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Harvard language program relocates from China to Taiwan

Oct. 13, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — An intensive summer language program hosted by Harvard University in Beijing will relocate to Taiwan in summer of 2022, as the U.S.-China relationship remains strained. The program is moving to Taipei and will kick off next summer with about 60...

Alexander Hamilton letter at center of legal fight returned

Oct. 12, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

A letter written by founding father Alexander Hamilton during the Revolutionary War and believed stolen decades ago from the Massachusetts state archives has been returned following a federal appeals court decision, top state officials said Tuesday. Secretary of the...

Opal Lee’s Juneteenth dream came true, but she isn’t done

Oct. 08, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Opal Lee's dream of seeing Juneteenth become a federal holiday was finally realized over the summer, but the energetic woman who spent years rallying people to join her push for the day commemorating the end of slavery is hardly letting up on a lifetime of work...

Bend bans sale, possession and use of fireworks

Oct. 07, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Bend City Council has unanimously approved a ban on the sale, possession and use of all fireworks in an attempt to reduce wildfire risk amid climate change. The council voted on Wednesday for the ban despite a late effort from opponents including...

Gambling expo returns, masked and vaccinated, to Las Vegas

Oct. 06, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino industry leaders and vendors riding a resurgence of gambling following coronavirus closures are gathering in-person for an annual conference this week in Las Vegas — amid strict coronavirus mask and vaccination rules — after meeting virtually a year ago. ...

Charleston Sternwheel Regatta returning in 2022

Oct. 04, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A popular riverfront festival is returning to West Virginia's largest city next year after a decade-long absence. The Charleston Sternwheel Regatta will take place over the Fourth of July weekend next year, Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said in a...

South Dakota reapplies for Mount Rushmore fireworks permit

Sep. 29, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is again applying to hold a fireworks display over Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day. The Department of Tourism submitted its application for a special use permit to the National Parks Service Wednesday on...

Couple celebrating 50th anniversary died in train derailment

Sep. 28, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Don Varnadoe spent months watching videos about train trips on his office computer in preparation for a special cross-country vacation to celebrate his and Margie Varnadoe's 50th wedding anniversary. He phoned his co-workers in coastal Georgia,...

Feds: Los Angeles bomb technicians caused major explosion

Sep. 14, 2021 19:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police bomb technicians made major miscalculations in June when they detonated illegal fireworks improperly and caused a massive explosion that rocked a city neighborhood and injured 27 people in June, according to a report by federal investigators. ...

COVID-19 surge in the US: The summer of hope ends in gloom

Sep. 08, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The summer that was supposed to mark America’s independence from COVID-19 is instead drawing to a close with the U.S. more firmly under the tyranny of the virus, with deaths per day back up to where they were in March. The delta variant is filling...