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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County, Calif., as the Hennessey Fire burns. Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions. The resulting ashy flavor could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Sep. 24, 2020 4:34 AM EDT

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation's most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this...

Black-owned franchise of wineries opens first Ky location

Sep. 13, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — There’s nothing like it in Elizabethtown. That’s what everyone kept telling Charlie Watkins when he began searching for places for the franchisee location of Waters Edge Wineries he signed on for last year. He wanted to open a business he could run with his...

Bars stay closed in Vegas, open in Pahrump; Reno next week

Sep. 10, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Bars, taprooms, wineries and breweries will remain closed in Las Vegas but can reopen as early as next week in the Reno-Sparks area under strict guidelines intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a state task force decided Thursday. Drinking establishments in rural Pahrump were given...

Cooper extends early cutoff for restaurant alcohol sales

Aug. 31, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor is extending an executive order that limits the hours that restaurants can serve alcohol to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he's extending his order that requires restaurants to stop serving alcoholic beverages at 11 p.m....

Bobi Wine, a singer and lawmaker whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, speaks at the National Unity Platform (NUP) head office in the Kamwokya suburb of Kampala, Uganda Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. Bobi Wine, who spoke on Monday to answer questions swirling around his age and academic record, cited

Uganda's Bobi Wine complains of threats to presidential bid

Aug. 31, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan singer and opposition politician Bobi Wine said on Monday he faces “a pattern of repression and suppression” seeking to derail his bid to challenge the country's long-time president in elections next year. A Ugandan attorney claims that Wine, whose real name is...

A plume rises over a vineyard in unincorporated Napa County as the Hennessey Fire burns on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Fire crews across the region scrambled to contain dozens of blazes sparked by lightning strikes as a statewide heat wave continues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Wildfires again threaten business in California wine country

Aug. 30, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — With an early harvest already underway, a wildfire a few miles west of John Bucher's ranch added new urgency to getting his pinot noir grapes off the vine. If flames didn't do any damage to the delicate fruit, ash and smoke certainly could. Bucher hired an extra crew, and they...

A journalist photographs damage left in the wake of Hurricane Laura, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Holly Beach, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Louisiana's 'Cajun Riviera' in shambles from Hurricane Laura

Aug. 27, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

HOLLY BEACH, La. (AP) — The laidback stretch of coast known as Louisiana's “Cajun Riviera” is nothing like its French namesake: Beachgoers are more likely to drink Bud Light than fine wine, and mobile homes and stilted houses take the place of luxury villas. Hurricane Laura laid waste to the...

Report: Southwest Gas rate hike bid included luxury expenses

Aug. 27, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The natural gas utility serving Las Vegas and southern Nevada asked state regulators to let it recover from ratepayers costs including a $4,700 wine-and-dine dinner, a luxury car charter and a Las Vegas Strip resort manicure and pedicure, a newspaper found. Southwest Gas told the Las Vegas...

Father Jerry Zhanay, of St. Norbert Catholic Church, in Roxbury, Wis., is pictured Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Zhanay has helped guide his congregation over the last four years, but the past three years have included fundraising efforts for an exterior renovation project. The sanctuary of the church is not part of the project but holds a historic 10-foot by 6-foot painting given to the church in 1849 by King Louis II of Bavaria. The painting hangs above the church altar. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

A temporary view in Roxbury as its church gets an upgrade

Aug. 17, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

TOWN OF ROXBURY, Wis. (AP) — A leaky roof has created a rare vantage point in northwestern Dane County. The view from the top of the scaffolding that surrounds the steeple of St. Norbert Catholic Church will only be around for another month or so. But the work, which includes repairing and replacing some...

Indiana couple wins award for preserving farm dating to 1821

Aug. 10, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

COMMISKEY, Ind. (AP) — A southeastern Indiana couple has won a rural preservation award for their efforts to preserve a farm founded in 1821 by a man who lived on the site for a time in a hollow tree. Betty and Gerald Manning were awarded the 2020 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation from Indiana...