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Fire damages grounds for New Braunfels’ Wurstfest

Nov. 17, 2019 5:53 PM EST

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (AP) — Fire destroyed one building and damaged another last week on the grounds for an annual festival celebrating German culture in the Texas city of New Braunfels. While fire officials work to determine the cause, Wurstfest organizers say they’ll rebuild in time for next...

St. Paul man sentenced for fatal shooting at Hmong festival

Nov. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 29-year-old man to more than 30 years in prison for the shooting death of a 19-year-old man at St. Paul’s Hmong Freedom Festival last year. Nougai Xiong, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty earlier to aiding and abetting murder in the July 2018 death of Jacky...

Young playwrights sought for festival at Michigan State

Nov. 16, 2019 8:22 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University seeks the work of young playwrights for an annual festival. Michigan high school students are invited to submit a one-act play for the Wharton Center’s Young Playwrights Festival. A total of 12 finalists and semi-finalists will receive cash...

Aberdeen sewing club continues ornament making tradition

Nov. 16, 2019 1:05 AM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — It seemed this time last year that Marguerite Newman was in the final chapter of the Storybook Sewing Ladies group after more than half a century. She was the last active member. She pushed the thought aside and busied herself sewing Christmas tree ornament sets of Dorothy and Toto,...

Northern Burlington student named 2020 NJ Ag Fair Ambassador

Nov. 15, 2019 3:36 PM EST

MANSFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Abbey Goodenough does not yet know this about herself, but she would make a great politician. There are three primary reasons why. No. 1: Her passion, agriculture, is essential to the survival of everyone. No. 2: She has a crystal clear way of explaining agriculture’s...

Bodies of toddler, man found in SUV pulled from Umpqua River

Nov. 14, 2019 5:01 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man and a 2-year-old girl who were reported missing have been confirmed dead after an SUV was found submerged in the Umpqua River northwest of Roseburg. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 29-year-old Sean Moss and Madison Moss were reported missing on Aug. 12 after...

Domingo to sing at 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival

Nov. 13, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Plácido Domingo is scheduled to sing two concert performances in Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)" next summer as part of the 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival, which features 221 performances over 44 days and includes seven staged operas. Domingo, who turns 79 in January, was dropped or...

Lawsuit: California festival didn't plan for active shooter

Nov. 13, 2019 6:50 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers of a Northern California food festival where a gunman killed three people and wounded 13 others didn't consider the risk of an active shooter, according to a lawsuit from five injured victims. Santino William Legan cut through a fence at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on...

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

Nov. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They're so similar, police...

From music therapy to heavy metal: A boy's drumming journey

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October. Cade, 10, and his band, Electric Rainbow, were the first group scheduled to perform at the festival...