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Lawsuit filed to prevent disease in bighorn sheep herds

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A lawsuit that seeks to prevent disease outbreaks in bighorn sheep herds living in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been filed in federal court in eastern Washington. The lawsuit contends the Forest Service is placing bighorn s

COVID spotlights Las Vegas' need to offer more than tourism

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The coronavirus pandemic’s widespread impact has reminded Las Vegas officials that they need to diversify their economy beyond tourism. There hasn't been a lack of trying but the need has been laid even more bare thanks to COVID-19, the La

Holiday air travel surges despite dire health warnings

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the greatest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration scre

Western Maine tourism, recreation gets a funding boost

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) - The federal government is making an investment in the tourism and recreation industries in western Maine, an area popular with hikers, campers and outdoor adventurers. The University of Maine has received $286,800 to provide workforce t

New Zealand files 13 safety charges after volcano killed 22

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - New Zealand authorities filed safety violation charges on Monday against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people. The island had been a popular tourist destinat

49ers blindsided by county rules that make them homeless

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said the team was blindsided by new coronavirus regulations put in place by Santa Clara County officials that will force the 49ers to find a temporary new home for practice and games. The county announced the new rules Saturd

California sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California broke a record Sunday with more than 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations as counties statewide prepared for stricter COVID-19 restrictions to take effect amid surging cases and Thanksgiving travel. Health officials are preparing f

Fauci: US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead

The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas. “When yo

Nebraska virus hospitalizations stabilize near record level

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Nebraska has remained relatively stable over the past two weeks, but it remains near record levels, which is putting significant stress on the state's hospitals. Nebraska officials said 91

Hawaii seeks to be seen as a remote workplace with a view

HONOLULU (AP) - Software engineer Raymond Berger begins his work day at 5 a.m., before the sun comes up over Hawaii. Rising early is necessary because the company he works for is in New York City, five hours ahead of Maui, where he is renting a home with a ba

Asia Today: Cambodia tracks contacts after family infected

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - Cambodian officials say a family of six and another man tested positive for the coronavirus in a rare case of local infection, and Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern that the woman believed to be the source had traveled exten

Indiana Landmarks helps preserve historic World’s Fair homes

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) - Moving buildings from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to Beverly Shores was no small task. Restoring those homes hasn’t been easy, either. “Welcome to ‘This Old House’ on steroids,” Ross Gambril said during a recent India

Officials fear Thanksgiving could inflame the pandemic

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Health officials are worried that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings will inflame the pandemic, straining hospitals even further. “We’ve got to take the fuel away from this virus,” Herb Simmons, executive director of the St. Clair Count

COVID-19 continues spread, Illinois faces post-holiday surge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Coronavirus illness claimed another 105 lives in Illinois Saturday among 7,873 newly confirmed infections. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is among those ill with COVID-19, according to his office. He is recovering at home. The daily de

Rough rescue: Storms, broken plane force layover for turtles

BOSTON (AP) - They might have gotten there faster by walking, but at any rate, these endangered turtles had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Bad weather, a damaged propeller and an unscheduled stop in Tennessee complicated the rescue of 30 criticall

Disney donates wishing well coins to homeless charity

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Some $20,000 in coins that tourists tossed into Walt Disney World’s wishing wells and fountains became a Thanksgiving gift for central Florida's largest homeless shelter. “I am just so thankful, especially in light of everything that

Historians in Delaware complete newspaper archiving project

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) - Since the late 1800s, there have been plenty of stories, newsmakers and journalists in the Seaford area. Now, there’s something new for the old news: Scores of archived newspaper editions from various publications are at your fingertip

Bear biologists concerned famous grizzly

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Bear biologist Mike Boyce was staked out on a road in south of Wilson for much of the day on Nov. 17 keeping tabs on five grizzly bears that were napping, playing and feeding on a deer carcass. “They devoured it in just a matter of ...

