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Workers harvest Petit Verdot grapes in the vineyard of Casale del Giglio, in Latina, near Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  Change can come slowly to Italy’s centuries-old wine industry, but in a matter of months the global pandemic radically altered the path from vine to table, beginning with the fall harvest. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

AP PHOTOS: Italian grape harvest plows on through pandemic

Sep. 19, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

LATINA, Italy (AP) — Change can come slowly to Italy’s centuries-old wine industry, but the coronavirus pandemic has radically altered the path from vine to table in a matter of months, beginning with the fall harvest. At the Casale Del Giglio winery in the Agro Pontino area south of Rome, a group...

FILE - In the March 28, 2017, file photo, wines from the Next Chapter Winery, of New Prague, Minn., and Alexis Bailly Vineyard, of Hastings, Minn., are displayed at a news conference outside the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. A federal judge struck down a Minnesota law Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, that required wineries in the frosty state to use mostly Minnesota-grown grapes, in a ruling that could have implications for other cold-climate wine-producing states. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

Judge allows Minnesota wineries to use out-of-state grapes

Sep. 1, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Minnesota law that required wineries in the frosty state to use mostly Minnesota-grown grapes, in a ruling that could have implications for other cold-climate wine-producing states. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright ruled Monday that the state Farm...

China blocks Australian supplier's barley amid trade spats

Sep. 1, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China suspended barley imports from an Australian supplier on Tuesday amid spreading trade disputes between the two sides. Shipments from CBH Grain Pty. Ltd. were found to be contaminated by pests, the customs agency announced. Chinese authorities have told Australia “to improve its...

Dairy Farmers brand milk is displayed at a supermarket in Sydney, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Australia's government announced on Tuesday it proposed to block Kirin Holdings Co.'s 45.6 billion yen ($430 million) sale of its Australian beverage unit to a Chinese company in a development likely to increase strain on Chinese-Australian relations. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia blocks Kirin's $430M sale of business to Chinese

Aug. 25, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government announced on Tuesday it proposed to block Kirin Holdings Co.'s 45.6 billion yen ($430 million) sale of its Australian beverage unit to a Chinese company in a development likely to increase strain on Chinese-Australian relations. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez, right, celebrates with Joc Pederson, front left, after hitting a three-run home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz, back left, looks away during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Dodgers pound 7 homers, beat Rockies 11-3 to finish sweep

Aug. 23, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kiké Hernández hit a three-run drive, crossed the plate and motioned taking a 3-point jumper in a tribute to Kobe Bryant on what would have been the late NBA superstar's 42nd birthday. “It's probably one of those that I'll always remember,” Hernández said....

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accompanied by members of the armed forces, speaks to supporters outside Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador. Bukele has imposed some of the region's toughest measures against the new coronavirus and a growing number of human rights advocates at home and abroad complain the 38-year-old leader has used the emergency to seize near-dictatorial powers. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador hires, then fires, lobbyist booming under Trump

Aug. 21, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — El Salvador’s government signed a $450,000 contract to hire a well-connected Washington lobbyist — only to immediately back away from the deal — as President Nayib Bukele, a strong Trump ally, has come under criticism that his popular polices mask an authoritarian streak,...

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection firefighters initiate a fire to deprive the advancing Jones Fire of fuel, early Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, along Highway 49 near Grass Valley, Calif. (Elias Funez/The Union via AP)

California avoids power outages but fires threaten homes

Aug. 19, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an emergency Tuesday over wildfires burning throughout California amid excessive heat while the state’s power grid operator thanked customers for conserving energy in order to avoid rolling blackouts. The California Independent System Operator had...

In this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo a shopper looks over the wine at King & Godfree, one of Australia's oldest licensed grocery stores in, Melbourne, Australia. China on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, began investigating whether Australia is dumping wine in a trade dispute that further strains relations between the countries and could shut the biggest export market for Australian wine. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough, FILE)

China considers imposing tariffs on Australian wine

Aug. 18, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China on Tuesday launched an investigation into whether Australia is exporting wine at improperly low prices in a new dispute between major trading partners that could reduce access to the biggest market for Australian vintners. The anti-dumping investigation focuses on wine in...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

A waitress serves a glass of champagne at La Grande Georgette restaurant in front of the cathedral in Reims, the Champagne region, east of Paris, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Producers in France’s eastern Champagne region, headquarters of the global industry, say they’ve lost about 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in sales this year, as turnover fell by a third —  a hammering unmatched in living memory, and worse than the Great Depression. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales

Jul. 31, 2020 3:38 AM EDT

REIMS, France (AP) — Champagne is losing its fizz. For months, lockdown put the cork on weddings, dining out, parties and international travel — all key sales components for the French luxury wine marketed for decades as a sparkling must at any celebration. Producers in France's eastern Champagne...