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Amid outbreak, officials seek safe ways to draw visitors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A week into the summer season that typically drives South Carolina's robust tourism economy, finding ways to safely draw visitors to the state amid the coronavirus outbreak is top-of-mind for officials discussing the state's reopening.

Virus leaves the US travel industry struggling to recover

U.S. air travel down almost 90% from a year ago. A ghostly emptiness at Hawaii's tourist hotels. Deserted Las Vegas casinos counting the days to reopening. Few sectors of the economy have endured as much devastation from the coronavirus as the travel business

Greek tourism minister says all foreign visitors welcome

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece is ready to welcome tourists from all over the world this summer but will be adhering to the advice of health experts to ensure it remains a safe destination in terms of the risk of coronavirus spread, the country’s tourism mini

Hawaii Island's wedding industry takes hit from coronavirus

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Business owners who make money from marriages on Hawaii Island say they have been badly hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Postponements and cancellations have deeply impacted companies in the Big Island's wedding industry, The Hawaii Tribu

Greensboro College to end fall semester early amid virus

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Greensboro College in North Carolina will end its fall semester before Thanksgiving in order to reduce the number of trips students make during the coronavirus outbreak, the school’s president said. The semester will end Nov. 24, tw

Iran scientist acquitted in US trade secrets case deported

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. after being acquitted in a federal trade secrets case is on his way back to Iran after being deported, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sirous Asgari was in the air on a flight back

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s move to quit WHO cites flawed facts

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump spread a number of false and misleading claims about the World Health Organization in announcing his decision to cut U.S. ties with the agency over the coronavirus epidemic. Trump last week said he would halt funding a

Iran FM: Scientist acquitted in US trade secrets case freed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. after being acquitted in a federal trade secrets case is on his way back to Iran after being freed, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sirous Asgari was in the air on a flight back to

'Welcome Back!' Several famed museums reopen across Europe

AMSTERDAM (AP) - In the Netherlands, the intimate gaze of the Girl with the Pearl Earring can once again startle and entice visitors. Down in Spain, the rusty maze of steel sheets by Richard Serra is a wonderland anew for art lovers. And at the Vatican's Sist

Florida Keys reopen to visitors as Miami-area beaches closed

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Keys reopened for visitors Monday after the tourist-dependent island chain was closed for more than two months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As the Keys took down barriers, Miami-Dade County decided to keep its

Businesses ramp up operations as nations prep for tourists

BELT-LOOSENING: - Chuy's Holdings, which runs restaurants that make Tex-Mex inspired dishes, has re-opened a majority of its dining rooms. The company said Monday that 87 of its dining rooms were in operation in varying levels of capacity. Five restaurants co

Beartooth Highway opens for summer after snow clearance

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Beartooth Highway connecting Yellowstone National Park with Red Lodge, Montana, has opened for the season, officials said. The Wyoming section was cleared for summer travel May 29, connecting with the opened Montana portion of the roa

Survey: US factories sink in May for third straight month

WASHINGTON (AP) - American factories slowed for the third consecutive month in May as they continued to sustain economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its man

Hawaii short-term rentals remain on hold for virus recovery

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County has processed nearly all of its short-term vacation rental applications, but it could be months before the units are allowed to operate as a result of the coronavirus. The Hawaii County Planning Department completed it

Park rangers discover human remains on North Carolina island

HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. (AP) - Authorities in North Carolina are trying to identify human remains that were discovered on a barrier island Sunday afternoon, according to officials. Cape Lookout National Seashore rangers found the remains around 3:30 p.m. on Shac

Vatican centralizes contracting to cut waste, corruption

ROME (AP) - Gone are the days of the half-million euro Christmas Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican is centralizing its contracting and procurement procedures in a bid to cut waste, root out corruption and bring the Holy See’s finances int

Turkey eases lockdown as restaurants reopen, flights resume

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish Airlines resumed limited domestic flights, restaurants welcomed sit-in customers and beaches and museums reopened as Turkey’s broadest easing of coronavirus restrictions came into effect Monday. A Turkish Airlines flight, with

More Kentucky parks set to reopen in June

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - More Kentucky parks are set to reopen in June. Four Kentucky State Park lodges that were previously designated as part of the state’s coronavirus emergency response will reopen on June 8, Gov. Andy Beshear announced. They include Lake

