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California jobless rate edges up amid 52,000 lost jobs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment rate edged up nearly 1 percentage point last month as the state shed more than 52,000 jobs led...

The Latest: Hawaii says scarcity hinders vaccination efforts

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s leaders say limited supply is the main thing constraining distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in the state. ...

Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling...

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a...

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

BORING, Ore. (AP) — A line formed out the door during the lunch rush at the Carver Hangar, a family-owned restaurant and sports bar,...

The Latest: Fla. lawyer in tobacco cases dies from COVID-19

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida attorney Fred Levin, who won a major legal battle against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, has died several days...

The Latest: Mexico sees record 16,105 new virus cases

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has posted another daily record for newly confirmed coronavirus cases, with 16,105 new infections reported Saturday, and a near-record of...

US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly drop since spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers shed jobs last month for the first time since April, cutting 140,000 positions, clear evidence that the economy is...

US services sector grows for seventh consecutive month

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, grew for the seventh consecutive month in December even as coronavirus...

Albert Roux, major influence on UK dining habits, dies at 85

LONDON (AP) — Albert Roux, the French-born chef and restaurateur who along with his late brother Michel had a profound influence on British dining...

The Latest: China’s Hebei toughens virus rules over outbreak

BEIJING — China’s Hebei province is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province, which is adjacent to...

The Latest: Japan’s prime minister weighs state of emergency

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday vaccine approval was being speeded up and border controls beefed up to curb the spread...

Some businesses thrived, many lagged during pandemic in 2020

By March 23, Apple had lost $435 billion in market value in about five weeks and many of its retail outlets were shut as...

Historic heart of Los Angeles on life support from COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nine nights culminating on Christmas Eve, the oldest street in Los Angeles typically comes alive with a festive re-enactment...

Writing off more of that 3-martini lunch is causing a stir

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stuffed into the new emergency relief package is a morsel that President Donald Trump has long had on the buffet of...

As small businesses await new US aid, it’s too late for some

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Trubnick is starting to make peace with a gut-wrenching reality: She may never reopen The Barrel Room, her beloved...

Appeals court blocks San Diego County restaurant openings

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court on Friday blocked a judge’s order allowing San Diego County restaurants to resume indoor and outdoor...

Eateries leery to reopen amid appeal of strip club ruling

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Notorious Burger owner Brian Gruber said he felt like he was giving an early Christmas gift to his employees when...

Swiss say Uber Eats must register as postal service provider

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say food delivery service Uber Eats counts as a postal service provider -- and needs to be regulated as...

California judge extends strip-club exemption from lockdown

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two San Diego strip clubs can remain open and make their own determinations about providing a safe environment for dancers...

California sets teachers, first responders for next vaccines

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Teachers, first responders, and grocery and restaurant workers were among those recommended Wednesday to get the next round of scarce...

From restaurants to retailers, virus transformed economies

NEW YORK (AP) — It would be just a temporary precaution. ...

The Latest: Taiwan sets 60% of population vaccination goal

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has set a goal to vaccinate 60% of its population with a COVID-19 vaccine, or 15 million people, a health...

Lawsuit seeks to shut down illegal Los Angeles nightclub

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles city attorney is seeking to shut down an underground nightclub that is allegedly operating despite coronavirus restrictions,...

In Paris, restaurants, bistros and bars plead for work, aid

PARIS (AP) — While French chef Michel Solignac labored over his hot stoves, his baby son Nicolas would watch him from his playpen in...

Virus rages as new rules challenge California city’s mettle

LODI, Calif. (AP) — In San Joaquin County, part of California’s vast Central Valley that produces most of the country’s fruits and vegetables, the...

Cuomo reinstates NYC indoor dining ban to limit virus spread

NEW YORK (AP) — Indoor dining at New York City restaurants will be banned again in an effort to halt the coronavirus resurgence, Gov....

New York City bars, restaurants pursue adaptation to survive

NEW YORK (AP) — Olivier Conan didn't see how it was going to work, keeping Barbès, his Brooklyn bar/performance space, open through the pandemic...

San Diego to fight ruling letting strip clubs stay open

SAN DIEGO (AP) — While California's new stay-at-home order has shut down restaurant dining, shuttered salons and kept church services outside, two strip clubs...

UK economic growth slows for sixth consecutive month

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s economic growth slowed for a sixth consecutive month in October as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hammer hotels, restaurants and...

DoorDash delivers 86% gain in stock market debut

DoorDash shares soared in its initial public offering Wednesday, capping a year of explosive growth for the food delivery company. ...

