Recreation and leisure

December 22, 2020 - 2:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's like getting a peek at Santa's workshop. A New York City family had a most unusual holiday experience — spending the night at the FAO Schwarz toy store in midtown Manhattan, overlooking the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. The special night came from a collaboration between...
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Dusk falls over the Capitol, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Washington. Congressional leaders have hashed out a massive, year-end catchall bill that combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 22, 2020 - 12:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The $900 billion pandemic relief package that was rushed through Congress Monday created a familiar year-end conundrum for lawmakers: It was a bill too big to fail, and also too big to read. Delivering virus aid to the country required a leap of faith for lawmakers as they cast...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2014, file photo, Circus acrobat Julissa Segrera, second from right, of the United States, and Dayana Costa, right, of Brazil, are tearful as Costa reads a statement at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. They were among the eight acrobats injured when the apparatus from which they were suspended fell, sending them plummeting to the ground during a May 4 performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I. Their lawyer confirmed Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, they had reached a $52.5 million settlement with the ownership and management of the arena where the circus was held for injuries they sustained. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
December 21, 2020 - 3:56 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Eight acrobats severely injured when the rigging suspending them by their hair plummeted to the floor during a circus performance in Rhode Island in 2014 have reached a $52.5 million settlement with the ownership and management of the arena where the circus was held, their...
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American flags fly around the Washington Monument Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Washington. The Trump administration has closed the Washington Monument because of a recent visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. Interior spokesman Nicholas Goodwin says a couple monument workers were quarantining as a result of Bernhardt's visit, forcing a staffing shortage and the monument's closure. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 18, 2020 - 6:06 pm
The Trump administration abruptly closed the Washington Monument over exposure concerns from a recent visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. Interior spokesman Nicholas Goodwin said Friday “a couple” of employees have quarantined since...
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December 18, 2020 - 12:24 pm
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria's foreign ministry said on Friday that a Russian diplomat had 72 hours to leave the country after prosecutors accused him of spying and gathering military information including the number of U.S. troops deployed to Bulgaria for military drills. Foreign Minister...
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Bob Schwartz, the director of marketing of the Trapp Family Lodge poses outside the lodge on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Stowe, Vt. Quarantine rules imposed in an attempt to stop the spread of novel coronavirus are affecting business during the normally busy holiday season. He says the rules are frustrating but be understands the need for them. He's looking forward to a time when the pandemic is over. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
December 18, 2020 - 6:46 am
Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in COVID-19 cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that about 85 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan...
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The food distribution station of Berlin's biggest restaurant Hofbraeu Berlin is ready for the homeless people, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. The restaurant which had to closed due to the corona pandemic has opened its doors for homeless people. Starting this week the Hofbraeu Berlin offers free meals, a place to warm up and counseling for up to 150 homeless people per day. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 18, 2020 - 2:36 am
BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t made life on the streets of Berlin any easier for Kaspars Breidaks. For three months, the 43-year-old Latvian has faced homeless shelters operating at reduced capacity so that people can be kept at a safe distance from one another. And with fewer...
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This image released by The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum shows a collection of emoji which have been added to the museum's digital collection to celebrate inclusion. (Emojination/Cooper Hewitt via AP)
December 17, 2020 - 8:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has acquired two emoji that have helped broaden diversity for users of the tiny pictures, becoming the third museum to add emoji to their digital collections. The New York museum acquired the “person with headscarf” and “inter-skintone...
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Kawi, a newly born baby of critically endangered Sumatran orangutan, holds on to his mother Mawar at their enclosure at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Kawi was born on Nov. 17. 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
December 16, 2020 - 1:47 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — He’s called Pustakawan, or Kawi, if you wish. Prague’s zoo said on Wednesday it has finally completed the process of naming a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan baby born on its premises on Nov 17. It took a while, because the zookeepers had to go through more than 4,000...
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In this rendering provided by the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, an area of the new museum is seen in New Orleans. The new museum under construction in New Orleans will explore the journey of immigrant Jews and subsequent generations to the American South who brought with them a religious way of life they struggled to maintain while seeking acceptance in the home of the Bible Belt. (Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience via AP)
December 16, 2020 - 11:20 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new museum under construction in New Orleans will explore the journey of immigrant Jews and subsequent generations to the American South who brought with them a religious way of life they struggled to maintain while seeking acceptance in the home of the Bible Belt. With...
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