Recreation and leisure - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Recreation and leisure No need to schlep wallet, keys at Universal's new water park ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No need to schlep around wallets or locker keys in your Speedos at Universal Orlando Resort's new water park opening later this month. That's because Universal is debuting a new wristband that can pay for food, open lockers, trigger special effects, set spending limits on the kids and most, importantly, eliminate waiting in lines by sending alerts when i... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:49:00Z The Last Days With The 'Greatest Show on Earth' The Associated Press spent the final days with the cast and crew of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, seeing the lives they leave behind on the... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:29:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:29:00Z African dance master choreographer Chuck Davis dies; was 80 DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Chuck Davis, a master choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance styles who founded dance companies in North Carolina and New York, has died. He was 80. Davis died Sunday at his home in Durham, said Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr., executive director of the African American Dance Ensemble, which Davis founded. Davis had been diagnosed with cancer abo... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:40:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:40:00Z Death in Vegas raises questions about police restraint move LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an unarmed man after police squeezed his neck during a struggle to subdue him outside a Las Vegas Strip casino raised questions Monday about the risks of the technique designed to restrict the flow of blood to the brain. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which led a push for use-of-force reforms after Las Vegas po... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:30:00Z Marvel Universe LIVE!: Superheroes save the day in new show ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — There's a moment at the start of the new Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes show when Spider-Man enters from backstage and zigzags through the air, soaring above the floor. Such display of superpower strength is startling, the director says, and the scene still takes his breath away. "It's an incredible entrance f... Mon, 15 May 2017 18:57:00 GMT 2017-05-15T18:57:00Z Metropolitan Museum of Art works to rebound from money woes NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a behemoth of culture and wealth, is rebounding from more than a year of internal turmoil and financial problems. As part of its recovery efforts, the museum is considering a mandatory admissions fee for visitors from outside New York state. The set fee, possibly $25 for adults, would be the first in the venerable museum's 147-... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:29:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:29:00Z Met Plans To Charge Mandatory Admission To help close a $15 million budget gap, the Met wants to start charging visitors from outside New York state a set admission fee instead of the current... Mon, 15 May 2017 05:17:00 GMT 2017-05-15T05:17:00Z 12-year-old wins 3rd straight California State Spelling Bee STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Dipsomaniac was the winning word for a 12-year-old girl from Central California who won the State Spelling Bee for the third year in a row. Ananya Vinay, who attends Fugman Elementary in Clovis, told the Fresno Bee ( ) she's no longer as nervous on stage as she used to be because she's improved so much over the years. ... Sun, 14 May 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-05-14T20:50:00Z Orioles star Jones sees Negro Leagues museum, urges dialogue KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the Negro Leagues museum as his backdrop, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said the recent racial taunting he endured in Boston shows there needs to be more dialogue about diversity. Almost two weeks after he said he was called the N-word and had a bag of peanuts thrown in his direction at Fenway Park, the star said Sat... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:35:00Z Val Kilmer returning to Arizona as "Tombstone" character TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — Val Kilmer, who famously played Doc Holliday in the movie "Tombstone," is making plans to visit the Arizona Old West town this summer as part of a festival that pays tribute to the gunfighter. Kilmer announced he would be coming to Arizona in August on Facebook, the Sierra Vista Herald reported Thursday ( The... Sat, 13 May 2017 18:39:00 GMT 2017-05-13T18:39:00Z Orioles' Adam Jones donates $20K to Negro Leagues museum KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, the target of racial taunts during a recent game in Boston, has donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Jones plans to visit the museum and speak with its president, Bob Kendrick, on Saturday before the Orioles continue their series against the Kansas C... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:47:00Z New American Writers Museum narrates Great American Story CHICAGO (AP) — The American Writers Museum , seven years in the making, is an endeavor even the most daring author might shy from: How, on a single floor of an office building, do you tell the story of centuries of American language? The museum's curators wanted the broadest possible concept of writing, one that includes not just novels, memoirs and poetr... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:06:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:06:00Z Tom Brady the latest star on Madden game cover Now, Tom Brady truly has reached the pinnacle. At least in the eyes of his video game-loving son. To the joy of 9-year-old Jack Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champion will be the cover athlete for Madden 18 , following his Patriots teammate and buddy Rob Gronkowski. "I think it is very cool," Brady said. "I grew up not far from the he... Fri, 12 May 2017 14:12:00 GMT 2017-05-12T14:12:00Z Former ballet star Damian Woetzel tapped to lead Juilliard NEW YORK (AP) — Confetti and bouquets of flowers rained down on Damian Woetzel in 2008 as he took his final curtain as a star New York City Ballet dancer, dancing the lead role in George Balanchine's "Prodigal Son." And now, nine years later, you could say the prodigal son has returned — to Manhattan's Lincoln Center, and to just a block or two away from ... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:58:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:58:00Z The Latest: Microsoft going deeper into 'mixed reality' SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on Microsoft's Windows 10 (all times local): 11 a.m. Microsoft is expanding its exploration of a new technological frontier that allows people to mix the real world with three-dimensional projections of life-like images. An update of Microsoft's Windows 10 software will include features for p... