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December 04, 2019 - 12:04 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball's trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they'll move in the fences for the second time in four years. CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had...
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In this Oct. 7, 2019, photo, dance instructor Ned Pavlovic, a native of Serbia, teaches his student Rouhy Yazdani, a native of Iran who now lives in Milford, Conn., some ballroom dance moves at the Fred Astaire Dance studio in Orange, Conn. Owners of Ballroom dance studios including the Fred Astaire studio say the immigration clampdown has made it even more difficult to find qualified instructors. The small business owners, U.S. dance studio chains and immigration attorneys say there's greater backlogs for visa applications and an overall increase in evidence requests, including for redundant and unnecessary documents. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)
December 02, 2019 - 8:28 am
ORANGE, Conn. (AP) — When no Americans replied to her ads seeking a dance instructor, studio owner Chris Sabourin looked overseas. But she was stymied again by a federal tightening of visa application rules she and others contend is hampering the ballroom dance industry. Sabourin had to eventually...
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Federico Acosta, a Mexican who traces his lineage back 16 generations back to Moctezuma's daughter, left, and Italian Ascanio Pignatelli also of the 16th generation descended from Hernan Cortes' daughter, pose for a photo in front of a mural commemorating the meeting of the Spanish conquistador and the Aztec emperor, in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Descendants are meeting in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forbearers' first encounter. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
November 08, 2019 - 7:04 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Descendants of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec emperor Moctezuma met Friday in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forebearers' first encounter. The hope was that the meeting, at a colonial church where Cortés is buried, would go better than the one...
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Federico Acosta, a Mexican who traces his lineage back 16 generations back to Moctezuma's daughter, left, embraces Italian Ascanio Pignatelli also of the 16th generation descended from Hernan Cortes' daughter, during a press conference in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Descendants of the Spanish conquistador and the Aztec emperor are meeting in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forbearers' first encounter. The hope was that this meeting, at a colonial church where Cortes is buried, would go better than the one 500 years ago. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
November 08, 2019 - 6:14 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Descendants of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec emperor Moctezuma met Friday in Mexico City to mark the 500th anniversary of their forebearers' first encounter. The hope was that the meeting, at a colonial church where Cortés is buried, would go better than the one...
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In this Oct. 7, 2019 photo provided by the National Toy Hall of Fame, Matchbox Cars, left, the coloring book, center, and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The winners were selected by a panel of judges from among 12 finalists, which also included: Care Bears, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Jenga, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Nerf Blaster, Risk, the smartphone and the top. (Victoria Gray/The Strong, National Toy Hall of Fame via AP)
November 07, 2019 - 10:35 am
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Matchbox Cars, the coloring book and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering were inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame, recognized for an enduring appeal that keeps them on store shelves today. A panel of experts selected the Class of 2019 from among...
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In this Oct. 23, 2019, photo, artist Dread Scott, whose work focuses on racial injustice and oppression, discusses his upcoming reenactment of a slave rebellion in New Orleans. More than 200 years after the largest slave rebellion in American history, hundreds of reenactors will retrace their journey through the sugar plantation country of southeastern Louisiana. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
November 05, 2019 - 12:35 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Against the modern backdrop of oil refineries, strip malls and gated communities, hundreds of reenactors will gather Friday in southeastern Louisiana to remember a time when slavery flourished as a blight on America and some enslaved people fought back. They plan to reenact the...
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October 18, 2019 - 4:21 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials have confirmed a record was broken for the largest pumpkin in the state weighing in at more than a thousand pounds. Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that Andy Corbin grew the biggest and heaviest pumpkin in the state in his backyard and that it weighed...
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FILE -In this Thursday, May 23, 2019, a baby dugong named Marium swims near the hull of a boat off Libong island, Trang province, southern Thailand. A top marine biologist is urging Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an endangered sea mammal, after their death toll for the year has already climbed to a record 21. (Sirachai Arunrugstichai via AP, File)
October 03, 2019 - 5:30 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A top marine biologist has urged Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an imperiled sea mammal, after their death toll for the year in Thai waters has already climbed to a record 21. Thon Thamrongnawasawat said on his Facebook page that the carcass of a...
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October 03, 2019 - 3:30 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A top marine biologist is urging Thailand’s government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an endangered sea mammal, after their death toll for the year has already climbed to a record 21. Thon Thamrongnawasawat said on his Facebook page that the carcass of a dugong was...
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FILE - This June 24, 2004, file photo, shows Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge near American Falls, Idaho. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, it is expanding hunting and fishing at nearly 80 national wildlife refuges, including Minidoka, in what it says is a bonus for hunters and anglers but what critics contend is deferring management to states with potential to harm wildlife populations. (Bill Schaefer/The Idaho State Journal via AP, File)
September 10, 2019 - 4:28 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is expanding hunting and fishing in 77 national wildlife refuges in a move that critics contend is deferring management to states and could harm wildlife. The Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said hunters and...
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