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Brazil's police confirms death of British kayaker in Amazon

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:25:51 UT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have confirmed the death of a British woman who disappeared while kayaking in the Amazon. The head of the Amazonas state police homicide division told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a teenager has been arrested in connection with the case. He did not disclose woman's name. Ivo Martins says the victim's body is yet to be found, but that the teenager confessed to taking part in the slaying. The woman was kayaking on the Solimoes River in the northern jungle state when she disappeared. Brazil's navy said in a statement issued Saturday that the 43-year-old was between the cities of Codajas and Coari when she activated an emergency beacon on Sept. 13.

Robert E. Lee's former church is no longer named after him

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:42:54 UT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia church that Robert E. Lee belonged to after the Civil War will no longer be named after the Confederate general. Leaders of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church voted Monday to return to the parish's original name of Grace Episcopal Church. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the 7-to-5 vote follows two years of heated debate, the hiring of a conflict resolution consultant and the departure of some members from the church in Lexington. Parish leaders first considered a name change in 2015 after white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The vote to remove Lee's name failed, but it divided the congregation.

Tolls to be reinstated on Florida roads starting Thursday

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:17:58 UT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Transportation says it will start collecting tolls on state roadways and bridges again after more than a two-week suspension because of Hurricane Irma. Tolls were suspended across Florida on Sept. 5 to help with Irma evacuation and relief efforts. In a news release, the agency said tolls will once again be collected starting at 12:01 a.m. Thursday for all roads except a portion of the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike to assist Monroe County residents with recovery efforts. Monroe County includes the Florida Keys, among the hardest-hit areas.

Delta ends flights between Guam and Japan, cites low demand

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:58:31 UT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Delta Air Lines has announced it will end flights between Japan and Guam because of low demand just days after another airline delayed Japan-Guam flights because of North Korea's threat to attack the U.S. island territory. Demand was not strong enough for Delta to maintain the route and the last flight will take place in January, said airline spokesman Hiroko Okada. The carrier's decision leaves United Airlines as the only U.S. airline with flights between Guam and Japan. Japan Airlines also has flights from Narita airport to Guam. Delta's decision came after HK Express delayed Japan-Guam flights until next summer, "citing geopolitical concerns in the region." North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened Guam.

Roads near Frankfurt Airport to close for WWII bomb removal

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:16:07 UT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they will be shutting down some roads to traffic near Frankfurt Airport after the discovery of a World War II-era bomb during construction work. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that a portion of the A3 Autobahn will be shut down, along with smaller area roads, while experts defuse and remove the bomb between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Wednesday. The airport is closed to air traffic during those hours. The bomb was found Tuesday during work on constructing a new subway link to the airport. Even more than 70 years after the end of the war, bombs and other munitions still turn up regularly during construction work in Germany — a testament to the ferocity of the conflict.

New Zealand officials cancel flights due to fuel shortage

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:46:44 UT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's lawmakers and public employees were told Tuesday to cancel all nonessential flights to and from Auckland as a fuel shortage at the nation's largest airport continued to disrupt the travel plans of thousands of people. The main pipeline that carries jet fuel to Auckland Airport ruptured last week. Since then, at least 70 domestic and international flights have been canceled, including 29 on Tuesday. Other flights have been delayed or rerouted. The problem comes at an awkward time for Prime Minister Bill English, who is in the midst of campaigning for national elections which are being held on Saturday. "We are taking the issue very seriously," English told reporters.

Fall a great time for golf in San Diego

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:04:41 UT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Summer sends vacationers flocking to the San Diego area, many of them bringing their golf clubs with them. Mild temperatures, great courses, superb conditions. What's not to love? But there may be a better time to head to San Diego for golf: Fall. The courses are still in great shape, crowds are smaller, deals abound and the humid, cool and sometimes overcast weather known as the marine layer isn't quite so persistent. "It's the perfect time to play golf in San Diego," said Shawn Cox, director of golf at The Grand Golf Club in Del Mar. "You're getting the benefit of the perfect weather, the courses are in great shape and at offseason prices.

Umbria: Contemplating St. Francis in Italy's green heart

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:23:32 UT

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — A hilly patchwork of yellow and green Umbrian fields unfolded on both sides of the road as I zipped around hairpin turns in my little red Fiat, feeling every bit the race car driver. Of course, this being Italy, what I thought was death-defying speed wasn't fast enough for drivers coming up behind me. They barely hesitated, passing me on blind curves on the otherwise nearly deserted road. It was a bit unnerving, but over a week, hopping between Umbria's hill towns, I relaxed my grip on the steering wheel and found that getting there was half the fun. On my way to the village of Todi that first night, I kept pulling over for the views.

Correction: Tracking Sea Turtles story

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:41:23 UT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about sea turtles, The Associated Press reported erroneously the type of animal that sea turtles are. They are reptiles, not mammals. A corrected version of the story is below: Scientists ask public to help track Hawaii green sea turtles Scientists are asking the public for help tracking green sea turtles as they return to main Hawaiian islands after their nesting season HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are asking the public for help tracking green sea turtles as they return to Hawaiian islands after their nesting season. The sightings will help them identify where the marine reptiles hang out and forage, said T.

PEN America among arts organizations opposing travel ban

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:37:32 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — PEN America and the Sundance Institute are among nearly 30 arts organizations that have filed a brief that calls on the Supreme Court to strike down the Trump administration's travel ban. PEN America told The Associated Press on Monday that others joining the amicus brief include Americans for the Arts, the National Coalition Against Censorship and the Future of Music Coalition. PEN's Washington director, Gabe Rottman, said in a statement that the restrictions are stifling international dialogue, dividing families and violating "core principles of free speech." The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct.

Vermont airport gets $3.5m to repave runway, other fixes

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:08:30 UT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont state airport in Bennington is getting a $3.5 million grant to rebuild the runway and make a series of other improvements. The Vermont Agency of Transportation announced the grant for the William H. Morse State Airport that came from the Federal Aviation Administration's airport improvement program. The money will be used to help reconstruct the airport's runway, replace its lighting system, and extend the safety zone. In addition, work will begin on the first phase of a parallel taxiway. The total project cost includes a 10 percent state match. Construction is expected to begin next spring.

Exhibit allows virtual 'interviews' with Holocaust survivors

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:45:04 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — What was it like in a Nazi concentration camp? How did you survive? How has it affected your life since? Technology is allowing people to ask these questions and many more in virtual interviews with actual Holocaust survivors, preparing for a day when the estimated 100,000 Jews remaining from camps, ghettos or hiding under Nazi occupation are no longer alive to give the accounts themselves. An exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City called "New Dimensions in Testimony" uses hours of recorded high-definition video and language-recognition technology to create just that kind of "interview" with Eva Schloss, Anne Frank's stepsister, and fellow survivor Pinchas Gutter.