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Virus disrupting Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains - the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February. And while the decision

Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announc

Groups decry proposal to roll back Alaska forest protections

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture,

Park IDs hunter killed by grizzly bear in Alaska as Ohio man

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) - The hunter killed by a grizzly bear last weekend in a remote part of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was identified Thursday by park officials as a 22-year-old man from Ohio. The death of Austin Pfeiffer lat

Auction of Vin Scully's memorabilia tops $2 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Items from the personal collection of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully sold at auction for over $2 million, including World Series rings from the Dodgers' championships in 1955 and 1988. Each ring sold for $188,000 during online bidding

Las Vegas Review-Journal wins NPA’s general excellence award

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Press Association released its complete list of 2020 award winners on Thursday and recognized the Las Vegas Review-Journal for its general excellence award in its urban category. Its reporter Arthur Kane and photographer L.

Park identifies hunter killed by bear in Alaska as Ohio man

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) - The hunter killed by a grizzly bear last weekend in a remote part of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was identified Thursday by park officials as a 22-year-old man from Ohio. The death of Austin Pfeiffer lat

Lufthansa to try out pre-flight corona tests on routes to US

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an attempt to find a way to get long-haul passengers flying again. The airline said Thursda

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) - A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker known for a memorable slogan is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. Hawaiian H

Mirrored depot will open Dutch museum's storage to public

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - All the paintings, sculptures and other works that grace museums and galleries around the world are the visible tip of a huge art iceberg. Most of the institutions only have space to exhibit a fraction of their collections, meani

Hidden History Weekend starts Friday in West Virginia

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) - Southern West Virginia's hidden history will be highlighted during an event this weekend. The 12th annual Hidden History Weekend runs Friday through Sunday. The National Park Service says the free event is at New River Gorge National R

2 scholars, said to be banned, had no China travel planned

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Two Australian scholars reportedly banned from China said Thursday they had no intention of traveling there for fear for their personal safety. The Chinese Communist Party’s English-language newspaper Global Times cited unidentifi

Another mountain lion found dead on California freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Another mountain lion was found dead Wednesday on a Southern California freeway, prompting autthorities to say it was likely the latest of nearly two dozen cougars who have been struck while trying to cross roads that ring their territory.

Back to work: NBA's non-Disney clubs start team workouts

Kevin Love was back on the court in Cleveland. Karl Anthony-Towns got to work in Minnesota and his old coach started to mold his new team in New York. After six months without one, it felt so good for some NBA teams to practice again that even Allen Iverson m

Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970

NEW YORK (AP) - Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts and breaking away from the U.S. tennis establishment to form the Virginia Slims circuit in 1970. It helped launch the W

Finland deploys coronavirus-sniffing dogs at main airport

HELSINKI (AP) - Finland has deployed coronavirus-sniffing dogs at the Nordic country’s main international airport in a four-month trial of an alternative testing method that could become a cost-friendly and quick way to identify infected travelers. Four d

Paris police briefly evacuate Eiffel Tower after bomb threat

PARIS (AP) - Paris police briefly evacuated the Eiffel Tower and blockaded the surrounding area Wednesday after a phone-in bomb threat. All tourists inside the monument were evacuated after an anonymous caller phoned police Wednesday morning and said a bomb h

Sri Lanka to offer livestreams from wildlife parks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lankan authorities announced Wednesday that they will offer livestreams from the island nation's wildlife parks, in a move to help revive a tourism industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. The government's To

Group sues Austrian govt over ski resort virus outbreak

VIENNA (AP) - An Austrian consumer protection group said Wednesday it has filed four civil lawsuits against the country's government for failing to contain a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort that has been blamed for thousands of infections worldwi

Paris police barricade Eiffel Tower after bomb threat

PARIS (AP) - Paris police have blockaded the area around the Eiffel Tower after a phone-in bomb threat. Police cars and tape surrounded the streets below the tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza. Some tourists were still w

