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File--- File picture taken Sept. 15, 2020 shows aerial view of the future airport Berlin Brandenburg

No party planned for Berlin's new, much-delayed airport

Sep. 29, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The opening of Berlin's new airport on Oct. 31 will happen without fanfare, operators say, a nod to the long delays and massive cost overrun since construction started in 2006. Airport boss Engelbert Luetke Daldrup conceded Tuesday that the repeated postponement from the once-promised opening...

A group who have been stranded in Tahiti, pictured from left, Benjamin Baude, Kissy Ika Chavez Baude, Gaïa Baude Ika and Thierry Gourtay in Afareaitu on Moorea Island, Tahiti, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. A group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island has been stranded far from home for six months now. Many arrived in March planning to stay for just a few weeks. But they got stuck when the virus swept across the globe and their flights back home on LATAM airlines were canceled. LATAM says it doesn't know when it will restart the route.(Teraihau Rio via AP)

Canceled flights strand 25 Easter Islanders for 6 months

Sep. 25, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For people around the world, the coronavirus has caused distressing separations and delayed homecomings. But the situation for a group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island stands out. For six months now the group has been stranded far across a vast stretch of ocean on...

Georgia cheerleaders pose with the school mascot

Games go on, but many traditions on hold in college football

Sep. 24, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

To the delight of fans young and old, an English bulldog named Uga has been stationed on the sideline at all but one Georgia home football game since 1956. Charles Seiler, whose family has bred and cared for each of the Ugas all these years, said lots of people have told him they enjoy seeing the dog, adorned in...

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus arrives at Constitution square for the independence day celebration in Guatemala City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Guatemala and Central America are celebrating 199 years of independence from Spain. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemalan president tests positive for new coronavirus

Sep. 18, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but he told a local radio station he feels well. However, in a televised address to the nation, Giammattei looked a bit out of breath. “My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I...

Workers clear collapsed electric poles during the landfall of Noul tropical storm in Hue, Vietnam, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The storm weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in central Vietnam causing a few deaths and injuries. (VNA via AP)

Lightning kills 7 in Cambodia, storm hits land in Vietnam

Sep. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A tropical storm made landfall in central Vietnam on Friday, killing one person, while seven people died in a lightning strike in neighboring Cambodia. The lightning struck a wooden stilt house under which people were eating in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province on Thursday...

A damaged business is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Perdido Key, Fla. Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally's rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama on Thursday, as the storm's remnants continued to dump heavy rains inland that spread the threat of flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas. (AP Photo/Angie Wang)

The Latest: Sally speeding up, still dumping heavy rain

Sep. 17, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally is moving a lot faster but it’s still dumping heavy rains in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina, where forecasters also said there was a chance of tornadoes. The National Hurricane Center said Sally was traveling at...

Alaska Airlines resumes flights with new smoke protocols

Sep. 15, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Airlines has resumed flights in and out of Portland, Oregon and Spokane, Washington with new wildfire smoke protocols. Airline officials halted flights in those and some smaller airports in both states because of wildfires in the West that have been creating thick smoke and haze....

A view of downtown Portland from the East Bank Esplanade is seen on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The entire Portland metropolitan region remains under a thick blanket of smog from wildfires that are burning around the state and residents are being advised to remain indoors due to hazardous air quality. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Latest: Oregon seeks presidential disaster declaration

Sep. 14, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 8:15 p.m. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the ongoing wildfires in the state. Brown made the request Monday, saying it would bring much needed resources to Oregon’s response and...

Staff board a U.S. Air Force C-17 as they prepare to take the season's first flight to McMurdo Station in Antarctica from Christchurch Airport, New Zealand, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness left from New Zealand Monday with crews extra vigilant about keeping out the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

First US spring flight to Antarctica aims to keep out virus

Sep. 13, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness arrived Monday with crews taking extra precautions to keep out the coronavirus. Antarctica is the only continent without the virus, and there is a global effort to make sure incoming scientists and...

Detroit to LA flight delayed after passenger refuses mask

Sep. 13, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A flight from Detroit to Los Angeles was delayed Saturday evening and returned to the gate after a passenger refused to wear a face mask required by Delta Air Lines, company officials said Sunday. “We apologize to customers on flight 201 from DTW to LAX that returned to the gate when...