• NEW YORK (AP) — Parties at the spa, treatments for stressed and time-pressed consumers, cross-cultural traditions, and a whole lot of purple — from lavender-scented treatments to mauve nail polish — are some of the trends and services that were shown off at the annual International Spa Association meeting held Aug. 16 in New York. Here are some details:

    This Aug. 16, 2012 photo shows warm basalt rocks being used in Australia's Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat presentation of "The Australian Spirit of Sound," in the their booth at the International Spa Association event, in New York.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 3:20 AM EDT
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  •  In this Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, file photo, Travis Goodman fishes on Flat Creek, near Jackson, Wyo. Every August, the world’s financial markets shift their attention from the centers of global commerce to a mountain valley in northwest Wyoming. The event now draws dozens of the biggest names in economics and finance.

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Every August, the world's financial markets shift their attention from the centers of global commerce — New York, London, Tokyo — to a mountain valley in northwest Wyoming. On Friday, they will hear a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    So how did Jackson Hole, Wyo., come to wield such outsize importance in global economic affairs?

    In a word, trout.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 2:30 AM EST
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  • Some animal shelters in Alabama said they aren't offering black cats for adoption this week, despite a growing view among protection groups that the threat of abuse during Halloween is an urban legend. (Video)

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  • The Absolut Kapoor installation

     In association with celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor, the work is described as “dramatic [..] created out of negative space with [Kapoor’s] signature use of vibrant color."

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