Recreation and leisure

FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Hali Flickinger swims in the women's 200m butterfly semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, some athletes and coaches have taken advantage of the unexpected free time to try new things, or maybe brush up on an old hobby. For Olympic swimmer Hali Flickinger, it's gardening and home renovations. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
May 07, 2020 - 2:28 pm
With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time. We’ve heard plenty of familiar pursuits. Binge-watching a television series. Hunkering down with video games. Play time with the kids. Some...
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In this Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a Nintendo sign is seen at the company's official store in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. has scored a 33% jump in annual profit as people stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic turn to playing games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 07, 2020 - 3:40 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. scored a 33% jump in annual profit, as people stuck at home turn to playing games. Kyoto-based Nintendo, which did not break down quarterly numbers, said Thursday its sales for the fiscal year through March rose 9% from the year before to 1.3...
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In this Sunday, April 26, 2020, photo, Mandopop superstar Jay Chou talks about his latest Netflix show "J-Style Trip" and life with his children during an interview with The Associated Press in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
May 07, 2020 - 12:41 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Mandopop superstar Jay Chou is bringing a little magic into viewers’ lives with his Netflix show “J-Style Trip.” Part travelogue, part magic performance, the show has Chou diving into adventures around the world with his A-lister friends. “Magic is actually like music. It is a...
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This image released by Netflix shows Amandla Stenberg, left, and Andre Holland in a scene from "The Eddy." The musical drama series is a collaboration between "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle and six-time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard. (Lou Faulon/Netflix via AP)
May 06, 2020 - 11:44 am
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis wandered along the Seine and felt free. Louis Armstrong sought refuge from the Jim Crow American South at the Hôtel Alba Opéra. Dancer Josephine Baker wowed audiences at the Folies Bergère before joining the French Resistance during World War II...
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In this Thursday, April 30, 2020, photo provided by Save Elephant Foundation, a herd of 11 elephants walk with guides during a 150-kilometer (93 mile) journey from Mae Wang to Ban Huay in northern Thailand. Save Elephant Foundation are helping elephants who have lost their jobs at sanctuary parks due to the lack of tourists from the coronavirus pandemic to return home to their natural habitats.. (Save Elephant Foundation via AP)
May 06, 2020 - 10:25 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's millions of unemployed due to the coronavirus include elephants which depend on the tourist industry to feed their voracious appetites. With scant numbers of foreign visitors, commercial elephant camps and sanctuaries lack funds for their upkeep and have sent more than 100...
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FILE - In this April 23, 2020 file photo, women wearing masks as a precaution against the new coronavirus, walk at the Gyeongbok Palace, in Seoul, South Korea. Nervous travelers, spotty air service, health risks _ the battered global tourism industry is facing unprecedented uncertainty in the wake of the new coronavirus. Millions of workers are laid off or furloughed, and it will likely take years for the industry to get back to the strong demand it was seeing just six months ago. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
May 03, 2020 - 9:09 am
Six months ago, the global tourism industry was celebrating a record year for travel. Now, it's decimated and facing a recovery that could take years. Tourism Economics, a data and consulting firm, predicts global travel demand won’t resume its normal pace until 2023. When tourists do finally...
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A man sits on the top step of the Lincoln Memorial as people gather by the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, Saturday, May 2, 2020. The District of Columbia is under a stay-home order for all residents in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 02, 2020 - 5:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gorgeous spring weather across the United States and Europe on Saturday drew people cooped up inside for weeks outside to soak in the sun, even as additional coronavirus hot spots in Russia and Pakistan emerged. Though grateful to be outdoors, people were still wary — masks were...
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In this photo taken April 27, 2020, provided by Michael Kopack III, amateur bird watcher Michael Kopack Jr. holds his camera in the background while two nuthatches land nearby in Angier, N Kopack has gotten deeply involved in bird-watching during the coronavirus pandemic and put up a birdhouse for the first time this spring. (Michael Kopack III via AP)
May 02, 2020 - 10:38 am
Conner Brown, a 25-year-old law student at Stanford University, spent the early days of the pandemic following his brother as he spotted and collected characters in the Pokemon Go mobile game. Then, Brown noticed the birds. “I thought, ‘Why don’t I take up birding?’ It’s like real-life Pokemon Go...
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A woman with a face mask leaves a train at the main station in Muenster, western Germany, Thursday, April 30, 2020. To fight the coronavirus pandemic, Germany ordered social distancing, mandatory face masks when shopping and in public transport. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
April 30, 2020 - 3:36 pm
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities agreed Thursday to reopen playgrounds, churches and cultural institutions such as museums and zoos that have been shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they postponed a decision on whether to relax the rules for restaurants, hotels and kindergartens...
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In this April 29, 2020 photo, Julie Hitchcock stands in her back doorway in Milwaukee. Hitchcock, 49, said she worries about getting sick or unknowingly infecting someone else, anxiety that's heightened because she was on a ventilator for two weeks last fall after developing pneumonia. As the coronavirus pandemic upends lives across the nation, a new poll conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation found that most Americans reported feeling nervous, depressed, lonely or hopeless in the last week. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
April 30, 2020 - 12:01 pm
OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — Americans are feeling isolated and anxious. They fear they or their loved ones will get sick. They worry about their jobs. As the coronavirus pandemic upends lives across the United States, it's taking a widespread toll on people's mental health and stress levels, according to...
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