Recreation and leisure

Patrons of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay enjoy the 200-foot dive on the SheiKra roller coaster, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Tampa. The park, owned and operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, has reopened to the public for the first time in almost 3 months after closing on March 16 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
June 11, 2020 - 3:40 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two more Florida theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, opened Thursday after being closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. Both reopened their gates with new restrictions to safeguard against the spread of the virus. Reservations are now required...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, June 10, 2020, a damaged Christopher Columbus statue stands in a waterfront park near the city's traditionally Italian North End neighborhood, in Boston, USA., after the statue was found beheaded Wednesday morning. Statues of the 15th-century explorer and the Spanish conquistadors who followed him and colonized much of the Americas have not become targets for demonstrators in Spain and USA. The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and Minneapolis, USA, has sparked a re-examination of injustices and inequalities in the fabric of many societies, often symbolized in statues of historical figures have become the focus of protest around the world. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, FILE)
June 11, 2020 - 2:46 pm
TOP OF THE HOUR: — Push in Boston to rename historic sites. — Miami-Dade Police Department to stop using chokeholds. — Baltimore police commissioner to lead reform group organized by U.S. mayors. — Museums interested in preserving artifacts from DC protests. ___ SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota...
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June 11, 2020 - 1:05 am
Is it safe to swim at a beach or pool during the coronavirus pandemic? Health officials say it can be safe, as long as swimmers stick to social distancing guidelines in and out of the water. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that...
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Sister Mamie reposts signs that were removed form the Lafayette Park parameter fence at the site of protests, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, near the White House in Washington. The protests began over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 10, 2020 - 8:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as the towering black fencing was erected last week to seal off Lafayette Park, the barrier became an art gallery and a sounding board for the demonstrators protesting years of black deaths at the hands of police officers. Now, with much of the temporary fencing...
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June 10, 2020 - 5:40 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disney is proposing to reopen its Southern California theme parks in mid-July after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said in a statement that the goal is to reopen Disneyland and Disney...
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June 10, 2020 - 9:06 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aiming to recruit and engage more competitive video gamers, a dozen schools in the Mid-American Conference are creating a standalone esports conference to offer structured competition without the extensive rules that govern intercollegiate athletics. That means the teams can...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2013, photo, a dress rehearsal for the opera "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg," by Richard Wagner, takes place at the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg, Austria. The Salzburg Festival will be one of classical music’s few offerings in the summer of the coronavirus pandemic, staging a reduced 100th anniversary celebration with capacities limited to about 50%. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
June 09, 2020 - 6:12 am
The Salzburg Festival will be one of classical music’s few offerings in the summer of the coronavirus pandemic, staging a reduced 100th anniversary celebration with capacities limited to about 50%. Europe’s top festival announced Tuesday it will present 90 performances, down from 212 originally...
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A wave crashes as a man stands on a jetty near Orleans Harbor in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Sunday, June 7, 2020, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 08, 2020 - 4:10 pm
Tropical Storm Cristobal could soon renew its strength by uniting with another storm system coming from the west to form one giant cyclone, forecasters say. After drenching much of the South, forecasters now expect the remnants of Cristobal to bring fierce winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms to...
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An Indian priest sanitizes the idol of Lord Shiva and Godess Parvati at a temple, in Prayagraj, India, Monday, June 8, 2020. Religious places, malls, hotels and restaurants open Monday after more than two months of lockdown as a precaution against coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
June 08, 2020 - 12:10 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ SALES REPORT: The pandemic has affected companies in...
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In this image made from aerial video, a jet ski passes over a shark swimming along the coast of Kingscliff, New South Whales, Australia, Sunday, June 7, 2020. A 60-year-old surfer was attacked and killed by a 3-meter (10-foot) shark off the coast of northern New South Wales state on Sunday, Australian police said. (ABC/CH7/CH9 via AP)
June 07, 2020 - 2:01 am
SYDNEY (AP) — A 60-year-old surfer was attacked and killed by a 3-meter (10-foot) great white shark off the coast of northern New South Wales state on Sunday, officials said. The man received a bite to the back of his thigh and was brought to the shore by other surfers who had fought off the shark...
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