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Sale of Chinese painting shows art value rising in pandemic

Apr. 19, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese painting from 1924 is expected to fetch at least $45 million in an auction in Hong Kong, as collectors' appetite for art continues to rise even amid economic uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The painting by influential...

Little Free Library project spreads love of books

Apr. 18, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

SALEM, Va. (AP) — Susan Chewning’s love of reading has resulted in her launching Little Free Libraries throughout the Roanoke Valley and getting her Salem church involved in book fairs. The next book fair will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at Real Life Ministries, 4338...

Summer festival returns to Fort Wayne -- without a parade

Apr. 17, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's second-largest city is bringing back a popular summer festival canceled last year by the pandemic, although this year's festivities won't include a parade. Organizers of Fort Wayne's Three Rivers Festival said the festival's other...

Ag Director: Planning underway for state fair in Du Quoin

Apr. 17, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' Agriculture Director said plans are underway for a state fair in Southern Illinois after the annual event in Du Quoin was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Jerry Costello said the manager of the Du Quoin State Fair...

Festival planned to celebrate KFC founder Harland Sanders

Apr. 16, 2021 04:52 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — The southern Kentucky town of Corbin is planning a festival that will celebrate a famous face and former resident: Colonel Harland Sanders, who developed the secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken. The city's first Colonel Fest is scheduled on April...

Historic Natchez train depot to be restaurant, music venue

Apr. 15, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The city of Natchez is giving new life to a historic train depot. The Natchez Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted this week to approve a lease for a train depot on Broadway Street to be renovated into a restaurant and entertainment space, The...

Michigan city considering 2-day music fest with marijuana

Apr. 15, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

NILES, Mich. (AP) — A city in southwestern Michigan is considering a buzz-and-beats summer festival. A promoter has applied for a permit to hold a two-day event in Niles with live music and marijuana vendors. Germaine Redding has proposed July 16-17, but September dates...

Thailand's daily COVID infections hit record, topping 1,300

Apr. 14, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, setting another daily record and adding pressure on the government to speed up a nearly nonexistent vaccination drive and do more to control a surge that comes amid mass travel as the country celebrates...

Thailand records more than 900 cases for third day in a row

Apr. 13, 2021 06:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand recorded a third day in a row with more than 900 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as thousands of people swarmed to beaches on the first day of a long national holiday despite warnings from health officials. Dr. Opas Karnkavinpong,...

Bulgarian Muslims hold circumcision festival despite virus

Apr. 12, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

RIBNOVO, Bulgaria (AP) — On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims from the southwestern corner of Bulgaria flocked to the sleepy mountain village of Ribnovo for a four-day festival of feasting, music and mass circumcisions. This year’s event in Ribnovo, a...