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Actresses, shows about women win big at Critics’ Choice

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — It was a good night for women at the Critics’ Choice Awards, which honoured women-centred stories like “Big Little Lies,” ‘’The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” ‘’Wonder Woman” was named best action movie and star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.

Diet Coke gets new look and flavours amid sinking sales

NEW YORK — Diet Coke is getting a makeover to try and reverse slumping sales for the sugar-free soda.

Coca-Cola Co. says it is adding a slimmer 12-ounce Diet Coke can, refreshing the logo and offering the 35-year-old drink in four new flavours, including mango and ginger lime.

The Atlanta-based company says the taste of the plain Diet Coke will stay the same,

Etiquette experts debate over moving past handwritten notes

TORONTO—Cara Paiuk and her husband, Alex, sent thank-you cards following their engagement and wedding, but she candidly confesses she's not a fan of the handwritten missives.

“Generally, I hate them. I don't do them,” says the writer and photographer, who hails from Vancouver but now lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Mark the season of romance with some special chocolates

NEW YORK — Got a chocolate lover? Why not mark the season of romance with something special just for them.

With an ancient love connection the Aztecs believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac and built-in marketing opportunities that include Valentine’s Day, the purveyors of chocolate offer their wares in a variety of price ranges, flavour combinations and just plain fun factor.

The kids are alright: ‘Youthquake’ is Oxford word of 2017

LONDON — Oxford Dictionaries recognized the power of the millennial generation Friday with its 2017 word of the year : youthquake.

Oxford lexicographers say there was a fivefold increase in use of the term between 2016 and 2017.

It is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”