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Museum’s virtual happy hour showcases martinis, masterpieces

Apr. 11, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — One showstopper during last Wednesday’s happy hour was the photo of a Black woman. A spotlight illuminated her everything — her voluminous Afro, her commanding pose, the multicolored frock that flowed over her frame. The other showstopper was the...

Art grows from nature in outdoor sculpture 'Hedgerow'

Apr. 11, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — On a beautiful April morning, one log intended for an art installation proved to be a little too heavy to stay upright. Luckily, no people or pickup trucks were damaged as it toppled. A few deliveries by horse and cart later, Floyd County artist...

With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

Apr. 11, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s longest at 897 miles, is expected to begin...

Blackfeet Nation reopens after strict pandemic closures

Apr. 11, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

BROWNING, Mont. (AP) — On March 15, 2020, just two days after COVID-19 entered Montana, the Blackfeet Nation declared a state of emergency. Like many places in Montana, the tribe’s schools adopted remote learning and businesses, bars and restaurants closed. But unlike...

How escaping to nature helped Tennesseans cope with pandemic

Apr. 11, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Elaine Boyd describes herself as an avid walker. Typically, this means a near-daily two-mile walk through her Nashville neighborhood. But the terrain and distance have changed in the last year. Two miles have become three....

Navajo president vetoes reopening tribal roads to visitors

Apr. 10, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has vetoed a resolution to reopen tribal roads on the Navajo reservation to tourists and other visitors amid the continuing pandemic. Nez said Friday in a statement that he vetoed the resolution approved...

Alaska governor to launch ad campaign for tourism industry

Apr. 10, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy has announced that Alaska will conduct a national advertising campaign to support its tourism industry. The Republican governor also reiterated in a Friday news conference his assertion that the federal Centers for Disease...

Virus recovery funds to promote tourism on Alabama coast

Apr. 10, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Beach season is heating up, and Alabama’s coast is getting federal money to help recover from tourism losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration said Thursday it will provide the...

Hopeful signs of increased traffic at Lake Charles airport

Apr. 10, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — After one of the worst year's in the airline industry, the airport in Lake Charles is starting to see hopeful signs that air traffic is picking up. The director of the Lake Charles Regional Airport, Heath Allen, told the American Press newspaper...

Stranded riders rescued from NJ theme park roller coaster

Apr. 10, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say some people had to be rescued after they became stranded on a roller coaster at a New Jersey theme park. State police say they were called at about 7:30 p.m. Friday about the problem at the Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park...