AMSTERDAM (AP) — The blockbuster exhibition of paintings by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer closed its doors for the final time on Sunday, with the art and history national museum of the Netherlands hailing the show as its most successful ever.
Tragedy that left 5 dead or missing puts spotlight on safety in Alaska charter fishing industryJune 3, 2023 GMT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Morgan Robidou posed next to the bright aluminum hull of his prized new vessel, a 30-foot (9-meter) fishing boat that he could use to take friends, family or tourists out after salmon or halibut in the bountiful waters of southeast Alaska.
Hawaii allows more concealed carry after US Supreme Court ruling, but bans guns in most placesJune 3, 2023 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Josh Green on Friday signed legislation that will allow more people to carry concealed firearms but at the same time prohibit people from taking guns to a wide range of places, including beaches, hospitals, stadiums, bars that serve alcohol and movie theaters.
Disney lawsuit judge removes himself from case but not for reasons cited by DeSantisJune 2, 2023 GMT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge overseeing the First Amendment lawsuit that Walt Disney Parks filed against Gov. Ron DeSantis and others is disqualifying himself, but not because of bias claims made by the Florida governor.
India train crash death toll rises above 230 with 900 injured as rescuers comb through debrisJune 3, 2023 GMT
The accident created a chaotic scene of twisted wreckage and desperate rescuers as teams tried to free passengers and recover bodies. The cause was under investigation.
More than half a dozen house boats momentarily caught fire at a popular boating destination on the Utah-Arizona line on Friday, igniting while tourists and jet skiers stood by before the flames were extinguished.
MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the official first day of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Billy Joel to end his record-breaking concert series at Madison Square Garden in 2024June 1, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel is finally moving out of his monthly perch at Madison Square Garden. The singer-songwriter says he will conclude his residency in July 2024 with his 150th lifetime performance at the venue.
Tropical Storm Mawar intensifies rains for Japan, threatens floods and mudslides in some regionsJune 2, 2023 GMT
NAHA, Japan (AP) — Heavy rains intensified by Tropical Storm Mawar fell on Japan’s main archipelago Friday, halting trains and triggering floods and mudslides in central and western regions where residents were urged to use caution or evacuate.
Heather Mack, convicted in mother’s murder in Bali, plans to plead guilty in US, attorney saysJune 1, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman facing federal conspiracy charges in the 2014 killing of her mother during a luxury vacation in Bali plans to plead guilty, her attorney said Thursday.
JetBlue strikes a deal to sell Spirit’s LaGuardia operation if it succeeds in buying SpiritJune 1, 2023 GMT
JetBlue Airways said Thursday it has agreed to sell Spirit Airlines’ holdings at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Frontier Airlines if it succeeds in buying Spirit.
The announcement seemed designed to persuade regulators to approve JetBlue’s proposed $3.8 billion takeover of Spirit.
NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb sued New York City on Thursday over an ordinance that the company says imposes arbitrary restrictions that would greatly reduce the local supply of short-term rentals.
The 2022 ordinance, which the city plans to begin enforcing next month, would require owners to register with the mayor’s office, disclose who else lives in the property, and promise to comply with zoning, construction and maintenance ordinances.
Technical issues cause delays for Spirit, Air CanadaJune 1, 2023 GMT
MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Spirit Airlines and Air Canada are dealing with technical issues on Thursday that have delayed some of the airlines' flights.
Spirit said in its initial tweet that the technical issue they were dealing with impacted their website, app and airport kiosks.
MILAN (AP) — The city of Florence on Thursday announced an immediate ban on new short-term private vacation rentals in the Renaissance city’s historic center, part of an effort to draw full-time residents back to one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations.
LGBTQ+ people flock to Florida for Gay Days festivalJune 1, 2023 GMT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ people are flocking to central Florida this weekend to go on theme park rides, mingle with costumed performers, dance at all-night parties and lounge poolside at hotels during Gay Days, a decades-long tradition.
Coast Guard suspends search for Carnival Magic passenger who went overboard off FloridaJune 1, 2023 GMT
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 35-year-old man who was reported missing from a Carnival cruise ship off of Florida's Atlantic Coast.
Who are the bride and groom in Jordan’s royal wedding?June 1, 2023 GMT
He's heir to the throne in one of the oldest monarchies in the Middle East and a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. She's a Saudi architect with an aristocratic pedigree of her own.
Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, 28, and Rajwa Alseif, 29, are to be married on Thursday at a palace wedding in Jordan, a Western-allied monarchy that has been a bastion of stability for decades as Middle East turmoil has lapped at its borders.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national airline is asking passengers to step on the scales before they board international flights.
Air New Zealand says it wants to weigh 10,000 passengers during a monthlong survey so pilots can better know the weight and balance of their planes before takeoff.
American Airlines says it will appeal a ruling that would break up a partnership with JetBlueMay 31, 2023 GMT
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines said Wednesday it will appeal a court decision that would force the airline to break up its partnership with JetBlue Airways in the Northeast.
American and JetBlue face a late-June deadline to end the agreement in which they coordinate flights and share revenue.
