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Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Nevada high court to charge for Las Vegas shooting records

Dec. 4, 2019 7:51 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Police Department asked for hundreds of thousands of dollars from media outlets for electronic records related to the fatal Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in 2017, authorities said. A lawyer for the Review-Journal and other news organizations asked the Nevada Supreme...

8 Nebraska State Fair workers lose jobs amid restructuring

Dec. 2, 2019 8:31 AM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Eight full-time employees at the Nebraska State Fair have lost their jobs. The Grand Island Independent reports the workers were fired last week as fair officials restructure the organization amid financial problems. State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox says the restructuring...

Bluefield’s holiday festival opens with over 1.2M lights

Dec. 2, 2019 4:37 AM EST

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Bluefield’s Holiday of Lights festival has officially opened. The West Virginia city’s annual holiday display in Bluefield City Park went up last week and will run until the end of December. The decorations include more than 1.2 million lights throughout the...

Big 12 rivalries include Bedlam, Red River and ‘Farmageddon’

Nov. 27, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Bedlam and “Farmageddon” will close out the Big 12 regular season. The Bedlam rivalry between No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State is back at the end of the regular season after earlier November dates the past two seasons. This is the third year in a row Kansas State and Iowa State play on the...

Providence center offers “sensory friendly” performances

Nov. 24, 2019 2:28 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Performing Arts Center is offering shows specifically designed to be more welcoming to people with Autism. WPRI-TV reports that on Sunday the center is hosting a “sensory-friendly” performance of the Acrobats of Cirque-Tacular. A sensory-friendly version...

Art show seeks the ‘real Moscow’ in grim suburbs

Nov. 24, 2019 10:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — As sleet falls on a cold November day, communist-era apartment blocks dominating Moscow’s suburban skyline look bleak and forbidding. But it’s precisely these sprawling city outskirts that are the focus of a major international art exhibition. “Beyond the Center”...

Nebraska State Fair finance head quits, citing losses

Nov. 22, 2019 6:40 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy. Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed. NTV reported that...

East Texas Legionnaires' outbreak linked to hot tub display

Nov. 21, 2019 8:11 PM EST

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a hot tub display at an East Texas state fair in September is the likely source of contamination which led to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that’s killed one person and sickened seven others. Officials in Tyler have closed the convention center where the...

Apple detectives comb US Northwest for ‘lost’ varieties

Nov. 20, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. It has been there for more than a century, and there is no hint that the tree or its apples are anything out of the ordinary. But this...