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Synchronized Starling Flocks Undulate in Mesmerizing Patterns Captured by Photographer Xavi Bou

 For starlings, there’s truth to safety in numbers. “In winter, starlings join in flocks of thousands of individuals to try to confuse the hawks that attack them, doing a mesmerizing dance,” said Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou, wh
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Synchronized Starling Flocks Undulate in Mesmerizing Patterns Captured by Photographer Xavi Bou

 For starlings, there’s truth to safety in numbers. “In winter, starlings join in flocks of thousands of individuals to try to confuse the hawks that attack them, doing a mesmerizing dance,” said Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou, who recently released a video chronicling the birds’ synchronized swooping. In “Murmurations,” a name that refers specifically to the phenomenon, Bou captures the avian movements through a series of gray lines that swell and undulate with each obfuscated turn. More

Ill-fated cruise ships awaiting approval to dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Two ill-fated cruise ships waited just off Fort Lauderdale's shores on Thursday to learn when they'll be allowed to dock at Port Everglades after Carnival Cruise Line reached a conditional agreement with authorities in Florida. Br
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Ill-fated cruise ships awaiting approval to dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Two ill-fated cruise ships waited just off Fort Lauderdale's shores on Thursday to learn when they'll be allowed to dock at Port Everglades after Carnival Cruise Line reached a conditional agreement with authorities in Florida. Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine said on Twitter that a ...

Saudi Arabia mandates 24-hour curfew in holy cities Mecca and Medina

Saudi Arabia has instituted a 24-hour curfew for two of its holy cities, Mecca and Medina, in a move to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The extended curfew comes just days after officials made a plea to people who are planning an annual Hajj holy pilgr
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Saudi Arabia mandates 24-hour curfew in holy cities Mecca and Medina

Saudi Arabia has instituted a 24-hour curfew for two of its holy cities, Mecca and Medina, in a move to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The extended curfew comes just days after officials made a plea to people who are planning an annual Hajj holy pilgrimage to Mecca to ...

Anthony Fauci: Restricting domestic travel is on the table

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, on Thursday confirmed they are eyeing potential restrictions on domestic travel within the United States. «We look at that literally every day,» Dr. Fauci said on «CBS Th
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Anthony Fauci: Restricting domestic travel is on the table

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, on Thursday confirmed they are eyeing potential restrictions on domestic travel within the United States. «We look at that literally every day,» Dr. Fauci said on «CBS This Morning.» "It really depends on what city you're talking about ...

The Latest: World Medical Assoc. dismisses China's figures

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: - - World Me
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The Latest: World Medical Assoc. dismisses China's figures

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: - - World Medical Association says China's figures on ...

Tourists stranded in India because of coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) - Tourists from Australia, Britain and Canada are stranded in India's capital after their vacations were abruptly ended by a three-week lockdown and international flights were halted because of the coronavirus. Some said on Thursday that they a
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Tourists stranded in India because of coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) - Tourists from Australia, Britain and Canada are stranded in India's capital after their vacations were abruptly ended by a three-week lockdown and international flights were halted because of the coronavirus. Some said on Thursday that they are running out of money and hoping to be flown ...

Me, Myself and I — Anonymous Portrait Collages

By combining roughly-cut parts of photographs from various times, this Dutch artist creates universal, contemporary portraits where gender identity does not play a role.
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Me, Myself and I — Anonymous Portrait Collages

By combining roughly-cut parts of photographs from various times, this Dutch artist creates universal, contemporary portraits where gender identity does not play a role.

The Latest: Protective gear shortage hits Fukushima workers

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: ___ - Protect
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The Latest: Protective gear shortage hits Fukushima workers

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: ___ - Protective gear shortage affecting workers at Fukushima nuclear ...

