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Many Cubans hope US election will lead to renewed ties

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) - Not so long ago the tables at Woow!!! restaurant in Havana were filled with tourists ordering mojitos and plates of grilled octopus. But as President Donald Trump rolled back Obama-era measures opening Cuba relations, the restaurant grew i
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Many Cubans hope US election will lead to renewed ties

HAVANA, Cuba (AP) - Not so long ago the tables at Woow!!! restaurant in Havana were filled with tourists ordering mojitos and plates of grilled octopus. But as President Donald Trump rolled back Obama-era measures opening Cuba relations, the restaurant grew increasingly empty. Now entrepreneurs like Orlando Alain Rodríguez are ...

US allows Jerusalem-born citizens to put Israel on passports

JERUSALEM (AP) - The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The move came a day after the United States amended scien
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US allows Jerusalem-born citizens to put Israel on passports

JERUSALEM (AP) - The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday. The move came a day after the United States amended science accords signed with Israel to apply ...

Vermont lawmakers lament virus rules near New Hampshire line

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont lawmakers from districts near the New Hampshire border are asking Vermont officials for some flexibility after new virus rules restrict non-essential travel between the two states. In a Tuesday email, Vermont State Rep. Jim Ma
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Vermont lawmakers lament virus rules near New Hampshire line

THETFORD, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont lawmakers from districts near the New Hampshire border are asking Vermont officials for some flexibility after new virus rules restrict non-essential travel between the two states. In a Tuesday email, Vermont State Rep. Jim Masland, A Democrat from Thetford, highlighted how intertwined the communities ...

Airbus reports new pandemic losses, but stops bleeding cash

PARIS (AP) - Struggling plane maker Airbus says new European virus lockdown measures are making its life “a bit more difficult,” as it announced 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion) in pandemic-related losses for the third quarter Thursday amid a slower-than-e
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Airbus reports new pandemic losses, but stops bleeding cash

PARIS (AP) - Struggling plane maker Airbus says new European virus lockdown measures are making its life “a bit more difficult,” as it announced 1 billion euros ($1.16 billion) in pandemic-related losses for the third quarter Thursday amid a slower-than-expected recovery in air travel. But CEO Guillaume Faury said Airbus ...

USDA to help Maine children's museum get new building

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - The federal government is going to help a children's museum in central Maine make improvements that will allow for better exhibits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Program is giving the Chil
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USDA to help Maine children's museum get new building

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - The federal government is going to help a children's museum in central Maine make improvements that will allow for better exhibits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Program is giving the Children's Discovery Museum in Waterville a $67,500 grant and $692,500 loan. The ...

Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Astrid Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that make her feel like a prisoner in her adopted country. Australia
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Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Astrid Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that make her feel like a prisoner in her adopted country. Australia has sought to prevent new coronavirus cases from reaching its ...

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Onl
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Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning to work at ...

EPA approves Utah pollution controls at Utah power plants

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal environmental officials have approved a plan by the state of Utah for new pollution controls at the state's oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near Arches and Canyonlands national parks and other wilderness are
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EPA approves Utah pollution controls at Utah power plants

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal environmental officials have approved a plan by the state of Utah for new pollution controls at the state's oldest coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near Arches and Canyonlands national parks and other wilderness areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision, announced Wednesday, ...

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. T
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Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has decided to exempt ...

Judge approves agreement to end dispute over threatened owl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day afte
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Judge approves agreement to end dispute over threatened owl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day after the sides announced they had reached the resolution. ...

Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old daughter every other weekend in an agreement with his ex-wife, but he can't brin
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Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old daughter every other weekend in an agreement with his ex-wife, but he can't bring her to his home because she lives in upstate ...

COVID-19 cases rising, prompting quarantines, school closing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - About a dozen city employees in Fort Lauderdale have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 30 others are quarantining, officials said. Across Florida, the numbers of those testing positive - while still way down from the
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COVID-19 cases rising, prompting quarantines, school closing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - About a dozen city employees in Fort Lauderdale have tested positive for the coronavirus and nearly 30 others are quarantining, officials said. Across Florida, the numbers of those testing positive - while still way down from the state’s summertime peak - have begun inching up ...

With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift

JERUSALEM (AP) - The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem's ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project. In the process, Israeli archaeologists are st
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With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift

JERUSALEM (AP) - The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem's ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project. In the process, Israeli archaeologists are studying the bastion's medieval past in the hope of learning more ...

Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel

Boeing will cut more jobs as it continues to bleed money and its revenue fades during a pandemic that has smothered demand for new airline planes. The company said Wednesday that it expects to cut its workforce to about 130,000 people by the end of next year
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Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel

Boeing will cut more jobs as it continues to bleed money and its revenue fades during a pandemic that has smothered demand for new airline planes. The company said Wednesday that it expects to cut its workforce to about 130,000 people by the end of next year, or 30,000 fewer ...

No crowds for Melbourne Cup despite easing of restrictions

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australia’s premier horse race will go ahead next week but there’ll be no crowd allowed for the Melbourne Cup despite the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Victoria state has eased strict lockdown regulations following
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No crowds for Melbourne Cup despite easing of restrictions

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australia’s premier horse race will go ahead next week but there’ll be no crowd allowed for the Melbourne Cup despite the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Victoria state has eased strict lockdown regulations following a deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections and will allow crowds to ...

Lawsuit demands California museum forfeit Thai artifacts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco museum give up claims to two religious relics allegedly stolen from Thailand, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday. A civil complaint filed Monday in federal court seeks the forfeit
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Lawsuit demands California museum forfeit Thai artifacts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco museum give up claims to two religious relics allegedly stolen from Thailand, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday. A civil complaint filed Monday in federal court seeks the forfeiture of two 1,500-pound hand-carved sandstone lintels the government contends ...

National Park Service names superintendent for Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The National Park Service announced Tuesday it has selected park service veteran Cicely Muldoon as the new permanent superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. Muldoon is a 35-year veteran of the National Park Servi
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National Park Service names superintendent for Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - The National Park Service announced Tuesday it has selected park service veteran Cicely Muldoon as the new permanent superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. Muldoon is a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service and has been acting superintendent since January. Before that, ...

Peru's Machu Picchu reopening Sunday after pandemic closure

MACHU PICCHU, Peru (AP) - Except workers repairing roads and signs, Peru's majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is eerily empty ahead of its reopening Sunday after seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long closure of Peru's No. 1 to
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Peru's Machu Picchu reopening Sunday after pandemic closure

MACHU PICCHU, Peru (AP) - Except workers repairing roads and signs, Peru's majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is eerily empty ahead of its reopening Sunday after seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long closure of Peru's No. 1 tourist draw, which has hammered the ...

Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the state's western Badlands where he hunted, ranched and live
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Backers get needed funds for North Dakota Roosevelt library

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's governor, Microsoft, a Walmart heir, and a Fargo media mogul are among the major financial backers of a proposed presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in the state's western Badlands where he hunted, ranched and lived a cowboy life before becoming the 26th U.S. president, ...

Agreement ends dispute over threatened Mexican spotted owl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited ti
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Agreement ends dispute over threatened Mexican spotted owl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands ...

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