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The Latest: On holiday weekend, travel surges in Japan

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

TOKYO — Train stations and airports in Japan were filled with people over this “Silver Week” holiday weekend running through Tuesday, in a sign of recovering local travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. The surge of domestic travel is a contrast to previous holidays, such as the summer Obon....

Travelers wearing face masks crowd at Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, on the first day of the 4-day holiday. (Kyodo News via AP)

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, Korea; Japan travel up

Sep. 19, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30, after 21 were reported on Saturday, the lowest daily...

Missouri paramedic admits tampering with ambulance narcotics

Sep. 19, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri emergency medical technician has pleaded guilty to stealing painkillers from an ambulance and diluting the drugs with water and saline to cover his tracks. The Joplin Globe reports that 37-year-old James Poole, of Webb City, faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading...

College students wear masks our of concern for the coronavirus on the Boston College campus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

8th death linked to wedding outbreak; 'Big Papi' had COVID

Sep. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at developments related to the coronavirus in New England on Saturday. MAINE An eighth death has been linked to a coronavirus outbreak stemming from a wedding and reception in the northern part of Maine. The man who died was in his 80s and from Somerset County, the Maine Center for...

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was shaped by her minority faith

Sep. 19, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

(RNS) — A phrase from the Book of Deuteronomy hangs framed on the wall of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court chamber: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.” For Ginsburg, who died at home surrounded by her family on Friday evening (Sept. 18) at the age of 87, the phrase from the Hebrew...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011, file photo bison from Yellowstone National Park are herded down the Yellowstone River valley toward Cutler Meadow in the Gallatin National Forest, in Mont. Yellowstone National Park officials said in a 2018 briefing paper that they were ordered by then, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park's bison

Documents detail push to manage Yellowstone bison as cattle

Sep. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In May 2018, Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent was ordered by then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to manage the park’s bison “more actively like cattle on a ranch,” according to a park briefing statement. About a month later, Yellowstone...

Body of missing boater found in Lake of the Ozarks

Sep. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

STOVER, Mo. (AP) — Divers have found the body of a missing boater in the Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 73-year-old Dennis Jaeger, of Mexico, Missouri, fell overboard around noon Thursday at the 54-mile mark on the lake's main channel. A search began after his boat was found...

Christian Ude, Honorary Citizen of the City of Munich and former Mayor of Munich, taps the first barrel at the tapping in the Schillerbräu with a mouth and nose protector in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept.19, 2020. Despite the cancellation of the Wiesn due to Corona, events and actions take place in the state capital. (Felix Hörhager/dpa via AP)

Coronavirus-wary Bavarians kick off toned-down Oktoberfest

Sep. 19, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Oktoberfest celebrations got underway Saturday in Munich with the traditional tapping of a keg and the cry of “O'zapft is!” — “It's tapped!” — but this year's festival is very non-traditional and highly regulated due to coronavirus concerns. The...

Northern Michigan's budding hops industry on the rise again

Sep. 19, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Mich. (AP) — Northern Michigan's budding hops industry appears to be doing better after a rocky start at the beginning of the year. During the early months of the global pandemic, Michigan hops sales dipped 30% to 50% as operations across the craft beer industry shut down and brewers had to...

South Carolina's oldest city gets long awaited river park

Sep. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than a century, the public has access to the Wateree River in South Carolina's oldest city. Camden opened the new $1.4 million Camden Riverfront Environmental Park on Wednesday. The park became possible after the closing of a wastewater lagoon along the...