The Latest: British govt insists virus measures are needed

LONDON - The British government is warning lawmakers who oppose strict coronavirus restrictions that the measures are the only way to avoid a surge that will overwhelm the health system. A four-week national lockdown in England is due to end Wednesday, and wi

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation's response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and test

Las Vegas tourism slumps as coronavirus surges

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas welcomed nearly 1.9 million tourists in October, a greater total than September but only about half the 3.7 million it hosted throughout the month a year prior, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported this week. The slo

Travel agents in Mideast, Africa say UAE is blocking visas

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Travel agencies in countries across the Middle East and Africa say the United Arab Emirates has temporarily halted issuing new visas to their citizens, a so-far unexplained ban on visitors amid both the coronavirus pandemic

Puppy pipeline runs from Georgia northward to adoptive homes

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Packed in a dog crate, a 3-year-old boxer mix named Sky took flight earlier this month. She was one of a half-dozen dogs who got the ride of their lives flying from Macon, Georgia, to new homes in Virginia. Kim Williams, who volunteers for

Project adds biking, hiking trails in western North Carolina

NEBO, N.C. (AP) - A district inside a national park in western North Carolina has approved a project that will help sustain and expand its trail system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release that the Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfathe

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The announcement by the company was made in a U.S. Securities a

New quarter pays homage to a Kansas landmark

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Flint Hills of Kansas are all abuzz over a new coin that pays homage to the state's Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The Wichita Eagle reports that the U.S. Mint this month released the 55th installment in its America the Beautif

Thanksgiving travelers try to reach destinations, miss virus

Americans, millions of whom traveled against the advice of public health officials, tried to stay safe before they hunkered down with their families for Thanksgiving, a holiday remade by the pandemic as case numbers and death tolls rise. Lily Roberts, 19, sa

Tensions rise over housing of migrants on Spanish islands

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A row over where to house African migrants increasingly arriving by boat on Spain’s Canary Islands deepened Thursday, when the mayor of the most affected town urged the Spanish government to transfer them out of local hotels. More th

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence - a discovery made by scientists using wildlife GPS tracking techniques to ma

Low-cost carrier FlyDubai begins Israel flights after deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The low-cost carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv on Thursday, the latest sign of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. FlyDubai flight No. FZ1163 landed at Ben-Gurio

'Tacky Lights Tour' will look different due to coronavirus

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An annual holiday tradition of touring elaborate holiday displays at homes in and around Richmond will continue this year, but there won't be quite as many lights. The Tacky Lights Tour is still set to begin this weekend, although some lo

Georgia's state-owned Jekyll Island getting new hotel

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A hotel is rising on a long-vacant beachfront on Georgia's state-owned Jekyll Island. The Brunswick News reports a 209-room hotel is scheduled to open in spring or summer of next year. It will carry a double branding, with 120 Court

Some snow expected as next storm moves over New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Forecasters with the National Weather Service in New Mexico say a storm is expected to cross over the state Friday through Saturday morning and could effect some post-holiday travel. The upper-level low pressure system will bring wit

Lack of snow in France moves World Cup ski races to Italy

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) - Two men’s World Cup races scheduled in France next week were switched to Italy on Thursday because of a lack of snow. The International Ski Federation said Val d’Isere could not stage giant slaloms on Dec. 5-6 which now go to Sa

Pubs to stay shut in many areas in new English virus curbs

LONDON (AP) - Most people in England will continue to face tight restrictions on socializing and business after a nationwide lockdown ends next week, with pubs and restaurants ordered to remain shut across much of the country’s densely populated Midlands an

Africa CDC sees COVID-19 vaccinations in 2nd quarter of 2021

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Vaccinations against COVID-19 in Africa might not start until the second quarter of next year, the continent's top public health official said Thursday, adding that it will be “extremely dangerous” if more developed parts of the worl

Denver mayor travels for holiday after asking staff not to

DENVER (AP) - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock flew to Mississippi to visit family despite sending messages on social media and to city staff asking them to avoid traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. The mayor's spokesperson Mike Strott told The Denver Post t

Kentucky reports 3,408 new confirmed coronavirus cases

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) - Concerned about the risks of large gatherings amid surging coroavirus cases, Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians on Wednesday to keep Thanksgiving celebrations small and avoid traveling. “Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays

Iowa Tribe creates national park on Nebraska-Kansas border

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's largest tribal national park on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. The 444-acre park will allow the tribe to tell the story of
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