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Opening, ticket prices announced for Peppa Pig theme park

Oct. 20, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A standalone Peppa Pig theme park at the Legoland Florida Resort is set to open Feb. 24, park officials announced Tuesday. Officials also announced ticket prices. A one-day ticket for the central Florida park will be...

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Oct. 19, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can't find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration...

Water Street reboot revitalizes downtown Henderson

Oct. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A few weeks into setting up shop at the farmers market outside the recently renovated Henderson City Hall, Rose Nixon is seeing community form from the booth where she sells handmade soaps. The market is one of the many hyperlocal attractions to be...

NC native creates merchandise with Black representation

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four years ago, Chrishonda Benson’s daughter told her that she didn’t like her brown skin “because it wasn’t pretty.” Her daughter, Mariah, then 4 years old, felt that way because she couldn’t find a Black doll and extra accessories in...

Valles Caldera volunteers in race to document dendroglyphs

Oct. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The haunting calls of bugling bull elk pervade the autumn air, echoing across the grass valleys and forested lava domes of Valles Caldera National Preserve as a cadre of volunteers spreads out in search of needles in a nearly 90,000-acre haystack. ...

North Dakota's version of Paul Bunyan statue gets facelift

Oct. 16, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — Sixty-three years ago, the late Fred LaRocque built a statue of a cowboy on the east side of New Town. LaRocque built the approximately 19-foot-high statue to honor the “Old Time Cowboys of the Open Range.” The statue of Earl Bunyan, “Cowboy...

Pet pig who turned blind eye to city hall gone to sty in sky

Oct. 11, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Daisy Mae, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who once fought City Hall (and won), was knighted by the St. Paul Winter Carnival and even made the cover of National Geographic Magazine, has died. She was 15. “She struck fear in the eyes of many which...

South Dakota school turns to locally grown produce for lunch

Oct. 11, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Rhonda Ramsdell knows you can’t beat fresh, local produce. But even Ramsdell, the Meade School District Food Service Director, was surprised at the response of students when she recently offered locally-grown cucumbers for lunch. ...

When the pheasant hunt is over, it's time to cook and eat

Oct. 11, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Thousands of hunters will take to the fields over the weekend for the opening of North Dakota’s pheasant season, which means any number of birds could be headed for the pot, pan or kettle by day’s end. “You gotta eat what you bring home,”...

Kalispell man grows 400 apple varieties in small orchard

Oct. 10, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — This apple is not your everyday supermarket fruit. Its skin is a yellow wash with splashes of carmine down the sides and a streak of russet near the stem, and it hangs boldly juxtaposed against its leafy backdrop. This diminutive fruit is...