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Whitney Plantation Museum gets $250,000 Kellogg grant

WALLACE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana museum that tells the story of the enslaved is receiving a $250,000 grant. Whitney Plantation Museum in Wallace says in a news release that the one-year grant has been awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The release says

Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, count

Bison begin migrating out of Yellowstone National Park

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Bison presence outside of Yellowstone National Park remained low during the last weeks of Montana’s bison hunting season, but the herd’s annual migration and hunter activity recently picked up. Morgan Jacobsen, a spokesperson for Mon

New 'Utahraptor' state park could be coming to Moab area

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Arches National Park may soon have a new neighbor, due to a new bill heading through the Utah legislature. “Utahraptor State Park,” proposed by Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Sandy), would be a new recreational area in Moab and Utah’s 44t

Carnegie Mellon student participates in own brain surgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) - For someone just listening in, the conversation sounded almost like small talk. “Before Pittsburgh you lived in …?” “How do you say pizza in Chinese?” “Did you eat a lot of that in Chicago?” But the conversation was anything bu

‘A glorious racket’: Rail fans flock to Route 53 corridor

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Gathering his equipment, D.J. Miller, of Gallitzin, heads out for a morning hunt with enthusiasm. He has checked Facebook feeds and websites for vital information. Once he’s behind the wheel or on foot, he will switch to a scanner to

No artwork damaged in flooding at Hispanic cultural center

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - No artwork was damaged when waterlines broke at the National Hispanic Cultural Center during a cold snap that hit Albuquerque, officials said Friday. Much of the work to repair the flood damage has been complete. Two waterlines froze

Hotel fined for overcharging people during wildfire

ROSEBURG, ORe. (AP) - A hotel in Roseburg, Oregon, has been fined $31,000 for overcharging dozens of area residents who sought rooms after fleeing a large wildfire in September. The News-Review reports SUBH Investment LLC, which does business as Days Inn by W

Feds give $3 million to elevate flood-prone Ocean City homes

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) - The federal government is giving more than $8 million to two New Jersey towns to elevate flood-prone homes, including a Jersey Shore resort dealing with the effects of rising sea levels. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Frida

Belgium prolongs major restrictions as virus cases rise

BRUSSELS (AP) - The Belgian government will not approve new COVID-19 relaxations for at least another week after health authorities warned Friday that the number of coronavirus infections is rising, probably due in part to the fast-spreading variant first fou

Belgium likely to prolong restrictions as virus cases rise

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian health authorities warned Friday that the number of coronavirus infections is rising, probably due in part to the fast-spreading variant first found in Britain, as the government appeared set to prolong restrictions for several more we

Elephant kills zookeeper with blow from trunk in Spain

MADRID (AP) - Authorities in Spain’s northern Cantabria region are investigating how an elephant killed a worker at a local zoo. The Cantabrian regional government says 44-year-old Joaquín Gutiérrez died in a hospital on Tuesday, several hours after a fem

Vaccination 'passports' may open society, but inequity looms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Violet light bathed the club stage as 300 people, masked and socially distanced, erupted in gentle applause. For the first time since the pandemic began, Israeli musician Aviv Geffen stepped to his electric piano and began to play for

Hawaii lawmakers consider standardized pandemic travel rules

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill that would standardize the state's pandemic travel restrictions across the islands, a departure from the current system that allows individual counties to opt out of a state pre-flight testing program o

Arsenal, Milan through in Europa League; Napoli, Germans out

BERLIN (AP) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored late to steer Arsenal into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-2 win over Benfica on Thursday, while Napoli and both German teams were knocked out. Arsenal had to come from behind to advance 4-3 on aggregat

Peppa Pig theme park set for Legoland Florida Resort in 2022

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - A standalone Peppa Pig theme park is set to open next year at the Legoland Florida Resort, park officials announced Thursday. The new park, based on the popular preschool animated television series, will be located near the main Lego

Late Aubameyang goal steers Arsenal through in Europa League

BERLIN (AP) - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored late to steer Arsenal into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-2 win over Benfica on Thursday. Arsenal had to come from behind to advance 4-3 on aggregate, while Napoli was knocked out despite beating Grana

Report: Vegas casinos still slump, other markets improving

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas Strip casinos are continuing to suffer effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a monthly report from state regulators, but northern Nevada and parts of the state that attract local and drive-in gamblers are showing signs o

EU leaders seek to inject energy into slow vaccine rollout

BRUSSELS (AP) - European Union leaders are gathering Thursday to try to inject new energy into the bloc’s lagging coronavirus vaccination efforts as concern mounts that new variants might spread faster than authorities can adapt. The leaders will meet via v

