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News crew guard dies after being shot in attempted robbery

Nov. 27, 2021 18:12 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region. “We are devastated by the loss of security...

Black Friday is back but it's not what it used to be

Nov. 26, 2021 17:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On this year's Black Friday, things almost seem normal. Malls and stores report decent-sized crowds, if not the floods of people that used to fight over the latest toys and electronics — online shopping is much too common for that now, and discounts...

Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of ban

Nov. 26, 2021 16:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday recommended an overhaul of the nation's oil and gas leasing program to limit areas available for energy development and raise costs for oil and gas companies to drill on public land and water. The long-awaited report...

Kansas state parks will offer free admission on Black Friday

Nov. 25, 2021 13:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — All 28 state parks in Kansas will be free to visit on Black Friday. The Kansas City Star reports that entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, including guests from out of town. “Being outside in nature does wonders...

Store owner to make customers lower masks for cameras

Nov. 25, 2021 10:55 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The owner of a chain of fashion consignment stores says she'll require customers to briefly lower their mask in front of a camera if they want to shop in her stores while wearing a face covering. Ann Siner, founder and CEO of My Sister's Closet, My...

Holiday season moves into high gear but challenges remain

Nov. 25, 2021 07:04 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, shoppers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items. But the big question is: How much will supply shortages, higher prices and staffing issues dampen their mood this...

Florida mall, once the ‘place to be,’ fades into oblivion

Nov. 25, 2021 03:25 AM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — As a teenager in the mid-1980s, Iris Pitnikoss worked at Ritz Camera, the film and photo equipment store in Manatee County’s DeSoto Square Mall. She sold cameras — professional devices like Nikons and Kodaks, as well as smaller models like...

The Santa experience this year is a mix of laps, distancing

Nov. 25, 2021 00:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa is back this year, but he pleads caution as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic. “Be smart. Be caring. If you have the tiniest tickle in your throat, the tiniest feeling, worry about yourself and worry about everybody else, and know Santa...

Two new members nominated for state health board

Nov. 24, 2021 16:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An obstetrician-gynecologist and a pharmacist have been nominated by Gov. Tate Reeves to join the Mississippi State Board of Health. Dr. James Patrick “Pat” Chaney and Dr. Lee Ann Griffin are both graduates of Mississippi public universities....

Boise inks deal with Amazon for airport improvements

Nov. 24, 2021 13:48 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise officials have approved a lease agreement with online retailer Amazon as part of the company’s plan to build a cargo facility at the Boise Airport. The Idaho Press reports that the Boise City Council last week unanimously approved the...