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Participants take selfies in the cabin during a mock trip abroad at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Dozens of would-be travelers acted as passengers in an activity organized by Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Administration to raise awareness of procedures to follow when passing through customs and boarding their plane at Taipei International Airport. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Would-be travelers in Taiwan live out dreams of flying again

Jul. 7, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Like almost every region, Taiwan has been hit hard by restrictions on international travel imposed because of the coronavirus. Some residents have found comfort in boarding a flight that didn’t take off, just to revisit some memories and plan for the day when they can fly...

Sheriff: Man loses arm-wrestling match with son, pulls gun

Jul. 7, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — An arm-wrestling contest between a father and son turned violent and led to an 8-hour standoff with Kentucky deputies, authorities said. Curtis Zimmerman, 55, was charged Monday with wanton endangerment, news outlets reported. Deputies were sent to Zimmerman's home around 1 a.m....

Woof Warning: Dog alerts owner to house fire next door

Jul. 6, 2020 6:06 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A dog in Tennessee became a hero on the Fourth of July by alerting her owner to a house fire next door. Roux, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, woke her owner Jeff LeCates with “frantic and unusual barks" on Saturday night, a Franklin Fire Department press release said. When...

In this July 3, 2020, photo, provided by Lee Hyun Su, pieces of new green onion flavored Chex cereal are sprinkled on a bowl of Tteok-bokki, or stir-fried rice cakes, a popular Korean dish in Seoul, South Korea. The cereal has become a sensation in South Korea after 16 years of delay in its release. (Lee Hyun Su via AP)

Was new Chex flavor worth South Koreans' 16-year wait?

Jul. 3, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans have waited 16 long years for a savory, crispy bite that would satisfy their taste buds and right an infamous wrong. This week, they finally could fill a bowl with the cereal they wanted all along: green onion-flavored Chex. Kellogg’s Korea's limited-edition...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, singer Vanilla Ice performs during the skills competition at the NBA All Star basketball game, in New Orleans. Vanilla Ice has indefinitely postponed a Texas concert that had drawn fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, July 3, 2020, but he decided to postpone until a later date, the owner of the restaurant hosting the show said Thursday, July 2. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

Jul. 2, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice cooled off plans for a concert in Texas after taking considerable heat for an event that sought to gather hundreds of fans in one of the nation's coronavirus hot spots. The 1990s rapper with the hit single “Ice Ice Baby” had been scheduled to play a lakeside...

Vanilla Ice indefinitely postpones a Texas concert that drew fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 2, 2020 1:40 PM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vanilla Ice indefinitely postpones a Texas concert that drew fierce criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Firefighters fight flames from own fireworks show mishap

Jul. 2, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — A fireworks show exploded as it was being set up by firefighters in Wyoming but they turned around and fought the flames. The mishap happened inside a building Wednesday as eight Torrington Volunteer Fire Department members loaded fireworks into mortar tubes for an upcoming Fourth...

Firm to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

Jun. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth's surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet's atmosphere. Florida-based startup firm Space Perspective plans to use the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak to serve as one of the launch sites for...

Wisconsin family saves bear swimming with head stuck in bin

Jun. 30, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

BLOOMER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin family helped save a young bear that was struggling to breathe while swimming in a lake with its head caught in a plastic food container. Tricia and Brian Hurt and their son, Brady, were fishing Saturday on Marsh Miller Lake in western Wisconsin's Chippewa County when they...

Doorbell camera catches parking lot birth in Florida

Jun. 30, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

MARGATE, Fla. (AP) — This was not one of those delivery videos that some pregnant moms plan for. A Florida birthing center says an expectant mother was a few steps from entering the building but her baby couldn’t wait. She gave birth while standing up outside, with a midwife catching the baby and a...