Qantas expects to start international flights in October

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Qantas Airways does not expect to resume international travel apart from New Zealand until late October after the Australian population was vaccinated for COVID-19, the airline’s chief executive said on Thursday. The Sydney-based

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

SAN DIEGO (AP) - President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States. Former President Donald Trump last spring halted the iss

Cooper lifts curfew, eases gathering and occupancy limits

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - With cases and other key metrics trending downward in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced the state will ease gathering and occupancy restrictions and end its 10 p.m. statewide curfew starting Friday. For the first tim

Lawyer: French tourist detained in Iran on security charges

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran has detained a French tourist for nine months, his lawyer said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of detentions of foreigners at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West. The detainee’s lawyer, Saeed Dehghan, descri

Original 9, Hewitt in Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021

Billie Jean King and the other members of the Original 9 who laid the groundwork for the women’s professional tour are the first group elected together to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Lleyton Hewitt and Dennis Van der Meer in the Class of

Verisk, Parsons fall; PRA Health Sciences, Upwork rise

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Wednesday: Flowserve Corp., down 80 cents to $38.75. The maker of pumps and other equipment for the oil industry gave investors a disappointing revenue forecast for the year. PRA Heal

Saudi Arabia says crown prince had 'successful' surgery

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a “successful surgery” to remove his appendix Wednesday, the royal court said, and he left the hospital soon after the operation. The 35-year-old prince had surgery for a

Texas ranch heiress' art collection going up for auction

DALLAS (AP) - An art collection worth an estimated $150 million that belonged to the late Texas oil and ranching heiress Anne Marion is going up for auction this spring in New York. Sotheby's said Wednesday that Marion's private collection includes works by A

A shot in the arm: EU vaccine program struggles to speed up

BRUSSELS (AP) - Two months after its first vaccine shots, the European Union is still struggling to get its COVID-19 inoculation drive up to speed. EU leaders are meeting Thursday to jump-start the process, fearing that new virus variants might spread faster

Imran Khan invites Sri Lankan Buddhists to visit Pakistan

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has proclaimed his Muslim-majority nation a choice destination for religious tourism by Sri Lankans, most of whom are Buddhists. In talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday, Kh

Kentucky Kingdom sold to company that operates Dollywood

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky amusement park that once operated as a Six Flags has been sold to a company that operates family-oriented venues around the country including Dollywood in Tennessee and Silver Dollar City in Missouri. Georgia-based Herschend

Montana governor to use personal plane, not state aircraft

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's governor said he will use his own plane for business travel rather than a state aircraft. Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte's office said he purchased the fixed-wing, single-engine plane in December, the Independent Record reports

Chelsea tops Atlético in CL with Giroud's bicycle-kick goal

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Olivier Giroud’s bicycle-kick goal awarded after video review gave Chelsea a 1-0 win against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. It took nearly three minutes for Giroud and his t

UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports'

LONDON (AP) - Britain plans to use its presidency of the Group of Seven economic powers to push for an internationally recognized system of vaccine passports that could allow world travel to resume, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Tuesday tha

New or used? Either way, price hikes squeeze US auto buyers

FENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The viral pandemic has triggered a cascade of price hikes throughout America's auto industry - a surge that has made both new and used vehicles unaffordable for many. Prices of new vehicles far outpaced overall consumer inflatio

Congo, Italy dispatch investigators into ambassador's death

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - An Italian Carabinieri unit is expected in Congo Tuesday to investigate the killings of the Italian ambassador to Congo, an Italian Carabinieri police officer and their driver in the country's east. Congolese authorities and members o

Norway moves 'home' World Cup qualifier to neutral Spain

OSLO, Norway (AP) - Norway’s national soccer team will play its first “home” World Cup qualifying game at a neutral venue in Spain next month because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian soccer federation said Tuesda

Maryland planning statewide vaccine appointment system

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland will launch a statewide pre-registration system online next month for people to register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at mass vaccination sites, the state's acting health secretary said Monday. The pre-registration system

MATCHDAY: Bayern's CL title defense strained by virus

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday: ATLÉTICO MADRID-CHELSEA Atlético Madrid plays its home game against Chelsea in Bucharest, Romania, because of travel restrictions preventing visitors from Britain entering Spain. Atlético has bee

Nevada Senate passes bill to form 'dark sky places' program

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's state Senate took a step toward ensuring stargazers will continue to enjoy picture-perfect constellations on Monday, passing a bill to recognize “dark sky places” with unobstructed views of galaxies hundreds of thousands
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