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McDonald's era in Russia coming to a close, restaurants sold

May. 19, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

McDonald’s is selling all of its restaurants in Russia 30 years after the burger chain became a powerful symbol of easing Cold War tensions between the United States and Soviet Union. The company shuttered hundreds of locations in March after Russia invaded Ukraine, which has cost...

Retail sales rise 0.9% in April as consumers show resilience

May. 17, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose 0.9% in April, a solid increase that underscores Americans' ability to keep ramping up spending even as inflation persists at nearly a 40-year high. The increase was driven by greater sales of cars, electronics, and at restaurants, the...

De-Arching: McDonald's to sell Russia business, exit country

May. 16, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

McDonald's is closing its doors in Russia, ending an era of optimism and increasing the country's isolation over its war in Ukraine. The Chicago burger giant confirmed Monday that it is selling its 850 restaurants in Russia. McDonald's said it will seek a buyer who will employ its...

Police: Arby's manager in Washington peed in milkshake mix

May. 16, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A manager at an Arby's fast food restaurant in Washington state has been accused of urinating into a milkshake mix that might then have been served to dozens of people. Police in Vancouver, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, said they...

Court: Pandemic orders not an excuse to violate lease

May. 10, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that executive orders issued by Gov. Ned Lamont affecting restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic could not not be used by a Norwalk eatery as an excuse not to pay the rent. The court ruled against Downtown Soho LLC,...

Neon Pig: A smashing decade as butcher shop, gourmet grocery

May. 08, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The Neon Pig is flying high after 10 years. The popular butcher shop and restaurant has evolved over the years, but the one constant has been its mission to provide homemade and handmade goodness to its customers. The butcher shop breaks down...

Small businesses still struggle to find enough workers

May. 05, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses are still struggling to hire qualified workers, even as Americans return to the U.S. job market in droves. Hiring and retaining employees remains the top challenge for small businesses, according to a survey of 1,100 businesses by Goldman...

Hong Kong reopens beaches, Beijing relaxes quarantine rules

May. 05, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Hong Kong reopened beaches and pools and relaxed other pandemic restrictions Thursday, a day after China’s capital, Beijing, announced it would ease its tough quarantine rules for arrivals from overseas. The two Chinese cities are at opposite ends of COVID-19...

Tourists, rejoice! Italy, Greece relax COVID-19 restrictions

May. 01, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — For travelers heading to Europe, summer vacations just got a whole lot easier. Italy and Greece relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday before Europe's peak summer tourist season, in a sign that life was increasingly returning to normal. Greece’s...

En plein air: NYC aims to keep outdoor lifestyle post-virus

May. 01, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As COVID-19 ravaged New York City, virus-wary denizens locked out of indoor public places poured into the streets, sidewalks and parks. They dined with friends in outdoor sheds hastily erected by restaurants, and went to health classes, concerts and even therapy sessions on...