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FILE - In this file March 18, 2020, file phootom one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. State health officials announced strict new rules for reopening theme parks on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are now bracing for an even longer shutdown, and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops devoted to visitors who no longer walk their streets. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

Oct. 21, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

California's amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates. Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland...

Medical Assistant Savannah Dela Vega places a nasal swab in a container for coronavirus testing at the drive-thru clinic in Casper, Wyo., Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Wyoming health officials reported the number of people hospitalized with the virus has increased to the highest since March. (Cayla Nimmo/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP)

The Latest: CDC official sees 'distressing' rise in cases

Oct. 21, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The deputy director for infectious diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the United States is seeing a “distressing trend” with coronavirus cases increasing in nearly three-quarters of the country. Dr. Jay Butler said at a briefing Wednesday one factor in...

Chuckles, Connecticut's prognosticating groundhog, has died

Oct. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Chuckles X, who served as Connecticut's official prognosticating groundhog, has died. The blind female woodchuck that conveyed forecasts of spring to Manchester Mayor Jay Moran for the past two years died last weekend at her home at the Lutz Children’s Museum, Kate...

Governor urges Rhode Islanders to scale back Thanksgiving

Oct. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

With the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday urged Rhode Islanders to scale back their Thanksgiving holiday plans by avoiding out-of-state travel and limiting celebrations to just those who live within the same household. For people planning to attend larger...

Museum linked to lynching memorial reopening

Oct. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A museum that’s linked to the national lynching memorial in Montgomery is reopening for the first time since the pandemic began. The Legacy Museum, which tells the story of slavery and its legacy in the United States, will offer free admission for a limited time, but crowd...

Sports complex planned at former Mississippi water park site

Oct. 21, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A sports complex is being planned at the site of a former water park near Mississippi's capital city, according to officials. P360 Performance Sports announced Tuesday a project under development for the property where Rapids on the Reservoir park once operated at the Ross Barnett...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Oct. 21, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Oct. 21 The Decatur Daily and The TimesDaily on outdoor trails and historic sites in Alabama: With the new coronavirus taking its toll on leisure travel and many people stuck at home and starting to go stir crazy, it’s important to remember that taking care...

A stain is on Sarcophagus of the prophet Ahmose inside the Egyptian Court of the Neue Museum after smeared with a liquid in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. A large number of art works and artifacts at some of Berlin's best-known museums were smeared with a liquid by an unknown perpetrator or perpetrators earlier this month, police said Wednesday. The 'numerous' works in several museums at the Museum Island complex, a UNESCO world heritage site in the heart of the German capital that is one of the city's main tourist attractions, were targeted between on Oct. 3, police said. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Over 60 exhibits damaged at Berlin museums, motive a mystery

Oct. 21, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — More than 60 artworks and artifacts at some of Berlin's best-known museums were smeared with an oily liquid by an unknown perpetrator or perpetrators earlier this month, authorities said Wednesday. They were hopeful that the apparently random damage can be repaired, but said the motive was a...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave from the balcony of royal palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch king issued a video message Wednesday saying

Dutch king expresses regret at Greek family vacation

Oct. 21, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch king issued a video message Wednesday saying he had “regret in the heart” and he shouldn't have flown to Greece for a family vacation last week, a trip that was quickly broken off amid public uproar back home where people are being urged to stay home as...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...