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USDA to help Maine children's museum get new building

Oct. 29, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The federal government is going to help a children's museum in central Maine make improvements that will allow for better exhibits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Program is giving the Children's Discovery Museum in Waterville a $67,500...

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...

EPA approves Utah pollution controls at power plants

Oct. 28, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. environmental officials approved a plan by the state of Utah for new pollution controls on coal-fired power plants aimed at reducing haze near two of the state's famous national parks, though environmentalists say it doesn't go far enough. The U.S. Environmental Protection...

FILE - In this July 11, 2002, file photo, Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. Environmentalists have reached an agreement with federal land and wildlife managers that will clear the way for forest restoration efforts to resume in the Southwest. A federal court had issued an injunction last year that limited timber activities and restoration projects on national forest lands in New Mexico and Arizona pending the outcome of a legal battle over the threatened Mexican spotted owl. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)

Judge approves agreement to end dispute over threatened owl

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. judge approved an agreement between environmentalists and federal managers that will clear the way for both forest restoration efforts and logging to resume in the Southwest. The judge’s order was filed Wednesday, a day after the sides announced they had reached the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Forest Service announced plans Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to lift restrictions on road building and logging in Tongass National Forest, a largely pristine rainforest in southeast Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

Oct. 28, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has...

A worker places netting at a construction site inside the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Jerusalem's ancient citadel is devoid of tourists due to the pandemic and undergoing a massive restoration and conservation project. The Tower of David, the Old City's iconic fortress, contains remnants of successive fortifications built one atop the other stretching back over 2,500 years. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift

Oct. 28, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem's ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project. In the process, Israeli archaeologists are studying the bastion's medieval past in the hope...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

Lawsuit demands California museum forfeit Thai artifacts

Oct. 27, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. government is demanding a San Francisco museum give up claims to two religious relics allegedly stolen from Thailand, the U.S. attorney's office announced Tuesday. A civil complaint filed Monday in federal court seeks the forfeiture of two 1,500-pound hand-carved sandstone...

National Park Service names superintendent for Yosemite

Oct. 27, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — The National Park Service announced Tuesday it has selected park service veteran Cicely Muldoon as the new permanent superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. Muldoon is a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service and has been acting superintendent since...

The Machu Picchu archeological site is devoid of tourists while it's closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in the department of Cusco, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Currently open to maintenance workers only, the world-renown Incan citadel of Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru's Machu Picchu reopening Sunday after pandemic closure

Oct. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MACHU PICCHU, Peru (AP) — Except workers repairing roads and signs, Peru's majestic Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is eerily empty ahead of its reopening Sunday after seven months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The long closure of Peru's No. 1 tourist draw, which has hammered the local...