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Court: Man's legal crusade against TGI Fridays can proceed

Jul. 12, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

It's not yet last call for a New Jersey man's lawsuit claiming TGI Fridays broke consumer fraud laws by not publishing drink prices. A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a lower court erred when it denied class action status to Robert Cameron's lawsuit. The suit claims Cameron was "shocked" when he dined at...

Atlanta mayor OKs smoking ban in bars, restaurants, airport

Jul. 10, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta has signed legislation banning smoking and vaping in enclosed areas such as bars, restaurants and the smoking rooms in one of the world's busiest airports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the legislation signed by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will go into...

Atlanta OKs ban on smoking inside bars, restaurant, airport

Jul. 2, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants and bars — and potentially one of the world's busiest airports. City council members approved the ban Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . It covers cigarettes, cigars and...

Outdoor smoking now banned in Sweden in certain places

Jul. 1, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An outdoor smoking ban in Sweden in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms, has taken effect. The ban, which started Monday, means smoking in outdoor sections of restaurants and entrances to designated booths for smokers is prohibited. The ban also...

Tillerson says Kushner conducted foreign policy without him

Jun. 28, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited an awkward encounter with President Donald Trump's son-in-law in a restaurant as an example of diplomacy being conducted behind his back when he was in the administration, according to a newly released transcript of a congressional hearing....

Shops in Hong Kong close doors to 'find breath of freedom'

Jun. 12, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — By the entrance of his restaurant, Kelvin Chung hung a piece of paper announcing the restaurant's intention to strike on Wednesday. "Hoping to find a breath of freedom," the sign said, adding that the shop would offer free honey green tea at lunch time to boost the city's morale. His...

Oregon Senate votes to ban single-use plastic bags

Jun. 11, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to prohibit single-use plastic shopping bags, joining a growing movement to reduce plastic pollution in oceans. The Senate voted 17-12 to keep grocery stores and restaurants from providing such bags. Stores would still be able to offer recyclable plastic...

Famed New Orleans chef who fed civil rights leaders dies

Jun. 2, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase always had problems when customers asked if she served "soul food." Well, that would depend on where your soul was, she'd say. If it was in China, she couldn't really help you. But if your soul was in New Orleans, well that was different. "If your...

Legendary Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, dies at 96

Jun. 2, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase, who created the city's first white-tablecloth restaurant for black patrons, broke the city's segregation laws by seating white and black customers and introduced countless tourists to Southern Louisiana Creole cooking, died Saturday. She...

Oregon votes to ban restaurants from offering plastic straws

May. 30, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will ban restaurants from automatically offering single-use plastic straws under a measure passed by lawmakers, making it the second state to enact restrictions on plastic straws. The House voted 48-12 late Wednesday night to prohibit restaurants from providing single-use plastic...