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Correction: Placido Domingo-Europe story

Aug. 24, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — In a story Aug. 23 about Placido Domingo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Caterina Bolognese, the head of the gender equality division at the Council of Europe, said Domingo should apologize. She said Domingo should apologize if he committed the sexual harassment that nine women...

Hot air balloons to invade Carencro

Aug. 24, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

CARENCRO, La. (AP) — Hot air balloons are heading to Louisiana's Acadiana region for "Glow in the Cro," a new event taking place over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Carencro's inaugural two-night celebration is $5 to attend and will feature food trucks, carnival rides and 20 hot air balloons that will...

Balloons are aloft at Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

Aug. 24, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Organizers of a balloon festival in northern Maine are getting some great weather. The Crown of Maine Balloon Fest began Thursday and continues through the weekend at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds, where there were two balloon releases on Saturday and one on Sunday. Unsettled...

More than a dozen storytellers to be at White Mountain event

Aug. 24, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen experienced storytellers are planning to share their tales in the upcoming White Mountain Storytelling Festival next month. Storytelling concerts for all ages are planned from Sept. 13-15 at Plymouth State University. A concert of Ghost Stories is scheduled for Sept....

Frustrated with event ticketing? New ventures try to help

Aug. 24, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Event organizers hoping to eliminate ticket scams and huge markups in the secondary market are increasingly turning to companies that use technology to allow fans to buy and resell their tickets while putting caps on prices. Partnering with such companies allows event organizers to...

American Folk Festival is underway on Bangor riverfront

Aug. 24, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The American Folk festival is getting underway in earnest on the riverfront in Bangor, Maine. There's something for everyone with Korean percussion, an Albanian accordion player, Colombian Joropo music, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music and Navajo music and dance. The three-day event...

Cecilia Bartoli talks, again, of US return

Aug. 23, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — There was a time a generation ago when Cecilia Bartoli's many U.S. fans could count on seeing her regularly in opera or in concert. The Italian mezzo-soprano noted for her warm sound, dramatic intensity and dazzling coloratura agility had shot to fame in the early 1990s while still...

Central Bank CEO buys prized Kentucky ham for $1M

Aug. 23, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The CEO, president and chairman of Central Bank has purchased the Kentucky State Fair's Grand Champion Ham for $1 million. The Courier Journal reports Luther Deaton's winning bid is enough to buy several luxury cars, but doesn't break the record of the most paid for a champion ham....

Du Quoin State Fair to begin

Aug. 22, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) — The Du Quoin State Fair is about to start. The fair that runs through Sept. 2 opens Friday with a 5:30 p.m. ribbon cutting. The fair will feature a host of events, from harness racing Friday night and Saturday to monster truck shows. The grandstand music lineup includes acts for fans...

Republican launches Minnesota Senate bid, slams 'resistance'

Aug. 22, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Republican Jason Lewis jumped into Minnesota's Senate race Thursday, using a YouTube video and State Fair appearance to make it clear that he'll try to tie Democratic incumbent Tina Smith to the state's freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar and the so-called resistance to President Donald...