Recreation and leisure

April 15, 2019 - 5:12 am
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting volunteer work days in April to prepare popular trails for the busy summer season. The park says volunteers are needed to help clear debris from trails and repair eroded trail sections. By working alongside experienced park...
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April 15, 2019 - 4:56 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 3,000 children across North Carolina will get bicycle helmets thanks to an initiative aimed at reducing injuries and deaths. The N.C. Department of Transportation says in a news release that it uses funds from the sale of the 'Share the Road' specialty license plates...
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April 14, 2019 - 11:27 am
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A street festival tied to the South's largest St. Patrick's Day parade is reporting a decline in wristband sales that gauge the popularity of the two-day event. The Savannah Morning News reports sales of $10 wristbands declined 18% this year compared to the 2018 event. The...
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April 13, 2019 - 6:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Brazil may not be a welcome guest in New York — at least, not at one event. President Jair Bolsonaro (zhah-EER!-bohl-soh-NAH'-roh) is to be honored at the American Museum of Natural History in May, invited by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce that rented...
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper. Fisher-Price is recalling nearly 5 million infant sleepers after more than 30 babies rolled over in them and died since the product was introduced in 2009. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that anyone who bought any models of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund. The recall covers about 4.7 million of the sleepers, which cost between $40 and $149. (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission via AP)
April 12, 2019 - 5:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Fisher-Price recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers on Friday, after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Keith Ganatra, right, owner of the Del Monte Market, takes the numbers form picked by a customer, as he sells Mega Millions lottery tickets at a brisk pace in Laveen, Ariz. A growing number of states are moving to allow winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous, and Arizona could join the list under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
April 12, 2019 - 5:07 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair. Arizona could be the next state to join at...
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The panda Xing Er in the new enclosure in Copenhagen Zoo, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Denmark's Queen Margrethe opened a newly built, 160-million kroner ($24.2-million) enclosure at Copenhagen’s zoo for two freshly arrived occupants: a pair of black-and-white bears on loan from China as the Scandinavian nation becomes part of Beijing's so-called "panda diplomacy." (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
April 11, 2019 - 3:54 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Thousands are queuing at Copenhagen Zoo to see two giant black-and-white bears on loan from China under Beijing's popular "panda diplomacy" initiative. Denmark's Australian-born Crown Princess Mary untied a red velvet ribbon to open the gates Thursday in her capacity as...
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April 10, 2019 - 4:23 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers were poised Wednesday to begin the process of repealing a 1991 law that bars HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle" following the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups. The planned action in the state House comes a day after Republican Attorney...
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This image made from video aired on "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, April 9. 2019, and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows James Holzhauer. The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas won more than $110,000 on "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 9:56 am
CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — A 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas won more than $110,000 on "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings on the trivia television game show. The show says in a statement that James Holzhauer won $110,914 during the...
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The boxes carrying two Giant Pandas named Xing Er and Mao Sun is unloaded from the plane on its arrival at Copenhagen Airport, Thursday April 4, 2019. (Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 7:43 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Queen Margrethe is set to open an enclosure at Copenhagen zoo Wednesday for two freshly arrived occupants: a pair of pandas on loan from China as the Scandinavian nation becomes part of Beijing's so-called "panda diplomacy." The Chinese Ambassador to Denmark,...
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