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Connecticut Ice festival to showcase college hockey programs

Jan. 23, 2020 8:26 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold had heard talk about creating a Connecticut version of Boston's Beanpot college hockey tournament for about 15 years. Personalities, scheduling, financing, other priorities — something had always prevented it from becoming reality. But...

Michigan festival's productions aim to provoke thought, talk

Jan. 20, 2020 11:04 AM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A three-week festival that features what organizers called “provocative” theater productions and performances in southeastern Michigan was preparing its debut this week. No Safety Net 2.0 was scheduled to open Wednesday at University of Michigan's Arthur Miller Theatre...

Minnesota State Fair to add metal detectors at gates

Jan. 19, 2020 3:54 PM EST

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair's governing board decided Sunday to add metal detectors at all 11 of its gates beginning this year. General manager Jerry Hammer said the process will be similar to what people experience at other big venues, such as the Xcel Energy Center and US Bank...

Farmers drive past the Reichstag building with their tractors in Berlin, Saturday, Jan.18, 2020. On the occasion of the Green Week agricultural and food fair, people in Berlin demonstrate for more environmentally friendly agriculture. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

Protesters in Berlin support environment-friendly farming

Jan. 18, 2020 9:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Demonstrators in Berlin called for more environment-friendly agriculture practices at a protest Saturday in Berlin that included farmers with more than 150 tractors. Thousands of people gathered at the German capital's Brandenburg Gate for the protest under the motto “We've had...

FILE - In this June 30, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek trots back to the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Drew Carpenter during a baseball game in Philadelphia. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek as manager. at a town hall event Friday, Jan. 17, during the team's winter festival. Members of the team's leadership group were hit with “Hire 'Tek!” chants throughout the night. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

"Hire 'Tek!": Red Sox fans make pitch for Varitek as manager

Jan. 17, 2020 9:49 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have a list of characteristics they want in their next manager, but they haven't yet landed on a name. Their fans have one in mind. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's...

A traveler rests on his suitcase in a waiting room at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in China

Jan. 17, 2020 1:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. Around 3 billion trips will be made during the Spring Festival travel rush, China's Transport Ministry has...

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Lizzo performing

Lizzo, The Who, Foo Fighters among 2020 Jazz Fest top acts

Jan. 16, 2020 3:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Who, Stevie Nicks and Foo Fighters will join Lizzo, Lionel Richie, Lenny Kravitz, The Avett Brothers and Elvis Costello at the 2020 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, organizers announced Thursday. The festival, which annually celebrates the culture and heritage of New Orleans...

Pine Tree State's new ag marketing to highlight "Real Maine"

Jan. 15, 2020 1:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's agriculture department has unveiled a new marketing program that officials believe will better represent the state's products. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry released the new “Real Maine” logo on Tuesday. The move coincided with...

Mental health festival aims to stop stigmas, educate public

Jan. 14, 2020 5:01 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A local woman is organizing a downtown festival to help break down stigmas and societal barriers surrounding mental wellness. Autumn Sturtevant said her goal is an all-ages community event that forges connections between people, supports people who struggle with mental health...

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2018 photo made available by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fla., shows Jose Raul Bonilla under arrest. Bonilla, who shot several people, killing one, at a zombie-themed festival in Florida more than four years ago, was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, to 30 years in prison. (Lee County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Shooter at Florida zombie festival gets 30 years in prison

Jan. 13, 2020 8:30 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The man who shot several people, killing one, at a zombie-themed festival in Florida more than four years ago was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison. Jose Raul Bonilla, 24, was sentenced after pleading no contest to second-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and...