Insider: JetBlue CEO discusses COVID-19's impact on airlines

Airlines are starting to see a slight rise in bookings, but air travel remains down about 90%, prompting speculation about which carriers might go under. JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes admits he doesn’t know how quickly air travel will recover from the cor

Dispatches from Yosemite: Alone with the bears and beauty

The glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park have been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. Locked down amid cascading waterfalls and giant sequoias, the kids and their families hav

French Quarter sans tourists: 'An old neighborhood again'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For Jack Greenwood, New Orleans' COVID-19 lockdowns brought sadness, but also a revelation: He was making more acquaintances with fellow residents - people he might not have noticed before tourism dried up in the French Quarter. “I've se

The Latest: Pope greets people in St. Peter’s Square

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: - Pope greet

Competitors working together as Yellowstone preps to reopen

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The Montana entrances to Yellowstone are still closed, but that hasn’t stopped several Big Sky tour companies from teaming up to be ready when those gates do open. The five tour companies - Big Sky Adventures & Tours, Discover Yellowst

The Latest: Officials to keep watch as Australia eases rules

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: - Officials t

Locals take back tourist-free Waikiki during pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) - Growing up in Hawaii, Amber Lethem's family avoided Waikiki, the world-famous tourist mecca. “I reflect back on my childhood, Waikiki has always been this pinnacle of like that’s where all the tourists are,” Lethem said. “We didn't re

Great Smokies firefly light show to be presented virtually

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - This is the time of the year the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be buzzing - and glowing - with the spectacular natural phenomenon of synchronous fireflies and the hordes of humans who come to see them. But along with so man

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people coming from 29 countries but that travelers who departed from places that aren't on the initial list will be subject to mandat

Reopened Mississippi casinos made more this Memorial Day

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's casinos reopened just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and what a weekend it was. Casinos raked in $5 million more than Memorial Day weekend 2019, when they won $28.9 million in gaming revenue, the Mississippi Gaming Com

Denali National Park to allow private drivers on access road

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Drivers will be able to drive through Denali National Park and Preserve on its only access road this summer after measures intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 reduced anticipated bus traffic in the park. The park service has a

Health care workers protest lack of protective gear

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Health care workers rallied Saturday in New London to protest what they called a shortage of personal protective equipment and pay tribute to a nurse's aide who died earlier this month after contracting the coronavirus. Gov. Ned Lamont

Gatlinburg attractions optimistic as businesses reopen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attractions in Gatlinburg are optimistic for an increase in visitors as summer approaches and businesses reopen. Marcus Watson, marketing manager for SkyLift Gatlinburg, said the area enjoyed a busy weekend after many attractions in Se

Volunteer to help with crowds at Wyoming grizzly sightings

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Near mile marker 11 on Togwotee Pass, Tiffany Huynh wanted to know what all the commotion was about. Two grizzly bears, someone informed her, were snoozing. A look came over her. Fists started pumping in the air. “Yessssss,” an exhila

Italy's seas speak: No tourists or boats mean cleaner water

FIUMICINO, Italy (AP) - Pollution from human and agriculture waste spilling into the seas off Rome has decreased 30% during Italy's coronavirus lockdown, preliminary results from a nationwide survey of seawater quality indicate. Authorities stressed it was to

UN extends arms embargo and other sanctions in South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Friday extending for a year an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals, with Russia, China and South Africa abstaining. The U.S.-drafte

North Carolina organization to honor arrival of wild horses

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) - Spanish explorers landed in Currituck County 500 years ago looking for gold, a good port and maybe a place to settle. When they found nothing that worked for them, they sailed for other lands. In the process, however, they left behind s

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to buy work from 24 artists

BOSTON (AP) - Even as Boston's Museum of Fine Arts remains closed, curators remain at work on building out its contemporary art collection. The museum made a pledge Thursday to purchase works by 24 artists living in the country. Nearly all of the artists wi

Not all water parks reopen despite eased Abbott restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - It may be days or weeks before some Texas water parks reopen, despite Gov. Greg Abbott's order allowing many to reopen Friday. Earlier this week, Abbott loosened restrictions on water parks to allow 25% occupancy of their capacity, as wel

Trump sees hope on horizon amid pandemic

President Trump said Friday he's optimistic about the path forward for the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing an accelerated push for a vaccine and declining transmission after a month-plus of shutdown orders. Mr. Trump desperately wants to get Americ

Large cruises banned in Canada at least until Oct. 31

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Large cruise ships will continue to be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country's transport minister announced Friday. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said th
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