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Six Flags park settling lawsuit over fingerprints for $36M

Jun. 11, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Six Flags Great America has settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to pay $36 million over the use of fingerprint scanners at its Illinois theme park. Pass holders and others who visited the Gurnee park between October 2013 and Dec. 31, 2018...

Ferris wheel to be moved from Ocean City Boardwalk

Jun. 11, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A historic amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland, has agreed to move a Ferris wheel that's overhanging the Boardwalk and violating the town’s zoning code. The Big Wheel has been shut down, but news outlets report that the town will continue to...

Raptors, twists and drops on Universal's new Jurassic ride

Jun. 09, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The creators of the Jurassic World VelociCoaster roller coaster at Universal Orlando Resort had more to contend with than just encounters with rabid raptors. They faced a global pandemic that shut down the theme park resort for weeks last year and kept visitors at bay...

Massachusetts Roman Catholics called back to Mass

Jun. 09, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Roman Catholics across Massachusetts are being called back to Sunday Mass. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the bishops of Springfield and Fall River in similar statements Wednesday announced that the faithful are once again...

Ocean City orders move of Ferris wheel for zoning violation

Jun. 08, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — The company that owns a historic amusement park on the Ocean City, Maryland, boardwalk will be penalized for violating a zoning code if it doesn’t move its Ferris wheel, the town council decided. Trimper’s Rides received its first fine over...

Bison calf born last month now roaming Nebraska safari park

Jun. 07, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — A bison calf born last month at a safari park near Omaha is now on full display at the park, where it is roaming the grounds with its mother and the rest of the herd. The auburn-colored calf was born May 11 at the park’s Bison Plains, the Omaha World-Herald reported....

After pandemic pause, Avengers swing, soar into Disneyland

Jun. 02, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Now that it's getting safer to assemble, the Avengers are at last descending on Disneyland. A Spider-Man ride that lets visitors blast bots with virtual webs from their bare hands and a show of strength from the royal guard of Wakanda are among...

Right at Home: Splashy water toys for patio, pool, yard

Jun. 02, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

Backyards and patios have been working hard all year because of the pandemic, and this summer they can provide new ways to cool off and have fun in the water. Whether you have a lot of space or a little, there’s gear ranging from water tables and tubs for kids to...

Mexico raids building project next to Teotihuacán pyramids

May. 31, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico sent in 250 National Guard troops and 60 police officers Monday to seize land next to the pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacán where authorities have said bulldozers were destroying outlying parts of the archeological site. Mexican...

Wisconsin Dells attractions making do with fewer workers

May. 30, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — One of Wisconsin's major tourist attractions is making do during Memorial Day weekend with fewer workers, hoping that more will arrive during the summer. Tom Diehl is the president of the Attractions Association and Tommy Bartlett Inc. in...