California tourism executive new head of RSCVA in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A long-time tourism and marketing executive in Southern California has been named the new president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority’s board of directors. The board voted Tuesday to hire Charles Harris for the l

California reopens more widely as infections hit lowest rate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - More of California was cleared to reopen additional businesses Tuesday, including most of the San Francisco Bay Area and one of Southern California's largest counties, as coronavirus infection rates have fallen to their lowest level of the

Connecticut to help tourism sites; provides loan to aquarium

Preston, Conn. (AP) - The state of Connecticut is providing a $7 million loan to the Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit that's been hit hard financially after being forced to close for almost four months because of the pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont, a Democrat, said th

Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as coach, replaces Boylen

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their new head coach Tuesday. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished d 22-43 and were one of th

Intrepid museum re-opening to public with virus restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) - The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is joining the ranks of city cultural institutions welcoming the return of visitors. The museum, a former aircraft carrier on Manhattan's west side, will re-open to the general public on Friday, with corona

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel vote

Arkansas panel scales back activity at Clinton House Museum

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Advertising and Promotion Commission has pulled back from operations at the former home-turned-museum of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Fayetteville with plans to let the lease expire. Commissioners voted 6-0 Monday to scale back pr

Rhode Island added back to Connecticut quarantine list

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Rhode Island and four other states have reappeared on Connecticut's COVID-19 travel advisory, given recent upticks in cases in those locations. As of Tuesday, anyone traveling from 35 states and territories with a positive case rate tha

Renovated Lizzie Borden house on the market, again

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A home where Lizzie Borden lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, is on the market again, after being sold most recently in 2018. The current owners, Donald Woods and Leeann Wilber, also operate a Borden-themed museum and bed-and-breakf

Quarantine lifted for international travelers in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s top health official has lifted the state’s 14-day quarantine order for people returning from international travel. The quarantine order was issued in April and amended twice, most recently in July. Interim State Heal

Some see irony in virus' impact on Mayflower commemoration

The year 2020 was supposed to be a big one for the Pilgrims. Dozens of events were planned to mark the 400th anniversary of the religious separatists’ arrival at what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts. But many of those activities have been postponed o

VIRUS DIARY: As time ran short, a son rushed to say goodbye

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - No man is an island, the poem says. But amid pandemic quarantine, when my dad started having episodes of feeling faint, he seemed so isolated. Coronavirus protocols meant consulting a doctor by video who told him his symptoms weren’t w

EU ministers discuss border consistency amid 2nd virus wave

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union ministers on Tuesday discussed ways to better coordinate travel restrictions in the 27-nation bloc and guarantee the smooth circulation of people and goods as many EU nations see a resurgence of the coronavirus. European affair

National park sign vandalized with racist message, bear skin

WALLAND, Tenn. (AP) - The National Park Service is trying to identify who mounted a cardboard sign with a racist message and hung a black bear skin over an entrance sign at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors reported seeing the bear skin and sign o

Europe ministers meet to avoid COVID-19 border cacophony

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union ministers on Tuesday discussed ways to better coordinate travel restrictions in the 27-nation bloc and guarantee the smooth circulation of people and goods as many EU nations see a resurgence of the coronavirus. European affair

Coronavirus takes it slow and steady in Australian football

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - Slowly but surely, the four football sporting codes in Australia are completing their delayed seasons due to coronavirus shutdowns around the country. The two remaining ones are the biggest - Australian rules football and rugby leag

Some see irony in COVID's impact on Mayflower commemoration

The year 2020 was supposed to be a big one for Pilgrims. Dozens of events - from art exhibits and festivals to lectures and a maritime regatta featuring the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica refitted over the past three years at a cost of more than $11 milli

Proposed San Diego fish farm could be first in federal water

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research institute in San Diego and an investment group in Long Beach have teamed up to propose what could be the first open-ocean fish farm in federal waters off the southern California coast. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and Pacific

Rachel Starr Davis booted off American Airlines flight after 2-year-old son refuses to wear mask

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask, stoking a discussion about how to balance compassion with rules designed to keep others safe. In a
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