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Ottawa Senators' Brady Tkachuk, left, and his brother Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk watch the Skills Competition, part of the NHL All-Star weekend, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tkachuk brothers share first All-Star Game in their hometown

Jan. 25, 2020 2:44 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brady Tkachuk didn’t mind cutting his vacation to the Bahamas short. Tkachuk, a 20-year-old forward for the Ottawa Senators, was planning on a couple of days of fun in the sun before going to St. Louis to watch his older brother, Matthew, represent the Calgary Flames at NHL All-Star...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 photo, a man wears a face mask as he walks past a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year. Instead of family reunions or sightseeing trips, many of the country's 1.4-billion people are hunkering down as the country scrambles to prevent the illness from spreading further. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

Jan. 24, 2020 8:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled. A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday...

A man rides his bicycle past the closed Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Overnight, Wuhan authorities announced that the airport and train stations would be closed, and all public transportation suspended by 10 a.m. Friday. Unless they had a special reason, the government said, residents should not leave Wuhan, the sprawling central Chinese city of 11 million that's the epicenter of an epidemic that has infected nearly 600 people. (Chinatopix via AP)

Those trapped in China virus lockdown expect lonely holiday

Jan. 23, 2020 10:40 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Bai Xue had planned a road trip through China's lush eastern coast to ring in the Lunar New Year, usually a time of lively family reunions and abundant feasts. Then came a new virus, a rapidly developing outbreak, and the shutdown of her city. After Wuhan authorities announced the city would...

A traveler rests on his suitcase in a waiting room at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in China

Jan. 17, 2020 1:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. Around 3 billion trips will be made during the Spring Festival travel rush, China's Transport Ministry has...

In this Dec. 9, 2019, photo Julie Ruttinger, of Tecumseh, Mich., holds a 141-year-old fruitcake, a family heirloom baked by her great-great-grandmother, Fidelia Ford, in 1878. Fidelia, pictured at left, died before the cake was served and the family, out of respect of her memory, decided not to eat it and has instead passed it down for generations. It resides in a glass case with the date of its creation affixed to the top. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

141-year-old fruitcake is a Michigan family's heirloom

Dec. 13, 2019 4:18 PM EST

TECUMSEH, Mich. (AP) — Some families pass down jewelry, watches or even recipes. But a Michigan family has its own heirloom: a 141-year-old fruitcake. “It’s a great thing,” said Julie Ruttinger, the great great granddaughter of Fidelia Ford, who baked the cake in 1878. “It was...