Lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2003, file photo, a section of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease is on display at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y. There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases.(AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia.

Confederate monuments spur soul-searching

This Wednesday, June 28, 2017, shows the statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. As cities across the United States are removing Confederate statues and other symbols, dispensing with what some see as offensive artifacts of a shameful past marked by racism and slavery, Richmond is taking a go-slow approach. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When a French artist’s statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived by train in Richmond in 1890, thousands helped haul the enormous pieces to what is today the city’s grandest boulevard. Many took home pieces of the rope they used as souvenirs, so beloved was Lee as a top Confederate commander and native Virginia son.

Art lovers’ Providence: From WaterFire to street murals

In this July 10, 2017 photo, a mural by the artist Andrew Hem, completed in June, covers a wall in downtown Providence, R.I. With a plethora of street art and a world-famous design school, the city provides plenty to do for art-loving travelers. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — With a plethora of street art and a world-famous design school, Providence provides plenty to do for art-loving travelers.

Pamplona’s festival, the fiesta of a lifetime

Revelers run in front of Fuente Ymbro's fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 10, 2017. Revelers from around the world flock to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

PAMPLONA, Spain — Even 20 years after I first started covering the San Fermin running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain for The Associated Press, the same sense of anticipation haunts me on the eve of July 6. The night before the launching of the “Chupinazo” rocket that kick-starts the festival is always one of sleeplessness and more than a few jitters.

Art exhibit shows Auschwitz through inmates’ eyes

This photo made available by the Auschwitz Museum on Wednesday July 12, 2017 shows a portrait of a young Roma woman, an inmate of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, one of those on whom pseudo-scientist Josef Mengele was making experiments. Mengele commissioned another inmate, Dina Gottliebova, a Jew from Czechoslovakia, to paint people he was experimenting on. It is among some 200 drawings and other pieces of art now on display at a "Face to Face. Art in Auschwitz" exhibition of art by the inmates at the Szolayski house in Krakow, Poland. (Bartosz Bartyzel/Auschwitz Museum via AP)

WARSAW, Poland — A new exhibition in southern Poland shows the brutality of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz through the artistic work of its inmates. Some of the artworks are being shown publicly for the first time.

Five ways to avoid overpaying on your car loan

In this Tuesday, June 13, 2017, photo, vehicle shopper Mary Jean Jones takes a test drive in a Prius C Hybrid with Mark Miller Toyota salesman Doug Lund in Salt Lake City. When people go car shopping, they usually focus on the vehicle they want, not the loan that will pay for it. But good financing is the bedrock of a solid car deal, and missteps could cost you thousands. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

When people go car shopping, they usually focus on the vehicle they want — not the loan that will pay for it. But good financing is the bedrock of a solid car deal, and missteps could cost you thousands.

Tips for taking better photos of your garden and wildlife

This April 2017 photo provided by Patty Hankins shows a Sunset Miami Tulip at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Md. This close up photograph shows the pattern and texture details in the flower. (Patty Hankins/Patty Hankins BeautifulFlowerPictures.com via AP)

So the garden you planted or enjoy each day is flowering. Birds and animals are busy in your yard or neighborhood. And you’d love to capture all this natural beauty in photos.

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