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A small number of protesters of the August shooting in Central Florida of a Black man, Salaythis Melvin, hold signs and shout into megaphones, briefly blocking a bus chartered by the NBA from entering the Walt Disney World campus in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday night, Sept. 12, 2020, with the group saying it wanted LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and other top players to take notice. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)

Protesters block buses outside NBA campus, asking for help

Sep. 13, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A small number of protesters carrying signs and shouting into megaphones blocked at least two buses chartered by the NBA from briefly from entering the Walt Disney World campus on Saturday night, with the group saying it wanted LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and other top...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with Anthony Davis, left, and Alex Caruso after an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 110-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LeBron, Lakers on the cusp of reaching West finals

Sep. 11, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5 — or else. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. The Lakers lead...

A man stands in a set promoting the Disney movie Mulan in Beijing on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Disney is under fire for filming part of its live-action reboot “Mulan” in Xinjiang, the region in China where the government has been accused of human rights abuses against Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Disney criticized for filming 'Mulan' in China's Xinjiang

Sep. 9, 2020 6:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Disney is under fire for filming part of its live-action reboot “Mulan” in Xinjiang, the region in China where the government has been accused of human rights abuses against Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities. The final credits in the film, which was...

In this photo made on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, visitors ride the Wave Swinger in the

Virus still throwing theme park attendance for a loop

Sep. 7, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Theme park operators who spent months installing hand sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coasters seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates so they'd come back in the midst of the pandemic are finding many reluctant to return. Some parks have...

A child, wearing a protective face mask, watches a performance from inside a car, at the Hopi Hari horror theme amusement park, in the Vinhedo suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, the park created a drive-thru tour that allow the public to enjoy the experience by car. (AP Photo/Carla Carniel)

During pandemic, Brazilian horror park reopens as drive-thru

Sep. 5, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A large Ferris wheel with red lights illuminates a gloomy path at a horror theme amusement park in Brazil. A line of cars carrying spectators moves slowly as actors dressed up as werewolves and witches approach the vehicles with outstretched arms. Another apocalyptic scene appears on the...

Visitors enjoy a ride at Kabul City Park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 24, 2020. Desperate for relief from endless war combined with the pandemic, Afghans are rushing back to public recreation as the government eases the lockdown it imposed to fight coronavirus. Since mid-July, Afghans can once again frequent parks, swimming pools and gyms, shop in malls and celebrate marriages in wedding halls. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghans return to games, parks, weddings despite virus fears

Sep. 3, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When the bowling alley reopened, Zohal Bayat was eager to get back to the lanes. For four long months amid Afghanistan’s coronavirus, it and other recreational facilities had been closed. So that meant Bayat, a member of the country’s national women’s bowling...

Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney poses inside his main Ann Sather restaurant, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Chicago. Tunney estimates he's put $250,000 of his own money into running his three Ann Sather restaurants.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Business owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

Sep. 2, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus outbreak forced cruise lines to cancel trips to Alaska, it wiped out Midgi Moore’s tour business, leaving her with thousands of dollars in deposits to refund. Moore’s company, Juneau Food Tours, didn’t have enough cash on hand. So, she withdrew...

Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford yells toward the court during the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

All ears: Magic will decompress, then make future plans

Aug. 31, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Orlando coach Steve Clifford proudly displayed a pair of personalized Mickey Mouse ears inside his home office Monday, saying they would be one of the gifts from this season that he would cherish the most. It’s safe to say they weren’t on his wish list when this...

A general view inside The Field House before Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. NBA players made their strongest statement yet against racial injustice Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Analysis: The NBA restart is about to restart, with purpose

Aug. 28, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

The restart is about to restart. Basketball will be played again inside the NBA’s bubble at Walt Disney World on Friday, albeit of the practice variety. Playoff matchups are set to resume on Saturday, meaning games will have stopped for three days while players protested the shooting of a Black man by...

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris, right, in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Blazers say Lillard leaving bubble for tests on injured knee

Aug. 27, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

Portland guard Damian Lillard is leaving the NBA's bubble at Walt Disney World for further tests on his injured right knee. Lillard will leave the bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and return to Portland on Thursday, the Trail Blazers said. He was diagnosed Tuesday with a knee sprain, which occurred in Game 4...