New Orleans Pelicans travel to take on the Timberwolves | National news from the Associated Press

New Orleans Pelicans (0-2, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (1-0, fifth in the Western Conference)

Minneapolis; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT

LINE: Timberwolves -6.5; over/under is 227.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Timberwolves host the New Orleans Pelicans.

Minnesota went 15-27 in Western Conference games and 13-23 at home during the 2020-21 season. The Timberwolves averaged 8.8 steals, 5.5 blocks and 13.7 turnovers per game last season.

New Orleans went 31-41 overall and 18-24 in Western Conference play during the 2020-21 season. The Pelicans averaged 26.0 assists per game on 42.5 made field goals last season.

INJURIES: Timberwolves: None listed.

Pelicans: Josh Hart: out (quad), Zion Williamson: out (foot).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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California travel blogger among 2 killed in Mexico’s Tulum | National news from the Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A San Jose, California woman born in India was one of two foreign tourists killed in the apparent crossfire of a drug-gang shootout in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Tulum. Authorities said one of the dead women was Anjali Ryot. An Instagram account under the same name showed a post of Ryot lounging and smiling on a seaside pier in Tulum two days ago. It listed her as a travel blogger from Himachal, India, living in California.  A linked Facebook page said she lived in San Jose. A German woman who was killed has been identified as Jennifer Henzold. 

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ESPN Tips Off its 20th NBA Season with Full Court Press for “Premiere Week”

  • Lisa Salters Rejoins Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson as Sideline Reporter for NBA Finals, Marquee Games throughout Season Including Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks October 20
  • NBA Today Hosted by Malika Andrews Launches, New NBA Countdown Team Debuts, Hoop Streams with Cassidy Hubbarth Returns
  • Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hubie Brown Begins 50th NBA Season
  • Senior NBA Analyst Jay Williams to Appear Across ESPN Platforms

ESPN’s 20th season of NBA coverage begins the week of October 18 with a full-court press for a jam-packed “premiere week” as the league’s 75th Anniversary Season gets underway. ESPN will provide wall-to-wall, cross-platform coverage all week long surrounding its live game telecasts on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 22. For ESPN’s 2021-22 NBA game schedule, visit ESPN Press Room. ESPN’s season-opening game schedule and commentator assignments are below:

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform(s)
Wed, Oct 20 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns Mark Jones, Richard Jefferson ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Oct 22 7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Cassidy Hubbarth ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs.

Los Angeles Lakers

Ryan Ruocco, Doris Burke ESPN, ESPN App

*ESPN’s season-opening game coverage is presented by State Farm as part of AT&T 5G Opening Week.

ESPN game commentators
Mike Breen, the voice of the NBA Finals and Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner, and analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson return to call ESPN’s first NBA game of the season on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. ET as the Boston Celtics visit the New York Knicks. The trio have set records both collectively and individually as the most prolific voices of the NBA Finals and will be together for the top games during the regular season and NBA Playoffs. ESPN recently re-signed Jeff Van Gundy with a new, multi-year agreement and has all three commentators signed long-term. Lisa Salters will rejoin the trio as ESPN’s lead sideline reporter for its coverage of the NBA Finals, Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs, NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Oculus from Facebook series and NBA Christmas Day presented by State Farm games.

Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hubie Brown will begin his 50th season in the NBA between coaching and broadcasting. The legendary Brown returns for his 17th consecutive season as an ESPN NBA game analyst. Another Hall-of-Famer, Doris Burke, who is a Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner, returns to ESPN for game coverage throughout the season. Van Gundy, Jackson, Brown and Burke lead ESPN’s deep roster of game analysts, which will also include Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter this season. In addition to Breen, Mark Jones, Dave Pasch and Ryan Ruocco, who return as ESPN’s core play-by-play broadcasters, Brian Custer and Beth Mowins will call the action for select games. ESPN sideline reporters include Salters, Cassidy Hubbarth, Malika Andrews, Jorge Sedano, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Katie George. ESPN NBA game commentators will appear on site, health and safety permitting.

