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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 to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing...

 

El Paso County to put in place curfew to help stop virus

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The top elected official for El Paso County, Texas, plans to put in place a new curfew to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, which is overrunning the border area's hospitals and funeral homes. County Judge Ricardo...

 

US jobless claims rise to 778,000 as pandemic worsens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. The Labor De...

 

Analysis: Biden prioritizes experience with Cabinet picks

NEW YORK (AP) — Competence is making a comeback. President-elect Joe Biden has prized staying power over star power when making his first wave of Cabinet picks and choices for White House staff, with a premium placed on government experience and pr...

 

Retailers brace as virus bears down on consumers and economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — LaTonya Story is every retailer's worst fear. With the viral pandemic re-surging through the country and the economy under threat, Story has decided to slash her holiday shopping budget. She'll spend less than $2,000 this season,...

 

Forest Service allows Christmas tree cutting with permit

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermonters who want to cut down their own Christmas trees can do so in the Green Mountain National Forest with a $5 permit. Permits will be available to buy online with a $2.50 service fee or in-person at a Green Mountain...

 

Walmart Lights Up the Sky with All-New Holiday Drone Light Show

BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 23, 2020-- This year's holiday season feels like it needs more than the standard set of lights. Instead, think drones. To help families end the year looking up, Walmart is gifting the "Walmart Holiday Drone...

 

Biden wants Congress to pass emergency COVID aid this year

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is calling on Congress to enact billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before the year's end, according to a senior aide who warned Friday that "there's no more room for delay." Biden...

 

Mnuchin denies trying to hinder incoming administration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied that he is attempting to limit the choices President-elect Joe Biden will have to promote an economic recovery by ending several emergency loan programs being run by the Federal Reserve....

 

Wall Street slips amid worries about worsening pandemic

Stocks ended an up-and-down week on a down note on Wall Street Friday, taking 0.7% off the S&P 500. The benchmark index logged its first weekly loss so far this month. Worries about the worsening pandemic and the restrictions it's bringing are outwei...

 

Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as virus surges

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking for toilet paper? Good luck. A surge of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. is sending people back to stores to stockpile again, leaving shelves bare and forcing retailers to put limits on purchases. Walmart said Tuesday it's...

 

States plead for more federal help as virus outbreak worsens

With more shutdowns looming and a vaccine months away from wide distribution, governors across the U.S. are pleading for more help from Washington ahead of what is shaping up to be a bleak winter. Renewed restrictions on indoor businesses,...

 

Michigan suburb builds heated areas for businesses in winter

NORTHVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb has partnered with a business owner to build heated stands and pods to help restaurants and shops get through the winter amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Northville Downtown Development Authority and...

 

Value of West Texas oil lands plunging amid virus pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) — The value of oil fields in West Texas have plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the demand for crude to go down. Eli Huffman, a land broker and attorney at Houston-based Lone Star Production Co., said he has...

 

Home Depot reunites with HD Supply in deal valued at $8B

Home Depot is reuniting with former subsidiary HD Supply, buying the company in a deal valued at about $8 billion. The acquisition will give Home Depot a stronger hand in the contractor and professional side of its business, which is booming during...

 

Top CEOs met to plan response to Trump's election denial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a few of America's CEOs have made public statements about President Donald Trump's refusal to accept his election loss, but in private, many are alarmed and talking about what collective action would be necessary if they see...

 

U.S. bankruptcy court approves sale of J.C. Penney

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney is on course to emerge from bankruptcy by Thanksgiving, after a U.S. bankruptcy court approved the sale of the ailing 118-year-old retailer to its two largest landlords and its primary lenders. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court...

 

Electric Boat secures $9.5 billion submarine contract

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and Rhode Island officials are celebrating a new submarine contract for General Dynamics Electric Boat as a major economic win for the region's economy. The $9.47 billion contract with the U.S. Navy, which was...

 

Craft beer brewers in Arizona prove resilient in pandemic

PHOENIX (AP) — Craft beer is billion-dollar business in Arizona. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit about eight months ago and bars and restaurants closed, the brewers of one craft beer in Tempe said they lost half their business — selling beer...

 

Stocks rally worldwide with hopes for a return to "normal"

NEW YORK (AP) — Brimming hopes that people will again return to office buildings, shopping centers and normal life sent markets rallying worldwide on Monday, following encouraging data about a potential coronavirus vaccine. The S&P 500 rose 41.06,...

 

Unemployment drops to 6.9% and US adds a solid 638,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market showed a burst of strength in October, with employers adding 638,000 jobs and the unemployment rate tumbling to 6.9%. Still, the pace of hiring isn't enough to rapidly soak up the millions of Americans who...

 

Shell to close Louisiana oil refinery that employs hundreds

CONVENT, La. (AP) — Shell announced Thursday that it is closing one of its refineries between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, after failed attempts to sell the facility. The refinery in Convent can process 240,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It empl...

 

Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to get overtime pay

SEATTLE (AP) — A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state's dairy workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, a decision expected to apply to the rest of the agriculture industry. For the past 60...

 

High demand, high prices for forest products amid pandemic

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — As the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect every industry differently, sawlog prices in Montana are reaching record levels, said F.H. Stoltze Land and Resource Manager Paul McKenzie. "The...

 

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. Inspire Brands Inc. said Friday that it is acquiring Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. for $11.3 billion, including the Dunkin' Brands' debt that...

 

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