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Singer Randy Parton, Dolly Parton's brother, dies at 67

Jan. 21, 2021 2:58 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Dolly Parton said her brother Randy Parton, who sang and performed with her, as well as at her Dollywood theme park, has died. He was 67. Parton, who turned 75 this week, said in a statement released on Thursday that her brother died of cancer. They were among 12...

FILE - In this file March 18, 2020, file photo of one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland is ending its annual pass program 10 months after the theme park shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park in Anaheim, said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, it would begin issuing pro-rated refunds to eligible passholders.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Disneyland ends annual passes 10 months after virus closure

Jan. 14, 2021 6:16 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland is ending its annual pass program 10 months after the theme park shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, the theme park said Thursday. The park in Anaheim, California, said it would begin issuing pro-rated refunds to eligible passholders. “Due to the...

FILE - This April 12, 2016 file photo shows the Microsoft logo in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, France. Microsoft took five hours to resolve a major outage of its workplace applications on Monday, but has not clarified what caused the outage. The company said the outage, which affected users’ ability to log into Office 365 applications, began early evening Monday Eastern time. Microsoft did not reply to questions Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 about what caused the outage, but said on its service-status Twitter account that it had identified a “recent change” that caused problems. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Microsoft ousts rivals from CES marquee as show moves online

Jan. 13, 2021 2:45 PM EST

This week, Microsoft had a big test on its hands — how to help transform the world's biggest gadget show into an online-only event. The choice of Microsoft to power this year's CES and create a virtual showcase for its 1,800 exhibitors gave the tech giant a big promotional boost over its best-known cloud...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park

Jan. 11, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates in the United States and possibly the world. The park’s executive director, Lisa Peterson, told The Associated Press on...

FILE - New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, right, defends against Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, in this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, file photo. Beasley and Lin  are two of the former NBA players who have signed with the G League this season, with games to be played inside a bubble at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.(AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Back to the bubble: G League season will be played at Disney

Jan. 8, 2021 2:47 PM EST

The G League will crown its 2021 champion in a bubble, just as the NBA did last season. Plans were announced Friday for the G League season, which will be condensed and played at the Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Teams have been given a preliminary plan calling for games to begin around...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, Japan. Silver is giving preseason state-of-the-league remarks Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, before opening night Tuesday, talking about how the league will handle the ongoing pandemic and the continued focus on social issues such as racial injustice. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Silver confident that NBA season can be pulled off safely

Dec. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EST

The NBA found a way to get through last season amid a pandemic. Adam Silver sees no reason why the same cannot ring true again this season. Silver, the the NBA’s Commissioner, said Monday — one day before the new season begins — that he is confident the league’s health and safety...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, people visit the Bollywood theme park at Dubai Parks & Resorts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The owner of Dubai's struggling theme park operator is planning to sell itself to its majority shareholder, the company said in documents filed Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, with the Dubai Financial Market, capping years of plummeting income and stocks. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Dubai's troubled theme park operator to go private

Dec. 21, 2020 12:12 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai government-backed holding company made a formal bid on Sunday to buy out the city's struggling theme park operator, the company said in documents filed with the Dubai Financial Market, capping years of plummeting income and stocks. Meraas Holding, the majority...

Bob Schwartz, the director of marketing of the Trapp Family Lodge poses outside the lodge on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Stowe, Vt. Quarantine rules imposed in an attempt to stop the spread of novel coronavirus are affecting business during the normally busy holiday season. He says the rules are frustrating but be understands the need for them. He's looking forward to a time when the pandemic is over. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Winter travel raises more fears of viral spread

Dec. 18, 2020 5:46 PM EST

Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in COVID-19 cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that about 85 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, most of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, file photo, a worker puts finishing touches on the entrance sign at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Fla. The Legoland theme park in Florida is planning an expansion next year including new rides, according to plans filed with the city nearest the attraction. The details have not been revealed, but news outlets report Legoland will add about 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) to its resort near Winter Haven.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Legoland theme park in Florida plans expansion, new rides

Dec. 15, 2020 10:22 AM EST

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — The Legoland theme park in Florida is planning an expansion next year including new rides, according to plans filed with the city nearest the attraction. The details have not been revealed, but news outlets report Legoland will add about 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) to its resort near...