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US Secretary of State Blinken in South Africa on Africa tour

Aug. 07, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken began his three-nation tour of Africa Sunday by visiting a museum in South Africa commemorating how the country's Black youths helped to end white racist rule. Blinken’s visit to Africa is seen as part of a competition...

UK museum agrees to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Aug. 07, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A London museum agreed Sunday to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era. The Horniman Museum...

Jet boat operator encounters obstacles but continues forward

Aug. 07, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — Bobby Bower bought New River Jet Boats at a time that would turn out to be what he termed “the perfect storm of a bad time to start a business.” “It was early 2020, just before COVID hit,” he recalled as he sat in the shade at the shoreline passenger...

New curator hopes to broaden Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Aug. 07, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — When Mickey Lollar walks through the Alabama Music Hall of Fame he senses more than a museum. He feels the history and story of Alabama. “So many people simply view the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as an induction and performance organization...

Tourists find safety after floods close Death Valley roads

Aug. 06, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of hotel guests trapped by flash flooding at Death Valley National Park were able to drive out after crews cleared a pathway through rocks and mud, but roads damaged by floodwaters or choked with debris were expected to remain closed into next week, officials said...

60 curators, 1 show: Native Americans pick favorite pottery

Aug. 06, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American voices and artistry are at the core of a new traveling exhibition of clay pottery from the Pueblo Indian region of the American Southwest, as major art institutions increasingly defer to tribal communities for displays of ancestral art and artifacts. ...

Local artist, former UL professor shows 70 years of his work

Aug. 06, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — For over eight decades Fred Packard has been creating art. He is celebrated by many in Louisiana for his work and dedication to the craft. Now, that work is on display at the Hillard Art Museum in Lafayette. The exhibit titled “Little Things:...

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

Aug. 06, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Some 80,000 tourists are stranded in the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya, after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown. The restrictions came into force on Saturday morning, as authorities sought to stem the spread of COVID-19 in...

Dolly Parton reveals Dollywood's longest roller coaster

Aug. 06, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dolly Parton donned her best sequined park ranger outfit Friday to unveil Big Bear Mountain, Dollywood’s newest and longest roller coaster opening in spring 2023. The attraction, an expansion of Wildwood Grove, will bring thrills to this family-friendly...

At least 100,000 expected for NASA's moon launch

Aug. 06, 2022 03:21 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Sold-out hotels. Excitement that seems to grow by the day. The potential for hundreds of thousands of visitors, support staff, and more. These are just a few of the factors being calculated into preparations for Artemis I, the first launch of NASA’s...