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Bicycle industry still booming a year into the pandemic

Apr. 17, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bicycles continue to spin out of stores in record numbers. Last March, people began purchasing bicycles at the beginning of the pandemic. A year later, the industry continues to see an increase in sales — to the point where...

Restaurants desperate for workers offer $400 signing bonuses

Apr. 17, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Want to work at a restaurant during a pandemic? If the answer’s “no,” would $400 cash change your mind? South Florida restaurants are so desperate to fill critical jobs they are taking a page from the playbook of Silicon Valley...

Funeral to praise Philip's 'courage' and support for queen

Apr. 17, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Prince Philip will be remembered as a man of “courage, fortitude and faith” on Saturday, at a funeral that salutes both his service in the Royal Navy and his support for Queen Elizabeth II over three quarters of a century. Philip, who died...

Rays dominate Yankees 8-2 in matchup of AL East strugglers

Apr. 17, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Frazier was batting in the eighth inning when some Yankees fans erupted, throwing about a half dozen balls on the field and causing the game to be stopped for 2 minutes, 15 seconds. By the end of Friday night, New York manager Aaron Boone let loose...

Bob Corkum abruptly steps down as US women's hockey coach

Apr. 17, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

Assistant coach Joel Johnson is taking over the United States women’s national hockey team after Bob Corkum abruptly stepped down less than three weeks before the world championships open in Canada. USA Hockey’s director of women’s national team programs Katie...

A year into COVID, Smithfield workers still have questions

Apr. 17, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sandra Silbert wasn’t taking any chances. She asked for a mask in March 2020 at the Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls. When she didn’t get one, she made them herself out of an extra set of curtains at home. ...

Wisconsin hikers turn to state parks during COVID pandemic

Apr. 17, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Halora Kidder loves to travel — she works in the travel industry, in fact — but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many life changes followed. Recreation opportunities vanished. Work in the travel industry “just plummeted,” she said, so Kidder...

Northern Indiana Amish see hurdles getting COVID-19 vaccines

Apr. 17, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The local Amish population faces barriers to getting vaccinated for COVID-19 that other groups do not, as Hoosiers generally need to make vaccination appointments online or by phone and clinics are located in towns and cities. About 26,000 Amish...

Once again, volcanic Caribbean island looks to recovery

Apr. 17, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of nervous fish sellers got very close to La Soufrière, the volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, on the morning of May 7, 1902. “The top of the mountain was covered in mist, and the foremost of them followed the path up to the...

Taylor Swift sends note to Georgia nurse on COVID frontlines

Apr. 17, 2021 00:36 AM EDT

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — A Dublin flight nurse had one of her wildest dreams come true this week when Taylor Swift sent her a handwritten note and a box of clothes and other merchandise after reading about her journey in The Telegraph. Britta Thomason, a Middle Georgia...