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The Latest: Governor bans vaccine passports for Montana

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana. ...

The Latest: Australia has 2nd likely Astra-Zeneca clot case

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian authorities have identified a second case of a rare blot clot likely linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. ...

Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the...

The Latest: N Korea says it still has no coronavirus cases

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea continues to claim a perfect record in keeping out the coronavirus in its latest report to the World...

Restaurant owners clash with police in Rome lockdown protest

ROME (AP) — Italian restaurant owners and others angry at having their businesses shut for weeks due to a virus lockdown clashed with police...

March hiring accelerated to 916K, yet many jobs remain lost

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the...

Russian entrepreneurs adapt to virus lockdown challenges

MOSCOW (AP) — Valentina Konstantinova remembers well when Russia locked down for the coronavirus a year ago. Her 18-room boutique hotel, called Skazka, or...

Michigan restaurant owner in jail for defying virus orders

DETROIT (AP) — A western Michigan restaurant owner was arrested before dawn Friday and hauled to jail, a dramatic turn in a monthslong dispute...

The Latest: Mexico’s president knocks US over vaccines

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took a dig at the U.S. government Sunday, saying the United States has not helped...

Why the pandemic left long-term scars on global job market

Esther Montanez's housecleaning job at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston was a lifeline for her, a 31-year-old single mother with a 5-year-old son. ...

After long pandemic year, a changed New York shows renewal

NEW YORK (AP) — Pamela Puchalski still remembers how frightening it felt when the coronavirus upended life in her New York City neighborhood last...

The Latest: South Korea extends social distancing measures

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is extending its current measures on social distancing for at least another two weeks as it struggles to...

From job cuts to online commerce, virus reshaped US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, it was expected to be brief. At least that was the hope. ...

Restaurants are big beneficiaries of COVID-19 relief bill

NEW YORK (AP) — Restaurants devastated by the coronavirus outbreak are getting a lifeline from the pandemic relief package that’s awaiting President Joe Biden's...

The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations

LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. ...

Workers worry about safety, stress as states ease mask rules

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Leo Carney worries that bigger crowds and mask-less diners could endanger workers at the Biloxi, Mississippi, seafood restaurant where he...

The Latest: Ontario wants vaccine shot in adults by June 20

TORONTO — The head of the vaccine program for Canada’s most populous province expects to get every adult in Ontario a first vaccine shot...

What a difference a year makes: California poised to reopen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — This April should look very different than the last for California’s nearly 40 million residents, with a new plan from...

California court upholds now-lapsed LA County dining ban

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has sided with Los Angeles County public health officials who halted outdoor dining during a November...

Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to no longer require...

Britons rush to book holidays amid plans to end lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Stir-crazy Britons rushed to book overseas vacations after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled plans to slowly ease a national lockdown, boosting...

Pandemic restaurant closures produce glut of used equipment

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) — The pandemic’s heavy toll on the restaurant industry can be seen in Jose Bonilla Jr.’s cavernous warehouse, which is...

Delivery-only restaurant brands see pandemic-fueled growth

Do you know which restaurant cooked the meal you just had delivered? Increasingly, it can be hard to tell. ...

Business owners ponder whether to require COVID-19 shots

NEW YORK (AP) — As more coronavirus vaccine doses become available in the weeks and months ahead, many business owners face a difficult decision:...

Sign of inequality: US salaries recover even as jobs haven’t

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stark sign of the economic inequality that has marked the pandemic recession and recovery, Americans as a whole are...

Virus dims Carnival joy and commerce on a New Orleans street

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — During last year's Carnival season, tourists at the Elysian Fields Inn gathered over breakfast to talk about parades from the...

Robber takes chicken and waffles from California restaurant

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man who was refused service at a Southern California restaurant because he was not wearing a mask came back...

Businesses face hard decisions on whether, when to hire

NEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. economy undergoes an uneven recovery from the virus pandemic, many small business owners face a tough decision...

Hungarian restaurant workers protest lockdown restrictions

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Police dispersed protesters at a Sunday demonstration in Hungary's capital where workers in the country's struggling hospitality sector demanded civil...

McDonald’s US sales strong in Q4, but COVID drags elsewhere

McDonald's is back on track in the U.S. and other key markets but still seeing a sales drag from coronavirus restrictions in other parts...

States lift restrictions gradually amid fears of new variant

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — States are loosening their coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of improved infection and hospitalization numbers but are...

California reverses stay-at-home order as conditions improve

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Business owners hailed Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to lift stay-at-home orders across California in response to improving coronavirus conditions, but...

Polish president backs lockdown despite business frustration

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president on Monday expressed understanding for the “despair” of people who are opening their businesses in defiance of the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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