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Indonesia to deport Russian social media star who held party

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) - A Russian social media celebrity was being deported from Indonesia on Sunday after he held a party at a luxury hotel on the resort island of Bali attended by more than 50 people despite coronavirus restrictions. The party held on Ja

Florida attraction to get glass-bottom boat for wheelchairs

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s 150 years of treating tourists to gushing springs, lolling manatees, curious fish and emerald grasses undulating in invisible currents is about to take a turn because of a chance remark. In 2015, Paula Russo, a volunteer for th

About 20% of all Hawaii parking tickets since 2015 unpaid

HONOLULU (AP) - About 20% of all parking tickets issued in Hawaii over the last five years have gone unpaid, amounting to a total of nearly $11 million in uncollected fines, according to state records. The main offenders for the unpaid fines are rental car co

Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

PHOENIX (AP) - A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one person and critically injuring two others, authorities said. The cause of the wreck around noon Friday was not yet known, said Ani

Belgium bans leisure travel for a month to combat pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium is banning all leisure travel abroad for its citizens as of next week and until March, in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its virulent variants. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said Friday that “when people travel,

Canada thinking of quarantining travelers in hotels

TORONTO (AP) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Friday his government could impose stricter restrictions on travelers at any moment in response to new, likely more contagious variants of the coronavirus - possibly making it mandatory to quarantine in a ho

Denmark suspends Dubai flights amid doubts over virus tests

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicion arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable, authorities announced Friday. Th

Tire falls from small plane into Chicago neighborhood

CHICAGO (AP) - A tire fell from a small plane near homes in a Chicago neighborhood before the plane landed safely at O’Hare International Airport. No injuries were reported on the ground or among those on the plane, which sent up sparks on a runway as it la

Global stocks sink after China coronavirus resurgence

BEIJING (AP) - Global stock markets and U.S. futures retreated Friday after a resurgence of coronavirus infections in China and a rise in cases in Southeast Asia. London and Frankfurt opened lower and Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo declined. Optimism about th

Asian stocks sink after China coronavirus resurgence

BEIJING (AP) - Asian stock markets retreated Friday after a resurgence of coronavirus infections in China and a rise in cases in Southeast Asia. Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Australia declined. South Korea advanced. Overnight, Wall Street closed higher. Gai

Westbrook sparks No. 3 UConn to win over No. 25 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Evina Westbrook, who transferred from Tennessee to UConn two years ago, connected on back-to-back fourth-quarter 3-pointers to spark the No. 3 Huskies to a 67-61 victory over the No. 25 Lady Volunteers Thursday night. UConn freshman Pa

Official: Holidays may be driving Nevada coronavirus deaths

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A surge of Nevada coronavirus cases following December holidays may have passed, but deaths are still spiking, experts told a panel guiding the state’s COVID-19 response Thursday. “It’s pretty likely that we’re right in the throes of

South Dakota 2020 tourism declined, but industry optimistic

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A reduction in visitors and tourism income broke a 10-year streak of industry growth last year, the Department of Tourism reported Thursday, although the state fared better than others during the pandemic. The number of visitors to South D

New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Direct grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are a hallmark of New Mexico's coronavirus relief effort have been awarded to several state legislators as well as enterprises that have sued the state over Gov. Michell

Florida begins to restrict COVID vaccine to state residents

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Amid shortages of vaccines to protect against the coronavirus, Florida's top health officer on Thursday advised counties across his state to prioritize available doses to residents, including so-called snowbirds who reside in the stat

Rocky Mountain National Park nixes timed reservation system

DENVER (AP) - Rocky Mountain National Park is discontinuing a timed-entry reservation system that was put in place to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The reservation system last year limited vehicle entries to 60% of the park's maximu

Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton's brother, dies at 67

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country star Dolly Parton said her brother Randy Parton, who sang and performed with her, as well as at her Dollywood theme park, has died. He was 67. Parton, who turned 75 this week, said in a statement released on Thursday that her

California city allots $1M a year to Cheech Marin art museum

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - The Southern California city of Riverside has approved plans to remodel its main library to display Cheech Marin’s art collection and commit about $1 million of city money a year to help pay operational costs, according to a newspap

