Recreation and leisure

Martin Truex Jr., left, is congratulated by team owner Joe Gibbs in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 26, 2019 - 11:38 pm
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. gave team owner Joe Gibbs another reason to celebrate at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex overcame an early flat tire after hitting the wall, then broke to the front on a wild final restart and won the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in four seasons Sunday...
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The new Simonne Mathieu court is seen as Spain's Garbine Muguruza serves against Taylor Townsend of the U.S. during their first round matches of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 26, 2019 - 9:36 am
PARIS (AP) — Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild. Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame...
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May 26, 2019 - 9:33 am
BAKER, Nev. (AP) — A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the "Forgotten Winchester" at the park visitor center near the Utah border. The weathered Winchester Model 1873 is in a case...
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Nepalese veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita, 49, is welcomed by his sister at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Sherpa mountaineer extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world's highest peak on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
May 25, 2019 - 7:46 pm
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Family, friends and supporters welcomed a veteran Sherpa guide upon his return to Nepal's capital on Saturday, days after his 24th climb of Mount Everest extended his record. After flying back from Everest to Kathmandu, Kami Rita was greeted by the waiting crowd at the...
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This April 29, 2019 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife officials say grizzly bear numbers are holding steady in the Northern Rockies as plans to hunt the animals in two states remain tied up in a legal dispute. (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 12:33 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wildernesses and into low-level farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in the Yellowstone area of...
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This April 29, 2019 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife officials say grizzly bear numbers are holding steady in the Northern Rockies as plans to hunt the animals in two states remain tied up in a legal dispute. (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 6:57 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in...
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This image released by Starz shows Melissa Barrera, left, and Mishel Prada from the series "Vida," a drama that follows two Mexican American sisters battling gentrification and the aftermath of their mother’s death. (Kat Marcinowski/Starz via AP)
May 24, 2019 - 10:14 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Starz drama "Vida" returns for its second season on Sunday with an even deeper exploration of an issue facing many U.S. Latino communities: gentrification. The show follows Emma and Lyn, played Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera respectively, who have inherited from their...
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May 24, 2019 - 6:30 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston's world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz. The arts festival opens at noon Friday with a ceremony at Charleston City Hall. Spoleto will run through June 9. The spotlighted performance is the opera "Salome."...
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In this photo provided by the Max Planck Institute a wild chimpanzee eats a tortoise, whose hard shell was cracked against tree trunks before scooping out the meat at the Loango National Park on the Atlantic coast of Gabon, May 20, 2019. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig and the University of Osnabrueck said Thursday they spotted the unusual behavior dozens of times in a group of chimpanzees at Loango National Park in Gabon. (Erwan Theleste/Max Planck Institute via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 8:46 am
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted...
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Nihar Janga, 14, of Austin, Texas, reacts with a prayer after winning the National Geographic GeoBee, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at National Geographic in Washington. Janga is also a past co-winner of the National Spelling Bee, in 2016, when he won in a tie at eleven-years-old. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 22, 2019 - 8:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nihar Janga, an eighth-grader from Austin, Texas, with an already impressive array of awards, has taken top honors in the 31st annual National Geographic GeoBee, an elite test of geographic knowledge. Janga triumphed Wednesday during a competition at the National Geographic...
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