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Nevada desert towns prep for possible 'Storm Area 51' influx

Sep. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for "Storm Area 51" are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few days. "It's...

AP Photos: Nepal festival season starts with goddess, dance

Sep. 13, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing. President Bidhya Devi Bhadari and other top officials were among those seeking a...

Innkeeper told not to use 'Alienstock' as name of event

Sep. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An innkeeper who expects an unknown number of campers to be attracted to her tiny Nevada desert town by a "Storm Area 51" internet hoax has been sent a cease-and-desist order over her use of the name "Alienstock." Attorneys for Matty Roberts and associates, who broke ties this week with...

Hong Kong festival marked with pro-democracy messages

Sep. 13, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong people carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages and formed human chains on two of the city's peaks during mid-autumn festival celebrations Friday night, sustaining months-long protests for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Activists and...

'Let Me Die' to premiere at Opera Philadelphia's annual fest

Sep. 12, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suicidal Madame Butterfly bids farewell to her son, who morphs into Otello and murders Desdemona twice while singing snippets of Rossini and Verdi. The Tomb Scene from "Aida" segues to Rusalka giving her prince the kiss of death. Then Romeo and Juliet die in each other's arms. And so...

Pyer Moss celebrates black culture with fashion and music

Sep. 9, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a huge choir that veered from stirring, soaring gospel, then spit verses from Cardi B and sang lines from Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y."; a spoken word artist who reminded the audience that rock 'n' roll was born because of a black, queer woman ; and a stunning collection of clothes...

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart headline veterans' fundraiser

Sep. 9, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New Jersey icons — Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart — will once again headline this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families. The comedy and musical event will also feature John Oliver, Hasan Minhaj and Ronny Chieng. It...

AP PHOTOS: Spanish town paints it black over medieval feud

Sep. 9, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

BAZA, Spain (AP) — Of all the sometimes bizarre summer festivals held in Spain, the Cascamorras event is probably the darkest. Some 15,000 participants throw black paint over each other for several hours every September in the small town of Baza, in the southern province of Granada. The frenzied but...

1 dead, 14 hurt by frying pan blast at German village fest

Sep. 9, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police say one woman has died from severe burns sustained during a frying pan explosion that also injured 14 at a village festival in western Germany. Another five people were in life-threatening condition — four from burns and one who suffered a heart attack during the explosion at...

Brazil court overrules Rio mayor on gay kiss book ban

Sep. 8, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has blocked efforts by Rio de Janeiro's conservative mayor to have a book fair remove a comic book showing two men kissing. Mayor Marcelo Crivella had ordered the Bienale to remove the "Avengers" comic that included the kiss, saying he was acting to...