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King Arthur Baking's CEO on keeping America's oldest flour company in the mix

Jul. 08, 2024 09:11 AM EDT

As America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Baking Co. has seen a lot. It opened in 1790, when George Washington was president. But little could have prepared it for the start of the coronavirus pandemic, when demand for King Arthur's products jumped six-fold almost overnight....

Q&A: Jessica Calarco on ‘how women became America’s safety net’

Jul. 03, 2024 10:38 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Compared with its economic peers, the United States lacks social safety net programs like sick time, vacation time and health care. For decades, American women have filled the gaps, to the detriment of themselves and their families, according to sociologist Jessica Calarco. ...

US will pay vaccine maker Moderna $176 million to develop an mRNA-based pandemic flu vaccine

Jul. 02, 2024 10:31 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US will pay vaccine maker Moderna $176 million to develop an mRNA-based pandemic flu vaccine.

Marsha Ambrosius' new 'CASABLANCO' album is just what Dr. Dre ordered

Jun. 29, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Marsha Ambrosius was done with the demands required of a successful R&B star, including the wear-and-tear of touring and fickle music industry politics. She was at peace working behind the scenes and writing for other artists. But Dr. Dre had a prescription to rejuvenate her...

Karen Read, a 'convenient outsider' accused of killing her Boston police boyfriend

Jun. 28, 2024 13:55 PM EDT

CANTON, Mass. (AP) — The woman accused of ramming her luxury SUV into her boyfriend and callously leaving him on the ground before a snowstorm had dated the future Boston police officer briefly in her 20s. They reconnected during the pandemic. Her father described her as a...

Crisis in the UK’s NHS shows why Conservatives are struggling after 14 years in power

Jun. 28, 2024 09:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Nathaniel Dye believes he probably won’t live to see Britain’s next election. But the music teacher diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer is doing everything he can to make sure the Labour Party wins this one. Dismayed by delays in his diagnosis by the National...

North Carolina's restrictions on public mask-wearing are now law after some key revisions

Jun. 27, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's contentious restrictions on public mask-wearing became law on Thursday after GOP lawmakers successfully overrode a veto by the state's Democratic governor. The Senate gave its final stamp of approval in a 30-14 override vote along party lines....

Macron and African leaders push for vaccines for Africa after COVID-19 exposed inequalities

Jun. 20, 2024 12:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron joined several African leaders on Thursday to kick off a planned $1 billion project to accelerate the rollout of vaccines in Africa, after the coronavirus pandemic exposed gaping inequalities in access to them. The launch of the African...

Independent report criticizes Cuomo's 'top-down' management of New York's COVID-19 response

Jun. 14, 2024 20:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation into New York’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic found former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's “top down” approach of dictating public health policy through his office, rather than coordinating with state and local agencies, sewed confusion during the crisis. ...

NY governor's subway mask ban proposal sparks debate over right to anonymous protest

Jun. 14, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal by Gov. Kathy Hochul to ban masks on the New York subway is drawing backlash from civil liberties groups and disability advocates, reviving a long-standing debate about the right to anonymous protest that has only grown more complex since the pandemic. ...