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Massachusetts museums announce reopening plans

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts museums are announcing reopening plans now that they are allowed to start welcoming visitors again under the third phase of the state's coronavirus economic recovery plan. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem announced in a stat

MLB cancels All-Star Game for 1st time since 1945

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Walt Disney World has suspended the Disney College Program indefinitely amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Disney said in a blog post on Thursday that the internship's participants won't be among those returning to work when it reo

Holidays to test Thailand's easing of virus restrictions

BANGKOK (AP) - Thai authorities urged vigilance Friday as the country celebrates its first long holiday weekend after lifting most restrictions imposed to fight the spread of the coronavirus. No new local infections have been reported in Thailand in more tha

Quarantine-free travel from U.K. to Cyprus to start Aug. 1

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Cyprus’ beleaguered tourism sector got some good news after the government announced on Friday that travelers from the U.K. will be allowed entry into the east Mediterranean island nation next month without having to undergo a compul

Virus-hammered Air France discussing thousands of job cuts

PARIS (AP) - Air France is meeting with personnel representatives Friday to discuss thousands of job cuts after the virus pandemic grounded most flights and darkened prospects for future air travel. Activists from the far-left CGT union protested at Air Franc

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) - Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses - 275 - found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said i

UK scrapping quarantine for many visitors, but not from US

LONDON (AP) - The British government said Friday it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from about 60 countries deemed “lower risk” for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy - but not the United States, the world's wor

First coronavirus then Trump order split Indian families

NEW DELHI (AP) - The March day that his father died, Karan Murgai boarded a plane to India. The coronavirus was spreading, so Murgai's wife and their two young children stayed home in Dallas. Their separation - due to last three weeks - became indefinite af

Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Selma

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. Just 25 years later, the bridge became a global landmark when civil r

Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) - As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that's making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds th

Jersey Shore at a glance as July Fourth comes amid pandemic

Here's a quick look at what's open and which coronavirus-related restrictions remain in place at the Jersey Shore as the July Fourth weekend arrives: BEACHES: Open, with reduced occupancy limits and, social distancing rules remain in place. Masks are recommen

Utah governor approves more mask mandates as cases rise

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Masks will be mandatory in parts of Utah that are home to several of the state’s famous national parks, the governor's office confirmed Thursday. The measures will not extend to park lands, which are run by the federal government. Repu

Report: Sardinia blocks Americans who land in private jet

ROME (AP) - Officials on the Italian island of Sardinia are distancing themselves from a reported decision by local airport authorities to prevent a group of Americans who arrived in a private plane from going to their rented summer house due to European Unio

Cooper vetoes string of North Carolina reopening bills

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a string of bills on Thursday passed in the Republican-controlled legislature to reopen businesses and help reignite parts of the economy most hurt by the coronavirus. With GOP lawmakers unlikely to h

US issues guidelines but no new rules for safe air travel

Federal officials said Thursday that airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing, but stopped short of requiring them to do so. The officials also recommended - but did not move to require - travelers wear face coverings

Gov. Ron DeSantis' plea for July 4: No crowds, no tight spaces

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday pleaded with Floridians to avoid enclosed spaces and crowds over the Independence Day weekend, as the state posted over 10,000 cases of the coronavirus — a single-day high — ahead of a visit from Vice President Mike P

Playgrounds, rides, libraries, museums reopen in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's playgrounds, water and amusement parks, libraries and museums reopened Thursday after a monthslong pause because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Atlantic City's casinos also reopened, though without smoking, drinking and indoor di

Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump's visa ban

CAIRO (AP) - Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. But t

Virgin Galactic prepares to unveil spaceship's interior

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) - Virgin Galactic is preparing to unveil the cabin interior of its spaceship as final testing of the craft nears completion at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. The space tourism company on Tuesday announced that the cabin’s interi

Biden assails Trump over EU barring U.S. travelers

Presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden said Thursday President Trump's failure to confront the coronavirus is to blame for the European Union barring travelers from the United States. Looking to strike a balance between reopening its econom

Alaska Airlines secures loans; casinos in NJ reopening

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ FINANCIAL A

American and 4 other airlines reach loan agreements with US

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines and four smaller carriers have reached agreement with the government for billions more in federal loans, a sign of the industry’s desperate fight to survive a downturn in air travel caused by the virus pandemic. The Treasury

Europe contains jobless rate, but faces summer of discontent

SPERLONGA, Italy (AP) - Europe has limited the rise in unemployment caused by the pandemic with a wide array of government support programs, but that cannot hide widespread economic distress and anxiety among workers and small business owners. First the good

Court considers status of Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey's highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned back into a mosque, state-run media reported. The 6th-centur

Australia may offer safe haven to Hong Kong residents

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday his government was considering an offer of safe haven to Hong Kong residents threatened by China’s move to impose a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territor

Asia Today: Cases rise in locked Australian suburbs, India

A coronavirus outbreak in Australia's second-largest city continued to grow Thursday and the Northern Territory detected its first case in three months. Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the man came home to Darwin on Monday from Melbourn

Atlantic City casinos reopen in a changed pandemic world

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - For the first time in 108 days, slot machines will beep, dice will tumble and cards will be dealt at Atlantic City's casinos Thursday as they reopen amid a coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and out

Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals that have been killed by hunters and agencies as they attempted t

Judge sides with Disney in case of autistic accommodation

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A judge has sided with Walt Disney World in ruling that the theme park resort wasn't being unreasonable when it refused to give unlimited front-of-the-line passes to an autistic man whose mother said in court papers the accommodation shou

Wyoming tourist county pursues COVID-19 indoor mask order

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Health officials in a northwestern Wyoming county busy with visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks want to require people to wear masks indoors to limit spread of the coronavirus. A rise in reported cases prompted Teton Co

Report: Tourism to Latin America hammered by COVID

MIAMI (AP) - With the coronavirus keeping Americans at home during the summer, countries south of the U.S. border are bracing for an economic reckoning from a decline in tourism. A new repor t Wednesday by the Inter-American Development Bank estimates that so

Work can continue on central Idaho trail crossing ranch

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that work can continue on a public trail on an easement crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley in central Idaho. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Tuesda

Countries eager for tourists, Tokyo Disneyland reopens

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ RETAIL STR

UK firms slash jobs to cope with outbreak's long term impact

LONDON (AP) - Companies linked to hospitality and travel in Britain have announced thousands of more job cuts as the longer term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold, choosing to slim down for survival rather than await potential government handout

Boston's famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace reopening

BOSTON (AP) - Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of Boston's most popular tourist destinations, is reopening to the public on Wednesday with a pair of special performances by the facility's favorite street musicians. The market, which includes several buildings o

Prague train with 500 tourists boosts Croatia tourism hopes

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - A train carrying about 500 tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia arrived to Croatia on Wednesday morning as the country seeks to attract visitors after easing lockdown measures against the coronavirus. The train rolled into the

Zimbabwe reopens wildlife parks, restaurants in relaxation

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe has reopened its national parks to the public and allowed restaurants to serve food within their premises, some relief for the country's hospitality sector struggling from restrictions to combat the new coronavirus. The gover

UK foreign secretary extends immigration rights to Hong Kong BNO passport holders to 5 years

LONDON (AP) - UK foreign secretary extends immigration rights to Hong Kong BNO passport holders to 5 years.
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