9th Circuit sympathetic to Nevada churches in COVID-19 fight

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A three-member U.S. appeals court panel appeared sympathetic Tuesday to arguments by lawyers for two Nevada churches that say state...

The Latest: Hong Kong re-imposes restaurant dining bans

HONG KONG — Hong Kong is re-imposing a ban on in-restaurant dining after 6:00 p.m. and closing gyms, beauty parlors and other businesses and...

Los Angeles restaurants win court battle over closures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County's health director acted “arbitrarily” and didn't prove the danger to the public when she banned outdoor dining...

Survey: Business economists see full recovery by end of 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy's growth is likely slowing as 2020 comes to a close, but a growing number of economists expect...

As virus slams rural California, many still pan restrictions

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Brenda Luntey is openly violating California’s order to close her restaurant to indoor dining. But she wants her customers and...

Many Californians brace for new lockdown as virus cases soar

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Many Californians were preparing Sunday for a new stay-at-home order that bars restaurant dining, shutters salons and limits retail...

Gripped by surging pandemic, US employers cut back on hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the viral pandemic accelerating across the country, America’s employers sharply scaled back their hiring last month, adding 245,000 jobs, the...

Cheesecake Factory settles with SEC over ‘false’ filings

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that The Cheesecake Factory settled charges that it misled investors on the...

Hardships mount in Kentucky as COVID-19 relief talks drag on

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paula and Anthony Hunter spun off their catering service into a restaurant serving Italian food with a “touch of soul”...

One Good Thing: Hong Kong restaurant trains the disabled

HONG KONG (AP) — Located smack in the middle of Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, Dignity Kitchen offers an array of mouthwatering Singaporean...

US service sector growth slows for 2nd straight month

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, registered its sixth consecutive month of expansion in November. ...

Pasadena bucks Los Angeles County to offer alfresco dining

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It was a rare sight after Los Angeles County restaurants were restricted to takeout to reduce the spread of the...

Turkey toughens curfew measures amid coronavirus surge

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president on Monday announced the country's most widespread lockdown so far amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, extending curfews to...

With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed,...

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could...

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections....

California faces worrying Thanksgiving as coronavirus surges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters in Silicon Valley were sent out to enforce statewide business restrictions as the state faced a Thanksgiving shadowed by...

The Latest: Tennessee won’t mandate vaccines in its schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. ...

California official: just say ‘no’ to family Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Thanksgiving two days away, California's health secretary on Tuesday urged people to say “no” to family and friends who...

Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work — again — as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments...

Macron outlines France’s baby steps out of lockdown

People in France will be able to go back to their favorite shops and attend religious services again next week after a month of...

The Latest: China reports results of mass testing

BEIJING — China has reported new coronavirus cases in the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin as it seeks to prevent small outbreaks from becoming...

Judge won’t lift San Diego County pandemic restrictions

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California judge on Monday denied a request to temporarily restore indoor service at restaurants and gyms in San Diego...

Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a...

Asia Today: South Korea capital announces new virus controls

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Authorities in the South Korean capital on Monday announced a tightening of social distancing regulations, including shutting nightclubs, limiting...

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a...

Business owners upbeat about vaccine, wary as virus spreads

NEW YORK (AP) — Promising news about a coronavirus vaccine has small business owners feeling more upbeat despite cases of the virus surging in...

The Latest: China starts mass testing 3 million in Tianjin

BEIJING — China is starting mass testing on 3 million people in a section of the northern city of Tianjin and has tested...

California pub tries to keep calm, carry on with virus rules

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — By most measures of what keeps a pub afloat, the coronavirus pandemic should already have Ye Olde King's Head...

California’s Newsom still on hot seat for dinner party

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week he made a “bad mistake" by attending a friend's birthday dinner during a...

The Latest: Iowa’s governor orders statewide mask mandate

IOWA CITY, Iowa — With Iowa hospitals filling up, Gov. Kim Reynolds has dropped her opposition to a statewide mandate for mask use to...

Experts, owners question California business shutdown policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s coronavirus cases are surging and health officials say social gatherings and people not wearing masks or keeping their distance...

Pandemic holds few lessons for European chefs, mostly misery

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Necessity is supposed to be the mother of invention. If that were the case for the high-end restaurant industry, the...

The Latest: Connecticut governor is self-quarantining

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is self-quarantining after his chief spokesperson tested positive for COVID-19. ...

Virus surge breaking infection records across the US

Texas on Wednesday became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a...

Beyond Meat shares plummet on weak 3Q, McDonald’s questions

Beyond Meat's stock plummeted Monday after company executives struggled to explain the company's weaker-than-expected third quarter sales and answer questions about whether it will...

