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This product image shows citrus items in a gift box from HappyBoxStore.com. It's filled with grapefruit gummy bears, orange blossom honey, a tangerine clove cocktail mixer, a lemon hydrating sheet face mask and more. (Happy Box via AP)

Give the gift of citrus this holiday season for pop of cheer

Oct. 19, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When life gives you lemons, get gifty. Dayna Isom Johnson, the trend expert at Etsy.com, sees a turn toward “cheerful citrus” this holiday season. “It's an escape from traditional themes for the holidays,” she said. “It's really allowing you to add a pop...

This photo provided by Adam M. Rammel shows The Syndicate on Aug. 20, 2020 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ohio’s restrictions forced Adam Rammel to at least temporarily abandon plans for a catering and event space designed for parties and that opened last month, in time for the holidays. Rather than have the space sit unused, Rammel turned it into The Syndicate, a restaurant located next door to his 5-year-old brewpub, Brewfontaine. (Susie Jarvis/Adam M. Rammel via AP)

Amid COVID, many businesses in precarious spot as 2020 ends

Oct. 11, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The final three months of the year, usually a boom time for many small businesses thanks to holiday shopping and celebrations, looks precarious as the coronavirus maintains its grip on the economy. Owners contending with government restrictions or crumbling demand are trying to hold on,...

This photo provided by Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery shows Chris Fletcher, the new master distiller at Jack Daniel's.  The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman Corp., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.  Fletcher spent six years as assistant master distiller and assumes the top role following Jeff Arnett's departure after 12 years of leading the powerhouse brand.   (Ed Rode/Brown-Forman Corporation/Lack Daniel Distillery via AP)

New Jack Daniel's master distiller keeps up family tradition

Oct. 7, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

In a business where family tradition tends to matter, Chris Fletcher stepped up Wednesday to follow in his grandfather's footsteps to lead production of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey brand. The Tennessee distillery introduced Fletcher as master distiller for the flagship brand of Kentucky-based Brown-Forman...

Alexandra Ichim, a 20-year-old Romanian, works during a grape harvest in Rocca de Giorgi, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Though from a Romanian region famed for its wine, Ichim had never worked in vineyards before traveling to Italy's Lombardy region for the September grape harvest, known in Italian as the vendemmia — the pay is too low in Romania and the working conditions too harsh, she says. Instead, the 20-year-old came on a 12-hour bus ride and returned by plane to her native Arad region when the harvest was done. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Harvest workers among COVID world's last regular travelers

Oct. 2, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

ROCCA DE' GIORGI, Italy (AP) — Her hands were hardly visible, so quickly did they press the clippers before dropping grape clusters into red plastic bins. Some distance behind her, in the next row over, Italian students subbing in due to a pandemic-fueled worker shortage tried vainly to catch up. Though...

California Governor Gavin Newsom waves as he leaves the burned portion of Foothills Elementary School following a press conference near St. Helena, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.  (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat via AP, Pool)

Winds intensifying as firefighters battle fire in California

Oct. 2, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Winds grew stronger Thursday in California's wine country, threatening to escalate a massive wildfire that has burned for days and destroyed hundreds of buildings. More fire crews and equipment were deployed in and around Calistoga, a town of 5,000 people known for hot springs, mud...

A vineyard stands in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. More than 500 Pisco producers have seen their sales collapse by half and thousands of grape growers have had their fields ruined because of the late harvests, because of the strict lockdown implemented to stop COVID-19. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Pandemic takes toll on business of pisco producers in Peru

Oct. 1, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ICA, Peru (AP) — In the house where for decades she has bottled pisco, the grape brandy of South America's Pacific coast, Rosa Grados has thousands of stored liters that she has not sold because of the coronavirus pandemic. “You wait a year to get to the moment of distillation and when you are at...

Kevin Conant and his wife, Nikki, hug after looking at the debris of their burnt home and business

California wildfire evacuees return home to find devastation

Oct. 1, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Nikki and Kevin Conant returned to their home in Northern California wine country Wednesday to find only the charred remains of their home and burned pieces of the wine barrels they used to repurpose into custom-made art and furniture. “It was like a part of me is gone,...

An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

Sep. 30, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in Northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. Officials said wind-whipped flames led two firefighters to deploy the emergency fire shelters they carry. The firefighters were assigned to the Glass fire burning in...

Private firefighter Bradcus Schrandt, right, holds an injured kitten while Joe Catterson assists, at the Zogg Fire near Ono, Calif., on Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

Dying winds give crews hope in Northern California fires

Sep. 29, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Easing winds gave California firefighters a break Tuesday as they battled a destructive wildfire that was driven by strong winds through wine country north of San Francisco and another rural blaze that killed three people. Breezes replaced the powerful gusts that sent the Glass Fire...

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets Dylan Eitto at Trophy Brewing and Pizza during a campaign visit in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Harris to voters: Don't give up as Trump rushes court pick

Sep. 29, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it's the GOP's goal to make people feel like their votes don't matter. “We will not give up, and we will not give in," the Democratic vice...