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Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

VIRUS TODAY: Americans travel as Biden addresses nation

Nov. 25, 2020 4:40 PM EST

Here's what's happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.: — Millions of Americans are traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from health officials that family gatherings could make a bad situation worse. — More people are applying for unemployment benefits as the...

Holiday travelers crowd the ticketing area of terminal one Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at MSP in Minneapolis. Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Nov. 25, 2020 4:29 PM EST

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household. Those who are flying witnessed a distinctly 2020...

Iowa Tribe creates national park on Nebraska-Kansas border

Nov. 25, 2020 4:23 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska is creating the nation's largest tribal national park on a forested bluff overlooking the Missouri River and a historic site of its people. The 444-acre park will allow the tribe to tell the story of the Ioway people and provide a rustic getaway...

Judge approves sale of Las Vegas Monorail to tourism agency

Nov. 25, 2020 1:30 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge has approved the sale of the Las Vegas Monorail to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Natalie Cox said she will sign the order approving the $24 million sale. Most of the money generated by the sale will be distributed to creditors, the Las...

This combination photo shows Gal Gadot in a scene from the Warner Bros. Pictures film

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...

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks from behind a face mask during an interview Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in public office

Nov. 25, 2020 1:02 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than four decades ago, Lamar Alexander won a ticket to the governor's mansion after he walked more than 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) around Tennessee in a plaid shirt and hiking boots. He spent the night with 73 families and called his campaign headquarters from payphones....

In this photo provided by Yoko Liriano, Bryant de Venecia poses for a photo with his paddleboard in Honolulu, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. He started stand-up paddle-boarding when there were fewer tourists coming to Hawaii during the pandemic. He's among the Hawaii residents feeling ambivalence toward tourists returning now that the state is allowing incoming travelers to bypass a 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test. (Yoko Liriano via AP)

Pandemic gave locals fleeting taste of a tourist-free Hawaii

Nov. 25, 2020 12:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Line-Noue Memea Kruse lives on Oahu's famed North Shore, where marveling at sea turtles, epic waves and sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple are a must for many tourists in Hawaii. After the islands required a two-week quarantine for travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic, Kruse...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus arrive at the train station in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo asks drinking places to close early to curb virus rise

Nov. 25, 2020 4:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor on Wednesday asked bars and other places where alcohol is served to close earlier for three weeks to help prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections from turning explosive. Gov. Yuriko Koike, after meeting with officials to discuss ways to combat the upsurge, said bars,...

Susannah Remillard, middle, speaks to one of her sixth-grade students at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in East Harwich, Mass. In a growing number of U.S. schools, students are now learning a more complex Thanksgiving story that involves conflict, injustice and a new focus on the native people who lived in New England for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Thanksgiving lessons jettison Pilgrim hats, welcome truth

Nov. 24, 2020 6:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex lesson that includes conflict, injustice and a new focus on the people who lived on the land for...

Yellowstone, Grand Teton report most ever October visitors

Nov. 24, 2020 5:21 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park reported their highest number of visitors for October. Yellowstone hosted more than 360,000 paying guests, up 110% from the same month in 2019, The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday. Its previous October record for tourists was...