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EXPLAINER: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean

Apr. 23, 2021 08:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday declared a state of emergency to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence, the third since the pandemic began. The measures in parts of Japan, including Tokyo, have so far failed to curb infections caused by a more contagious new variant of the virus. ...

Lost frescoes to greet visitors when Italy's Uffizi reopens

Apr. 23, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Recently discovered frescoes will greet visitors to Florence’s Uffizi Galleries when the museum reopens after months of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Workers doing restoration discovered the frescoes dating from the 17th and 18th...

Tokyo under 'emergency orders' with Olympics 3 months away

Apr. 23, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Only three months before the postponed Olympics are set to open, Tokyo and Japan's second largest metropolitan area of Osaka have been placed under emergency orders aimed at stemming surging cases of the coronavirus. The measures, which take place during...

Grant program would boost Maine tourism, hospitality

Apr. 23, 2021 01:52 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine might create a grant program designed to help the state's tourism and hospitality industries, which have suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Sen. Joe Rafferty of Kennebunk has introduced a proposal that would allow tourism...

AP PHOTOS: California theme park reopens after virus closure

Apr. 22, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was an all-hands-on-deck family affair when Adventure City finally reopened in California after being shuttered for 403 days because of the pandemic. Allan Ansdell Jr., owner of the small amusement park just a few miles from megavenues Disneyland...

US aid lifts Southwest to Q1 profit, American loses $1.25B

Apr. 22, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

With a strong push from taxpayers, Southwest Airlines is the first major U.S. airline to report a profit since the pandemic started, and airlines executives say that the industry is on course to recover from a financial crisis caused by the pandemic. Southwest Chairman...

Philly developer has big plans for Atlantic City's Showboat

Apr. 22, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As it turns out, the $100 million indoor water park that Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein is pursuing at a former Atlantic City casino was just the start of his efforts to bring family entertainment to the Showboat hotel. Blatstein has a...

Vermont tourism industry down an estimated $700 million

Apr. 22, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont's tourism industry is estimated to be down about $700 million to date, according to the state Department of Tourism. Losses to the ski industry make up about a seventh of that loss in...

DeSantis, Army Corps reach deal on major Everglades project.

Apr. 22, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an agreement Thursday with the Army Corps of Engineers that will continue work on a key reservoir in Everglades restoration. Work on the long-stalled Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir in western Palm Beach County...

Say Hey, kid! Willie Mays wins lifetime achievement award

Apr. 22, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Mays has won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Baseball Digest. The Hall of Fame center fielder was honored Thursday with a new accolade to be given annually recognizing a living individual who has made “significant...