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This Feb. 5, 2020 photo provided by the Maui Fire Department shows a shark bite on a paddle-board off Wailea, Hawaii. On Tuesday, Feb. 18 paddleboarder Triston Kahookele-Santos earned the Civilian Medal of Valor, the Maui Police department's highest civilian honor, for using his board to fight off an attack by a tiger shark to protect members of a tour group he was leading.  (Maui Fire Department via AP)

Hawaii man honored for fighting off shark, protecting group

Feb. 20, 2020 10:45 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A paddleboarder earned the Maui Police department's highest civilian honor for fighting off an attack by a tiger shark to protect members of a tour group he was leading. The department awarded its Civilian Medal of Valor to Triston Kahookele-Santos Tuesday, The Maui News reported....

2 former cruise ship passengers with virus die in Japan

Feb. 20, 2020 9:29 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Two elderly passengers taken off the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess because they were infected with the new virus have died, Japan's Health Ministry said Thursday, becoming the first fatalities from the virus-stricken vessel. Japan now has three deaths linked to the COVID-19 illness....

New virus causing Chinese tourists to cancel trips to Alaska

Feb. 20, 2020 9:14 AM EST

A spreading virus is keeping Chinese travelers at home, leading to hundreds of cancellations during the peak of Alaska’s winter tourism season. About 500 travelers canceled February itineraries with a travel agency that caters solely to Chinese tourists, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday. Hotels,...

Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, right, with gloved hands as he officially hands over a crown to the country's tourism minister, Hirut Kassaw, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.  The 18th Century Ethiopian crown has been returned home after being hidden in a Dutch flat for the past 21-years. (The Office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed via AP)

Looted 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia after decades

Feb. 20, 2020 6:58 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands two decades ago. The Dutch government facilitated the handover “with the belief that it has a duty to restitute this important artifact back to...

Man found dead in Georgia days after going missing on hike

Feb. 20, 2020 6:38 AM EST

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A hikerwho went missing along a feeder route to the Appalachian Trail in northern Georgia has been found dead. The body of Eddie Noonkester was discovered Wednesday afternoon near Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawson County, news outlets reported. Noonkester had been missing since Friday,...

Commuters wearing face masks are mirrored in a subway station Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Thai Public Health Ministry on Monday, Feb 17, 2020 advised Thai travelers to reschedule their visits to Japan and Singapore citing the rising number of people infected by new coronavirus in those two countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Thailand unhappy with Israel's entry ban over virus concerns

Feb. 20, 2020 5:41 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government is scrambling to cope with new travel restrictions after Israel banned the citizens of Thailand and three other Asian countries and territories from entering over concerns about a new virus. Israel on Monday announced it was refusing entry to all foreign nationals who...

Group: Change in Bandelier's status could lead to problems

Feb. 19, 2020 10:56 PM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A conservation group is calling on members of New Mexico's congressional delegation to rethink proposed legislation that would change the designation of Bandelier National Monument to a national park. While one of the goals is to attract more tourists to the region with the...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015 file photo, two Qantas planes taxi on the runway at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. Some Asian airlines have rerouted flights to the Middle East to avoid Iranian airspace, amid escalated tensions over the United States’ assassination of a prominent Iranian commander in Iraq. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

Qantas cuts flights to Asia amid virus outbreak

Feb. 19, 2020 10:45 PM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's Qantas announced Thursday it will slash flights to Asia as the coronavirus crisis cuts into the airline and travel industries. The decision to reduce the carrier's overall capacity to Asia by 16% until at least the end of May is expected to cut between 100 million and 150 million...

Passengers from the cruise ship Westerdam watch Cambodian dancers perform at a hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Cambodian authority invited the passengers to entertain them. Having finally reached a friendly port willing to accept them and stepped ashore after weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of the cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find a way home.  (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Finally let off cruise, passengers desperate for flight home

Feb. 19, 2020 8:58 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The cheers of celebration have faded. The waving of roses has ceased. Having finally reached a friendly port in Cambodia willing to accept them after nearly two weeks of uncertainty at sea, hundreds of cruise ship passengers eyed warily over fears of a new virus are now simply trying to find...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2010, file photo, pronghorn antelope pass by a natural gas drilling rig, background, south of Pinedale in western Wyoming. Environmental groups are suing over plans for a potentially huge Wyoming gas field they say would endanger antelope in Grand Teton National Park by hindering a migration route between the park and a basin. The Upper Green River Alliance, Western Watersheds Project and Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

Antelope worries prompt lawsuit over Wyoming gas field plan

Feb. 19, 2020 8:31 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing over plans for a potentially huge Wyoming gas field they say would endanger antelope in Grand Teton National Park by hindering a migration route between the park and a basin. The Upper Green River Alliance, Western Watersheds Project and the Center for...