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China's richest man declares war on Disney with giant theme park

Bejing - The Chinese conglomerate Wanda on Saturday opened its first theme park, with its billionaire boss declaring war on Disney weeks before the American entertainment giant launches a similar attraction in Shanghai.

S. Korea president says N. Korea facing 'self-destruction'

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday warned North Korea that it was embarking on a path of self-destruction if it did not curb its nuclear ambitions.

S. Korea's Park says North must 'pay price' for nuclear test

Seoul - North Korea must pay the price for its latest nuclear test and rocket launch, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said on Tuesday, vowing to pressure Pyongyang into accepting denuclearisation as its only viable option for survival.

South Korean President Park says time to play hardball with North

Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday said a fundamentally new approach was needed to derail North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, marked by an uncompromising, assertive response to Pyongyang's provocations.

South Korea's Park to visit China for WWII anniversary event

Seoul - South Korea said Thursday that President Park Geun-Hye would attend upcoming celebrations in Beijing to mark China's victory over Japan in World War II -- an anniversary that most world leaders look set to shun.

Criminal charges possible in California coast oil spill

Goleta - State and county officials in California say they're considering criminal charges stemming from Tuesday's 20,000-gallon oil spill from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach off the Santa Barbara coast.

Alleged kidnapping in Northern California was hoax, police say

Vallejo - This week’s reported kidnapping for ransom of a Bay Area woman was a hoax, California and federal authorities said Wednesday.

Louisiana teen accused of knocking school bus driver unconscious

An unruly Louisiana teen has been charged with assault after knocking a school bus driver unconscious, leading to another teen on the bus stepping in to bring the vehicle to a halt.

Hat-stealing owl attacks joggers

Salem - An owl in the city of Salem, Oregon is reportedly swooping down on unsuspecting early-morning joggers and grabbing their hats, according to state officials.

Family gets stuck at top of Ferris wheel as park begins to close

The Riggs-Long family found themselves stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel ride when employees were closing down the park.

Mother arrested after letting her 7-year-old go to park alone

A mother says that her seven-year-old son is old enough to go to the park alone, but St. Lucie, FL, police disagree with her. She now faces a charge of child neglect.

Review: Christina Perri captivates New York in free radio concert Special

East Meadow - Singer-songwriter Christina Perri performed a free concert at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York, on July 26, as part of Fresh 102.7 FM's "Fresh in the Park" series.

Ferry crew desertion like murder, South Korea's president says

South Korea's president said Monday that the captain and some crew members who escaped a ferry that sank with hundreds of vacationers had committed acts "tantamount to murder."

Berlin dogs overdosing on drug users' excrement in parks

Berlin - Vets in Germany's capital are warning about an increase in the number of dogs becoming ill and unable to walk properly, after eating the feces of human drug users in Berlin's parks.

Video: Vauxhall Corsa driver must be contender for world’s worst

A video showing the driver of a blue Vauxhall Corsa trying to reverse out of a car parking space has gone viral with over 1.5 million views since it was uploaded on October 11.

Big Ben to be featured at theme park in North Korea

North Korea is planning on having a replica of the Eiffel Tower, as well as Big Ben in a theme park that is set to opened up later this year.

Photo Essay: Spring in Turkey Special

Izmit - Spring has finally come to Turkey, and people enjoy walking outside in the sunshine, strolling through parks, planning weddings, and admiring tulips.

Photo Essay: 'PictoParque' — Art in the park in Fuengirola, Spain Special

Fuengirola - The Councillor for Culture in Fuengirola, Rodrigo Romero, has come up with a great idea. Artists will be able to display their work and discuss art in the Parque de España every Sunday, at no charge.

Man exposes himself to woman at park, runs off when she pulls gun

A woman in Longview, Washington pulled a gun out on a man who came up to her in a park and started to masturbate in front of her.

