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Cool temps push NH restaurants to rethink outdoor dining

Sep. 21, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — With the arrival of cooler weather, New Hampshire restaurateurs are worried that outdoor dining will soon come to an end, necessitating changes to indoor dining guidelines to help restaurants survive until spring. Matt Louis, chef and owner of The Franklin, Moxy, Street and...

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, a customer gets a spray of hand sanitizer upon entering the Micro Center computer department store in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Texas has begun allowing 75% capacity for retail and restaurant businesses in most of the state except a few counties on the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texas begins relaxing some COVID-19 restrictions

Sep. 21, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Monday began relaxing some coronavirus restrictions, including allowing restaurants to let more people inside. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the changes last week. Bars though still remain closed indefinitely and a mask mandate is still in place following a massive summer spread...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman wears a mask as she walks on campus at San Diego State University in San Diego. A coronavirus outbreak of more than 700 cases reported at San Diego State University has put all of San Diego County, with more than 3 million people, at risk of having to close indoor dining and shopping, many for a third time under California guidelines. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Campus outbreak threatens San Diego's economic recovery

Sep. 21, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The start of the semester at San Diego State University was, as always, a time for students to make and renew friendships on and off its urban campus and enjoy the beach and the city's unmatched August weather. The coronavirus meant far fewer people returned to campus this year but the...

Shoppers wear masks on Oxford Street in London, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. Britain's top medical advisers have painted a grim picture of exponential growth in illness and death if nothing is done to control the second wave of coronavirus infections, laying the groundwork for the government to announce new restrictions later this week. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Closing time: UK pubs must shut early as COVID cases surge

Sep. 21, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British pubs will have to close early and people who fail to obey quarantine rules will face stiff fines under new lockdown restrictions to curb a surging wave of new coronavirus infections. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce the new measures Tuesday, a day after the U.K.'s...

Chicago steakhouse to close after nearly 50 years

Sep. 21, 2020 9:32 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago restaurant that has been serving steaks for nearly 50 years will close at the end of the year. Lawry's The Prime Rib is the victim of the coronavirus pandemic, an expiring lease and other issues, said Ryan Wilson, chief executive of Lawry's Inc. “We’ve done...

Restaurant owners turn to food trucks during the pandemic

Sep. 21, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Many in the restaurant industry are now turning to food trucks to help their business survive, and Wake Technical Community College is seeing a higher demand for classes that prepare students to take that leap. Amrit Narula said he learned his lesson the hard way after opening his Mr....

An employee adds drops of water-soluble CBD, or cannabidiol, an essential component of medical marijuana, into a coffee glass at the Found Cafe in Hong Kong on Sept. 13, 2020. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, in Hong Kong may be illegal, but the new Found Cafe is offering a range of food and drinks that contain parts of the cannabis plant without breaking any local laws. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Hong Kong’s first CBD cafe opens its doors to customers

Sep. 20, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Cannabis may be illegal in Hong Kong, but a new cafe is offering a range of food and drinks that contain parts of the cannabis plant without breaking any local laws. The cafe, named Found, is the city's first to offer a range of coffees, biscuits, beer and fruit juices that contain...

Group of Black women farmers target agricultural disparities

Sep. 20, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Bonita Clemons arrived at her farm group’s plot bearing gifts. Four members were already there, picking weeds out of the rows of squash and other produce or repairing leaky drip lines. “Good morning ladies,” Clemons, the group’s founder, greeted them. She...

Texas reports 3,978 new coronavirus cases, 123 more deaths

Sep. 18, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 3,978 new cases were reported Friday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, as well as 123 new COVID-19 deaths, according to Texas health officials. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also continued to fall with 3,172 beds filled Friday, 74 fewer than the day before. The trend...

Hogan increases indoor restaurant capacity to 75%

Sep. 18, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is raising indoor dining capacity from 50% to 75% early next week. Hogan made the announcement Friday to mark the start of Maryland’s first-ever Restaurant Week. The higher capacity for indoor dining in restaurants will be effective Monday at 5 p.m. ...