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FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, file photo shows the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington. Securities regulators are investigating three hotel companies, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020,  that returned tens of millions in federal virus-relief money for transactions going back to 2018. The companies controlled by Dallas hotelier Monty Bennett came under scrutiny after taking tens of millions of dollars from a fund designed to help small businesses survive the pandemic.  (AP Andrew Harnik, File)

Hotels criticized for taking virus money face investigation

Aug. 5, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A group of hotels that took, and later returned, tens of millions of dollars in federal virus-bailout money are under investigation by securities regulators for transactions between companies in the group going back to 2018. The Ashford companies were among the biggest recipients of federal...

FILE - A lone traveler heads to the ticketing counter of Frontier Airlines in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on July 22, 2020, in Denver.   Hotel and home-sharing reservation site Booking.com plans to lay off 25% of its workforce, or more than 4,000 people, due to the impact of the new coronavirus on travel. Connecticut-based parent company Booking Holdings said Tuesday, Aug. 4,  that the layoffs will begin next month.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Booking.com cuts workforce by thousands as travel atrophies

Aug. 4, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

Booking.com is laying off a quarter of its workforce — more than 4,000 people — with the global pandemic snuffing out travel. Layoffs will begin next month and run through the end of the year, according to parent company Booking Holdings Inc. Booking Holdings, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, also...

The full-service RV sites at Kickstands Campground and Venue outside Sturgis, S.D., are all reserved but the campground as some primitive tent and RV sites sites available Wednesday, July 28, 2020, as staff there prepare for the arrival of bikers coming to town for the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journa via AP)

Rentals remain available for last-minute Sturgis rally-goers

Aug. 2, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic apparently is not discouraging as many visitors as previously expected, but home rentals, campground spaces and hotel rooms remain available for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that starts Aug. 7. “It’s the 80th rally, so people are coming,”...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

An elephant crosses the road in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Animals have had the country's world-famous wildlife parks to themselves because of lockdown rules that barred international tourists and made it illegal for South Africans to travel between provinces for vacations. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism

Jul. 31, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. ...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

Asia Today: India, Philippines ease rules; Bali reopens

Jul. 31, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India added another record surge in virus cases Friday as the government decided to lift a nighttime curfew that was in force since March. The 55,079 new cases in the past 24 hours took India’s total to 1,638,871. The Health Ministry on Friday also reported 779 deaths in the past 24...

Traditional dancers wear costumes as they prepare their performance in a parade in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday after months of virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The Latest: Bali welcoming visitors after 4-month lockdown

Jul. 30, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Bali’s governor has been impatient to revive the economy and began easing restrictions on public activities three weeks ago. Under the...

Unruly tourists straining town budget during pandemic

Jul. 30, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tourists acting like sailors on shore leave are straining town services in Conway, New Hampshire, the town manager said Thursday in seeking federal assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Holmes was among several municipal, county and state officials who joined U.S. Rep. Chris...

The Holiday Hotel, which opened as Holiday Inn, a luxurious accommodation for world's royalty, film stars and other dignitaries who came to watch the 1984 Winter Olympics, and less than a decade later, became ground zero of the bloody siege of Sarajevo in the 1990's, photographed from a nearby building, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The bright yellow Holiday Hotel in downtown Sarajevo, a famous symbol of survival of the Bosnian capital, has seen good and bad times in its turbulent history, but now the landmark's survival is in more danger than ever, with the coronavirus pandemic leaving it with only a few occasional guests. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Sarajevo's landmark hotel faces hard times amid pandemic

Jul. 30, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The bright yellow Hotel Holiday in downtown Sarajevo has seen good times and bad times in its 37-year history. Mostly, it has been a symbol of survival in the once-turbulent Bosnian capital. Now the boxy landmark is in danger once again, with the coronavirus pandemic...

An empty Ashburn Alley faces seats at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Quick pivots in schedule needed in MLB coronavirus season

Jul. 29, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget about printing a 2020 baseball schedule. Cyberspace is needed for all the backspaces and deletes. After Major League Baseball discarded the 162-game schedule due to the pandemic, the revised 60-game slate was intact for just four days due to positive COVID-19 tests among the Miami...