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Judge approves step toward paying Las Vegas shooting victims

Feb. 15, 2020 4:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Nevada has approved who will oversee allocation of settlement funds for the victims of the fatal Route 91 Harvest festival shooting in 2017. Chief District Judge Linda Bell designated retired Clark County District Judge Jennifer Togliatti and retired California Judge Louis...

Irish Festival a prelude to St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

Feb. 15, 2020 10:33 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A celebration in Savannah this weekend signals that the city's most popular holiday is drawing near. The Savannah Irish Festival is celebrating its 28th year in Georgia's oldest city this weekend. The festival arrives a month before the city's popular St. Patrick's Day parade....

Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson to headline 2020 Essence Fest

Feb. 11, 2020 8:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEA NS (AP) — The 2020 Essence Festival brings a first-time performance by Bruno Mars and a return of Janet Jackson to the event's main stage. Organizers announced Tuesday that Mars' planned appearance at Essence will be his only festival performance of the year, while Jackson will mark her third...

FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., waves to the audience during swearing-in ceremony of Congressional Black Caucus members of the 116th Congress in Washington. The NAACP is honoring Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Congressman Lewis to receive NAACP honor at awards show

Feb. 11, 2020 11:41 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP is honoring John Lewis for his Congressional service and long history as a civil rights activist. The nation's oldest civil rights organization announced Tuesday that it will bestow the Chairman's Award on the Georgia Democrat later this month at its annual arts and entertainment...

A notice announces no entry to customers with out protective face masks at a pharmacy in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. China is reporting a rise in new virus cases, denting optimism that disease control measures which isolated major cities might be working. AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home

Feb. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home. Public health authorities are watching closely to see...

Mexican art critic shatters contemporary piece at art fair

Feb. 9, 2020 5:05 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An art critic has destroyed a contemporary piece at Mexico's premiere art fair, setting off a spirited debate about what constitutes art. Critic Avelina Lésper said she accidentally shattered the installation Saturday at the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City when she placed an...

Amish Acres tourist site to continue operation after auction

Feb. 9, 2020 9:15 AM EST

NAPPANEE, Ind. (AP) — A popular northern Indiana tourist attraction that provides a glimpse into the life and history of the Amish will continue operation for the foreseeable future following an auction of the complex. The new owners of Amish Acres' tourism-related components said they plan to continue...

After a year, Punkin Chunkin begs Delmarva to bring it home

Feb. 9, 2020 9:00 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — It sounds like someone's homesick. A year after moving the World Championship Punkin Chunkin from Delaware to Illinois, event organizers have made a plea to their fans here: "Bring us home." That's their wistful message as they plot for 2020. "The biggest thing is to create the...

Technology festival coming to Detroit convention center

Feb. 8, 2020 4:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of techies are expected in downtown Detroit this summer for the Campus Party TechFest at the TCF Center. The 24-hour “geek” festival will be held Aug. 20-22 and touch on cutting edge technology and themes that include agriculture, artificial intelligence, automation,...

Workers wearing protective masks sit inside their booth promoting China during a travel fair in Manila, Philippines on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The organizer said the impact of travel bans due to the new virus has already affected tourism in the Philippines due to the huge Chinese market. Asian nations have profited handsomely from the impressive growth in tourists from China over the past decade, but the specter of a rapidly spreading virus has raised concerns over the industry prospects. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: WHO says mask demand may hurt health workers

Feb. 7, 2020 11:04 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on a virus outbreak that began in China (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The World Health Organization is warning that demand for masks and other protective equipment might jeopardize health workers responding to the outbreak of the new virus in China. Dr. Michael Ryan, the U.N....