Amusement and theme parks

July 19, 2017 - 3:59 am
AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — Six Flags Over Georgia will permanently shutter its iconic wooden roller coaster, the Georgia Cyclone, this month. News outlets report park spokesman Gene Petriello says the attraction is closing July 30 to make way for a new one. He said the amusement park adds a new ride to...
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Members of the media get their first look at a 50-foot, detailed model of "Star Wars" land during a media preview for Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calf., on Thursday, July 13, 2017. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
July 15, 2017 - 9:56 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney Parks isn't letting Han Solo or Luke Skywalker save the day at their new Star Wars-themed lands. "When you step in to the world, you're the hero," Chris Beatty, Disney Imagineer and executive director of the new expansions said. Beatty was just one of many Disney...
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July 05, 2017 - 11:36 am
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina officers investigating a noise complaint instead joined the fun at a block party by jumping on a makeshift water slide. The Asheville officers gained attention from media including Good Morning America after their trips down the slide were captured on video...
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June 26, 2017 - 10:20 am
LONDON (AP) — Wizarding legend Harry Potter's tale has turned 20. Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997. Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. The...
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Germany team attends a training session in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, June 18, 2017. Germany's youthful Confederations Cup squad certainly isn't short of distractions away from the training pitch in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. And with the imitation of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein Castle looming over the Olympic Park, Germany feels right at home in the 2014 Winter Games host city where it will play two of its opening three matches. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
June 18, 2017 - 10:12 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Beyond one goal, there's the beach. Behind another, a theme park with its roller coasters and fairytale castle. Germany's youthful Confederations Cup squad certainly isn't short of distractions away from the training pitch in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. And with the...
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June 05, 2017 - 3:08 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Supreme Court says a man who was severely beaten while leaving Six Flags Over Georgia a decade ago can collect $35 million in legal damages from the amusement park and his attackers. The ruling by Georgia's high court Monday reverses an appeals court's decision to throw...
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In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017 photo, Farah Larrieux poses for a photograph in her home in Miramar, Fla. Larrieux is among roughly 50,000 Haitians legally living and working in the U.S. that could suddenly face deportation if immigration privileges granted after a 2010 earthquake devastated their Caribbean homeland are allowed to expire. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
May 10, 2017 - 12:12 pm
MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Farah Larrieux feels like she's about to be forced out after living and working in the U.S. for more than a decade. Immigration privileges granted to her and many other Haitians after the 2010 earthquake could soon be revoked. President Donald Trump's appointees must announce...
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May 04, 2017 - 3:45 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters rescued 19 people from a roller coaster that got stuck on the tracks Thursday at an Oklahoma City amusement park. The last person was removed from the Silver Bullet coaster shortly after 1 p.m. and no one was injured, Fire Lt. Ray Lujan said. The roller coaster...
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April 23, 2017 - 1:40 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A theme park and a baseball team are changing their schedules because of heavy rain moving through the Carolinas. Near Charlotte, Carowinds theme park along the state line between North and South Carolina announced on Twitter that it was closing at 1 p.m. Sunday due to the...
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In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April licks her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience with more than a million viewers. (Animal Adventure Park via AP)
April 16, 2017 - 4:14 pm
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — April the giraffe's calf is nursing strongly and his mother is recovering "perfectly," said officials with Animal Adventure Park on Sunday after a morning veterinarian check with the newborn. April gave birth to a healthy male calf Saturday at the privately owned Animal...
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