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Lawsuit: California festival didn't plan for active shooter

Nov. 12, 2019 6:12 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers of a Northern California food festival where a gunman killed three people and wounded 13 others didn't consider the risk of an active shooter, according to a lawsuit from five injured victims. Santino William Legan cut through a fence at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on...

Pot or not? Busts highlight growing confusion over hemp

Nov. 9, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis — marijuana. They're so similar, police...

From music therapy to heavy metal: A boy's drumming journey

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October. Cade, 10, and his band, Electric Rainbow, were the first group scheduled to perform at the festival...

Swine fever: New Indonesian festival celebrates pigs

Nov. 8, 2019 10:12 PM EST

LAKE TOBA, Indonesia (AP) — Christian residents in Muslim-majority Indonesia's remote Lake Toba region have launched a new festival celebrating pigs that they say is a response to efforts to promote halal tourism in the area. The festival features competitions in barbecuing, pig calling and pig catching as...

Governor signs measure to strengthen amusement ride safety

Nov. 7, 2019 1:31 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a measure aimed at strengthening Ohio's amusement ride safety program. The bill signed by the Republican governor on Wednesday seeks to strengthen safety inspection standards, define qualifications for ride inspectors and outline ride owner...

Essence Fest staying in New Orleans

Nov. 5, 2019 6:04 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival will be returning to New Orleans for at least the next five years. News outlets report New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday announced the contract extension to 2024. This year's festival, the 25th overall, was the last under the...

Audit: Poor management causes Colorado State Fair money loss

Nov. 4, 2019 7:00 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Fair has lost money for 21 straight years and a state audit of the operation says it has not been managed strategically. Colorado Public Radio reports the Colorado State Auditor's Office found the fair's deficits have averaged $4 million each year from 2014 to 2018. The...

Bus falls into river in Nepal, killing 17 and injuring 50

Nov. 3, 2019 10:31 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An overcrowded bus drove off a mountain highway and crashed in a river in Nepal, killing 17 people and injuring 50 more, a police official said Monday. The bus was packed with people returning from festivals and appeared to have a mechanical problem before skidding off the highway...

County Fair Queen relieved of duties but gets to keep title

Nov. 3, 2019 1:59 PM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford woman crowned 2019 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen will keep her title but won't be allowed to perform duties associated with the honor. The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs, which runs the pageant, said in a Saturday statement that Alexi Bladel will keep the...

Native American Festival and Pow Wow to gather in Georgia

Nov. 3, 2019 10:29 AM EST

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Billed as the largest Native American gathering in Georgia, the four-day Native American Festival and Pow Wow is preparing for this week's showcase of the culture through dance, music and more. The festival will be held Nov. 7-10 at Stone Mountain Park. The Atlanta...