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.
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‘Succession’ finale: Fans react to end of Emmy-winning hit dramaMay 29, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the end of the critically acclaimed drama's fourth and final season, dedicated fans of “Succession” now know the answer to the series' central question: Which of the Murdoch-esque Roy family siblings will prevail?
More businesses require teens to be chaperoned by adults, curbing their independenceMay 28, 2023 GMT
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Jennifer Sepulveda used to drop off her 14-year-old son, Jorden, at the local mall on a Friday or Saturday night, where he would catch a movie with his friends and then hang out afterwards at the food court or elsewhere.
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's colorful Bun Festival is back after three years of COVID-19 restrictions.
Visitors packed the tiny island of Cheung Chau to watch children parade in costumes and to eat buns stamped with the Chinese characters for “peace” and “safety.”
BOSTON (AP) — Ten lighthouses that for generations have stood like sentinels along America's shorelines protecting mariners from peril and guiding them to safety are being given away at no cost or sold at auction by the federal government.
AVON, Conn. (AP) — A hungry black bear barged into the garage of a Connecticut bakery, scared several employees and helped itself to 60 cupcakes before ambling away.
Workers at Taste by Spellbound in the town of Avon were loading cakes into a van for delivery on Wednesday when the bear showed up.
Rare James M. Cain story ‘Blackmail’ published for first timeMay 26, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — The characters are pure noir: Pat, a “dark, heavily handsome thick-shouldered" young man; Myra, a “cheesecakey” woman whose “thick blonde hair" fell “off her bare head to brilliant brassy effect.”
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.
Judge: School district can bar student from wearing Mexican and American flag sash at graduationMay 27, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that a rural Colorado school district can bar a high school student from wearing a Mexican and American flag sash at her graduation this weekend after the student sued the school district.
A growing number of LGBTQ+ Russians seek refuge from war, discrimination in ArgentinaMay 27, 2023 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Anastasia Domini and wife Anna Domini walked hand in hand on a recent sunny day in Argentina’s capital while their four restless children played nearby.
It's a common sight in a country where same-sex marriage has been legal for more than a decade.
What to stream this week: Foo Fighters, ‘The Idol,’ LeBron James and ‘American Gladiators’ docMay 29, 2023 GMT
There's new music from Foo Fighters, the buzzy HBO series “The Idol” starring Lily-Rose Depp and The Weeknd and a documentary about the breakthrough TV show “American Gladiators” among the new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A raccoon in Maine was euthanized and tested for rabies after a woman brought it into a pet store for a nail trim and some customers kissed it, state wildlife authorities said.
A veggie burger even Memorial Day meat eaters will loveMay 28, 2023 GMT
While meat lovers look forward to a Memorial Day barbecue, many people might be looking for a vegetarian option.
With their high protein content, black beans lend meaty substance to veggie burgers.
BOSTON (AP) — Teens have long been vital to filling out the summertime staffs of restaurants, ice cream stands, amusement parks and camps.
Now, thanks to one of the tightest labor markets in decades, they have even more sway, with an array of jobs to choose from at ever higher wages.
What to watch this weekend: ‘Succession’ finale, John Wick, Matchbox Twenty, ‘American Born Chinese’May 26, 2023 GMT
Sure, lots of folks are eagerly anticipating this Sunday’s “Succession” finale. But what if you haven’t followed the Roy family drama? There’s plenty of new don’t miss new television, movies, music and games headed to a device near you.
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.
Over more than 100 years, 9 women have raced the Indianapolis 500 and the push for more has stalledMay 26, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Katherine Legge remembers returning to the Indianapolis 500 for the second time a decade ago, and the unmistakable feeling of satisfaction she experienced walking through Gasoline Alley and knowing that she was not alone.
CANNES PHOTOS: In the festival’s blur, someone’s always watchingMay 26, 2023 GMT
CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it blur, can never be seen in full.
Though a wide-screen spectacular, Cannes is often spied only in fleeting glimpses — the back of a star’s head, the flowing train of a gown.
NEW YORK (AP) — Target once distinguished itself as being boldly supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.
Some worshippers switching congregations amid United Methodist split over LGBTQ issuesMay 25, 2023 GMT
The Rev. Bill Farmer reached the point where he couldn’t stay in the United Methodist Church anymore — but the congregation he attended was staying.
