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Area 51 events mostly peaceful; thousands in Nevada desert

Sep. 21, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Events involving thousands of Earthlings answering an internet buzz about an invitation to "Storm Area 51" in the Nevada desert have been mostly festive, with crowds numbering in the low thousands and few arrests, officials said. Three more people were arrested Friday on the remote...

The Latest: 3 arrests, missing man found near Area 51 gates

Sep. 21, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on "Storm Area 51" events in two tiny Nevada towns near the once-secret military research site (all times local): 9 p.m. Authorities arrested two men in the rugged mountains inside the perimeter of the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada and one woman who made it clear...

Opelousas artist tells stories in three-dimensional metal

Sep. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — LSU's Tiger Marching Band is so dynamic, artist Carroll Gautreaux had to add a third dimension to his metal art painting just to capture it. But, then, that's what Gautreaux does — turns what could be flat two-dimensional scenes into paintings that pop out from the canvas. The...

Oka Kapassa Festival celebrates connection and kindness

Sep. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — The sound of rhythmic drumming and tribal chants pervaded Spring Park on Saturday (Sept. 14) morning during the public day of the 19th annual Oka Kapassa Festival. The sun shone down on festival goers as they gathered around the arena to watch the Chickasaw Nation dance troupe...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...

Birthing Center celebrates 25 years at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — For a quarter of a century, fairgoers at the Kansas State Fair witnessed the birth of chicks, lambs, calves and piglets. Veterinarians, veterinary students and FFA volunteers watch over the mothers and babies, as well as explain the miracle of life to visitors of all ages at the...

2019 Illinois State Fair brought in record $6.5M-plus

Sep. 19, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state says the 2019 Illinois State Fair had record estimated revenue of more than $6.5 million. Fair officials said Thursday this year's total surpassed the previous record of $6.4 million set in 2013 and was about $750,000 higher than last year's total. They say the data...

11 Minnesota State Fair visitors sickened by E. coli

Sep. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say at least 11 people got sick with E. coli infections after visiting the Minnesota State Fair this summer. The Minnesota Department of Health says six of the ill people were hospitalized, and one developed a potentially fatal complication. One person is still...

More than 30 Michigan state parks schedule fall festivals

Sep. 16, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — More than 30 of Michigan's state parks are hosting fall harvest festivals this year. They feature activities such as hayrides, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, costume contests, haunted trails, nature programs and horse-drawn carriage rides. Leelanau and Tawas Point state parks are...

Kansas State Fair to evaluate gun rules for concert security

Sep. 15, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair will reevaluate its gun policy this fall because concert security concerns could conflict with state law that allows gun owners to carry their weapons openly. The fair had to screen concertgoers at the Sept. 7 Billy Currington performance because he required it...