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Cash payments take center stage in Newsom's 1st recall ad

Jun. 17, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As both summer and the scheduling of a recall election date loom, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make sure Californians know about the cash payments and prize money he is doling out. “Newsom is delivering money to your pocket," a narrator says...

French tourism seeks new boost with Disneyland reopening

Jun. 17, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's tourism sector is taking a further step toward normality with the reopening of Disneyland Paris, two weeks after the country reopened its borders to vaccinated visitors from across the world. Europe’s most frequented theme park in...

In California, get a vaccination, ride a roller coaster

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving away more goodies to people who get coronavirus vaccinations and plans to make it easier to show who has been inoculated as health officials and businesses encourage people to get their shots so they can fully partake in the state's newly...

Fire damaged water slide fire at New Jersey amusement park

Jun. 16, 2021 05:26 AM EDT

VERNON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities were trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged a water slide at an amusement park in New Jersey. Mountain Creek Water Park in Vernon was not open for the season when the fire broke out Tuesday on the High Anxiety raft water...

The Latest: Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at parks

Jun. 15, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. The company said Tuesday that firework shows would resume at the beginning...

Fireworks return to Disney parks in latest lifting of rules

Jun. 15, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

Disney plans to restart fireworks shows at its theme parks in Florida and California in the latest move by the company to ease up on pandemic restrictions implemented last year. The company said Tuesday that firework shows will resume at the beginning of July at Walt...

The Latest: Vaccinated Hawaiian positive for delta variant

Jun. 14, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Hawaii says a vaccinated Oahu resident who traveled to Nevada last month has tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19. The delta variant was first detected in India and is a more transmissible version of the disease. The variant currently makes up 6%...

Vaccinated visitors soon can take off masks at Disney World

Jun. 14, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World in Florida is making it easier to see smiles again, but guests still can't hug the characters. Starting Tuesday, face masks will be optional for visitors to the theme park resort who are vaccinated, though Disney workers won't...

Six Flags park settling lawsuit over fingerprints for $36M

Jun. 11, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Six Flags Great America has settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to pay $36 million over the use of fingerprint scanners at its Illinois theme park. Pass holders and others who visited the Gurnee park between October 2013 and Dec. 31, 2018...

Ferris wheel to be moved from Ocean City Boardwalk

Jun. 11, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A historic amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland, has agreed to move a Ferris wheel that's overhanging the Boardwalk and violating the town’s zoning code. The Big Wheel has been shut down, but news outlets report that the town will continue to...