Fairs and festivals

September 27, 2018 - 2:11 am
AJIDO, Nigeria (AP) — Excitement grows in the crowd as the Zangbeto Voodoo festival reaches a climax, with colorful palm-frond figures representing the traditional guardian of the night. The festival in Nigeria's Ajido Kingdom is a major event in the local religious calendar. With crime on the rise...
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People reach out for a glass of beer during the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
September 22, 2018 - 5:47 am
MUNICH (AP) — The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg on Saturday with two blows of a hammer and the cry of "O'zapft is" — "it's tapped." As tradition demands, he handed the first...
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This Sept. 18, 2018 photo released by Opera Philadelphia, Mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, left, and Frederica von Stade in the new opera "Sky on Swings" premiering as part of Opera Philadelphia's O18 Festival. (Dominic M. Mercier/Opera Philadelphia via AP)
September 21, 2018 - 12:51 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — "Sky on Swings," a 78-minute chamber work about two women declining from Alzheimer's disease, was given its world premiere by Opera Philadelphia for the first night of its season-opening O18 festival. Frederica von Stade, a celebrated 73-year-old mezzo-soprano, teamed with 59-...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Newport Beach, Calif., Police Department shows Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, a California doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show. He and a woman co-defendant, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities suspect there may be many more victims. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced charges Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 against Robicheaux of Newport Beach and Riley of Brea. (Newport Beach Police Department via AP)
September 18, 2018 - 3:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims. Orthopedic surgeon Grant W. Robicheaux, 38, of...
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September 12, 2018 - 6:45 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study finds adult Americans are reading fewer novels and short stories, but showed a big jump in poetry and increases in attendance at arts festivals, concerts and plays. The National Endowment for the Arts published its report Wednesday. According to the NEA, the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2018 file photo, Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, talks about the approaching midterm election during an interview in Washington. Bannon’s invitation to speak at a festival hosted by The Economist is still on. The newspaper announced Tuesday, Sept. 4, that Bannon would be speaking, as scheduled, during The Economist’s “Open Future” gathering later this month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 04, 2018 - 11:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Bannon's invitation to speak at a festival hosted by The Economist is still on. The magazine announced Tuesday that Bannon would be speaking, as scheduled, during The Economist's "Open Future" gathering later this month. He will be interviewed Sept. 15 in New York by Editor-In...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, file photo, Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, talks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Washington. Facing widespread outrage, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 03, 2018 - 7:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Facing widespread outrage, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month. New Yorker editor David Remnick told The Associated Press in a statement shared Monday with the magazine's staff that he had changed his mind. The former Donald...
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Police and passersby surround a statue showing Turkish President Erdogan which is part of the art festival 'Wiesbaden Biennale' in Wiesbaden, western Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
August 29, 2018 - 1:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — A golden statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was installed at an art festival whose motto is "Bad news" has been taken down after authorities in the German city of Wiesbaden said it was becoming a security issue. The dpa news agency reported that the 4-meter (13-foot...
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August 28, 2018 - 6:36 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says the bomber who killed two people at a town festival offered fruit to people to evade suspicion when he abandoned a bag containing the bomb. Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said wary residents still alerted police when the man hurriedly left the...
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Police and passersby surround a statue showing Turkish President Erdogan which is part of the art festival 'Wiesbaden Biennale' in Wiesbaden, western Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 4:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — A golden effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan evoking the famous statue of Saddam Hussein has been erected in a central German city as part of an art festival whose motto is "bad news." The larger-than-life statue in the central German city of Wiesbaden depicts Erdogan...
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