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:00:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:00:00Z Duke Energy spars with Civil Rights museum over power bills GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The nation's largest utility already turned off the lights during Black History Month at a museum honoring the lunch-counter sit-in that sparked the 1960s civil rights movement. Now it's threatening to cut off the power altogether if the museum doesn't pay thousands more each month to cover the possibility of delinquent payments. "... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:51:00 GMT 2017-05-11T17:51:00Z Australia's Fiona McFarlane wins Dylan Thomas literary prize LONDON (AP) — Australian writer Fiona McFarlane has won the Dylan Thomas Prize for young literary talents with her globe-trotting volume of short stories, "The High Places." McFarlane won the 30,000 pound ($39,000) award at a ceremony in Swansea, Wales. Named for the late Welsh poet, the prize is open to fiction by English-language writ... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:40:00Z Zoo home to April the giraffe and baby opening Monday HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — People hoping to get an up-close look at April the giraffe's baby born at an upstate New York zoo before a live stream audience will have to wait a little longer. Animal Adventure Park originally planned to open for the season this weekend, but delayed the date until Monday because of cool and rainy conditions in the forecast. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:07:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:07:00Z Taos to honor late actor Dennis Hopper with motorcycle rally TAOS, N.M. (AP) — The town of Taos is celebrating the life of the late actor and former resident Dennis Hopper. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports ( that the northern New Mexico enclave will honor the life of the Hollywood star on May 17 with a motorcycle rally and ride, live music and screenings of Hopper's most famous films. ... Wed, 10 May 2017 09:05:00 GMT 2017-05-10T09:05:00Z Friends, foes of national monument jockey for Zinke's ear MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) — Fifth-generation Utah rancher Bruce Adams enjoyed a prime seat next to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as he toured a national monument created on land in Utah that Adams' ancestors helped settle in 1879. Adams, a county commissioner, joined Zinke on a horseback ride and a helicopter ride, describing the landscape of Bears Ears ... Wed, 10 May 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-05-10T00:35:00Z Remember 'Avatar'? Disney sure hopes you do NEW YORK (AP) — You may not have thought much about the 2009 movie "Avatar" over the past eight years, but Disney sure has. The Magic Kingdom is wagering a reported half-billion dollars that you and zillions of other people will line up for new theme park attractions based on the movie's bioluminescent world of Pandora. It's a major gamble, even by Disney... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:12:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:12:00Z Best-selling authors discuss art of 'the beach read' NEW YORK (AP) — For author Elin Hilderbrand, the art of the beach novel is very much a matter of location. Starting with where she writes. "I write my books in longhand, so I actually work on them at the beach," Hilderbrand, who sets her best-sellers at home on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-09T19:45:00Z St. Louis to turn Chuck Berry's one-time home into museum ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis is planning to convert Chuck Berry's one-time home into a museum and to create a cultural district around it honoring the rock 'n' roll legend and other prominent African Americans who have lived in that part of the city. The city on Monday solicited bids for the project, which will be centered around the home at 3137 Whittier S... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:03:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:03:00Z Daring deer licks barrel of Indiana turkey hunter's shotgun DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Some daring deer approached a group of hunters in central Indiana and one was so unafraid that it licked the barrel of a shotgun and allowed one of the men to stroke its neck. Perhaps they knew the men were hoping to bag a turkey? Leon Champine says the young animals didn't have their mother with them "to teach the... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:01:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:01:00Z Scientists in South Africa reveal more on human-like species JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A species belonging to the human family tree whose remnants were first discovered in a South African cave in 2013 lived several hundred thousand years ago, indicating that the creature was alive at the same time as early humans in Africa, scientists said Tuesday. A meticulous dating process showed that Homo naledi (nah-LEH-dee), which ... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:42:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:42:00Z Museum gets big early 20th century Woodstock art collection ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Museum is getting a large collection of artwork from the Woodstock Art Colony of the early 20th century. Officials at the downtown Albany museum announced Tuesday that 1,500 paintings, sculptures and archival material were donated by collector Arthur Anderson, who lives in the Woodstock area. A yea... Tue, 09 May 2017 13:30:00 GMT 2017-05-09T13:30:00Z Zinke: Monument status may not be best to save sacred land BLANDING, Utah (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said sacred tribal lands he toured Monday in America's newest and most hotly contested monument should be preserved but he questioned whether the monument designation was the right way to do it. Zinke's aerial and ground tour of the Bears Ears National Monument was part of a review ordered by Presid... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:35:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:35:00Z Ripa, Liotta, Chung among New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Hall of Fame has honored its newest members with songs and speeches. Camden County native Kelly Ripa, actor Ray Liotta of Newark and Middletown resident Connie Chung were among the honorees at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park on Sunday night. Inductee Wyclef Jean spoke of his father bringing the... Mon, 08 May 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-05-08T20:32:00Z Martha Stewart flashes middle finger toward Trump portrait NEW YORK (AP) — Martha Stewart has given a glimpse of her feelings toward her former reality TV rival, President Donald Trump. A photo shared on social media show Stewart standing between large portraits of Trump and Snoop Dogg at an art fair in New York on Saturday. A photo taken by artist Newlin Tillotson shows Stewart displaying a middle finger toward Trump and a peace si... Mon, 08 May 2017 13:51:00 GMT 2017-05-08T13:51:00Z US Interior secretary begins Utah tour to eye monument sites SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with tribal leaders and elected officials in Utah on Sunday as he kicked off a four-day trip to the state to inspect two disputed national monuments protecting more than 3 million combined acres of the state's red rock country. Zinke said at a news conference that he views the trip as a listenin... 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