooms to wizardry fans in his “Harry Potter”-inspired home.

Museum celebrates Boston’s favorite ducks

In this Nov. 21, 2016, photo, a boy clutches a toy duck as he views a sculpture depicting the classic children's story "Make Way for Ducklings" at an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The new exhibition is devoted to Robert McCloskey, the award-winning author of 1941's "Make Way for Ducklings" and other children's classics. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — America’s most famous mallard family is waddling into Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

The beach town where kings were born

This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows banyan tree branches in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. A banyan was planted here in 1873 in Lahaina, to mark 50 years since the arrival of the first American Protestant mission. The tree spread by aerial roots, creating new tree trunks when the roots sink into the ground. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority via AP)

LAHAINA, Hawaii — The beach town of Lahaina in western Maui was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a place where kings were born. It later became a key port at the height of the 19th century whaling boom.

Get ready to build! Hands-on toys that teach are hot

This photo provided by Anki shows the Cozmo Memory Match game. Whether you’re looking for something educational or a toy that’s just for fun, there are a lot of choices for the holidays. New toys include little robot friends full of personality and magnetic blocks that snap together to teach the basics of computer programming. (Anki via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.

What our footwear says about our souls

In this Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 photo, guests snap images of a shoe closet display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. From flats to stilettos, what we put on our feet says something about who we are. That’s the premise of new exhibition in Massachusetts. “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” opens Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Boots aren’t just made for walking. On the contrary, footwear has captivated hearts and minds worldwide for centuries.


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