Feds: Glider in crash was 'overloaded,' lacking equipment

MORRISTOWN, Vt. (AP) - A glider that crashed in a heavily wooded section of Vermont's Sterling Mountain in 2018, killing three passengers aboard, was overloaded and underequipped, according to federal investigators. The plane that crashed in August 2018 show
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Feds: Glider in crash was 'overloaded,' lacking equipment

MORRISTOWN, Vt. (AP) - A glider that crashed in a heavily wooded section of Vermont's Sterling Mountain in 2018, killing three passengers aboard, was overloaded and underequipped, according to federal investigators. The plane that crashed in August 2018 showed no signs of mechanical failure in other parts of the ...

Trump considers limits on domestic travel to virus hot spots

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is weighing grounding domestic flights between coronavirus hot spots as he ramps up efforts to try to contain the pandemic's spread. “We're thinking about doing that," Trump told reporters at
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Trump considers limits on domestic travel to virus hot spots

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is weighing grounding domestic flights between coronavirus hot spots as he ramps up efforts to try to contain the pandemic's spread. “We're thinking about doing that," Trump told reporters at a White House briefing, a day after he warned the ...

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal gove
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Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter completely. On Tuesday, visitors ...

Migrant dies in Mexico detention center riot over virus fear

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Guatemalan migrant died during a riot at an immigration detention center in Mexico, where detainees burned mattresses to protest conditions that they say could expose them to the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. The Guatemalan c
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Migrant dies in Mexico detention center riot over virus fear

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Guatemalan migrant died during a riot at an immigration detention center in Mexico, where detainees burned mattresses to protest conditions that they say could expose them to the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. The Guatemalan consul in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco, Luis Eduardo ...

Coast Guard: Coronavirus cruise ships must stay at sea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board while being sequestered «indefinitely» offshore during the coronavirus pandemic. The new rules require dail
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Coast Guard: Coronavirus cruise ships must stay at sea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board while being sequestered «indefinitely» offshore during the coronavirus pandemic. The new rules require daily updates on each ship's coronavirus caseload for vessels in U.S. waters, and ...

Mexico allows 49 British passengers to leave cruise ship

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico allowed 49 British citizens to disembark from a cruise ship off its Caribbean coast and fly home, and in exchange the cruise line paid for 141 Mexicans stuck in England by coronavirus travel restrictions to fly home, the Mexican gove
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Mexico allows 49 British passengers to leave cruise ship

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico allowed 49 British citizens to disembark from a cruise ship off its Caribbean coast and fly home, and in exchange the cruise line paid for 141 Mexicans stuck in England by coronavirus travel restrictions to fly home, the Mexican government said Wednesday. On Tuesday, the ...

Lounging Seals, a Ravenous Pelican, and a Startled Owl Top Impressive Entries in Nature Photography Contest

Replete with stunning shots of Tuscan farmland and close-ups with spiders that reveal their prickly legs, the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition garnered an impressive array of images from creatives in 117 countries. Out of the 7,000 entries, Fl
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Lounging Seals, a Ravenous Pelican, and a Startled Owl Top Impressive Entries in Nature Photography Contest

Replete with stunning shots of Tuscan farmland and close-ups with spiders that reveal their prickly legs, the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year competition garnered an impressive array of images from creatives in 117 countries. Out of the 7,000 entries, Florian Ledoux won the top prize in the annual contest with his aerial photograph capturing nearly two-dozen seals resting on an ice mass floating in Antarctic waters. Categories range from wildlife and landscape to macro, providing an expansive look at nature’s most impressive qualities and characters—Caitlin Henderson exposes a Lichen Huntsman spider that’s attempting to disguise itself on teal-speckled tree bark, while Paul Holman serendipitously captures a fluffy owl in the midst of a surprise.  More

AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump's pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life. But less than half approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the
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AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump's pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life. But less than half approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the federal government, according to a new survey ...

AP-NORC poll: Broad support for efforts to control outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of Ameri
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AP-NORC poll: Broad support for efforts to control outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that a majority of Republicans and Democrats alike approve of how state and local governments are handling the coronavirus outbreak. Fewer than half of Americans say the same of the response by the ...

