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Tourists crowd along a waterfront path at the West Lake in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Millions of Chinese tourists usually would use their week-long National Day holidays to travel abroad. This year, travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that some 600 million tourists - about 40% of the population - will travel within China during the holiday that began Thursday, according to Ctrip, China's largest online travel agency. (Chinatopix via AP)
September 30, 2020 - 10:21 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Millions of Chinese tourists usually would use their week-long National Day holidays to travel abroad. This year, travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that some 600 million tourists — about 40% of the population — will travel within China during the holiday that...
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Kevin Conant and his wife, Nikki, hug after looking at the debris of their burnt home and business "Conants Wine Barrel Creations," after the Glass/Shady fire completely engulfed it, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Santa Rosa, Calif. The Conants escaped with their lives, which we are grateful for, but they barely made it out with the clothes on their backs in the wake of the fire. The Glass and Zogg fires are among nearly 30 wildfires burning in California. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
Associated Press
September 30, 2020 - 5:18 pm
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made art and furniture. “It was like a part of me is gone,...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) watches his shot along with Denver Nuggets' Jerami Grant (9) during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 30, 2020 - 5:07 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — LeBron James’ popularity, even in his 17th season, cannot be argued. The NBA released jersey-sales and social media data Wednesday, with the Los Angeles Lakers’ star forward atop both lists. James had the top-selling jersey, measured by online sales through the NBA...
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A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
September 30, 2020 - 4:36 pm
The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about child workers, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence...
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September 30, 2020 - 12:15 pm
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service. The products unveiled Wednesday focus on two areas where Google has struggled to make...
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An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Associated Press
September 30, 2020 - 7:54 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. High winds that spread new fires this week in the Napa and Sonoma wine country and in a far northern area of the state were reduced to breezes, but vegetation...
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This photo shows the Brown family of Atlanta, from left, Jayde Brown, Jay’Elle Brown, Jayson R. Brown, Tammy Brown and Jayson E. Brown at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Dec. 27, 2019. Parents Tammy and Jayson have been taking their kids on educational trips for five years and are among families heading out with remote-learning kids during the new school year rather than leaving them stuck at home. (Jayson E. Brown via AP).
September 30, 2020 - 4:54 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In RVs, rental homes and five-star resorts, families untethered by the constraints of physical classrooms for their kids have turned the new school year into an extended summer vacation, some lured by the ailing hotel industry catering to parents with remote learners through “...
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Rupert Stadler, the long-time head of Audi, who is accused of fraud, among other things, at the Munich Regional Court, Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept.30, 2020. Five years after the VW diesel scandal was uncovered, the first German criminal trial in this matter is now beginning. With the former Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG Stadler and the former member of the Board of Management of Porsche Hatz, two former leading Audi engineers are also accused. The trial is taking place under difficult conditions in a large hall at the Munich-Stadelheim prison on account of Corona. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)
September 30, 2020 - 3:36 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The former head of Volkswagen's Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to the company's cheating on diesel car emissions tests. The proceedings represent the first criminal trial in Germany over the scandal that erupted five...
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Mama Fox owner Samantha DiStefano installs electric tea lights in preparation for indoor dining at her bar and restaurant, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, in New York. Some lights were dead because they haven't been used in six months when Mama Fox closed during the viral pandemic. New York restaurants may reopen for indoor dining on Wednesday, but with capacity restricted to 25%. "It's baby steps. The 25% gives you the opportunity to dip your toe in," DiStefano said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
September 29, 2020 - 9:15 pm
U.S. restaurants are moving warily into fall, hoping their slow recovery persists despite the new challenge of chilly weather and a pandemic that's expected to claim even more lives. New York opens indoor dining on Wednesday, restricting capacity to 25%. San Francisco may do the same as early as...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Associated Press
September 29, 2020 - 5:34 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but...
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