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As COVID fears ebb, Japan readies for tourists from abroad

Jun. 28, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The rickshaw men in Tokyo are adding English-speaking staff, a sure sign Japan is bracing for a return of tourists from abroad. Japan’s border controls to curb the spread of coronavirus infections began gradually loosening earlier this month. That's...

Grand Canyon starts water limitations after pumphouse outage

Jun. 27, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park is starting water conservation measures on the North Rim due to an electrical failure involving the Roaring Springs pumphouse. Park officials said staff and contractors are working to investigate the extent of the...

Former Rutgers star Pointer returning as assistant coach

Jun. 27, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Former Rutgers basketball star Tasha Pointer is returning to the team as an assistant coach. Coach Coquese Washington announced the hiring of the Scarlet Knights' all-time assists leader on Monday. “Tasha is a Scarlet Knight legend and I am...

Germany returns artifacts taken from 3 African nations

Jun. 27, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Monday that numerous priceless artifacts taken from African nations during colonial times will be permanently returned. Among the artifacts is a shell-studded statue of the mother goddess Ngonnso', which holds great spiritual significance for the...

Germany suggests airlines nix VIP lanes amid airport chaos

Jun. 27, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say airlines could help ease the c urrent chaos seen at airports due to staff shortages by ending the privileged treatment some travelers enjoy. Passengers at German airports, like elsewhere in Europe, have endured long waits at check-in and numerous...

Stunning Roman mosaics return home to new Israeli museum

Jun. 27, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A series of exceptional 1,700-year-old Roman mosaics have returned home to Israel, where the collection went on public display for the first time Monday after more than a decade touring the world’s top museums. The mosaics were first discovered in the central...

We may not talk about Bruno, but we can see Mirabel at park

Jun. 26, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — We may not talk about Bruno, but we can see Mirabel, live and in person. Mirabel, the star of the animated hit Disney film, “Encanto,” made her in-person debut on Sunday at Walt Disney World in Florida. Character performers...

African American Museum is planned for Las Vegas' Westside

Jun. 26, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas’ Historic Westside community is paving the way for an African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center, as part of its road map to revitalization. The center is one of many implementation strategies under the community’s HUNDRED Plan — a...

Grand Canyon won't seek volunteers to kill bison this fall

Jun. 26, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A bison herd that lives almost exclusively in the northern reaches of Grand Canyon National Park won't be targeted for lethal removal there this fall. The park used skilled volunteers selected through a highly competitive and controversial lottery last year...

African American Museum planned for Las Vegas' Westside

Jun. 26, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas’ Historic Westside community is paving the way for an African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center, as part of its road map to revitalization. The center is one of many implementation strategies under the community’s HUNDRED Plan — a...