Baltimore’s eccentricities shine at Christmas

In this Dec. 13, 2017 photo, Christmas decorations featuring a flock of plastic pink flamingos stand in a front yard in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. Known as "The Miracle on 34th Street," the dramatically over-the-top Christmas decor along a block of row houses is perhaps Baltimore's most beloved seasonal institution, attracting thousands of gawkers each December. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — From kitschy ornaments to model train extravaganzas and a holiday song dedicated to bottom-feeding crustaceans, Baltimore’s unique brand of quirky creativity really shines at Christmas.

Here’s what to do with a spying toy

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, shoppers browse at a Toys R Us store in Miami. The toys your kids unwrap this Christmas could invite hackers into your home. That Grinch-like warning comes from the FBI, which said this summer that toys connected to the internet could be a target for crooks who may listen in on conversations or use them to steal a child’s personal information. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

NEW YORK — The toys your kids unwrap this Christmas could invite hackers into your home.

Sean Spicer book coming out next summer

FILE - In this June 20, 2017 file photo, White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a reporter's question during a briefing at the White House in Washington. Spicer, the former White House Press Secretary, has a book deal. Regnery Publishing, a leading conservative press, announced Tuesday that Spicer’s book will come out next summer. Its working title is “The Briefing.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, has a book deal. But don’t expect him to criticize his former boss, President Donald Trump. Spicer’s target will be some of the media outlets he once sparred with.

Chemistry major starts concert poster empire

In this Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 photo, a selection of artist Travis Bone's work, Furturtle Show Prints, line the walls at Urban Lounge, in Salt Lake City. Bone's posters, sold under the brand Furturtle, are often found alongside standard T-shirt options at shows from Red Butte Garden to the Twilight Concert Series to Kilby Court and more. Each poster is unique, designed for a single show. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)/

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It started as a way to get into concerts for free.

Program connects senior pets with senior citizens

In this Nov. 29, 2017 photo, Debbie Faulkner shares a moment with her dogs that she has rescued at her ranch in Crawford, Colo. Faulkner is the owner of the Black Canyon Animal Sanctuary and founder of the Silver Whiskers program where senior pets are paired with senior citizens. (Chancey Bush/The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel via AP)

CRAWFORD, Colo. (AP) — Bette Cyr reached a point in her life when she realized she knew more people who had died than were still living on this Earth.

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