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Biltmore Estate temporarily shutters, furloughs workers

Apr. 2, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is furloughing 2,200 employees after temporarily closing its doors because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Wednesday that the 8,000-acre estate hadn't closed its doors since World War II. It first opened to the...

Houses near McKennan Park display teddy bears in their windows to create a scavenger hunt for kids home from school on Wednesday, March 25, in Sioux Falls  (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

The Latest: SD Special Olympics summer games canceled

Mar. 30, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in South Dakota (all times local): 8 p.m.. Officials say the summer games of the South Dakota Special Olympics have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The games were to be held in Vermillion. But the board of directors cites the...

College bribery scandal figure freed early over virus fear

Mar. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California winemaker who was convicted in the college admissions bribery scandal has been released early from federal prison because of concerns over the coronavirus. Agustin Huneeus Jr., 54, was freed on March 17, two weeks before the end of his five-month prison term, after U.S....

Kansas policy allows bars, restaurants to sell alcohol to go

Mar. 20, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas bars, breweries and restaurants with liquor licenses will be temporarily allowed to sell bottled beer and wine to-go during the pandemic as long as the beverages are opened before leaving the premises and sealed in a proper to-go bag. After strict restrictions due to the...

A man crosses a nearly empty street in San Francisco, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Officials in seven San Francisco Bay Area counties have issued a shelter-in-place mandate affecting about 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only for necessities for three weeks starting Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Clarification: Virus Outbreak-Shelter In Place story

Mar. 19, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story published March 17, 2020, The Associated Press quoted a man employed as a janitor at the Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco. The story should have made clear that Miguel Aguirre works for a company that contracts janitorial services. After the story ran, he was told to...

A closed sign is posted to the entrance of the Musée Mécanique penny arcade at Fisherman's Wharf Monday, March 16, 2020, in San Francisco. Officials in six San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting nearly 7 million people, including the city of San Francisco itself. The order says residents must stay inside and venture out only for necessities for three weeks starting Tuesday in a desperate attempt by officials to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

San Francisco Bay Area counties issue shelter-in-place order

Mar. 17, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in seven San Francisco Bay Area counties issued a sweeping shelter-in-place mandate Monday affecting about 7 million people, ordering residents to stay at home and go outside only for food, medicine and outings that are absolutely essential. The order says residents must stay...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters about his executive order advising that non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people should be canceled until at least the end of March, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California governor calls for closure of all bars, wineries

Mar. 16, 2020 12:59 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for all bars, wineries, nightclubs and brewpubs to close and urged seniors and people with chronic health conditions to isolate themselves at home in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants may remain open but can serve...

California governor calls for closure of all bars and wineries, home isolation of everyone 65 and older

Mar. 15, 2020 5:12 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor calls for closure of all bars and wineries, home isolation of everyone 65 and older.

Educational campaign to properly dispose nips to be launched

Mar. 8, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's wine and spirits industry has joined forces with environmentalists to reduce litter, especially mini bottles of wine and spirits known as nips. The anti-litter partnership, known as Three Tiers for Connecticut, plans to launch the retail portion of its “Don't...

Judge rules religious order can expand Illinois operations

Mar. 8, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

MARENGO, Ill. (AP) — A traditional Catholic religious order received the go-ahead to build a boarding school, nursing home, gift shop, brewery and winery in northern Illinois despite objections from some local officials and residents. U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain Johnston approved a consent decree between...