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FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask as she walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Holiday air travel surges despite dire health warnings

Nov. 30, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Nearly 1.2 million people passed through U.S. airports Sunday, the largest number since the pandemic gripped the country in March, despite pleas from health experts for Americans to stay home over Thanksgiving. The Transportation Security Administration screened at least 1 million people on four of the last 10...

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is taken for a workout at the Breeders' Cup World Championship horse races at Keeneland Race Course Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Authentic is scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic race Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

In an abnormal year, Breeders' Cup offers a bit of normalcy

Nov. 5, 2020 5:14 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — This year’s Triple Crown slate unfolded over 3½ months instead of six weeks and shuffled the marquee Kentucky Derby from its traditional first Saturday in May to Labor Day weekend — as the middle jewel. Numerous tracks canceled meets and some returned with...

More plaintiffs added to lawsuit against Oregon utilities

Nov. 3, 2020 11:15 AM EST

PORTLAND (AP) — Additional plaintiffs in Oregon have joined a $600 million lawsuit against power utilities, alleging that the companies let electrical equipment spark wildfires that ravaged the state in September. Three of the region's law firms that are behind the class action lawsuit announced an amended...

NJ man who brought explosives to bar avoids jail time

Oct. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A man accused of bringing explosives to a Jersey Shore bar, resulting in a Labor Day parade cancellation, will not see jail time after pleading guilty, officials say. Thomas Kaiser of South Plainfield, New Jersey, was sentenced to one year of probation Tuesday after pleading...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. Federal authorities are expected to vote Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 on what likely sparked a fire aboard a scuba dive boat last year that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California. The pre-dawn blaze aboard the Conception is one of California's deadliest maritime disasters, prompting both criminal and safety investigations into the Sept. 2, 2019 tragedy that claimed the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member on a Labor Day weekend expedition near an island off Santa Barbara. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

Oct. 20, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the deadliest accidents in recent U.S. maritime history was the fault of owners of a Southern California dive boat whose lack of oversight resulted in a fire that swept through the vessel and killed 34 people in their bunks below deck, federal safety officials ruled Tuesday. The...

All-terrain wheelchairs added at Indiana Dunes State Park

Oct. 11, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — Three new all-terrain wheelchairs have been added for guest use at Indiana Dunes State Park. The park in Northwest Indiana says the chairs were purchased by the Friends of Indiana Dunes. Two of the chairs are designed for use on trails, and one chair is designed for use on the Lake...

Sheriff: Busiest year ever for volunteer search, rescue team

Oct. 7, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County search and rescue crews came to the aid of two hikers over the weekend in what the county sheriff's office says has been the busiest year ever recorded for the volunteer search and rescue team. The Daily Herald reports by the end of Labor Day weekend the search...