Man reunited with his car two years after it was lost

Munich - A German man who lost his car two years ago has finally been reunited with his missing vehicle. The car was discovered a few miles from the location where he thought he had parked it.

Palestinian man tasered repeatedly in front of family (video)

Tel Aviv - Tel Aviv police were responding to a call about a fight occurring in a Tel Aviv water park. A man criticized the police for their handling of the situation, and got tasered five times.

Anti-gay moralizing reverend convicted of masturbating in park

New Orleans - A prominent Louisiana Christian pastor, well known for his anti-gay stand, has been convicted of obscenity after being caught masturbating at a public park, near a children's playground last year.

Woman's severed head and foot found in Mississauga park

Mississauga - Police have launched a massive ground and air search of a park in Mississauga, just outside Toronto, searching for more body parts after a woman's severed head and foot were found.

Bear attack in Japan, two women killed

Three women were attacked and two were killed by bears in a park in Japan. The bears were held captive in the park but broke free and attacked the women, who were park employees.

Save Ontario Place protest in Toronto Special

Toronto - During the lunch hour members of the OPSEU were at Nathan Phillip's Square in Toronto to protest last month's closing of Ontario Place.

Activists suggest public park be built atop old Tappan Zee Bridge

Tarrytown - As plans move forward to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge in N.Y., not only must plans be developed to build a new bridge, but also provisions made for what to do with the old.

A winter walk through a wildlife park Special

Shubenacadie - Winter provides an opportunity to view wildlife in a very different way, as a January walk through Nova Scotia's wildlife park shows.

Occupy L.A. rejects city's plea to depart encampment area

Los Angeles - Above is a livestream of the OccupyLA eviction, a standoff between the police and the protesters. With protesters refusing to leave, LAPD Chief Beck has admitted, "We certainly will not be the first ones to apply force." Only five have been arrested.

Toronto Island a wildlife haven Special

Toronto - A cluster of islands sit just a little ways from downtown Toronto. Residents and tourists alike board ferries to the Toronto Islands year round for a day of nature.

Radiation in Fukushima parks, schoolyards limits playtime

Fukushima schools limit outdoor recess time and city implements a one-hour time limit on playground use due to radiation threat to children. Soil removed from school grounds has no place to go.
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A Ludington beach
A Ludington beach
A park cafe
A park cafe
A squirrel in Ludington State Park
A squirrel in Ludington State Park
Park Springs City Park.  Bentonville  Ark.
Park Springs City Park. Bentonville, Ark.
Staying behind to watch the others hike
Staying behind to watch the others hike
At a rest stop on the way to Ludington
At a rest stop on the way to Ludington
The Upper and Middle Rouge meet
The Upper and Middle Rouge meet
The whole group (from left to right). Top row: Travis  Matt (me)  A.J.  and Big C (real name Michael...
The whole group (from left to right). Top row: Travis, Matt (me), A.J., and Big C (real name Michael). Bottom row: Grace, Andrea, Ashley, and Natalie.
Snow falls on Lake Michigan in Ludington State Park
Snow falls on Lake Michigan in Ludington State Park
Grace on a Ludington beach
Grace on a Ludington beach
Making new friends is also one of the best parts of visiting the dog park.
Making new friends is also one of the best parts of visiting the dog park.
A bird perches atop a snowy statue of Lenin in a Samara park
A bird perches atop a snowy statue of Lenin in a Samara park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
A Ludington beach
A Ludington beach
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
There are a lot of squirrels that enjoy the park as well  and many of the dogs  especially the terri...
There are a lot of squirrels that enjoy the park as well, and many of the dogs, especially the terriers, love to try and find them.
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
Big Sable Point Lighthouse
A bridge over the Rouge River
A bridge over the Rouge River
Big Sable Point Lighthouse; just a hike away from Ludington State Park
Big Sable Point Lighthouse; just a hike away from Ludington State Park
A woodpecker in Ludington State Park
A woodpecker in Ludington State Park