Surveys: Manufacturing contracts last month in US, world

WASHINGTON (AP) - Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Wednesday tha
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Surveys: Manufacturing contracts last month in US, world

WASHINGTON (AP) - Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Wednesday that its U.S. manufacturing index fell to 49.1 in March after registering 50.1 in ...

Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Taliban said Wednesday the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak. The announcement follows a U.N. Security Council statement Tuesday urging Afghanistan
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Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Taliban said Wednesday the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak. The announcement follows a U.N. Security Council statement Tuesday urging Afghanistan’s warring parties to heed the U.N. secretary-general’s call ...

Cut Your Own Vinyl with this DIY Record Engraver and Player Designed by Yuri Suzuki

Making mixtapes and burning CDs might be a forgotten pastime, but the days of simple, homemade vinyl are just arriving thanks to Yuri Suzuki. The London-based designer, who is also a partner at Pentagram, has created the Easy Record Maker, a small device tha
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Cut Your Own Vinyl with this DIY Record Engraver and Player Designed by Yuri Suzuki

Making mixtapes and burning CDs might be a forgotten pastime, but the days of simple, homemade vinyl are just arriving thanks to Yuri Suzuki. The London-based designer, who is also a partner at Pentagram, has created the Easy Record Maker, a small device that makes audio recording straightforward and accessible to the general public. By plugging in an auxiliary cable or USB and playing audio through a phone or other digital device, the cutting arm receives the sound vibrations and engraves the blank plastic three to four times within a single millimeter. More

Survey: US manufacturing slides in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - American manufacturing slide in March, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Wednesday that its manufacturing index fell to 49.1 l
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Survey: US manufacturing slides in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - American manufacturing slide in March, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Wednesday that its manufacturing index fell to 49.1 last month after registering 50.1 in February. Any reading below 50 signals a contraction. ...

A Thick Braid Cascades Down a Marina Abramović-Inspired Porcelain Collection

Despite lacking any distinct facial features, porcelain figures by Istanbul-based ceramicist Aylin Bilgiç have one unmistakable, defining characteristic: The lengthy braid resting on their oversized bodies evokes performance artist Marina Abramović, who i
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A Thick Braid Cascades Down a Marina Abramović-Inspired Porcelain Collection

Despite lacking any distinct facial features, porcelain figures by Istanbul-based ceramicist Aylin Bilgiç have one unmistakable, defining characteristic: The lengthy braid resting on their oversized bodies evokes performance artist Marina Abramović, who is known for donning similarly styled locks. In another of Bilgiç’s pieces, two heads are back-to-back with their hair wound together, resembling Abramović’s 1978 collaboration with Uwe Laysiepen. The monochromatic collection was designed specifically for Akış / Flux, an exhibition surveying Abramović’s work and offering 15 live performances. More

28 students positive for coronavirus after spring break trip

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than two dozen University of Texas students have tested positive for the coronavirus after taking a spring break trip to Mexico, public health officials said. A group of about 70 people who are in their 20s took a chartered plane to
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28 students positive for coronavirus after spring break trip

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - More than two dozen University of Texas students have tested positive for the coronavirus after taking a spring break trip to Mexico, public health officials said. A group of about 70 people who are in their 20s took a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas about ...

SOLD: 21st Century Slavery

SOLD is a series of 27 anonymous portraits of victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands — each with their own harrowing story of capture, abuse, escape, and hopefully, a better future.
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SOLD: 21st Century Slavery

SOLD is a series of 27 anonymous portraits of victims of human trafficking in the Netherlands — each with their own harrowing story of capture, abuse, escape, and hopefully, a better future.

Businesses urged to stop soliciting tourists during pandemic

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials want tourism businesses to stop soliciting tourists in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The mayors of five cities in Sevier County urged leisure businesses to halt guests through mid-April, the Sevier
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Businesses urged to stop soliciting tourists during pandemic

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials want tourism businesses to stop soliciting tourists in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The mayors of five cities in Sevier County urged leisure businesses to halt guests through mid-April, the Sevierville Police Department said in a post on Facebook. ...

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