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The Latest: 2 aftershocks hit damaged Greek island of Kos

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:11:46 UT

Two strong aftershocks have struck the eastern Greek island of Kos within minutes of each other, sending startled residents and tourists scurrying away from homes and restaurants. Crews of experts have begun examining the damage to infrastructure and cultural monuments on the eastern Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others in the Aegean Sea region. Hundreds of residents and tourists spent the night sleeping outdoors on the island, too afraid to return to their homes or hotels after the quake that struck in early Friday. Many camped out in parks and olive groves, or slept in their cars or on beach and swimming pool lounge chairs. Hundreds of residents and tourists on the eastern Greek island of Kos have spent the night sleeping outdoors in parks, olive groves or in their cars, a night after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region, in Greece and Turkey.



UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:16:30 UT

LONDON (AP) — British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered and users will have to pass a safety awareness exam. Earlier this month London's Gatwick Airport briefly closed its runway over safety concerns when a drone was spotted in the area and several planes had to be diverted.



BEST OF THE TASTE: What a feast! Tour food and drink gems

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:15:39 UT

For three weeks, as the Tour de France riders did their thing, a team of Associated Press journalists who followed them valiantly ate and drank their way through the gastronomic offerings along the 3,540-kilometer (2,200-mile) route. Here, as the Tour wraps up Sunday with the final Stage 21 to Paris, is their "best of" — the gems and must-try treats waiting to be eaten, drunk and discovered by anyone who follows in the 104th Tour's footsteps: The stinky Herve cheese in Belgium, for example, was as memorable as the pungent blue Roquefort sheep's cheese served by young farmers on Stage 14 to Rodez. [...] the Japanese food at the race start in Duesseldorf, catering to its large Japanese population, held its own against some of the signature dishes that towns across France proudly offered to Tour visitors. The Tour champion traditionally waits until the very last stage into Paris to enjoy a flute of celebratory Champagne in the saddle as he rides to the finish on the Champs-Elysees to collect his winner's prize of 500 000 euros ($582,000). Invariably, Tour towns proudly ply race visitors with their local tipple: a cherry brandy in eastern France, boutique Champagnes on Stage 6 that went past the home of France's wartime hero and former President Gen. Charles de Gaulle, and some Burgundy reds so memorable on Stage 7 that it became increasingly hard, as the glasses added up, to remember what they were called. The bed and breakfast revolution that has swept across France, producing an astounding array of alternatives to featureless hotels, has made following the Tour a far more pleasant and livable experience. In Baraqueville in the south of France, one family of dairy farmers charges just 20 euros ($23) per person per night for a bed in their giant fortified home, with a breakfast of fresh bread, jam, milk straight from the cow and as much coffee as your heart can handle. BEST SCENERY: Because it mostly takes s



Wildfire leaves "complete devastation" in rural community

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:50:32 UT

(AP) — A chimney and a cinder block wall is all that's left standing among rubble that was a house Miki Crawford and her family called home for 22 years after a wildfire raced through her Northern California rural community, the former nurses' aide said Friday. The aggressive wildfire sweeping through the Sierra Nevada foothills covered with dense brush and dead trees destroyed 61 homes and 63 other buildings. Firefighters lifted an evacuation order for residents of Mariposa and reopened Highway 140 between the town and Yosemite, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Andy Isolano said. In the fire near Mariposa, officials were investigating an injury accident involving a single fire engine that sent one firefighter to the hospital. The blaze had crept within a half-mile of Mariposa, but crews were able to stop it by dropping red fire retardant and using bulldozers and hand crews to build fire brakes, said Cal Fire spokesman Jason Motta. Located about 35 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park, Mariposa features a charming main street with covered sidewalks and historic wood and brick buildings that house antique shops, restaurants, pizza parlors and art galleries. Rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face.



The Latest: Rural community sees "complete devastation"

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:39:37 UT

Crawford and her husband, Jai Crawford, packed two cars with clothes, photographs, family heirlooms and their five small dogs and fled as a massive wildfire approached their rural community in Mariposa County. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire on Thursday had threatened homes and prompted temporary evacuations in the Auburn area. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Andy Isolano said the order was ended Friday for residents of Mariposa near Yosemite National Park. Many of the 5,000 people told to leave several foothill communities remain under evacuation orders as firefighters battle the ongoing blaze. Authorities say a stubborn wildfire burning in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California has destroyed 58 homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday the fire grew slightly overnight to 115 square miles (298 square kilometers) and threatens at least 1,500 homes. The town of Mariposa, with its century-old saloons and covered sidewalks, normally bustles with summer visitors on their way to Yosemite National Park but the Gold Rush-era hamlet was mostly empty as ash rained down and heavy smoke from a nearby blaze darkened the sky.



