• Rivers rising in waterlogged central US; more rain to come

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) " Two barges broke loose Wednesday night on the flooded Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma, spreading alarm downstream as they threatened to ram into a dam.The emergency was the latest consequence of storms and torrential rains in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma that caused at least three deaths.Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose.The Arkansas River town of [

  • Theme park attendance crosses half-billion mark for first time

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time, according to an industry report released this week.The report by the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM said global attendance at waterparks increased by 2.5%, and the top museums had relatively flat attendance last year.The report said growth in North American [

  • DeSantis signs ban on child-like sex dolls

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Possessing, selling or displaying a child-like sex doll will be illegal in Florida under a bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.DeSantis signed the measure Wednesday after it passed the Legislature unanimously earlier this month. The law takes effect Oct. 1.A legislative analysis of the bill said that child-like sex dolls imported from China, Japan and Hong Kong are becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S. They are part of what has become [

  • Arab-American, civil rights groups challenge DeSantis' cabinet meeting in Israel

    A coalition of state and national Arab-American and civil rights groups cite statutes and case law in arguing that the May 29 cabinet meeting violates state law.

  • NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

    RENO, Nev. (AP) " NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage [

  • Strong showing for pro-EU parties in Dutch EU vote

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) " Pro-European Dutch parties were predicted Thursday to win most of the country's seats in the European Parliament, with outspoken right-wing populist opponents of the European Union managing to take only four of the nation's 26 seats.In a surprise forecast, the Dutch Labor Party of European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans became the country's biggest party in the European Parliament, according to an Ipsos exit poll."What an unbelievable [

  • Taxpayers won't pay for all travel expenses on DeSantis' cabinet trip to Israel

    While 74 of the 98-member team will pay their own way, the governor's office would not say who would pick up the costs of the others.

  • Firm tied to political donor to pay $110M in federal probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) " A payment processor run by a prominent political donor will pay $110 million to settle U.S. charges the company knowingly processed transactions for merchants engaging in frauds.The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that Allied Wallet, its chief executive Ahmad "Andy" Khawaja and two other senior company officers had agreed to settle charges they participated in numerous scams.The federal probe stemmed from a 2018 investigation by The Associated [

  • Modi surges to victory in India on Hindu-first platform

    NEW DELHI (AP) " Narendra Modi, India's charismatic but polarizing prime minister, was headed Thursday for a landslide election victory, propelling his Hindu nationalist party to back-to-back majorities in parliament for the first time in decades.With most of the votes counted, Modi's stunning re-election mirrored a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil to Italy, often on a platform promoting a tough stand on national security, [

  • US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

    WASHINGTON (AP) " The U.S. filed new charges Thursday against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of placing the United States at risk of "serious harm" by publishing thousands of secret and classified documents, including the names of confidential sources for American armed forces.In an 18-count, superseding indictment, Justice Department prosecutors allege that Assange directed former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in one of the largest compromises of [

  • Oahu's Kailua beach is named best in the US by 'Dr. Beach'

    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) " In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.Those are among the reasons Oahu's Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches.Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been drafting the list under the alias "Dr. Beach" since 1991. [