Jay Williams adds multi-platform NBA role
Jay Williams will add to his multi-platform ESPN role, beginning with “premiere week.” The former Duke standout will serve as senior NBA analyst and appear regularly across ESPN studio programming, including Get Up, First Take and SportsCenter. Williams will continue his role on ESPN Radio’s national morning show with Keyshawn Johnson and Max Kellerman.

New NBA Countdown team debuts
ESPN recently announced its new NBA Countdown team, featuring high-profile analysts Stephen A. Smith, Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose, and host Mike Greenberg. The quartet will also be joined frequently by Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The team will make its debut live from Madison Square Garden ahead of the Celtics vs. Knicks game on Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m. during ESPN’s first night of regular season coverage. There will also be on-site updates within the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter leading into NBA Countdown. The show will generally emanate from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York, N.Y. with select shows coming from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center.

The team of Kendrick Perkins, Richard Jefferson, Chiney Ogwumike and Michael Eaves will handle responsibilities for the Wednesday editions of NBA Countdown in February once ESPN’s NBA on ABC package is underway. NBA Countdown on ESPN is presented by Mountain Dew. For more information on ESPN’s new NBA Countdown approach, visit ESPN Press Room.

NBA Today Launches
As recently announced, ESPN’s new, weekday afternoon studio show NBA Today will debut during “premiere week.” NBA Today is hosted by Malika Andrews and will emanate from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. Live. The show makes its debut on Monday, October 18, on ESPN2 and will make its ESPN debut on Tuesday, October 19, in conjunction with the first day of the NBA regular season. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is scheduled to join the NBA Today team on Tuesday, October 19 for an interview to tip off the league’s 75th Anniversary Season. Zach LaVine is slated for Wednesday and Damian Lillard is scheduled for Thursday. Also on Wednesday, October 20, NBA Today will reveal 25 members of the NBA 75 list of all-time greatest players.

NBA Today airs live from 3-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and will travel to the site of marquee live events during the season and postseason. Analysts Richard Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike and Vince Carter and reporters Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne will round out the cast of NBA Today. For more on NBA Today, visit ESPN Press Room.

Hoop Streams is back
Hoop Streams, ESPN’s digital NBA pre-game show, will return for its third season. Hoop Streams precedes marquee NBA games on ESPN and ABC throughout the regular season and postseason. Hoop Streams, hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth, will make its season debut during “premiere week” leading into ESPN’s first night of NBA game coverage on Wednesday, October 18, starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. The show is available on the ESPN App, and ESPN’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube platforms. Hoop Streams previews the game action and provides expert commentary from analysts and reporters on the most compelling stories in the league.

ESPN senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski leads a versatile team of reporters providing breaking news coverage across ESPN platforms. Wojnarowski will regularly appear on NBA Today, NBA Countdown, SportsCenter and other platforms contributing news and context. ESPN senior writer Ramona Shelburne and The Undefeated’s Marc Spears will also regularly contribute to ESPN’s studio programming during “premiere week.”
On Monday, Oct. 18, Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will spotlight the five most intriguing players to watch this season. Then, will outline the season outlook for all 30 teams in its opening night Power Ranking, projecting the highs and lows for contenders and lottery-bound teams alike.

Later in the week, Senior NBA Writer Brian Windhorst examines four title aspirants seemingly stuck in suspended animation – the Sixers, Nets, Clippers and Nuggets – and how they are navigating ambition with reality. In addition, as LeBron James embarks on season 19, charts all of the milestones within reach for the multi-time champion and MVP.

The NBA on ESPN Brand Marketing team’s goal for the 2021-22 NBA season is to implement a custom music strategy to story tell key moments, further embed culture into ESPN’s NBA platform and get fans excited for weekly matchups. The team partnered with music label EMPIRE, to remix ‘Say Go’ by rapper D ‘Smoke for the opening week topical and is also scheduled to release a custom song and social hype video with rapper Money Man.