NEW YORK (AP) — Little Amal, a 12-foot (3.7-meter) puppet of a Syrian refugee, will journey across the United States this fall, visiting key places in America's history to raise awareness about immigration and migration.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — An unprecedented string of wildfires in Canada's Atlantic-coast province of Nova Scotia continued to burn out of control for a fourth day on Wednesday, preventing thousands of evacuees from trying to see if their homes have been destroyed.
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Surrounded by dozens of cheering people in green clothes, Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21 starting in August, making Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize the substance for adults.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that it's searching for a man who fell from a cruise ship off the coast of Florida.
The 35-year-old passenger fell from the Carnival Magic ship about 185 miles (300 kilometers) east of Jacksonville on Monday, the service said in a statement.
Time is a precious commodity and some readers need to be hooked from page one. T.J. Newman 's 2021 debut novel “Falling” (Avid Reader/Simon & Schuster) begins with a sentence that blasts out of a cannon: “When the shoe dropped in her lap the foot was still in it.”
Cruise ship passengers left terrified after ship sails through rough seas on return to CharlestonMay 29, 2023 GMT
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A cruise ship that navigated rough seas off the South Carolina coast over the Memorial Day weekend has resumed sailing on its next cruise, Carnival Cruise Lines said Monday.
4 dead after tourist boat capsizes in storm on Italian lakeMay 29, 2023 GMT
MILAN (AP) — A body was retrieved early Monday in a northern Italian lake by police divers, raising to four the final death toll in the capsizing of a tourist boat a day earlier during a sudden, violent storm that included a whirlwind.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem’s iconic citadel has opened its revamped museum after a three-year, $50 million makeover that included a restoration of its signature minaret.
The Tower of David, the ancient fortress on the western edge of the Old City, contains remnants of successive fortifications built one atop the other dating back over two millennia.
Pay per wave: Native Hawaiians divided over artificial surf lagoon in the birthplace of surfingMay 29, 2023 GMT
EWA BEACH, Hawaii (AP) — Brian Keaulana is the quintessential Native Hawaiian waterman, well-known in Hawaii and beyond for his deep understanding of the ocean, gifted with surfing and lifeguarding skills passed down from his big-wave rider father.
LONDON (AP) — Travelers arriving in the U.K. faced long delays Saturday after a technical problem shut electronic border gates at airports across the country for most of the day, forcing everyone to have their passports checked manually on what was expected to be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Can’t get Taylor Swift tickets? See all of Swift’s eras on display at this costume exhibitMay 26, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift has been breaking records and delighting fans on the U.S. leg of her Eras Tour, a splashy celebration of her career and new releases since the pandemic.
LONDON (AP) — British Airways canceled dozens of flights Friday, blaming computer problems for disrupting plans for thousands of passengers at the start of a busy holiday weekend — a rocky kickoff to the summer travel season in Europe.
California’s epic melting snowpack means cold, deadly torrents ahead of Memorial Day weekendMay 26, 2023 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California rivers fed by this winter's massive Sierra Nevada snowpack have been turned into deadly torrents, drawing warnings from public safety officials ahead of the Memorial Day weekend's traditional start of outdoor summer recreation.
California unlikely to run short of electricity this summer thanks to storms, new power sourcesMay 26, 2023 GMT
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — California regulators say the state is unlikely to run out of electricity this summer because of a big increase in power storage and a wet winter that filled the state's reservoirs enough to restart hydroelectric power plants that were dormant during the drought.
2 planes aborted landings in San Francisco when a Southwest jet taxied across their runwaysMay 25, 2023 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two airliners aborted landings at San Francisco International Airport last week after pilots spotted a Southwest Airlines jet taxiing across runways on which the other planes had been cleared to land.
The unofficial start of the summer travel season is here, with airlines hoping to avoid the chaos of last year and travelers scrounging for ways to save a few bucks on pricey airfares and hotel rooms.
Housing crisis remains in Kentucky’s poor Appalachia region after flood waters recede
Firewalkers in Greece honor Saint Constantine in mystery-shrouded, centuries-old ritualsMay 25, 2023 GMT
LAGKADAS, Greece (AP) — Sotirios Gkaintatzis danced across burning coals, his stomping bare feet raising sparks and puffs of smoke as he held aloft an icon of Saints Constantine and Helen.
Gkaintatzis is the leader of a group of anastenaria -- the devotees of St.
Yellowstone baby bison put to death after visitor picks it up, leading herd to reject itMay 24, 2023 GMT
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A man who picked up a bison calf in Yellowstone National Park caused it to be shunned by its herd, prompting park officials to kill the animal rather than allow it to be a hazard to visitors.
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific sacks crew members accused of discriminating against non-English speakersMay 24, 2023 GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways has dismissed three cabin crew members after a passenger accused them of discriminating against non-English speakers, in a case that drew criticism from Chinese state media.
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A 28-year-old woman from Kansas has died after falling into a creek in Glacier National Park and being swept into a gorge, park officials said.
The woman fell from a rocky overhang into Avalanche Creek on Monday afternoon, spokesperson Gina Kerzman said.
