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Tourists injured, missing in eruption of New Zealand volcano

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano on a small New Zealand island frequented by tourists erupted with a large plume of ash and steam Monday, and a number of people were missing and injured after the blast. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said about 100 tourists were on or near White Island when it...

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

Dec. 8, 2019 11:22 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption...

Mudslides strand hundreds of tourists in New Zealand town

Dec. 8, 2019 10:49 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Nearly 1,000 tourists are stranded in the small New Zealand town of Franz Josef after stormy weekend weather triggered landslides and flooding along the town's main highway. Authorities said road access to the town likely won't be restored until Friday. Some of the tourists...

Stealth fighter display opens at California's Reagan library

Dec. 8, 2019 9:58 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — An exhibit displaying the first operational stealth fighter opened at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. The F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was unveiled during the Reagan National Defense Forum at the museum in Simi Valley Saturday, the Los Angeles Daily News...

Santas hit the slopes in Maine

Dec. 8, 2019 9:42 PM EST

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — Kris Kringle is clearly comfortable on the snow. More than 200 fully bedecked Santas took a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to hit the slopes for charity at Sunday River. The ski resort in Maine hosted the 20th annual “Skiing Santas” event on Sunday....

Japan empress turns 56, still recovering her mental health

Dec. 8, 2019 8:13 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Empress Masako, still recovering from stress-induced mental health issues, said Monday she was happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement rituals and pledged to keep up the work and help her husband more for the happiness of the people. In a palace...

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

Dec. 8, 2019 6:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut, according to the Sesame Workshop. The legendary puppeteer lived for some time with dystonia, which...

Father: Navy victim shot standing watch fresh from boot camp

Dec. 8, 2019 6:28 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Fresh out of boot camp, Cameron Walters proudly told his father in Georgia during their nightly video chat that he had passed the exam qualifying him to stand watch and help secure building entrances at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. When news broke the next morning of shots...

Banana, duct tape add up to $150,000 at Art Basel Miami

Dec. 8, 2019 4:58 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — 3D-printed cocktails, a traffic jam sculpture made of hundreds of tons of sand and more celebrity sightings than a Kardashian Christmas party were all part of over-the-top festivities during the week of Art Basel Miami, but it was a banana that stole the show. The most talked-about artwork of...

Worker dies after becoming trapped in machinery at Sub-Zero

Dec. 8, 2019 3:34 PM EST

FITCHBURG, Wis. (AP) — A worker at Sub-Zero in Fitchburg died after becoming trapped in machinery, police said. Emergency crews were called to the company Friday night about someone who was not breathing and had no pulse, Fitchburg police Sgt. Andrew McCarthy said. The trapped employee was freed by the...