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Ontario to lift lockdown on dining rooms and gyms

Jan. 20, 2022 12:48 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s largest province is ending a lockdown of restaurant dining rooms, gyms and cinemas at the end of the month. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Thursday they will be allowed to reopen Jan. 31 with 50% capacity. The province locked down again on...

US, UK begin talks on lifting Trump's steel tariffs

Jan. 19, 2022 17:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to begin talks on removing former President Donald Trump's import taxes on British steel and aluminum. In a joint statement Wednesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine...

Study: Bourbon elevates status as economic powerhouse

Jan. 19, 2022 14:55 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky bourbon has elevated its status as an economic powerhouse, with distillers pumping nearly $9 billion into the state's economy each year, a new study showed Wednesday. Distillers employ more than 22,500 people with $1.23 billion in annual payroll in...

Dutch cultural sector protests pandemic lockdown measures

Jan. 19, 2022 08:14 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam's Concertgebouw orchestra played second fiddle Wednesday to a pair of hairdressers. Vincent van Gogh's self-portraits were briefly upstaged by a nail salon and barber as civil disobedience to protest the Dutch coronavirus lockdown spread Wednesday to the cultural...

Japan widens virus curbs, including in Tokyo, as cases surge

Jan. 19, 2022 06:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan will face new COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as omicron cases hit a record high in the capital. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the areas will be placed...

Learning to cook with plant-based 'meats'

Jan. 18, 2022 15:08 PM EST

It's that time of year when many people resolve to eat less meat. The “whys” are varied: sustainability and worry for the planet, health considerations, ethical concerns over the treatment of animals. One increasingly popular option is “plant-based meat,” which can be found...

Recipe: Crispy chicken tingles with Sichuan pepper

Jan. 18, 2022 07:51 AM EST

In restaurants across Chengdu, China, there is a singular dish the evokes a tingling response — crispy stir-fried chicken on a plate piled high with thin red chilis. It’s called la zi ji, and as intimidating as it looks, it’s not nearly as spicy as its appearance intimates....

Florida restaurant owner fighting for his life after COVID

Jan. 17, 2022 03:12 AM EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Everyone thought it odd when Nino Pernetti called the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2020, to say he was skipping the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at his landmark Coral Gables restaurant of more than 30 years, Caffe Abbracci. He injured his ankle while playing...

Memphis restaurant owner to compete on Jay Leno’s game show

Jan. 17, 2022 00:09 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Alcenia’s restaurant owner BJ Chester-Tamayo is appearing on TV again, but this time it’s not for her famous Southern cooking. Chester-Tamayo is competing on Jay Leno’s comedy game show “You Bet Your Life.” The show featuring this Memphis...

For 'ice wine' vintners, frigid temps are reason to rejoice

Jan. 16, 2022 14:46 PM EST

OVID, N.Y. (AP) — While the vast majority of New Yorkers are hunkering down to ride out frigid temperatures and snow blasts from the latest winter storm, others are seizing on the opportunity to ... pick grapes? One Finger Lakes-area winemaker jokingly calls it “insanity,” but...