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International tourists press US for November date


  • White House officials remain mum on a date or even when a date will be announced to broadly reopen U.S. borders to vaccinated international visitors.
  • Austria’s ambassador to the United States, Martin Weiss, told a traveler who reached out via Twitter on Friday that the target date is Nov. 1.
  • If the date isn’t Nov. 1 or soon after, travelers who already purchased tickets for those dates will be scrambling to rebook flights and change other travel plans, a costly prospect.

“Early November.” That’s as specific as the White House was last week when it announced plans to broadly reopen U.S. borders to vaccinated international visitors. It’s been a week since then and no date has been specified.

With November only a month and a few days away, travelers in Europe, the United Kingdom and other places the travel ban covers, are desperately seeking a specific dateso they can make or adjust travel plans and time off from work.

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Travelers are pleading for information on Twitter, regularly singling out government officials in the United States and abroad. 

“Give us a date,” a woman from Cologne, Germany, said in a Monday tweet calling out President Joe Biden, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and the White House. 

White House officials remain mum on a date or even when a date will be announced, and airline and tourism officials say they have no details.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only it expects to have an order requiring airlines to collect passenger information for COVID-19 contact tracing – a key part of the government’s border reopening plan – by mid-October, spokesperson Scott Pauley said.

Government agencies give you the ’round robin’

San Francisco photographer Elena Graham, whose partner lives in Norway, is frustrated that she can’t get any answers. 

“Everyone passes you to another department,” she said. “The CDC says it’s the State Department. The State Department says its Health and Human Services. They say it’s Homeland Security. It’s like round-robin.”

Graham and her partner, who has not been to the United States since 2019, started shopping for an airline ticket from Norway to San Francisco after the Sept. 20 announcement of the border reopening.

They were initially hesitant to book but decided to buy a ticket for Nov. 9 when they watched prices spike. 

“We felt some urgency to book something,” she said.

They paid $1,000 for a one-way ticket with more flexibility and have had their fingers crossed since. Graham’s partner already took time off in November and sublet his apartment. They originally planned to get him to the United States via another country after quarantining therefor two weeks, a so-called third country trip.

“It’s just hard to even get your hopes up or believe that you’ll be together when there’s nothing definitive,” Graham said. 

►’Without our loved ones, we are lost’: Travelers relieved at US plans to reopen borders

The couple already had travel plans dashed this year. Graham was able to visit Norway last year when the country reopened travel to partners and was planning to return this year since the U.S. borders were still closed to her partner. But Norway tightened entry restrictions in January, laying out a detailed plan for when they would lift again.

“They would put out a target date. It would get to that date (and nothing changed.) It went that way for the entire year,” she said. “It feels a bit traumatic and very hard to feel any sort of trust in something so vague.”

When will the US travel ban lift? Online speculation centers on Nov. 1

Travelers trying to reunite have become online sleuths, looking for any sign of a reopening date. Late last week, a blogger tracking the UK-US reopening for travelers shared a screenshot of a direct message conversation with United Airlines that said the U.S. plan to “lift geographic travel ban restrictions” beginning Nov. 1. 

United spokesperson Nicole Carriere said there is no update to the timing beyond the government’s announcement of early November.

However, Austria’s ambassador to the United States, Martin Weiss, told a traveler who reached out via Twitter on Friday that the target date is Nov. 1.  

Travel analyst Henry Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research, said the longer the government goes without setting a date, the harder it will be for travelers and airlines.

“There’s literally no time to waste,” he said. “There will be chaos and confusion the longer they wait.”

If the date isn’t Nov. 1, for example, some travelers who purchased tickets in the first week of November will be scrambling to rebook flights and change other travel plans, a costly prospect. And airlines will be inundated with calls.

“It’s really disappointing to me about how poorly this has been managed and communicated,” Harteveldt said. “I appreciate that there are a lot of details that have to be factored into the process, but we should know by now what date in November international visitors will be permitted to travel to the United States.”

When the US travel ban is lifted what will the entry requirements be?

