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Spanish rail strike disrupts scores of summer travelers

Jul. 31, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish national rail operator Renfe has canceled hundreds of trains on one of the busiest travel days of the year due to a strike over staffing levels. The company said more than 700 scheduled services wouldn't operate Wednesday, when many people are heading off on their summer vacation....

Buttigieg: Students should speak out on bias, faults Trump

Jul. 25, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg urged students Thursday to speak out against racial bias when they experience it or witness it, and he faulted President Donald Trump for deepening the nation's racial divide. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor fielded a series of questions...

Dining reservation app OpenTable moves into delivery

Jul. 24, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

OpenTable is getting into the food delivery business. The world's biggest online restaurant reservation service — which was founded 21 years ago — has been watching warily as more and more diners opt for delivery. Between May 2018 and May 2019, U.S. restaurant visits were flat at 23.8 billion, but...

In prized Venezuelan building, a long wait for light

Jul. 24, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When the lights began flickering back on in Venezuela's capital, residents in the six-story Doleli Building hailed as part of the city's cultural patrimony remained in the dark. Inside the mostly older inhabitants who have watched children flee abroad as the South American...

Mother: Family will sue cruise company over toddler's death

Jul. 22, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There are "a million things" the cruise company could have done to prevent the death of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from an open window on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico, the toddler's mother said in an interview broadcast Monday. Speaking publicly for the first...

Carnival pledges steps ongoing to curb ocean pollution

Jul. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. executives pledged anew Friday that steps are being taken to curb ocean pollution, which was the subject of a recent $20 million federal penalty imposed because of continued environmental violations. Carnival outlined some of those steps at a hearing before a pair of skeptical...

Alibaba to run Olympic ticketing for Beijing, likely beyond

Jul. 19, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract to sell...

Family of girl killed in cruise ship fall to return home

Jul. 10, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana couple whose 18-month-old daughter fell to her death Sunday from the 11th story of a cruise ship hope to return home Thursday from Puerto Rico on a flight also carrying their youngest child's body, an attorney for the family said. Chloe Wiegand's parents, her two siblings and...

Visits to Sri Lanka down sharply after hotel, church attacks

Jul. 3, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rapidly declined in June, showing the severe economic impact of the Easter bombings on the Indian Ocean island nation. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said Wednesday there were 63,072 tourist visits to Sri Lanka last month, a drop of 57%...

Large protest at Georgia's parliament for 3rd straight day

Jun. 22, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators crowded outside Georgia's parliament Saturday night for the third straight day of protests that have kindled tensions in the country and prompted Russia to block air connections with its neighbor. The throng was mostly orderly but insistent in its array of...