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More Memorial Day travel expected, despite high gas prices

May. 26, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To drive, or not to drive? This Memorial Day weekend, with surging gas prices that are redefining pain at the pump, that is the question for many Americans as a new COVID-19 surge also spreads across the country. For Marvin Harper, of Phoenix, his family’s...

Q&A: Baz Luhrmann on his tragic, razzle-dazzle 'Elvis'

May. 26, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — It’s the day before Baz Luhrmann is to unveil “Elvis" at the Cannes Film Festival, and it goes without saying that the director — one of cinema's most maximalist moviemakers — is ready to put on a show. “I’ve been ready to put on a show since I...

Sri Lankan leader seeks world's help during financial crisis

May. 26, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asked for urgent international help on Thursday as his country suffers from a financial crisis. “We are presently undergoing a severe economic crisis that has profoundly impacted the lives of all Sri Lankans, resulting in...

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

May. 26, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday. Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of...

Jon Batiste kicks off Grammy Museum's educational series

May. 26, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jon Batiste is still putting in some Grammy work: The multi-talented performer will kick off a series geared toward public and educational programs in New York City next month. The Grammy Museum announced Thursday that Batiste will perform during a series titled...

Paris: Ex-leader of Louvre charged with money laundering

May. 26, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The former president of the Louvre museum has received preliminary charges for alleged antiquities trafficking during his tenure as head of the famous Paris museum. Police in the French capital charged Jean-Luc Martinez on Wednesday with “complicity in organized...

Infrastructure plan: $33M to clean up hundreds of oil wells

May. 25, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About $33 million of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan recently signed into law by President Joe Biden will go toward cleanning up 277 of an estimated 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells on federal land, the nation's interior secretary said Wednesday. ...

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

May. 24, 2022 17:51 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren't allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los...

Airbnb ends rentals in China to focus on outbound tourists

May. 24, 2022 12:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Airbnb Inc. will stop listing homes and experiences inside China this summer and instead focus its business in the country on serving Chinese tourists looking for lodgings abroad, a company official said on social media Tuesday. Airbnb began listings in China in...

Tourism thriving in Florida ahead of Memorial Day weekend

May. 23, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tourists have returned to Florida in numbers that are surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Officials at Miami International Airport are projecting the “busiest Memorial Day weekend ever," according to a news release sent Monday. Passenger traffic at the...