Recreation and leisure

Edward Cook, widower of the late herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons, poses Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in the gardens of the Caprilands herb farm in Coventry, Conn. Simmons, who died in 1997 at age 93, is credited with reintroducing and popularizing the use of herbs in American cooking. Cook, accused of failing to maintain the property, is fighting an eviction order. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)
January 04, 2019 - 1:56 pm
COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) — Since the death of famed herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons, her Connecticut farm that once drew visitors by the busload has fallen into disrepair, with green tarps covering parts of the roof on the 18th century house and the perennial gardens overgrown. Her estate faults her...
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Two Asian Elephants eat Christmas trees at Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Vendors donate not sold Christmas trees to the zoo after Christmas to feed the trees to animals. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 04, 2019 - 7:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's unwanted Christmas trees have ended their days as a festive snack for zoo elephants and stocking fillers for some of their fellow residents. The once-a-year treats arrived Friday at the Tierpark, one of the German capital's two zoos. The zoo takes only fresh, unsold trees...
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January 03, 2019 - 11:34 am
The NFL is partnering with Caesars Entertainment as its first official casino sponsor, but the multiyear deal does not include sports betting or fantasy football. The arrangement announced Thursday begins with this weekend's playoffs and is worth $30 million annually for three years, a person with...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande attends the 13th annual Billboard Women in Music event at Pier 36, in New York. The organizers of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have announced the top acts scheduled to appear at the multiday event in April. Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, said Wednesday night, Jan. 2, 2019, that the big names scheduled to perform at the two-weekend event from April 12 to April 14 and from April 19 to April 21 include Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Janelle Monae. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
January 03, 2019 - 12:34 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organizers of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have announced the top acts scheduled to appear at the multiday event in April. Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, said Wednesday night that the big names scheduled to perform at the two-weekend festival in...
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This image made available by NASA on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 shows images with separate color and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule, about 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered it on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (NASA via AP)
January 03, 2019 - 12:25 am
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman. Ultima Thule, as the small, icy object has been dubbed, was found to consist of two fused-...
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Confetti drops over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square as seen from the Marriott Marquis in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
January 02, 2019 - 4:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway producers had plenty of reasons to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down, with many shows recording their most profitable weeks despite some eye-popping ticket prices. Eight shows last week earned more than $2 million for the week ending Dec. 30, led by "Hamilton," ''The Lion...
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The empty entrance of the Smithsonian's National Zoo is seen, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Washington. Smithsonian's National Zoo is closed due to the partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump is convening a border security briefing Wednesday for Democratic and Republican congressional leaders as a partial government shutdown over his demand for border wall funding entered its 12th day. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 02, 2019 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hungry pandas don't particularly care whether there's a partial government shutdown. The Washington National Zoological Park's most famous residents still need to be fed, as do thousands of other animals, even as the facility closed its gates Wednesday. The zoo is part of the...
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The Western Asset Management Company float wins the Fantasy Award at the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
January 01, 2019 - 4:13 pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Floral floats and marching bands took to the streets under a sunny California sky as the 130th Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day and millions more watched on TV. Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from the UPS Store that...
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In this photo provided by NASA, New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., center, celebrates with school children at the exact moment that the New Horizons spacecraft made the closest approach of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, early Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
January 01, 2019 - 3:40 pm
LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft pulled off the most distant exploration of another world Tuesday, skimming past a tiny, icy object 4 billion miles from Earth that looks to be shaped like a bowling pin. Flight controllers in Maryland declared success 10 hours after the high-risk,...
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Revelers watch at Drai's nightclub as fireworks explode on the Las Vegas Strip during a New Year's celebration Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 01, 2019 - 11:38 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tens of thousands of people rang in the new year across Las Vegas, watching fireworks launch from the top of some of the city's iconic casino-resorts, attending superstar performances at various venues and participating in a celebratory midnight toast. Officials estimated more than...
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