  • Whatever the November date, travelers will need to show proof of full vaccination prior to boarding U.S.-bound planes. 
  • A COVID-19 test will also continue to be required within three days of departure and proof of negative results must be shown. 
  • Enhanced contact tracing and masking will also be required, but there will be no quarantine mandate.
  • Airlines will ask to see proof of vaccination before boarding. The U.S. will likely accept vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
  • American citizens won’t have to show proof of vaccination to board international flights home to the United States but will still be required to show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken no more than three days before departure.
  • Unvaccinated Americans will be required to take a COVID-19 test one day before departure – instead of the three-day requirement today – and provide proof they have a second test to take after arrival.

US entry requirements: US to drop travel ban for vaccinated international travelers starting in early November

► Unvaccinated Americans face new hurdles: What travelers need to know about US border reopening

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Long Beach Poly gets top seed in Division 1 for girls basketball playoffs, Lynwood in Open Division – Press Telegram

Long Beach Poly High on Sunday received the No. 1 seed for the CIF-SS Division 1 girls basketball playoffs and Lynwood received the No. 6 seed in the Open Division.

They are among 15 area teams that will be competing in the postseason.

Except for the Open Division and Division 5AA, all first-round games involving local teams are Thursday.

All games are slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

The Jackrabbits, champions of the Moore League, received a first-round bye. On Saturday they will host the winner of Thursday’s first-round game between Peninsula and Brentwood in the second round.

Lynwood (15-1) is in Pool B in the Open Division and will open Saturday at No. 3 Harvard-Westlake.

Long Beach Poly was in the Open Division bracket a season ago. The division takes the top eight teams ranked in Division 1 at the end of the regular season and the Jackrabbits were No. 8 before winning their final two games this past week.

Lynwood, which was No. 9 in Division 1 ahead of the final week of play, upset No. 3 Etiwanda 67-50 on Saturday. That might have been the biggest reason Long Beach Poly ended up out of the Open Division.

Jackrabbits coach coach Carl Buggs did not fret during a Sunday afternoon conversation. He talked about not being able to play some scheduled nonleague games against top teams, one (Windward) of which made the Open Division, after having to go into a brief COVID-19 quarantine following its lopsided May 1 loss to Mater Dei, which in the days following reported it had a positive test within its program.

“We’re not an Open Division team, not this year,” Buggs said. “We missed way too much. The quarantine after the Mater Dei game hurt us because we couldn’t do anything for like eight days.

“St. Anthony, Rosary, Troy, Windward — we had to cancel all those games with them. We didn’t even get a chance to play them, didn’t really get a good feel of what we were. So, no, I didn’t see us as an Open team.”

The Jackrabbits (11-2) played two teams that are in the Open Division — Mater Dei and Orangewood Academy — and lost to both by respective scores of 77-24 and 60-54.

Also in Division 1, St. Anthony will play a first-round game Thursday at Rolling Hills Prep, Long Beach Wilson will be at Esperanza and Millikan will travel to Aliso Niguel.

Wilson is the defending 3A champion and its reward for winning the title was being moved up all the way up to Division 1.

Nine teams received first-round byes in 2A and Mayfair was one of them. The Monsoons on Saturday will host top-seeded Sonora, which also has a bye, in the second round.

Downey will play at Mark Keppel in a 2AA first-round game. In 3A, Valley Christian will be at Bell Gardens, Los Alamitos will travel to Montclair and Whitney will host Ayala.

Cerritos has a 3AA first-round game at Portola and Paramount will be at Chino. Paramount a season ago played for the 4A title and lost to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Norwalk will hit the road to play Shalhevet in 4AA and Centennial will be at top-seeded Garden Grove Santiago.

Avalon will host Yeshiva on Saturday in a 5AA first-round game.




