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Florida corals rescued amid plague moved to New Jersey

Sep. 04, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

The great rescue of Florida corals from a devastating disease crossed a milestone with the transfer of two batches of knobby cactus and flower cup corals from their Orlando refuge. The Florida Coral Rescue Center in south Orlando is rearing the largest collection of...

Florida drivers can now purchase Walt Disney World plates

Sep. 03, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida highway officials on Friday announced that Florida drivers are now able to purchase new Walt Disney World license plates at their local tax collector's offices. The blue-shaded license plate features a silver drawing of Cinderella's Castle...

Universal's Horror Nights open for screams after absence

Sep. 03, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After a pandemic-related absence of almost two years, Universal Orlando Resort's celebration of all things scary opened for screams on Friday. Halloween Horror Nights kicked off at the Florida theme park resort for a 30th year of disturbing haunted...

Universal Studios sets opening for first theme park in China

Aug. 30, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Universal Studios announced Monday that its first theme park in China will open in the country's capital in September. The company set the opening date for Sept. 20, according to a statement and video posted on the Chinese social media site WeChat. ...

Kimberly Palmer: Do video games level up kids’ money skills?

Aug. 30, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Every few days, my 8-year-old son, Neal, asks if he can “earn something” on Roblox, a popular online video game platform. That’s his way of suggesting I buy him Robux, the platform’s currency, in exchange for him doing a chore or extra academic assignment. While...

Design competition showcases Thompson Center redesign ideas

Aug. 29, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — From a waterpark resort to a public school, seven finalists have been named in a design competition to repurpose a much-maligned state government building in downtown Chicago. State officials are trying to sell the James R. Thompson Center, which was...

Palestinian twins open cafe in converted jet in West Bank

Aug. 26, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Few Palestinians in the occupied West Bank get to board an airplane these days. The territory has no civilian airport and those who can afford a plane ticket must catch their flights in neighboring Jordan. But just outside the northern city of Nablus, a pair of...

Half of US workers favor employee shot mandate: AP-NORC poll

Aug. 26, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Half of American workers are in favor of vaccine requirements at their workplaces, according to a new poll, at a time when such mandates gain traction following the federal government's full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The poll from The...

Disney reaches vaccination agreement with union workers

Aug. 24, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Walt Disney World will now require union employees as well as non-union and salaried workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to keep their jobs at the theme park. The company also said Wednesday it would soon require vaccines for its cruise...

Bucks' Antetokounmpo joins Brewers' ownership group

Aug. 20, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — One month after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title in half a century, Giannis Antetokounmpo is teaming up with the city’s other major pro sports franchise by joining the Milwaukee Brewers’ ownership group. “Man, this is...