TASTE OF THE TOUR: The Tour's perfectly timed fish soup

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:56:06 UT

SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (AP) — After 19 stages, 3,414.5 kilometers (2,121 miles) of Tour de France roads, and unspeakable mounds of calories for those who followed the riders from Germany through Belgium and Luxembourg and across five French mountain ranges, the marathon of cycling, eating and drinking is almost done. Home of the only French football club to win the Champions League, Marseille's Stade Velodrome will stage the start and finish of this short 22.5-kilometer (14-mile) time trial. Good bouillabaisse requires patience and lots of choice ingredients, including several fish species (red rascasse, sea robin, gurnard, John Dory, monkfish, conger) and crustaceans (shrimps, little green crabs). [...] cook a stock with the fish heads and tails, tomatoes and saffron. When he left Marseille for Chelsea, Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba donated one of his shirts to the cathedral, which displayed it.



Check in to get away: Zion park aims to require reservations

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:52:11 UT

[...] it's an option that Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons in Utah. National Park Service rangers struggle to cope with overcrowded tour buses and alleviate damage to Zion's natural wonders, including soil erosion and human waste near trails. People without reservations could pay an entrance fee and drive through the park, but they couldn't stop to hike or picnic. After a series of public meetings, Zion rangers are proposing an online reservation system, similar to the way campsites are reserved now. Making reservations to visit a public park could be frustrating, especially if tourists who travel across the country or from abroad to see Zion's spectacular vistas find themselves shut out if their plans change and they miss their time slot, said Darren Shipley, a video producer from Nashville, Tennessee, who's visited Zion. Officials said vehicles spilling out of parking lots were a safety hazard and that throngs of tourists were trampling sensitive habitat.



Hemingway look-alikes gather in Key West for annual contest

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:46:43 UT

Judged by former winners, the three-night contest is a highlight of the Hemingway Days festival honoring the late author's literary prowess and colorful lifestyle. Entrants include repeat contender Michael Groover of Savannah, Georgia, husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen.



The Latest: 2 dead, 500 hurt as 6.7 quake rocks Aegean Sea

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:58:44 UT

A powerful earthquake has shaken shook beach resorts in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a building collapsed on a bar in the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region. Only a few miles apart, Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum were hit hours before dawn by the shallow undersea quake that caused a two-foot (0.6-meter) sea swell and havoc among residents and thousands of vacationers at bars and restaurants. In a Twitter message, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom offered her condolences to the relatives of those who perished and were injured in Greece and Turkey and said that her ministry would keep a close contact with Swedish citizens travelling in the area. The bloc's commissioner for humanitarian aid, Christos Stylianides, offered condolences and said "the EU offers its full support" after Friday's quake that killed two people on the island of Kos. Stylianides' office is in touch with Greek officials and ready to send equipment and provide satellite images to help civil protection authorities locate potential victims or damage. Greek health officials say 13 people have been airlifted to hospitals in Athens and on the islands of Rhodes and Crete following Friday's pre-dawn earthquake that killed two people on Kos. Turkey's Istanbul-based earthquake research center says the powerful quake that hit the Aegean Sea caused a small 'tsunami' at the Turkish resort of Bodrum, where waters surged but damage was limited and appeared only slight. Turkish media reports say the powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Aegean coast caused cracks on the walls of some buildings in the resort of Bodrum, flooded the lower floors of sea-front hotels and restaurants and sent moored boats crashing toward the shore. Boat captain Metin Kestaneci, 40, told the private Dogan news agency that he was asleep on his vessel when the quake hit. A local official says abo



2 dead, 500 hurt as deadly quake rattles Greece, Turkey

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:38:15 UT

KOS, Greece (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook beach resorts Friday in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a building collapsed on a bar in the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region. Only a few miles apart, Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum were hit hours before dawn by the shallow undersea quake that caused a two-foot (0.6-meter) sea swell and havoc among residents and thousands of vacationers at bars and restaurants. Most of injuries, about 350, occurred in Turkey, in Bodrum and other beach resorts, as people fled buildings and as the sea swell flung cars off the road and pushed boats ashore. Seismologists said the shallow depth of the quake was to blame for the damage and the sea swell that scattered cars, boats, and trash bins across shores in the east Aegean Sea. Most people have been cleared to return home, said Greek seismologist Efthymios Lekkas, who led a government inspection team on Kos.



Elementary school stage where Elvis Presley sang renovated

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:27:39 UT

Elementary school stage where Elvis Presley sang renovated Tupelo public schools maintenance director Kirk Kitchens says an auditorium seat has been marked where a young Presley sat.



A look at plans for new rides and more at Disney parks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:05:57 UT

(AP) — Disney is calling upon the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and a cohort of blockbuster movies to help modernize its amusement parks. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled the upcoming attractions at both international and domestic Disney parks during its D23 fan expo in Anaheim, California, on July 15. A themed resort will join the family of "Star Wars" attractions at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, including Star Tours and the previously announced Star Wars: Chapek emphasized the resort's "100 percent immersive" experience, saying it is Disney's most experiential park concept to date. A "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride in Future World will buoy the park's space travel theme, replacing the Universe of Energy attraction closing this summer. Shanghai Disneyland's TRON Lightcycle Power Run attraction is also coming stateside, making a second home in the Magic Kingdom. The announcement reinforces Disneyland as the premiere location for Pixar, also home to a land themed on "Cars" and a previously announced "Toy Story" land.