Lynwood at Harvard-Westlake




St. Anthony at Rolling Hills Prep

Long Beach Wilson at Esperanza

Millikan at Aliso Niguel


Downey at Mark Keppel


Cerritos at Portola

Paramount at Chino


Valley Christian at Bell Gardens

Los Alamitos at Montclair

Ayala at Whitney


Centennial at Garden Grove Santiago

Norwalk at Shalhevet


Avalon at Yeshiva




Peninsula or Brentwood at Long Beach Poly


Sonora at Mayfair

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U.S. News Reveals the 2021-22 Best Vacations Rankings | Press Room

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen an influx of travelers looking to escape to the slow pace of nature, researching destinations like well-known national parks, scenic beaches and small mountain towns. The trend continues this year, especially as tourists continue to adhere to CDC travel guidelines and seek vacation spots with space to spread out,” said Christine Smith, senior travel editor at U.S. News. “The U.S. News Best Vacations lists highlight a wide variety of destinations both close to home and abroad, helping tourists find the best spot to match their interests and wallet.”

New Zealand’s South Island, with its breathtaking mountain views, wide range of extreme sports and stunning golden beaches, takes the top spot on the World’s Best Places to Visit. Paris, known for top tourist attractions, legendary cuisine and unique charm, comes in at No. 2. Bora Bora at No. 3, Maui, Hawaii, at No. 4 and Tahiti at No. 5 round out the top five destinations. As more countries reopen to Americans and domestic locales are ready to welcome visitors, the rankings can guide consumers toward planning their next much-anticipated vacation.

Once again, the calming appeal of forests, canyons and mountain ranges lands national parks at the top of the Best Places to Visit in the USA list. Grand Canyon National Park tops the ranking, followed by Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Maui, Hawaii, and Glacier National Park. The unmatched views at each destination provide a quiet escape from the chaos of the home office. The new list of the Best Mountain Towns to Visit in the USA also offers the best of both worlds to travelers looking to hike or bike while still enjoying the comforts of small-town life. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, leads that list, followed by Bar Harbor, Maine, and Telluride, Colorado, rounding out the top three.

For those who wish to stay close to home or just want a quick escape, the lists of the Best Weekend Getaways in the South and the Best Weekend Getaways in the Midwest offer spots known for their welcoming locals and ample activities, including Asheville, North Carolina, and Chicago. Adventurers with a bit more time on their hands can explore a spot on the Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA. Bar Harbor, Maine, leads this list, boasting lots of East Coast charm, superb whale watching opportunities and easy access to Acadia National Park.

U.S. News analyzed more than 1,100 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions, as provided by user votes, with expert and editor analysis. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a comprehensive evaluation of each destination.

2021-22 U.S. News & World Report Best Vacations Rankings

See the full rankings here.

  1. South Island, New Zealand
  2. Paris
  3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  4. Maui, Hawaii
  5. Tahiti, French Polynesia

  1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  2. Yosemite National Park, California
  3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  4. Maui, Hawaii
  5. Glacier National Park, Montana

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Boston
  3. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Williamsburg, Virginia

  1. Bar Harbor, Maine
  2. Telluride, Colorado
  3. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  4. Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
  5. Sedona, Arizona

  1. Tulum
  2. Playa del Carmen
  3. Cancun
  4. Cozumel
  5. Guanajuato

  1. St. Lucia
  2. British Virgin Islands
  3. Turks and Caicos Islands
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands
  5. St. Vincent and The Grenadines

Share your destination’s ranking or post about your vacation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging @USNewsTravel and using #BestVacations.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. News Intent Intelligence Offers First Party Audience Data Platform | Press Room

Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and data-driven journalism, today announced the launch of U.S. News Intent Intelligence – the company’s first-party data platform. The new platform harnesses the behavior of the over 450 million decision-driven consumers coming to the site each year for expert consumer advice, data-based rankings and in-depth analysis.

“Data powers everything we do at U.S. News – from our flagship college and hospital rankings to how we optimize user experience,” said Alex Kalaf, vice president of marketing and advertising. “With the large-scale audience coming to our site each year to make a decision, we have access to billions of high-quality data points including trending travel destinations, grad schools, investing products or car models. As third-party cookies continue to deprecate, we know this kind of unique and high quality first-party data is extremely valuable to marketers.”

