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Eerie plants’ season didn’t end with Halloween

Nov. 19, 2019 8:31 AM EST

If you’re missing Halloween, there are some eerie indoor and outdoor plants that carry the spooky season into winter and beyond. Let’s start with bat plant (Tacca integrifolia), which blooms year-round. The blossoms are neither bright, cheery nor attractive, except in a curiously ominous way. Atop...

Fishing pier partially collapses after loose barge hits it

Nov. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Officials in a coastal Virginia city say fishing pier has partially collapsed after a barge broke loose during stormy weather and struck it. Hampton police spokeswoman Amanda Moreland told the Daily Press that nobody was injured when a portion of the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier at...

Funeral programs connecting African-American families

Nov. 17, 2019 9:01 AM EST

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Volunteers across the state are combing through a large collection of old African American funeral programs to help families connect with distant relatives of the past. "It amazes me how many of these (funeral) programs include the mother's maiden name, places they've lived and...

New York officials tout state-run summer camp registration

Nov. 16, 2019 8:34 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Winter hasn’t officially begun but New York state officials are already urging families to start thinking about summer camp. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says online registration for the agency’s 2020 summer camps opens on Jan. 26....

Vietnam court convicts music teacher of anti-state actions

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a music teacher on Friday to 11 years in jail for “anti-state” Facebook posts, state media reported. The official Nghe An newspaper said Nguyen Nang Tinh was found guilty of publishing photos, videos and comments on his personal Facebook page...

Fish added to Alabama creek to boost tourism

Nov. 13, 2019 3:12 PM EST

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of fish have been added to an Alabama creek as part of an ongoing effort to boost tourism. Black Creek was restocked Tuesday with about 1,100 pounds of trout above Noccalula Falls by the Rainbow Fly Fishing Club, The Gadsden Times reported. The group also stocked 1,000...

Take advantage of seasonal pause to make 2020 garden plans

Nov. 12, 2019 9:43 AM EST

The outdoor growing season is over in most of the U.S., and it's time to pause and take stock. Review those gardening impressions that delighted you as well as those that disappointed. Apply what one veteran planter calls "creative staring" to improve the look of your landscape and the rewards of your harvest....

Count community theater among holiday traditions for many

Nov. 12, 2019 9:00 AM EST

The Railsback family in North Carolina enjoys lots of conventional holiday festivities — get-togethers, special meals, exchanging gifts. But for the last several years, they have added another tradition that illustrates the meaning of the season for them: performing in the High Point Community Theatre's "A...

Maryland Police: Missing Virginia fisherman found dead

Nov. 11, 2019 4:15 PM EST

TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say a recreational fisherman from Virginia was found dead in the water, days after his running boat washed ashore with no one on it. The Capital Gazette reports 64-year-old Jae Jin was found Saturday near Tilghman Island, about 20 miles (32 kilometers)...

Minneapolis church votes to remove Thanksgiving embroidery

Nov. 10, 2019 5:58 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of a Minneapolis church have voted to remove an embroidery depicting the first Thanksgiving and a slave ship. Leaders of Plymouth Congregational Church deemed the massive embroidery "disturbing and hurtful." A group of church members had proposed an alternative plan that would...