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The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

Nov. 25, 2020 1:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding. A century later, during another pandemic, movies — quotes no longer necessary — are again facing...

Brightline, Disney announce train station at Disney Springs

Nov. 23, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort have reached an agreement to build a train station at Disney Springs, officials said Monday. The agreement hinges on the passenger-rail company securing government approvals, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Brightline is already building tracks...

File-This Oct. 16, 2020, file photo shows Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaking during an event with Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Beech Woods Recreation Center, in Southfield, Mich. Whitmer's administration on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb the state's spiking coronavirus cases. The restrictions will begin Wednesday and last three weeks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Michigan halts classes, indoor dining as coronavirus surges

Nov. 15, 2020 10:59 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Sunday ordered high schools and colleges to stop in-person classes, closed restaurants to indoor dining and suspended organized sports — including the football playoffs — in a bid to curb the state's spiking coronavirus...

Boats sit on the beach in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Eta, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Gulfport, Fla. Eta dumped torrents of blustery rain on Florida's west coast as it slogged over the state before making landfall near Cedar Key, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tropical Storm Eta races off Carolinas after soaking Florida

Nov. 12, 2020 10:41 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Eta raced off the Southeast Atlantic seacoast late Thursday, spreading heavy rains and gusty winds around the Carolinas only hours after blustering across north Florida. One death in Florida was linked to the storm, along with some scattered flooding and...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker laughs on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Europe's elite basketball league features teams from 10 countries navigating COVID-19 cases, international travel restrictions and last-minute postponements. NBA great Tony Parker's French team has played just half of its scheduled games in the EuroLeague and the chaotic start prompted Milan coach Ettore Messina on Monday Nov. 2, 2020, to call for suspending the season until March or April. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

COVID-19 frustration bubbles over in European basketball

Nov. 2, 2020 12:03 PM EST

Europe's top basketball league features teams from 10 countries navigating COVID-19 cases, international travel restrictions and last-minute postponements. It makes the NBA bubble look like a walk in the amusement park. NBA great Tony Parker's team in France has played only half of its scheduled games in the...

FILE- In this July 11, 2020 file photo, Tigger entertains guests wearing masks as required to attend the official reopening day of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that over 700 actors and singers will be laid off. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

New pink slips bring Disney layoff sum in Florida to 18,000

Oct. 30, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World says it plans to lay off more than 11,000 unionized workers because of the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of pandemic-related job casualties at the Florida resort to almost 18,000 positions. Disney World said in a letter to state and local leaders Thursday...

A view of Cinderella Castle from Seven Seas Lagoon in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning...

In this image provided by Walt Disney World, white rhinoceros Kendi, left, shows off a baby male rhino she gave birth to Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The baby rhino was the result of a Species Survival Plan overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species. (Walt Disney World via AP)

It's a boy -- a big boy. White rhino born at Disney World

Oct. 26, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's a boy — a big boy. A 150-pound (68-kilogram) white rhinoceros was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida over the weekend. The as-yet-named rhino was born to Kendi, who was the first white rhinoceros born at the animal theme park back in...

FILE - In this file March 18, 2020, file phootom one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. State health officials announced strict new rules for reopening theme parks on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are now bracing for an even longer shutdown, and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops devoted to visitors who no longer walk their streets. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

Oct. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

California's amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates. Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland...

Sports complex planned at former Mississippi water park site

Oct. 21, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A sports complex is being planned at the site of a former water park near Mississippi's capital city, according to officials. P360 Performance Sports announced Tuesday a project under development for the property where Rapids on the Reservoir park once operated at the Ross Barnett...