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The Latest: Well-wishers cheer emperor from outside palace

Oct. 22, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Hundreds of well-wishers have gathered outside of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to celebrate Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement, waving flags, some of them shouting "Banzai!" almost in sync with...

Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Oct. 22, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor. As a driving autumn rain briefly gave way to sunshine and 2,000 guests looked on, Naruhito pledged at an...

Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans

Oct. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants around the U.S. The All Pueblo Council of Governors in a resolution adopted late last week affirmed its commitment to protecting...

Commission reverses course on hunting lodge historic status

Oct. 21, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island historical preservation commission has reversed course and decided that a hunting lodge has historic worth. The Providence Journal reports that the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission said it made a mistake in determining the lodge in...

Fire hits UNESCO royal stables in Italian city of Turin

Oct. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Firefighters say a fire has burned about one-fourth of the roof of Turin's Cavallerizza Reale, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the center of the northern Italian city, hitting an area of the building once used for the royal stables. Firefighters rushed to the scene early Monday and managed to...

Alaska's Denali National Park allows e-bikes on road, trails

Oct. 15, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Denali National Park and Preserve rule change allows electronically assisted bikes anywhere that traditional bicycles are permitted in, officials said. The National Park Service issued the e-bike directive at the end of August, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday. The...

Tennessee city may offer tax breaks to historic home owners

Oct. 14, 2019 4:45 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The metro council of Nashville, Tennessee, is considering a tax break for owners of historic homes who choose to improve their properties. WPLN-FM reports the idea is to encourage owners to preserve historic homes rather than tearing them down. If passed, the resolution would create...

Overnight fire destroys historic Masonic temple in Aurora

Oct. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An overnight fire in the city of Aurora has destroyed a historic Masonic temple that was abandoned more than a decade ago. The fire began around 10 p.m. Monday in the Lincoln Masonic Temple in the Chicago suburb about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Chicago. A portion of the building...

Former school founded by the Masons on historic register

Oct. 7, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

EFFINGHAM, N.H. (AP) — A building founded as a school by the Masons in New Hampshire has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Built in Effingham in 1858, the two-and-a-half story New England Masonic Charitable Institute has Italianate details. The building's three-stage tower has a...

In Brazil, Amazon fires threaten millenary rock paintings

Oct. 6, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Ancient rock paintings in Brazil's Monte Alegre park are being threatened by some of the fires burning in the Amazon region. The online news site G1 reports says the Para state environmental institute reported the fires broke out Saturday and continued Sunday. The park has several...