America aged rapidly in the last decade as baby boomers grew older and births droppedMay 25, 2023 GMT
The United States grew older, faster, last decade.
The share of residents 65 or older grew by more than a third from 2010 to 2020 and at the fastest rate of any decade in 130 years, while the share of children declined, according to new figures from the most recent census.
Companies are finding it’s not so simple to leave Russia. Some are quietly staying putMay 25, 2023 GMT
When Russia invaded Ukraine, global companies were quick to respond, some announcing they would get out of Russia immediately, others curtailing imports or new investment.
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 recedeMay 25, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Shirley Howard’s feet splashed into nearly a foot of water when she stepped out of bed on a summer morning last July amid a torrential rainfall.
A devastating flood swallowing up Kentucky’s Appalachian region had reached her bedroom in the night.
How the end of the COVID health emergency affects your MedicareMay 25, 2023 GMT
The COVID-19 public health emergency that started in January 2020 ended on May 11. When that happened, several Medicare rules and waivers that went into effect during the pandemic came to an end — and it may catch Medicare patients by surprise.
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.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — More than 500 companies have suspended their business in Russia, and a similar number have withdrawn completely.
HONOLULU (AP) — As Typhoon Mawar aimed its fury at Guam, residents facing terrifying winds and crashing waves from the strongest typhoon to hit the U.S. Pacific territory in decades had identical twin meteorologists to keep them informed — and to provide the outside world with a glimpse of the chaos unfolding on the remote island.
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.
Artist Jasmine Cho makes exquisite portraits that champion famous and forgotten Asian Americans. Her canvas?
“Cookies, I’ve always said, are the perfect platform for education, activism and healing because they are one of the most disarming, inviting and surprising mediums,” said Cho, who is also a baker.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Newly fitted with tracking bands, four peregrine falcon chicks named Pickles, Muhammad, Egbert and Swooper have a nest in one of the best seats — make that perches — at Michigan State University's football stadium.
Nebraska passes law on taxpayer money going to private schoolsMay 24, 2023 GMT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that will channel public money to scholarships for private school tuition, despite critics who say the measure hurts public schools, benefits wealthy taxpayers and helps mostly parochial schools that can discriminate against LGBTQ+ students.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — As it marks its 25th anniversary Wednesday, the European Central Bank is readying a proposed design for a digital version of the euro, responding to pressure from developing technology that could change how money is used over the bank's next decades.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amid the balloons, cake and games at his best friend’s birthday party on a farm, 5-year-old Carter Manson clutched his small chest.
“He just kept saying ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’’’ his mother, Catherine, recalled tearfully.
Just in case: Anxious retirees, social service groups among those making default contingency plansMay 24, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Phoenix retiree Saundra Cole has been watching the news about the debt limit negotiations in Washington with dismay — and limiting her air conditioning use to save money just in case her monthly Social Security check is delayed due to a default.
Montana first to ban people dressed in drag from reading to children in schools, librariesMay 24, 2023 GMT
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has become the first state to specifically ban people dressed in drag from reading books to children at public schools and libraries, part of a host of legislation aimed at the rights the LGBTQ+ community in Montana and other states.
This Memorial Day, will you eat like a king or go camping? A new cookbook says you can do bothMay 24, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — If your idea of a meal while camping is something quick and bland — maybe a power bar, a can of beans or some instant noodles — food writer and critic Chris Nuttall-Smith suggests something else, just as quick but also tasty.
How to make Caramelized Shallot-Cheese Fondue while campingMay 24, 2023 GMT
This recipe for Instant Caramelized Shallot-Cheese Fondue by Chris Nuttall-Smith is exactly the dish you pull from your pack at 7,500 feet as a pre-winter storm blows past.
Sustainable till death do us part, and 45 days beyond; mushroom coffin a last best wish for someMay 24, 2023 GMT
DELFT, Netherlands (AP) — For those seeking to live in the most sustainable way, there now is an afterlife too.
A Dutch intrepid inventor is now “growing” coffins by putting mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms, together with hemp fiber in a special mold that, in a week, turns into what could basically be compared to the looks of an unpainted Egyptian sarcophagus.
3 ways to pay for your summer vacationMay 24, 2023 GMT
A summer vacation can feel like a seasonal rite of passage — a sacred time to break away from the demands of everyday life in favor of fun and relaxation.
