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Levi Gold attends a job training session at the Friendship Cafe on Las Olas Boulevard as he prepares for the cafe's debut on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Gold feels protected at Friendship Café, a new fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant and coffee shop on a mission to hire and train adults with special needs. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Friendship Café serves falafel, trains special-needs adults

Jan. 18, 2020 3:01 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — On his first day of job training at Friendship Café and Falafel in Fort Lauderdale last month, Levi Gold hopped a bus in Hallandale Beach, missed his stop on Las Olas Boulevard and wound up somewhere in Pompano Beach. He gets distracted easily, he says, and following...

West Virginia county bans indoor use of e-cigarettes, vapes

Jan. 17, 2020 1:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health board in West Virginia's largest county voted Thursday to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vapes inside public spaces, news outlets reported. The Kanawha County Board of Health unanimously passed the ordinance that will bring e-cigarettes and vapes in line with existing...

Harrah's Reno sold; plans for non-gambling mixed-use remodel

Jan. 16, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Harrah's Reno has been sold to an affiliate of a Las Vegas investment firm with plans to turn the long-time hotel-casino into a non-gambling property with apartments, office space and retail stores. Caesars Entertainment confirmed the sale of the iconic downtown hotel-casino dating to the...

Olive Garden set to open in place of Honolulu's Mai Tai Bar

Jan. 14, 2020 9:28 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A popular Honolulu bar and restaurant is set to close and be replaced by a new outlet of one of the nation's biggest restaurant chains, officials said. The Mai Tai Bar and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Ala Moana Center are scheduled to close next month, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016, file photo, a robot places a pizza into an oven at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. It has not been a good week for robots in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Silicon Valley company that used robots to make its pizzas closed this week and three coffee shops in downtown San Francisco that used robots as baristas also shuttered. Zume Pizza said it is cutting 172 jobs in Mountain View, and eliminating another 80 jobs at its facility in San Francisco. Zume Chief Executive Alex Garden made the announcement about Zume in an email to company employees on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, the Mercury News reported. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Robots out of work as automated businesses close in Bay Area

Jan. 10, 2020 4:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It has been a bad week for robots in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Silicon Valley company that used robots to make its pizzas closed this week, and three coffee shops in downtown San Francisco that used robots as baristas also shuttered. Zume Pizza said it is cutting 172 jobs in...

NY to spend $14 million to rebuild Adirondack ski lodge

Jan. 5, 2020 3:50 PM EST

WILMINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will spend $14 million to rebuild an Adirondack ski center lodge that was destroyed in a fire, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. The Mid-Station Lodge at the state-run Whiteface Mountain resort in Wilmington burned to the ground on Nov. 30. No one was hurt in the...

Chemical in food sends 4 at Colorado Qdoba to hospital

Jan. 4, 2020 2:10 PM EST

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Food contaminated with a chemical at a Colorado restaurant sent four people to a hospital. The female customers of the Qdoba Mexican Grill in Glenwood Springs were treated and released Thursday, Valley View Hospital spokeswoman Ashley Worthington said Friday. Employee error...

Rehab in works for old Nevada hotel damaged in earthquake

Jan. 3, 2020 2:55 AM EST

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — The El Rancho Hotel and Casino was the place to be in Wells, a small Elko County town six hours north of Las Vegas. Originally a hotel-casino and later a community center and banquet hall, the El Rancho served the town of 1,200 since it was built in 1949. Longtime Wells resident Paul...

Boston's No Name Restaurant closes after a century

Dec. 31, 2019 12:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A famous Boston seafood restaurant with an odd moniker has announced that it is closing after more than a century in business. The No Name on South Boston’s Fish Pier announced on its Facebook page Monday that it is closing. “We want to thank our generations of customers for...

In this Dec. 30, 2019 photo, server Danielle Franzoni holds a receipt from a customer with a $2,020 tip included at Thunder Bay River Restaurant in Alpena, Mich. The credit card receipt said

Happy 2020: Server at Michigan restaurant gets $2,020 tip

Dec. 31, 2019 12:24 PM EST

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The restaurant bill was $23. But the tip at a small-town restaurant in Michigan was much larger: $2,020. “Things like this don’t happen to people like me,” server Danielle Franzoni told The Alpena News. Franzoni, 31, got the tip while working Sunday at Thunder Bay...