Recreation and leisure

Florida alligator expert Frank Robb holds an alligator during a news conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago. Robb captured the elusive alligator in a public lagoon at Humboldt Park early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
July 16, 2019 - 2:59 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match for an expert the city shipped in from Florida. The male gator, nicknamed 'Chance the Snapper,' was first spotted in the Humboldt Park lagoon...
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July 16, 2019 - 8:15 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish association has said that some private donors to Poland's renowned Jewish history museum have suspended their donations out of concern over the government's failure to extend the term of its director. A special commission in May approved Dariusz Stola for another five...
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July 16, 2019 - 6:28 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An appeals court in Amsterdam says it needs more time to rule on the ownership of a valuable trove of historical artefacts loaned to a Dutch museum by four museums in Crimea shortly before the region's 2014 annexation by Russia. In an interim ruling on Tuesday, the...
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Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey speaks during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Days, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
July 15, 2019 - 4:03 pm
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey considers the mental health of athletes an important issue to be considered when it comes to legalized betting on college sports. Sankey opened the league's media days Monday with plenty to say about sports gambling and continuing...
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Revellers and fighting bulls arrive at the bullring during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, July 14, 2019. The San Fermin fiesta made internationally famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel "The Sun Also Rises" draws around 1 million partygoers each year.(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
July 14, 2019 - 8:11 am
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — A bull broke from the pack and gored two Australians and a Spaniard during Sunday's final bull run of this year's San Fermin festival, health officials from the northern Spanish city of Pamplona said. That took the number of gorings to eight for the eight bull runs that...
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People shelter from the sun under a souvenir umbrella from Venice during the noon Angelus prayer recited by Pope Francis at the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 14, 2019 - 7:15 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is encouraging efforts to safeguard the human rights of fishermen and mariners. Francis tweeted that he is praying for them and their families and noted that Sunday is a day dedicated to seafarers and fishermen. Francis tweeted: "I encourage every effort to protect...
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French paratroopers march on the Champs-Elysees avenue during the Bastille Day parade in Paris, France, Sunday July 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
July 14, 2019 - 6:39 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has overseen France's annual Bastille Day celebration, which this year showcases European defense cooperation. Flags of the 10 countries of the European Intervention Initiative, a joint military pact created last year, led Sunday's military parade down...
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July 13, 2019 - 12:48 pm
LIBSON, Maine (AP) — One Maine town is showing its moxie this weekend. The Moxie Festival dedicated to the quirky soda gets underway in earnest Saturday with a parade, music and a chugging contest in Lisbon. The creator of the quirky beverage was a Maine native, Dr. Augustin Thompson, whose brew...
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July 12, 2019 - 1:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized. Last month fair officials announced the new foods that would be available at this year's event, including doughnut holes that came with three syringes of do-...
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The competitors of the first Heavy Metal Knitting world championship react on stage, Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Joensuu, Finland. With stage names such as 'Woolfumes,' 'Bunny Bandit' and '9" Needles,' the goal was quite simple: to showcase their knitting skills whilst dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish way possible. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
July 12, 2019 - 8:10 am
JOENSUU, Finland (AP) — Armed with needles and a yarn of wool, teams of avid knitters danced Thursday to the deafening sounds of drums beating and guitars slashing at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in eastern Finland. With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9"...
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