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Hawaii bill would increase fines for illegal tour buses

HONOLULU (AP) - A bill proposed by Hawaii lawmakers would significantly increase fines for tour bus companies that repeatedly break state law. Hawaii politicians this year have sought to crack down on tourist buses that illegally take up rows of parking spots
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Hawaii bill would increase fines for illegal tour buses

HONOLULU (AP) - A bill proposed by Hawaii lawmakers would significantly increase fines for tour bus companies that repeatedly break state law. Hawaii politicians this year have sought to crack down on tourist buses that illegally take up rows of parking spots, block residential driveways and drop visitors off in ...

AP PHOTOS: Rio de Janeiro artists languish in online exile

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Georgia Szpilman’s soprano voice resounds beautifully in the apartment’s small living room, though the space lacks the acoustics of where her choir used to sing - Rio de Janeiro’s majestic municipal theater, which has been closed f
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AP PHOTOS: Rio de Janeiro artists languish in online exile

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Georgia Szpilman’s soprano voice resounds beautifully in the apartment’s small living room, though the space lacks the acoustics of where her choir used to sing - Rio de Janeiro’s majestic municipal theater, which has been closed for over a year because of the pandemic. ...

Millennial Money: How my travel credit card saved me $1,388

In 2020, I was looking forward to leaving Los Angeles for a socially distanced vacation in San Diego. I had stocked up on food, hand sanitizer, wipes and masks. To stay safe and distant, I had booked two cottages near the beach with my travel credit card. M
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Millennial Money: How my travel credit card saved me $1,388

In 2020, I was looking forward to leaving Los Angeles for a socially distanced vacation in San Diego. I had stocked up on food, hand sanitizer, wipes and masks. To stay safe and distant, I had booked two cottages near the beach with my travel credit card. My friend ...

Canary Islands hotel offers shelter to migrants in need

PUERTO RICO DE GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) - When hotel director Calvin Lucock and restaurant owner Unn Tove Saetran said goodbye to one of the last groups of migrants staying in one of the seaside resorts they manage in Spain’s Canary Islands, the British-Nor
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Canary Islands hotel offers shelter to migrants in need

PUERTO RICO DE GRAN CANARIA, Spain (AP) - When hotel director Calvin Lucock and restaurant owner Unn Tove Saetran said goodbye to one of the last groups of migrants staying in one of the seaside resorts they manage in Spain’s Canary Islands, the British-Norwegian couple didn’t know when they would ...

Missouri House votes against proof-of-vaccine mandates

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House on Monday advanced a bill that would ban private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination from either employees or customers. The GOP-led House voted 88-56 to tack the provision on another bill. The action
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Missouri House votes against proof-of-vaccine mandates

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House on Monday advanced a bill that would ban private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination from either employees or customers. The GOP-led House voted 88-56 to tack the provision on another bill. The action comes amid backlash to the concept of ...

Lummi Nation totem pole making journey to Biden

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A totem pole carved at the Lummi Nation from a 400-year-old red cedar will begin a cross-country journey next month, evoking an urgent call to protect sacred lands and waters of Indigenous people. The journey, called the Red Road to
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Lummi Nation totem pole making journey to Biden

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A totem pole carved at the Lummi Nation from a 400-year-old red cedar will begin a cross-country journey next month, evoking an urgent call to protect sacred lands and waters of Indigenous people. The journey, called the Red Road to DC, will culminate in early ...

Bighorn herd rebounds from disease to reach record numbers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bighorns in western North Dakota have rebounded from an outbreak of bacterial pneumonia seven years ago to reach record numbers, according to the state Game and Fish Department's survey. The herd south of Interstate 94, however, continu
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Bighorn herd rebounds from disease to reach record numbers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bighorns in western North Dakota have rebounded from an outbreak of bacterial pneumonia seven years ago to reach record numbers, according to the state Game and Fish Department's survey. The herd south of Interstate 94, however, continues to struggle and and is at its smallest ...

Sidelined last year, the Met Gala is returning - twice

The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity - canceled last year because of the pandemic - will return in person, first in September, the
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Sidelined last year, the Met Gala is returning - twice

The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity - canceled last year because of the pandemic - will return in person, first in September, then again in 2022 in its usual slot of ...

Sidelined last year, the Met Gala is returning -- twice

The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity -- held virtually last year because of the pandemic -- will return in person, first in Septemb
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Sidelined last year, the Met Gala is returning -- twice

The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity -- held virtually last year because of the pandemic -- will return in person, first in September, and then again on its usual date on ...

Greece pins hopes on mandatory home testing, opens schools

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - High schools have reopened in Greece to students in the final three grades with the mandatory use of test kits for COVID-19 being rolled out across the country to help with mass screening for infections, with an eye to further reopening
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Greece pins hopes on mandatory home testing, opens schools

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - High schools have reopened in Greece to students in the final three grades with the mandatory use of test kits for COVID-19 being rolled out across the country to help with mass screening for infections, with an eye to further reopening the economy and tourism. ...

Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting. The move, announced Sunday by the city-state's Economi
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Dubai parts with curtain covers for restaurants in Ramadan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Dubai is parting with a longstanding requirement that restaurants be covered by curtains in the daytime during Ramadan to shield the sight of food from people fasting. The move, announced Sunday by the city-state's Economic Development Department, is the latest change aimed at ...

Confederate monument to stay on national register after move

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - A Confederate monument will still be on the National Register of Historic Places after it takes a trip from a northwest Louisiana courthouse to a privately owned Civil War battlefield site. KSLA-TV reports that the Shreveport chapter o
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Confederate monument to stay on national register after move

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - A Confederate monument will still be on the National Register of Historic Places after it takes a trip from a northwest Louisiana courthouse to a privately owned Civil War battlefield site. KSLA-TV reports that the Shreveport chapter of The United Daughters of Confederacy announced on ...

NCAA volleyball tournament will boost Omaha's economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha economy will get a significant boost from hosting the entire NCAA volleyball championship tournament over the next two weeks. For instance, when the NCAA decided to move the entire tournament to the city instead of just holding th
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NCAA volleyball tournament will boost Omaha's economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Omaha economy will get a significant boost from hosting the entire NCAA volleyball championship tournament over the next two weeks. For instance, when the NCAA decided to move the entire tournament to the city instead of just holding the Final Four in Omaha, the demand ...

Hawaii extends eviction moratorium, details vaccine passport

HONOLULU (AP) - The governor of Hawaii has issued another emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic that extends the statewide eviction moratorium for another two months and details plans for vaccinated travelers. Democratic Gov. David Ig
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Hawaii extends eviction moratorium, details vaccine passport

HONOLULU (AP) - The governor of Hawaii has issued another emergency proclamation in response to the coronavirus pandemic that extends the statewide eviction moratorium for another two months and details plans for vaccinated travelers. Democratic Gov. David Ige signed the proclamation Friday extending the statewide moratorium on residential evictions until ...

Blackfeet Nation reopens after strict pandemic closures

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) - On March 15, 2020, just two days after COVID-19 entered Montana, the Blackfeet Nation declared a state of emergency. Like many places in Montana, the tribe’s schools adopted remote learning and businesses, bars and restaurants closed
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Blackfeet Nation reopens after strict pandemic closures

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) - On March 15, 2020, just two days after COVID-19 entered Montana, the Blackfeet Nation declared a state of emergency. Like many places in Montana, the tribe’s schools adopted remote learning and businesses, bars and restaurants closed. But unlike the rest of the state, the Blackfeet Nation ...

Art grows from nature in outdoor sculpture 'Hedgerow'

RADFORD, Va. (AP) - On a beautiful April morning, one log intended for an art installation proved to be a little too heavy to stay upright. Luckily, no people or pickup trucks were damaged as it toppled. A few deliveries by horse and cart later, Floyd County
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Art grows from nature in outdoor sculpture 'Hedgerow'

RADFORD, Va. (AP) - On a beautiful April morning, one log intended for an art installation proved to be a little too heavy to stay upright. Luckily, no people or pickup trucks were damaged as it toppled. A few deliveries by horse and cart later, Floyd County artist Charlie Brouwer ...

Museum’s virtual happy hour showcases martinis, masterpieces

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - One showstopper during last Wednesday’s happy hour was the photo of a Black woman. A spotlight illuminated her everything - her voluminous Afro, her commanding pose, the multicolored frock that flowed over her frame. The other showstoppe
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Museum’s virtual happy hour showcases martinis, masterpieces

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - One showstopper during last Wednesday’s happy hour was the photo of a Black woman. A spotlight illuminated her everything - her voluminous Afro, her commanding pose, the multicolored frock that flowed over her frame. The other showstopper was the drink - a cognac-based sidecar - that ...

With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total are set to sign agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s l
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With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total are set to sign agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s longest at 897-miles, is expected to begin ...

How escaping to nature helped Tennesseans cope with pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Elaine Boyd describes herself as an avid walker. Typically, this means a near-daily two-mile walk through her Nashville neighborhood. But the terrain and distance have changed in the last year. Two miles have become three. Residential
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How escaping to nature helped Tennesseans cope with pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Elaine Boyd describes herself as an avid walker. Typically, this means a near-daily two-mile walk through her Nashville neighborhood. But the terrain and distance have changed in the last year. Two miles have become three. Residential streets have morphed into walks through forests, up hills and ...

Navajo president vetoes reopening tribal roads to visitors

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has vetoed a resolution to reopen tribal roads on the Navajo reservation to tourists and other visitors amid the continuing pandemic. Nez said Friday in a statement that he vetoed the resolution a
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Navajo president vetoes reopening tribal roads to visitors

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has vetoed a resolution to reopen tribal roads on the Navajo reservation to tourists and other visitors amid the continuing pandemic. Nez said Friday in a statement that he vetoed the resolution approved March 31 by the Navajo Nation Council ...

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