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Festival celebrating West Virginia's Rocket Boys goes online

Oct. 26, 2020 3:55 AM EDT

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A festival that celebrates West Virginia’s Rocket Boys will be held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Rocket Boys Festival will be livestreamed Tuesday through Thursday. According to the festival's Facebook page, author and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam...

A Hindu priest wearing a face shield applies vermilion paste on the forehead of a child during Durga Puja festival in Gauhati, India, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Weeks after India fully opened up from a harsh lockdown and began to modestly turn a corner by cutting new infections by near half, a Hindu festival season is raising fears that the disease could spoil the hard-won gains. Health experts worry the festivals can set off a whole new cascade of infections, further testing and straining India’s battered health care system. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

India's festive season spawns fears of renewed virus surge

Oct. 25, 2020 3:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Just weeks after India fully opened up from a harsh lockdown and began to modestly turn a corner by cutting new coronavirus infections by near half, a Hindu festival season is raising fears that a fresh surge could spoil the hard-won gains. “I’d be very worried about what we...

NH ice rinks to reopen; Maine city getting mask dispensers

Oct. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

Here is a look at pandemic-related developments around New England: ___ NEW HAMPSHIRE Hockey and other indoor ice arena activities can resume in New Hampshire starting Oct. 30 but participants and staff will have to be tested for COVID-19, Gov. Chris Sununu said. The state paused all hockey activities at indoor...

The premier Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson Convention Center, on Feb. 15, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz., part of the larger Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase. The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase’s producers are reviewing health safety guidelines to see whether a scaled-back version of their high-profile event can be staged next February 2021. The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a punishing blow to the southern Arizona city where dozens of winter and spring events normally attract crowds big and small.  (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

Pandemic a whammy for Tucson's normally busy events season

Oct. 24, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The El Tour De Tucson cycling event has ben postponed from November to April. The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair, an open-air retail extravaganza, was canceled. The Tucson Festival of Books will be held virtually next March. And the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase’s...

Growers raise giant pumpkins despite squashed festivals

Oct. 24, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CULLODEN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, but the festivities of fall have been muffled, if not entirely muted. The wave of fair and festival cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic have continued past the summer. There was no Forest Festival in Elkins, no Black...

Mississippi Mud owner Betteanne Smith helps a customer look for clothing items in Kimmswick, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Businesses are receiving large support from the community after being hit by COVID-19 as well as the cancellation of the annual Apple Butter Festival. (Christine Tannous, /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Kimmswick mayor calls region to shop, dine to save his town

Oct. 23, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

KIMMSWICK, Mo. (AP) — A lemonade jar, about a quarter-full of cash, sits on an entryway table at the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. “Any donations are appreciated,” reads a hand-written sign taped to the glass. The restaurant is famous for its towering caramel-apple-pecan pie, and draws...

Serbian police officers guard the street during a protest against a festival ''Mirdita-Dobar Dan'' organized by liberal groups from Serbia and Kosovo, in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Serbian police prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in the past weeks broke into a cartoon exhibition and threatened artists in a theatre play about the 1995 killings in Srebrenica. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

Oct. 22, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into two exhibitions and threatened artists in a theatre play.. Riot police deployed around the venue in central...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty in Columbia, S.C.  Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so organizers devised a drive-thru version that was held Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday in Columbia.  (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Funnel cakes to go: Drive-thru fair draws thousands in SC

Oct. 22, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates, speaks to The Associated Press in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The chair of Britain's Hay literary festival said Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, that the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival's curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Sheikh Nahyan while working with him. When asked about the allegation by the AP, the UAE's Foreign Ministry said it does not comment on personal matters. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

Oct. 21, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him. Lawyers for the minister...

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...