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Two people take a selfie as they stand on Waterloo Bridge, backdropped by the City of London financial district, as people enjoy the continuing spell of hot weather, Saturday June 30, 2018. Sunny weather and a clear blue sky continue across Britain. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
July 01, 2018 - 5:18 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Met Office weather forecasting service has issued its first thunderstorm alert in the agency's 164-year history. The official forecasters say torrential rain, hail and lightning are possible Sunday in parts of southwest England and Wales as a long, dry heatwave persists in...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, June 28, 2018, firefighters tackle a wildfire on Winter Hill near Bolton, England, Thursday June 28, 2018. Dozens of people have been evacuated from homes in northwest England as firefighters continue to tackle a blaze spreading across tinder-dry moorland. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
July 01, 2018 - 4:51 am
LONDON (AP) — Some 120 firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has been declared a "major incident" as it spreads in the moorlands of northern England. British fire officials said two large fires had merged because of high winds and extremely dry conditions as much of England is gripped...
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A municipal worker sits on a bench, next to a statue, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, during the 2018 soccer World Cup, Thursday, June 28, 2018.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
June 30, 2018 - 7:31 am
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — It's hard to fathom for 21-year-old Valeria Kashnikova as she delivers pizzas to tables jammed with Swedes, Croats, and Argentines that her Russian city was closed to foreigners for almost 60 years during the Soviet Union era. "I don't know much about that time," said...
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In this photo taken on Friday, June 29, 2018, tourists and soccer fans walk in the State Shop, GUM, decorated with giant soccer balls during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The World Cup is sending business surging across the 11 Russian cities hosting soccer’s biggest show. Bars, taxi services, dumpling sellers and nesting doll vendors are among those benefiting. The Russian president was counting on just such a boost after U.S. and European sanctions and low oil prices sank the country into recession. But experts warn the boon won’t last long without deeper economic reforms. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
June 30, 2018 - 7:25 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's beer kegs are emptying fast and demand for Vladimir Putin T-shirts is overwhelming St. Petersburg street vendors as the World Cup sends business surging across the 11 Russian cities hosting soccer's biggest show. The Russian president was counting on just such a boost after U...
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A Hello Kitty-themed “shinkansen” bullet train is unveiled at JR Shin Osaka station, in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, June 30, 2018. The special shinkansen had its inaugural round trip Saturday between Osaka and Fukuoka, connecting Japan’s west and south until the end of September. The stylish train is painted pink and white, showcasing Hello Kitty images and trademark ribbons from flooring to seat covers and windows. (Kyodo News via AP)
June 30, 2018 - 3:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Hello Kitty-themed "shinkansen" bullet train has debuted in Japan. Adorned with the cartoon icon inside out, this one is a dream ride for her fans. The special shinkansen had its inaugural round trip Saturday between Osaka and Fukuoka, connecting Japan's west and south until the end...
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FILE - This Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 file photo a vendor shows one of an assortment of marijuana strains during the High Times Harvest Cup in San Bernardino, Calif. Several marijuana businesses in California warned Friday, June 29, 2018 that they could face steep financial losses unless the state extends a July 1 deadline imposing strict standards for pot testing and packaging. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 29, 2018 - 4:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 150 marijuana businesses in California warned Friday that they could face crippling financial losses unless the state extends a July 1 deadline imposing strict standards for pot testing and packaging. In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, the United Cannabis Business...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2001 file photo, a sperm whale calf swims next to its mother and a pod of sperm whales, about four miles off the coast of the Agat Marina in Guam. Spain says it will create a marine wildlife reserve for whale and dolphin migration the Mediterranean Sea in which prospecting for fossil fuels will be prohibited. The Spanish government announced on Friday, June 29, 2018 that the protected area will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles) between the Balearic Islands and the mainland. The species Spain hopes to protect are Fin whales, sperm whales, grey sperm whales, pilot whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, common dolphins and loggerhead turtles. (AP Photo/Guam Variety News, Chris Bangs, File)
June 29, 2018 - 2:31 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area. The Spanish government announced Friday that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909...
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In this Saturday, June 23, 2018 photo, a statue of the character Sheriff Woody greets visitors at the entrance Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 29, 2018 - 12:40 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — For children of the mid-1990s, Disney's new Toy Story Land offers the opportunity to visit the imaginary world they grew up in. For their parents, it brings back sweet memories of a magical time of toys and make-believe. And for everyone else, the new theme park land...
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June 29, 2018 - 8:22 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studies, Walt Disney World is also offering guests a new mobile app called Play Disney Parks. The app debuts Saturday, the same day that Toy Story Land opens to the public. Entertainment options include interactive themed...
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Mount Agung volcano spews smoke, seen in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia Friday, June 29, 2018. The Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its international airport Friday, stranding thousands of travelers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
June 29, 2018 - 12:07 am
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian tourist island of Bali closed its international airport Friday, stranding thousands of travelers, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said nearly 450 flights were...
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