GENEVA (AP) — Geneva's airport was briefly closed to flights on Tuesday as climate activists stormed a private jet fair on a nearby tarmac by ripping down or scaling fences, handcuffing themselves to landing gear and other material, and scuffling with police and security before being hauled away.
North Dakota plans new state park near Canadian borderMay 22, 2023 GMT
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is planning a new state park in a scenic gorge close to the Canadian border to promote tourism in the northeastern part of the state.
MADRID (AP) — It’s not as if Madrid was short on world-ranking galleries with the likes of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía, among others.
But next month, Spain is set to unveil what is touted as one of Europe’s cultural highlights of the year with the opening in the Spanish capital of The Royal Collections Gallery.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NAACP over the weekend issued a travel advisory for Florida, joining two other civil rights groups in warning potential tourists that recent laws and policies championed by Gov.
American Airlines and JetBlue must abandon their partnership in the Northeast, federal judge rulesMay 20, 2023 GMT
American Airlines and JetBlue Airways must abandon their partnership in the northeast United States, a federal judge in Boston ruled Friday, saying that the government proved the deal reduces competition in the airline industry.
Russia-Georgia flights resume despite protests, strained tiesMay 19, 2023 GMT
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Direct flights resumed on Friday between Russia and Georgia amid protests and sharp criticism from the South Caucasus nation’s president, just over a week after the Kremlin unexpectedly lifted a four-year-old ban despite rocky relations.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet, and its pilots union say they have reached a last-minute deal, averting a strike on Friday before a holiday weekend in the country.
Dubai’s next big thing? Perhaps a $5 billion man-made ‘moon’ as the city’s real estate market boomsMay 19, 2023 GMT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Who says you cannot reach for the moon? A proposed $5 billion real estate project wants to take skyscraper-studded Dubai to new heights — by bringing a symbol of the heavens down to Earth.
CANNES PHOTOS: Harrison Ford and Indiana Jones fever sweep Cannes on festival’s 3rd dayMay 19, 2023 GMT
Indiana Jones fever — and fervent love for its star, Harrison Ford — have swept through the Cannes Film Festival.
Ford and his last film as the whip-cracking explorer held the spotlight Wednesday with a premiere that provided equal parts glamour and emotion.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Country music star Garth Brooks promises no two shows of his new Las Vegas residency opening Thursday night will be the same.
From the occasional special guest to a rotating cast of band members, Brooks, in an interview hours before his first show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, even teased the possibility that fans may hear new music for the first — and last — time at “Garth Brooks/Plus One.”
Officials: Man hospitalized after Florida Keys shark biteMay 18, 2023 GMT
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A man was hospitalized Thursday after being attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys, officials said.
The 20-year-old Miami-Dade man was bitten on the leg while spearfishing off Marathon, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office news release.
10K bridges similar to Pittsburgh one that collapsed should be checked for corrosion, report saysMay 18, 2023 GMT
Investigators looking into the collapse of a Pittsburgh bridge want transportation officials nationwide to examine more than 10,000 other bridges with similar construction to ensure they don't have the same kind of corrosion that was found on the bridge that collapsed.
New Jersey blinks in dune repairs standoff, allows emergency erosion fixes in defiant townMay 18, 2023 GMT
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials will allow a shore town to carry out emergency repairs to its badly eroded beachfront, even as they continue a years-long fight with city officials over how best to protect the popular Jersey Shore resort's fragile coastline.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 9-mile (14-kilometer) stretch of Florida sugar-white sand in an unspoiled natural setting alongside the Gulf of Mexico is the nation's best beach for 2023, according to the annual ranking released Thursday by the university professor known as “Dr.
Flooding across Alaska has inundated scores of homes, with several of them knocked from their foundations by large ice chunks, and shut one of the state's few east-west highways down to one lane.
Ice jams on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers caused most of the damage through a large swath of Alaska, while a quick melt of the snowpack caused Moose Creek to overflow near Glennallen, causing delays for motorists on the Glenn Highway which connects Anchorage to points east, including Canada.
‘The Office’ star Rainn Wilson crisscrosses the globe in search of inner bliss for TV seriesMay 17, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Rainn Wilson wanted to find inner happiness. So he got on a plane. Many planes.
The actor, who memorably played scheming, egotistical Dwight Schrute on “The Office” has crisscrossed the world to explore how people in different countries find their glee.
Japan’s economy rebounds on healthy consumption as COVID restrictions ease, tourists arriveMay 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy grew at an annual pace of 1.6% in the quarter through March as private demand rebounded after COVID-19-related restrictions were eased, according to data released Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Canadian man was shot to death in Mexico’s Pacific coast beach town of Puerto Escondido, prosecutors said Tuesday.
He was the second foreign tourist killed in the southern state of Oaxaca in less than a week.
CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival opened its 76th edition with a parade of stars, including the much-debated return of Johnny Depp.
American Airlines signs DFW Airport lease deal that includes money for a new, 6th terminalMay 16, 2023 GMT
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines has signed a new lease at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport that will include $4.8 billion to build a new terminal and renovate one of the five current terminals, airline and airport officials said Tuesday.