But summer can also be an expensive time to travel, which makes it hard to budget enough money for your vacation.
Edmunds: Who offers hands-free driving systems for 2023?May 24, 2023 GMT
Fully automated self-driving cars are still a thing of the future. But you can get a taste of what they’ll be like if your vehicle has what’s commonly described as hands-free driving capability.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah-based group that organizes drag performances is suing a city over the denial of permits for an all-ages show it aimed to host in a public park in April.
The group, Southern Utah Drag Stars, and its CEO Mitski Avalōx accuse the city of St.
PHOENIX (AP) — They’re not fluffy, they don’t play fetch and they certainly don’t roll over. But there is such a thing as a lap tortoise.
What’s more, pet tortoises can wag their tails, will plod on up to greet you and some can even recognize their own names.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Recent shark bites in Florida and Hawaii and a suspected case in New Jersey have piqued interest in an age-old summer question for beachgoers — is it safe to go in the water?
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The largest LGBTQ+ rights organization in the U.S. joined other civil rights organizations Tuesday in issuing a travel advisory for Florida, warning that newly passed laws and policies may pose risks to minorities, immigrants and gay travelers.
Caustic feedback, serious injuries and the quiet mental health suffering of horse racing jockeysMay 23, 2023 GMT
BALTIMORE (AP) — Eurico Rosa da Silva was in a dark place.
On the track, the jockey in his early 30s was winning races and making money. At home, he was fighting suicidal thoughts every day.
Netflix to charge an additional $8 month for viewers living outside US subscribers’ householdsMay 23, 2023 GMT
Netflix on Tuesday outlined how it intends to crack down on the rampant sharing of account passwords in the U.S., its latest bid to reel in more subscribers to its video streaming service as its growth slows.
Tips for growing herbs (you don’t even need a garden)May 23, 2023 GMT
Culinary herbs are among the easiest plants you can grow. They only need sunlight, water, and well-draining soil with a neutral pH.
Walter Royal, North Carolina chef who won on ‘Iron Chef America’ cooking with ostrich, dies at 67May 23, 2023 GMT
Walter Royal, the chef of a destination steakhouse in North Carolina who triumphed as a challenger on “Iron Chef America” by cooking mostly Southern dishes with ostrich meat, has died.
The Angus Barn in Raleigh, where Royal served as executive chef since the 1990s, announced his passing on its website.
The U.S. surgeon general is calling for tech companies and lawmakers to take “immediate action” to protect kids' and adolescents' mental health on social media.
But after years of insufficient action by both social media platforms and policymakers, parents and young people still bear most of the burden in navigating the fast-changing, often harmful world of secretive algorithms, addictive apps and extreme and inappropriate content found on platforms such as Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.
Governor’s new stance revives New Hampshire marijuana effortMay 23, 2023 GMT
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu’s recent shift to support marijuana legalization has inspired a last-minute push for new legislation.
Though several bipartisan bills in support of legalizing recreational marijuana have cleared the House in recent years, Sununu opposed them and they ultimately failed in the Senate.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Constance Guthrie is not yet dead, but her daughter has begun to plan her funeral.
It will be, Jessica Guthrie says, in a Black-owned funeral home, with the songs of her ancestors.
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The Associated Press spent a year examining how racial health disparities have harmed generations of Black Americans.
From birth to death, Black Americans fare worse in measures of health compared to their white counterparts.
Why do so many Black women die in pregnancy? One reason: Doctors don’t take them seriouslyMay 23, 2023 GMT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Angelica Lyons knew it was dangerous for Black women to give birth in America.
As a public health instructor, she taught college students about racial health disparities, including the fact that Black women in the U.S.
Millennial Money: How to pick a socially responsible bankMay 23, 2023 GMT
It has never been easier to open a bank account, especially with the spread of online services, but there has also never been so much choice about where to put your money. If you’re overwhelmed by your banking options, think about your ability to shape social change with your money.
Car seats and baby formula are regulated. Is social media next?May 23, 2023 GMT
The U.S. surgeon general is warning there is not enough evidence to show that social media is safe for children and teens — and is calling on tech companies, parents and caregivers to take “immediate action to protect kids now."
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Festus Nyoni picked out a few items in a supermarket in Zimbabwe’s capital, looked at the prices and knew she was in the wrong place.
She abandoned her shopping cart and headed for a nearby street jammed with traders offering bargains in U.S.