United Airlines shares lose altitude after weak 1Q forecast

United Airlines officials said Thursday that travel will recover from the pandemic, but they just don’t know when, and investors appeared to punish the airline for that doubt and a cautious outlook for early 2021. The comments came one day after United repo

Health official says state vaccine site coming to Cape Cod

BOSTON (AP) - A state-run vaccination site is coming to Cape Cod. Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment Director Sean O’Brien tells The Cape Cod Times the state has committed to opening a “soup to nuts” COVID-19 vaccination site on the

Negro Leagues roots: Kansas City T-Bones renamed Monarchs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association are being renamed the Kansas City Monarchs after the team that played in the Negro Leagues. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum signed a licensing agreement with Mark Brandm

Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the U.S. enters “what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus,” President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the u

Dubai halts live entertainment amid surge in virus cases

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Dubai's tourism department Thursday announced an immediate halt to all live entertainment at hotels and restaurants, a day after suspending non-urgent surgeries at hospitals to deal with an influx of COVID-19 patients. Bot

The Latest: Fauci vows full US engagement with WHO

GENEVA - President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser on COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says the United States will cease reducing U.S. staff counts at the World Health Organization and pay its financial obligations to it as it vows to stay fully engaged with th

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry. Full operations also resumed Thursday at the island's two inter

2 children taken from NY foster home found in Alabama

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) - Two young children forcibly taken from their western New York foster home were found Wednesday after authorities tracked a rental car to Alabama and found them on the floor of the backseat, police said. Police Chief Andrew Forsythe of Gre

Top-ranked Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - Ash Barty is set to return to the tennis court for something other than practice for the first time in 11 months. The world No. 1-ranked Barty on Thursday said she'll play in a one-day exhibition event in Adelaide on Jan. 29 which i

Biden bets big on immigration reform in opening move

SAN DIEGO (AP) - For the opening salvo of his presidency, few expected Joe Biden to be so far reaching on immigration. A raft of executive orders issued Wednesday undoes many of his predecessor’s hallmark initiatives, such as halting work on a border wall w

Biden to review Trump's changes to national monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - President Joe Biden said Wednesday he plans to review the Trump administration's downsizing of two sprawling national monuments in the American Southwest, including one on lands considered sacred to Native Americans who joined environmen

China hits Trump officials with sanctions on their way out

WASHINGTON (AP) - China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday. In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business

Dubai orders hospitals to cancel surgeries amid virus surge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The government of Dubai on Wednesday ordered all hospitals to cancel nonessential surgeries for the next month as coronavirus infections surge to unprecedented heights in the United Arab Emirates. In a circular sent to gover

Kauai businesses struggle under coronavirus travel policies

HONOLULU (AP) - Kauai ended a tourism shutdown earlier this month by allowing interisland travelers to return to the island, but the impact of the coronavirus on the economy is having devastating consequences. The head of Hawaii's lodging and tourism associat

On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, virus

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and handlin

American who enthused about Bali lifestyle being deported

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) - An American graphic designer is being deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali over her viral tweets that celebrated it as a low-cost, queer-friendly place for foreigners to live. Kristen Antoinette Gray arrived in Bali i

Sisolak calls to diversify Nevada's tourism-reliant economy

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Steve Sisolak outlined plans Tuesday to spur job growth and attract new industries to Nevada as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the state’s tourism-driven economy. In his prerecorded State of the State addr

The Latest: Trump faces loss of Screen Actors Guild card

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 4:30 p.m. After leaving the White House, President Donald Trump may lose his Screen Actors Guild card, too. The Screen Actors Guild said Tuesday that the SAG-AFTRA boar

Newsom sets new tone for California, White House partnership

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After four years of sparring with President Donald Trump, California is ready for a more productive, friendlier chapter with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined his areas of agreement and plac

Swiss gov't urges rejection of ban on full-face coverings

GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland's executive branch on Tuesday urged voters to reject in an upcoming referendum a proposal that would ban full face-coverings like Muslim niqabs and burqas and ski masks worn by some protesters. Nearly three years after the proposal w

EU commission urges member states to speed up vaccination

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union is urging member states to speed up the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure that at least 80% of the most vulnerable people to the virus - those over age 80 - are vaccinated by March. In nonbinding recommendations publi
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