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Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sep. 25, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world says it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indoor venue next season for smoky days as an...

St. Joseph group suspends its annual art festival

Sep. 23, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — An arts festival that has been operating in St. Joseph for 26 years is coming to an end. The Allied Arts Council announced Friday that it is suspending the Trails West! Festival. The St. Joseph News-Press reports the decision was made because of changes in how people consume their...

7 riders rescued from stuck Ferris wheel at New Jersey fair

Sep. 23, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say seven riders were rescued from a stuck Ferris wheel at a New Jersey county fair. Gloucester Township police say they were called to assist the fire department after the malfunction was reported Saturday at the Camden County Fair. Police say the occupied seats were at...

It's tapped: Beer flows as Oktoberfest opens in Munich

Sep. 22, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

MUNICH (AP) — The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg on Saturday with two blows of a hammer and the cry of "O'zapft is" — "it's tapped." As tradition demands, he handed the first...

Alzheimer's opera 'Sky on Swings' opens in Philadelphia

Sep. 21, 2018 4:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Frederica von Stade sat on a table singing, her face filled with fear and wonder, her character unsure where she was going and where she had been. Nearly a half-century after her professional debut, the 73-year-old teamed with fellow mezzo Marietta Simpson for a mesmerizing performance...

Reality show doc, woman charged with California drug rapes

Sep. 18, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims. Orthopedic surgeon Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, of Newport Beach...

Wisconsin official apologizes to opponent over flag flap

Sep. 18, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, in a rare retreat, apologized Tuesday to her Democratic opponent for repeatedly claiming — without evidence — that he knelt during the national anthem. Mandela Barnes, the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate,...

Wisconsin Democrat: Opponent's claims about kneeling 'crazy'

Sep. 17, 2018 2:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor said Monday that it was "crazy" for his Republican opponent to claim, with no evidence, that he knelt during the national anthem at the opening of the Wisconsin State Fair this summer. Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who...

German far-right party members attended neo-Nazi festival

Sep. 17, 2018 9:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party is considering expelling three members who attended a neo-Nazi festival as it tries to avoid surveillance by the country's domestic intelligence agency. German news agency dpa reported Monday that the party's regional leadership in the northwestern...

AP PHOTOS: Gaza images on display in France show resilience

Sep. 15, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Khalil Hamra, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Associated Press, is exhibiting his work in a show titled "Why Gaza?" at the 30th annual Visa Pour L'Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, France. The exhibition runs through Sept. 16. In 30 photos on display, Hamra shows the...