U.S. News produces content under seven specific areas of expertise: Health, Education, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews. Each vertical attracts consumers intent on making the best decisions, such as determining which college is the right fit, a diet, comparing credit cards, booking a cruise, buying a car or purchasing different consumer products. U.S. News Intent Intelligence analyzes each visitor’s on site behavior, allowing marketers to go beyond just contextual targeting to reach audiences qualified by high-intent engagement signals. Working with the data management platform Permutive, has allowed U.S. News to better segment and scale its first-party data.

“This year, we’re taking an audience first approach with our clients, consulting on ways they can drive back-end results by leveraging U.S. News Intent Intelligence. We are focused on the efficiencies and solutions that work for them. Our strategy targets people – not pages – on our site,” said Kalaf. “While this strategy helps marketers, it also benefits our site users since it allows us to show them advertisements that are relevant to their interests and the decisions they are making.”

U.S. News Intent Intelligence brings together sources of user data from across the organization. The site-wide visitor information provides insights to inform product strategy, editorial and user experience and shapes solutions to help partners grow their businesses. Leveraging the platform’s first-party audience data has allowed marketers to see an uplift in engagement of up to two times by activating valuable segments such as Managing Your Finances, Looking for a Doctor, Planning a Caribbean Vacation, Going to Business School or In-Market for a Vehicle.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Gov. Noem to hold press conference to recognize National Travel & Tourism Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is holding two news conferences on opposite ends of the state to recognize National Tourism Week on Monday.

State Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen will join Gov. Noem.

The first conference was held at Mount Rushmore Monday morning. Gov. Noem addressed a new initiative between the state department of labor and the tourism department to help fill open jobs.

The governor will hold her second news conference at 3 p.m. CT in Sioux Falls at the Falls Overlook Cafe.

KELOLAND News will be livestreaming the event. You can find the livestream in this story closer to 3 p.m.

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STATE: Health officials advise to ‘Fight the Bite’ – The Stanly News & Press

As the weather continues to warm up, state health officials urge North Carolinians to “Fight the Bite” by taking measures to reduce their risk of tick- and mosquito-borne infections. Preliminary data generated by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health indicate that in 2020, there were 957 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of tick-borne diseases in North Carolina and 46 cases of domestically acquired and travel-associated mosquito-borne diseases.

“Ticks and mosquitoes are common in our state and can carry bacteria and viruses that can cause serious infections,” said Alexis M. Barbarin, Ph.D., state public health entomologist. “While COVID-19 is still at the forefront of our minds, residents of North Carolina who experience a fever-like illness this summer should also consider recent tick exposure and the possibility of tick- or mosquito-borne illnesses. The best way to prevent illnesses associated with ticks and mosquitoes is to take protective measures, like using DEET and other insect repellents and avoiding wooded, grassy or brushy areas.”

Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis (SFR), Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis — bacterial illnesses that can cause fever, headache and other flu-like symptoms — are all conditions that can be acquired by tick bites in North Carolina, with most cases reported in June through September.

More than 60 percent of mosquito-borne infections reported in the state in 2020 were acquired during travel outside the continental United States. The most commonly reported mosquito-borne illnesses that can be acquired in North Carolina are La Crosse, West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis.

To reduce exposure to tick bites:

• Avoid tick habitats, such as wooded, grassy or brushy areas.

• Use tick repellent that contains DEET (or other EPA approved repellents) on exposed skin and wear permethrin-treated clothing. Use caution when applying to children.

• Reduce tick habitats with selective landscaping techniques.

• A tick can be removed by grasping it with fine-tipped tweezers as close as possible to the skin and applying a steady, gentle pull until it releases.

To reduce exposure to mosquito bites:

• Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET (or equivalent) when outside. Use caution when applying to children.

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors and use air conditioning when possible.

• “Tip and Toss” to reduce mosquito breeding by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week.

• Travelers should take special care to prevent mosquito bites when traveling. Information on the prevention of malaria while traveling can be found at

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