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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...

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...

Water crisis continues in Mississippi, weeks after cold snap

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s largest city is still struggling with water problems more than two weeks after winter storms and freezing weather ravaged...

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...

Dutch bar owners, sex workers protest against virus lockdown

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — In a scene reminiscent of carefree cafe life before coronavirus lockdown, Peter Bender reached across one of the outdoor tables...

NYC steakhouse stunt: A wax Don Draper hanging at the bar

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a promotion that could be straight out of the “Mad Men” Don Draper playbook. ...

NYT editor Bill Hamilton joining publisher Celadon Books

NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington editor for The New York Times is joining Celadon Books as executive editor. Bill Hamilton will begin his...

The Latest: Governor extends Oregon’s state of emergency

SALEM, Ore. - Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday extended Oregon’s declaration of a state of emergency until May 2 as confirmed COVID-19 cases...

McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald’s, Yum deals

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Plant-based food company Beyond Meat will be partnering with several major fast-food chains in the coming years to expand...

States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Not waiting for more federal help, states have been approving their own coronavirus aid packages, spending hundreds of millions of...

5 California counties advance to fewer virus restrictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After months with little change, five of California's 58 counties advanced to having fewer business restrictions on Tuesday and San...

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...

Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

LONDON (AP) — Children in England will return to class and people will be able to meet a friend outside for coffee in two...

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. ...

Black franchise owner sues McDonald’s, cites persistent bias

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Black owner of 14 McDonald's franchises says the company has shown more favorable treatment to white owners and denied him...

As the virus crisis drags on, hard-hit French youth struggle

PARIS (AP) — On a recent evening, Leïla Ideddaim waited to receive a bag of food, along with hundreds of other French young people...

A bleak Valentine’s Day, lovers find hope in roses, vaccines

The notecards poking from bouquets rushing out of a Chicago florist all carry similar messages: “looking forward to celebrating in person.” ...

The Latest: Australia’s 2nd largest city to begin lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city will begin its third lockdown due to a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster centered on hotel quarantine. ...

Hard-hit restaurants feed COVID doctors, nurses to survive

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It was the week after Christmas and coronavirus case numbers and hospitalizations were soaring in Portland, Oregon. ...

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...

Lockdowns weigh on German beer sales, hurt small brewers

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Bars have been closed for more than three months, Carnival celebrations are canceled, and it's not clear when things will...

DoorDash buys robot food prep company Chowbotics

DoorDash is buying automated food prep company Chowbotics to expand its fresh meal offerings. ...

Super party on for fans in Tampa, even if it’s more low-key

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Craig Cathers is decked out like a guy who's ready — totally fired up — for his team to play...

Small pleasures as Italy reopens after Christmas lockdowns

ROME (AP) — Much of Italy gingerly reopened Monday from pre-Christmas coronavirus closures, with the Vatican Museums welcoming a trickle of visitors to the...

Hungarian cafe mulls civil disobedience to avoid bankruptcy

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The owners of a family-run cafe in a leafy district of Hungary's capital had planned to engage in a bold...

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...

The Latest: Vaccinated congressman tests positive for virus

BOSTON — A Massachusetts congressman who has received both doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has tested positive for the virus. ...

Czech brewer Budvar hits record as people drink more at home

PRAGUE (AP) — Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over use of the “Budweiser”...

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...

California lifts virus stay-at-home order and curfew

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, a surprising move hailed...

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...

Michelin France stars awarded in virtual ceremony

PARIS (AP) — France's Michelin Guide, which has long served as a bible for foodies, is adapting its awards ceremony in Paris for the...

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,...

As pandemic worsens, most US states resist restrictions

PHOENIX (AP) — As the U.S. goes through the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts...

The Latest: Oaklawn Park to allow limited attendance

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

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...

Zimbabwe returns to restrictions amid rise in virus cases

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In response to rising COVID-19 numbers, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a night curfew, banned public gatherings, and indefinitely suspended the opening...

Asia Today: Bangkok shuts schools, entertainment venues

BEIJING (AP) — Thailand's capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment areas as coronavirus cases continue to spread. ...

Mallard to go? Dig of Pompeii fast-food place reveals tastes

ROME (AP) — A fast-food eatery at Pompeii has been excavated, helping to reveal dishes that were popular for the citizens of the ancient...

No cafes, no tourists: Virus empties streets of old Athens

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It’s been a while since visitors to Greece sought out souvenirs in Athens’ oldest neighborhood. ...

Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks —...

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...

‘Do as I say’: Anger as some politicians ignore virus rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Denver's mayor flies to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with his family — after urging others to stay home. He later...

Racism targets Asian food, business during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spread throughout the U.S., bigotry toward Asian Americans was not far behind, fueled by the news that COVID-19 first appeared in...

The Latest: Texas virus death toll rises above 25,000

HOUSTON — Texas on Saturday surpassed 25,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the second-highest total in the country. ...

California town says no to tough virus rules, then yes

The little California town of Solvang would normally be jammed with tourists now, strolling a main street bedecked with 100 brightly decorated Christmas trees...

