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Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR's award of excellence

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR's Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of...

Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 90 people were...

CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

Dec. 5, 2019 5:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of progress, the chief executive of billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism venture said Thursday. CEO George Whitesides said this year was marked by milestone after...

Hundreds of Yellowstone bison to be culled this winter

Dec. 4, 2019 10:02 PM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — National park officials in Wyoming have announced plans for the selective slaughter of between 600 and 900 Yellowstone bison this winter to help manage population numbers. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday that the officials expect most of the animals to be taken by...

Rangers honor retired jerseys with dimensions at new stadium

Dec. 4, 2019 8:35 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The dimensions at the new Texas Rangers' ballpark will be similar to their old stadium, with slightly altered distances designed to honor the team's retired jersey numbers. The left field pole will be 329 feet from home plate, the 29 a reference to former third baseman Adrian...

The 2020 Boxing Hall of Fame class

Dec. 4, 2019 3:07 PM EST

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the 13 people to be inducted June 14, 2020 into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum: MODERN (last bout no earlier than 1989) MEN BERNARD HOPKINS: Nicknamed “The Executioner” and “The Alien.” ... born Jan. 15, 1965 in Philadelphia....

Much anticipated Star Wars-based ride debuts at Disney World

Dec. 4, 2019 11:35 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The resistance is rising. “Rise of the Resistance,” the highly anticipated Star Wars-based ride at Walt Disney World is debuting Thursday, three months after a land opened at the theme park resort based on the galaxy far, far away. The ride's story-line follows a band of...

Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane joining TV Hall of Fame

Dec. 3, 2019 4:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger will be joining the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Geraldine Laybourne, who helped create the Nickelodeon channel and co-founded Oxygen Media, and veteran TV director Jay Sandrich also were announced...

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Dec. 3, 2019 10:36 AM EST

FLAMINGO, Florida (AP) — Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water. “This is the treacherous part,” the...

Flood at famed Arizona waterfalls sends tourists scrambling

Dec. 2, 2019 9:43 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A popular tourist spot deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon known for its blue-green waterfalls will make repairs after heavy flooding over the Thanksgiving break sent tourists scrambling to higher ground. No one was injured in the flooding on the Havasupai reservation, and the...