Recreation and leisure

People raise their cellphones lights as they form a human chain on New Year's eve in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Months of pro-democracy protests have brought “sadness, anxiety, disappointment and even rage,” the city’s leader Carrie Lam said in a News Year’s address Tuesday. Protests that began in June over a proposed extradition law have spread to include demands for more democracy and other grievances. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
December 31, 2019 - 8:14 am
HONG KONG (AP) — New Year's revelers and pro-democracy protesters were flocking to sites across Hong Kong on Tuesday to see out 2019. The semi-autonomous Chinese city has toned down the usually raucous celebrations this year amid continuing demonstrations that began in June in opposition to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, police run toward the scene of a shooting near the Mandalay Bay resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police have implemented almost all their self-identified upgrades stemming from a review of officers’ responses to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history more than two years ago, the elected head of the department said Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
December 31, 2019 - 12:31 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police have implemented almost all their self-identified upgrades stemming from a review of officers’ responses to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history more than two years ago, the elected head of the department said Monday. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo...
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In this image made from video, an aerial scene shows fires burning and smoke rising close to properties in Bundoora, Victoria state, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. New Year’s Eve fireworks in Australia’s capital and other cities have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building for Sydney’s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 7, Channel 9 via AP)
December 30, 2019 - 3:08 am
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sydney will set off its iconic New Year's fireworks display after being granted an exemption to a total fire ban Monday as other Australian cities canceled their celebrations due to the worsening wildfire risk in the oppressive summer heat. Pressure had built for Sydney's...
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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2019, file image made from video, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison looks at fire damage from a helicopter near Gospers Mountain, New South Wales. Morrison announced Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, financial support for some volunteer firefighters in New South Wales, the state worst hit by wildfires ravaging the nation, as authorities braced for conditions to deteriorate with high temperatures. (Australian Pool via AP, File)
December 29, 2019 - 1:33 am
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sydney's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks will go ahead despite the wildfire crisis to show the world Australia’s resiliency, the prime minister said, while authorities on Sunday braced for conditions to deteriorate with high temperatures. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also...
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Residents dressed for Christmas festivities react to tear gas as police confront protesters on Christmas Eve in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. More than six months of protests have beset the city with frequent confrontations between protesters and police. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
December 28, 2019 - 1:01 am
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes nuns attending a prayer at the Vatican the day after Christmas...
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December 27, 2019 - 1:13 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld former President Barack Obama's designation of a federally protected conservation area in the Atlantic Ocean, a move that commercial fishermen oppose. Fishing groups sued over the creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, conductor Peter Schreier smiles after receiving the Bach Medal in Leipzig, Germany. German opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier has died in Dresden, Germany, the dpa news agency announced Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 citing his longtime secretary. Schreier was in demand on opera stages all over the world and performed at the Berlin State Opera in his native East Germany. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP, file)
December 26, 2019 - 1:50 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier, who won fame at the Salzburg festival and Milan's La Scala, has died in Dresden, Germany. He was 84. The dpa news agency reported Thursday that he died Wednesday, citing his longtime secretary. Schreier, a tenor, was in demand on...
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Jeffrey Shanks, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, visits an unmarked slave cemetery on Dec. 16, 2019, at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla. Shanks earlier this year brought in ground-penetrating radar and two cadaver-sniffing dogs to investigate if long-told stories about a cemetery at the golf course are true. His search indicates that there are at least 40 graves near the 7th hole tee. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)
December 26, 2019 - 8:27 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway deepened in the grass, outlining what would be...
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December 25, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — Thousands turned out Wednesday to watch the annual reenactment of George Washington's daring Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 — the first time the crossing was completed in three years. The event was scrapped because of bad weather the last two...
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An architect works on the model of the planned Museum of Memory in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Colombia’s government hopes to build a large museum paying homage to the millions of victims of the country’s long civil conflict. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
December 24, 2019 - 11:33 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — On a vacant grassy lot squeezed between several smoggy highways lies the property where Colombia’s government hopes to build a large museum paying homage to victims of the country’s long civil conflict. But for now, the terrain occupied only by a rusted cubic metal sculpture...
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