Updated menu, celeb collaborations, pump McDonald’s sales

McDonald’s U.S. sales roared back in the third quarter with new menu items and attention-grabbing celebrity collaborations. ...

Uber’s food delivery business outshines core rides service

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber's food delivery business brought in more money during the third quarter than its signature rides business, showing just how...

The Latest: China suspends entry for residents of Britain

BEIJING — China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in...

The Latest: Italy imposing night curfew, other restrictions

ROME — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has signed off on new pandemic rules that include a nationwide overnight curfew and tighter restrictions on the...

The Latest: Sri Lanka postpones school reopening for virus

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a...

Another restaurant chain, Friendly’s, hits wall in pandemic

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (AP) — Friendly's Restaurants, the 85-year-old East Coast dining chain known for its Fribble milkshakes and ice cream sundaes, is filing for...

The Latest: Mexico mourns doctors on Day of the Dead

MEXICO CITY —- Diminutive figures skeletons in facemasks and medical caps are all too common on Mexico’s Day of the Dead altars this year. ...

UK says 4-week coronavirus lockdown may have to last longer

LONDON (AP) — A new national lockdown in England may have to last longer than the planned four weeks if coronavirus infection rates don’t...

The Latest: New Mexico governor: Stay home on Halloween

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Saturday said the spread of coronavirus is out of control in New Mexico as she...

Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings owner buying Dunkin’ Brands

NEW YORK (AP) — Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee is being combined with Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby's sandwiches. ...

McDonald’s cult classic, the McRib, is coming back

NEW YORK (AP) — McRib, the fast food sandwich that went viral before viral was a thing, is back. ...

San Francisco curbs virus but once-vibrant downtown is empty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before the pandemic, Señor Sisig food trucks were a common sight in downtown San Francisco, dishing out Filipino fusion tacos...

‘Difficult winter’: Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

BRUSSELS (AP) — The World Health Organization’s Europe director expressed deep concern on Thursday after the region again recorded the highest-ever weekly incidence of...

Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic...

Germany heads into November ‘lockdown light’ to slow virus

BERLIN (AP) — German officials agreed Wednesday to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters and other leisure facilities in an effort to curb...

Fed up: California restaurants seek booze, health fee refund

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's financially battered restaurants filed government claims Monday to recover more than $100 million in fees for liquor and health...

Dunkin’ shares hit all-time high after holding buyout talks

The Dunkin’ doughnuts and coffee chain has confirmed it's held talks to be taken private by a private equity firm, sending its shares rocketing...

Virus is pummeling Europe’s eateries — and winter is coming

HEIKRUIS, Belgium (AP) — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the...

Ireland focuses on Christmas as it enters new lockdown

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is already focused on Christmas. It's a major national priority. ...

Glamorous Miami club caught in power struggle over the virus

MIAMI (AP) — At LIV, one of the most glamorous, star-studded nightclubs in one of the world's biggest party destinations, there's a velvet-roped VIP...

The Latest: S. Korea increases hospital, nursing home tests

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 76 new cases of the coronavirus as officials begin testing tens of thousands of employees at...

New virus restrictions in Europe; Merkel warns of hard days

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to come together like they did in the spring to slow the spread of the coronavirus...

Dark déjà vu for European economy as virus cases spike

LONDON (AP) — Europe’s economy was just catching its breath from what had been the sharpest recession in modern history. A resurgence in coronavirus...

Puerto Rico to relax COVID-19 restrictions, extend curfew

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Friday announced that more people will be able to visit restaurants, gyms, theaters and...

Thousands arrive in Hawaii on first day pre-travel testing

HONOLULU (AP) — About 8,000 people landed in Hawaii on the first day of a pre-travel testing program that allowed travelers to come to...

Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — First there was taco night, then barbecue sandwiches, followed by meats by the pound — all splashy marketing events...

Tourists return to Hawaii amid ever-changing pandemic rules

HONOLULU (AP) — Angela Margos was among the first passengers in San Francisco to get on a plane headed for Hawaii, where travelers who...

The Latest: S. Korea reports 97 new coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has confirmed 97 new cases of the coronavirus, a modest uptick from the daily levels reported last week,...

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends

NEW YORK (AP) — The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and...

The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a...

Bar or restaurant? The big issue in pandemic-struck Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — New coronavirus restrictions put a spotlight on two Belgian classics this week: Beer and surrealism. ...

Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — For the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season, people in Louisiana are once more fleeing the state's barrier...

Scotland shuts Glasgow, Edinburgh bars as virus cases surge

LONDON (AP) — The Scottish government ordered pubs in Scotland's two biggest cities to close and restricted food and drink business in the rest...

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