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Paradise community gathers on anniversary of Camp Fire

Nov. 8, 2019 8:16 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — One year after Paradise burned, hundreds of people gathered in the parking lot of a former bank building in the Northern California town to pause for 85 seconds — one for each person who died. The Rev. Richard Yale moved quietly through the crowd, wearing a blue vest with the...

Deal for Nordic units of Thomas Cook could save 2,300 jobs

Oct. 30, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian hotel and property developer and two equity funds have bought the Nordic subsidiaries of the failed Thomas Cook travel agency, potentially saving some 2,300 jobs. Petter Stordalen and Scandinavian fund Altor have each acquired 40% of Ving group while London-based TDR...

Rising home prices, falling sales hurting small businesses

Oct. 28, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small companies tied to the housing market are seeing a slowdown in business, one that's forecast to continue well into 2020. Reports on home sales, the home remodeling market and sales of furniture and home furnishings show the spreading fallout from rising prices for houses and...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 23, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Eugene Register-Guard, Oct. 23, on a proposed national forest permit and fee system: Anyone who enjoys hiking or camping in Oregon's national forests should take a minute to comment on a proposed permit and fee system that will make it harder to spontaneously...

Fire burning for 2nd day disrupts center of New Zealand city

Oct. 23, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A fire burning for a second day at a convention center under construction in New Zealand's largest city was causing more disruption Wednesday and casting doubt on whether the building would be ready to host a meeting of world leaders in 2021. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern...

Fire at New Zealand construction site sends smoke over city

Oct. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A large fire that broke out Tuesday on the roof of a convention center that's under construction in downtown Auckland sent plumes of thick black smoke over New Zealand's largest city. The St. John ambulance service said it took one person to Auckland City Hospital in a...

The Latest: Mayor expects ruined hotel will be demolished

Oct. 20, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on demolition of cranes in New Orleans (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The mayor of New Orleans mayor says she expects a partially collapsed hotel in her city will ultimately be demolished. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said at a news conference Sunday that officials successfully...

Exhibit on Jefferson's architecture weaves in slavery's role

Oct. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As an architect, Thomas Jefferson envisioned buildings for a new republic — not old-world kings. The domes and columns in his designs recalled ancient Greece and Rome to symbolize liberty and democracy. And yet enslaved Americans were involved in the actual construction. They...

Controlled blasts to bring down cranes at collapse site

Oct. 17, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially collapsed hotel project are to be demolished Friday with a series of controlled explosions in hopes of dropping them straight down without damaging nearby businesses and historic buildings around the site at the edge...

US single family-home construction ticks up, apartments fall

Oct. 17, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building fell last month after reaching a 12-year high in August, driven by a sharp decline in the construction of new apartments. Yet single-family home construction ticked higher for a fourth month. The Commerce Department said Thursday that overall housing starts dropped 9.4%...