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In this May 12, 2019 photo, tourists snorkel in the Caribbean, off a beach in Varadero, Cuba. As most of Cuba’s economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright spot, tourism, into an engine that can drag the rest of the communist island through its worst economic crisis in two decades. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
May 17, 2019 - 1:53 pm
VARADERO, Cuba (AP) — The battle for Cuba's economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. That's because the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn tourism into an engine that can drag the rest of the...
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FILE - This Feb. 17, 2006 file photo shows the international border line made up of bollards: irregular, concrete-filled steel poles, seperating Mexico, left from the United States, in the Organ Pipe National Monument near Lukeville, Ariz. The federal government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a this national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to government documents and environmental advocates. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday waived environmental and dozens of other laws to build more barriers along the southern border. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
May 14, 2019 - 7:09 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates. The Department of Homeland Security on...
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Pope Francis recites the Regina Coeli noon prayer as he is flanked by two of the nineteen priests he ordained in a ceremony at the Vatican, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 12, 2019 - 1:14 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given Roman Catholic faithful his OK to make pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Catholic Church hasn't yet authenticated their vision, the Vatican said Sunday. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said...
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Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
May 12, 2019 - 1:04 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — As host of this year's Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel's best branding efforts, the kitschy festival is clouded...
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FILE - This July 18, 2018, file photo, shows a display of back to school backpacks in Pittsburgh. The latest round of China tariff hikes, which went into effect Friday, May 10, 2019. will hit a range of consumer goods, including, backpacks, furniture and seafood. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
May 10, 2019 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Trump administration more than doubling tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports, will Americans soon see higher prices on store shelves? Yes, but it may take a few weeks. U.S. import taxes on $200 billion of Chinese goods jumped to 25% on Friday, from 10%, as...
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Visiting from France, Meyer Joseph, center, smokes a cigarette in front of luxury shops while talking with Lily Levy Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 08, 2019 - 3:36 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A fiery debate is breaking out across Beverly Hills as people at tony hair salons, gas stations and stores weigh in on whether the city of the rich and famous should become the first in the U.S. to outlaw the sale of tobacco products everywhere except a few cigar...
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Joan Collins attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
May 07, 2019 - 4:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The cocktail bar was shutting down, and guests were being encouraged to commence the elegant trek to dinner through the majestic halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But Joan Collins had just swept in, channeling her famous "Dynasty" character, Alexis, in a tiered gown of fluffy...
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 07, 2019 - 1:55 pm
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's annual developer conference Tuesday with updates to Google's artificially intelligent voice assistant. It will get a series of updates this year, including one that lets it book rental cars and movie tickets. Google says...
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Fashion designs for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute gala exhibit, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," are unveiled at a press preview, Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
May 06, 2019 - 3:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Louis XIV and Oscar Wilde, meet Bjork and Lady Gaga. What quality do they share, across the centuries? An innate sense of camp — the aesthetic that's being celebrated in the new fashion mega-exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, "Camp: Notes on Fashion."...
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May 05, 2019 - 8:33 am
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Authorities in the West African nation of Benin say that two French tourists are feared to have been kidnapped in a wildlife park near the border with Burkina Faso. The tourists failed to return from a game drive in the Pendjari National Park on Wednesday, according to the...
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