California appeals court blocks judge’s order allowing San Diego County restaurants to offer on-site...

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California appeals court blocks judge's order allowing San Diego County restaurants to offer on-site dining.

Shut down by corona, Berlin restaurant opens for homeless

BERLIN (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t made life on the streets of Berlin any easier for Kaspars Breidaks. ...

Judge’s order allows all San Diego County restaurants to resume offering on-site dining with...

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Judge’s order allows all San Diego County restaurants to resume offering on-site dining with virus safety protocols.

‘If not one thing, it’s another’: Storm rolls into Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A major snowstorm rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday at a key moment in the coronavirus pandemic, days after the...

The Latest: CT bans semitrailers on some roads for 12 hours

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest developments on the winter storm moving across the Northeast (all times local): ...

‘Protect me,’ says nurse getting California COVID-19 vaccine

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As coronavirus surges out of control across California with an average of more than 31,000 cases reported a day, Gov....

San Francisco’s iconic Cliff House restaurant to close

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's iconic Cliff House restaurant that has served tourists and locals for more than a century from atop a...

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...

Europe gets new blast of stimulus to counter virus surge

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank unleashed another half-trillion euro ($600 billion) wave of stimulus as a winter surge in COVID-19 infections...

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...

Dutch government pledges new support to virus-hit businesses

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government on Wednesday beefed up its financial support by 3.7 billion euros ($4.5 billion) for businesses slammed...

5 lawmakers dine outside at restaurant despite virus surge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Five California legislative assembly members dined together outdoors Monday despite surging coronavirus case levels that have triggered stay at home...

Asia Today: Hong Kong to tighten measures amid virus surge

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says social distancing measures will be tightened as cases of the coronavirus continue to surge,...

As infections rise, European Central Bank prepares stimulus

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is expected to unleash another blast of stimulus on Thursday to help businesses bridge the gap...

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...

Most Californians face new virus lockdowns amid ICU surge

Many Californians are preparing for a new stay-at-home order that seeks to curb soaring coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. ...

Gala ignites political dispute over COVID-19 restrictions

A New Jersey restaurant that hosted a political gala put on by a New York Republican club was ordered temporarily closed Friday over potential...

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...

Politicians eat own words after dining out, taking trips

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Their messaging has been clear: wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, and most importantly: stay home! ...

Gloria Estefan reveals she caught COVID-19, is now recovered

MIAMI (AP) — Singer and businesswoman Gloria Estefan said on Wednesday that she spent much of November in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19,...

UK leader touts local virus rules but pubs are in distress

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers voted Tuesday to approve new coronavirus restrictions in England to take effect within hours, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson...

Issa Rae urges participation in Small Business Saturday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With many small businesses struggling to hold on during the coronavirus pandemic, Issa Rae believes now is the time to...

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...

Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic?

Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic? ...

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...

Man leaves $3K tip for a beer as restaurant closes for virus

CLEVELAND (AP) — A customer left a $3,000 tip for a single beer as a restaurant voluntarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Nevada facing double-bind of rising cases, limping economy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve...

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: 6-day lockdown ordered in South Australia state

SYDNEY — The Australian state of South Australia will begin a six-day lockdown at midnight Wednesday, with schools, universities, bars and cafes closed. ...

As virus cases spiral, Los Angeles readies plan for curfew

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County imposed new restrictions on businesses Tuesday and is readying plans for a mandatory curfew for all but...

Some resist California’s new coronavirus restrictions

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Rick Patrick wears a mask and thinks those who don’t are “asinine.” He rarely leaves his home. He disapproves...

Dutch virus restrictions to be eased amid falling infections

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte eased his country's coronavirus measures Tuesday amid falling infection rates, allowing public venues including...

Warriors GM Myers faces draft challenges like no other year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bob Myers hears the chatter about everything riding on Golden State's draft pick at No. 2 overall. ...

Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the U.S. are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is...

Merkel, German governors to eye results of partial lockdown

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will assess the effects of a nearly two-week-long partial lockdown with state governors in a video conference...

2 states announce new virus restrictions as US cases hit 11M

Michigan and Washington on Sunday joined several other states in announcing renewed efforts to combat the coronavirus as more than 11 million cases...

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...

North Dakota governor changes tack and issues mask mandate

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of resisting ordering the people of North Dakota to wear masks and limit the size of gatherings, the...

Mexico City closes bars, limits eateries as virus cases rise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City announced Friday it will order bars closed for two weeks after the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19...

California governor went to party, violated own virus rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For months, Gov. Gavin Newsom has pleaded with Californians to resist the temptation to socialize with friends and relatives outside...

As virus cases rise, more of California shuts down

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More areas of California must impose restrictions on businesses to try to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus that has...

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...

Retail therapy, last pints: England readies for new lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Last-minute shoppers in England came out in force Wednesday and thirsty drinkers enjoyed their final freshly poured pints in a pub...

Germany launches 4-week partial shutdown to curb virus

BERLIN (AP) — A four-week partial shutdown has started in Germany, with restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas and other leisure facilities closing down until the...

Asia Today: Australia reports no new local cases

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months. ...

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