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Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans

Jan. 17, 2020 12:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris' Louvre museum was closed Friday as dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to denounce the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system. Also closed, therefore, was the Louvre's Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master’s death,...

This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows an area known as Sulphur Springs within the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Jemez Springs, N.M. Sometimes referred to as the

National preserve in New Mexico expands land holdings

Jan. 17, 2020 12:21 PM EST

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A national preserve in northern New Mexico that is sometimes referred to as the “Yellowstone of the Southwest” has added another piece of property to its land holdings that contains sulfuric acid hot springs, volcanic fumaroles and steaming mud pots. The National...

FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, tourists stand on the street in Magaluf, Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain. Authorities in Spain´s tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot-spots. The regional government has passed a law prohibiting the organization and promotion of pub crawls and publicity promoting the consumption of alcohol by means of ‘open bars’ and ‘happy hours'. (AP Photo/Joan Llado, File)

Spain's Balearic Isles crack down on pub crawls, happy hours

Jan. 17, 2020 10:25 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot spots, introducing what they claim is the first law of its kind in Europe. The islands' regional government based in Palma de Mallorca on Friday passed a law prohibiting the...

Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady."

Jan. 17, 2020 9:34 AM EST
ROME (AP) — Art experts confirm painting found hidden in Italian museum's walls is the stolen Klimt work "Portrait of a Lady.".
FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, passengers wait at the check-in counter of Hong Kong Express Airways at the Hong Kong International Airport. The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Hong Kong airline stops pregnancy tests for Saipan travelers

Jan. 17, 2020 4:54 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The airline Hong Kong Express has apologized for having required some female passengers bound for the U.S. territory of Saipan to take pregnancy tests. The low-cost carrier said in a statement Friday that it began requiring such tests in February 2019, after concerns were raised by Saipan...

A traveler rests on his suitcase in a waiting room at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in China

Jan. 17, 2020 1:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. Around 3 billion trips will be made during the Spring Festival travel rush, China's Transport Ministry has...

Ohio history museum to offer special MLK Jr. Day programs

Jan. 17, 2020 1:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio History Center is offering special hours and programs Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The museum, located in Columbus, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Programming includes a talk by an historian on the slain civil rights leader's philosophy and...

Cuban singer Cimafunk hugs a woman during the music conga through the streets of Old Havana within the activities of the 35th Havana Jazz Plaza festival in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Jan. 17, 2020 12:12 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Havana hosted the 35th Havana Jazz Plaza fest. Pro-government and opposition forces in Venezuela struggled over control of the National...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, people dine outside the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park is investigating about 170 reports of gastrointestinal illnesses and has confirmed two cases of norovirus, officials said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The National Park Service began investigating after visitors and employees started reporting illnesses this month. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

170 sickened at Yosemite; park confirms 2 cases of norovirus

Jan. 16, 2020 8:15 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park is investigating about 170 reports of gastrointestinal illnesses and has confirmed two cases of norovirus, officials said Thursday. The National Park Service began investigating after visitors and employees started reporting illnesses this...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Jan. 16, 2020 7:00 PM EST

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of (January, 15,) 2020 : TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1....