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Cafeteria workers hand out free drive-thru breakfasts to children at Aspen Community Magnet School, where classrooms are closed to avoid transmission of the new coronavirus, in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday, March 16, 2020. State health officials on Monday issued orders that harden social-distancing recommendations to restrict restaurant service to 50% of seating capacity with a 6 foot (1.83 meters) buffer between tables and no service at bar fronts, and also closed off public access to state government buildings including museums as state workers make the transition to working remotely from home. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico in line for small business loan help amid virus

Mar. 17, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has qualified for a federal disaster loan assistance program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency, state officials said Tuesday. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the Small Business Administration's loan program is one of...

Original Salvador Dali artwork found at Outer Banks shop

Mar. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — An original Salvador Dali wood engraving hangs on the wall of Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head after being discovered among the donated items of an Outer Banks thrift shop. A Portsmouth couple, who bought it for $1,200, expect to pick it up next week. “It is rare that a work...

The Latest: South Korea sees fewest virus cases since Feb 21

Mar. 14, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

The Latest on the world's coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 150,000 people and killed more than 5,700. The disease for most people causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness. A man in his 70s has become the first person in Oregon to die from the new...

Auxiliary group works to support local communities

Mar. 10, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

WINSTED, Conn. (AP) — Around 1900, a group of women started an auxiliary group to support the Litchfield County Hospital, located on Spencer Street. Members organized themselves and started up a thrift shop, collecting unwanted items, cleaning them up and reselling them. Later, when the medical...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 photo, Dona Dutcher's office offers a glimpse into the Legacy Center planned for downtown Janesville, at Blackhawk Community Credit Union in Milton, Wis. The museum-like space in the renovated First National Bank building will tell the stories of Rock County's auto industry, which, from 1919 to 2009, centered around General Motors Assembly. Dutcher is in the process of collecting and cataloging items like a pair of overalls, at left. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Collecting and remembering the automotive past in Janesville

Feb. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MILTON, Wis. (AP) — Dona Dutcher’s office at Blackhawk Community Credit Union is a small glimpse into bold plans to remember the history of auto-making in Rock County. She has piles of photographs, hubcaps and a mannequin wearing a pair of coveralls with employee number 40-19-10414. There are bricks...

In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 photo, Vara Pikor poses for a picture in front of a

Retailers try clothing rental, but will it be a good fit?

Feb. 10, 2020 8:39 AM EST

Renting clothes could be the future of fashion — or it could just be a fad. But traditional retailers can no longer afford to wait on the sidelines to find out. That's why a growing number are now offering customers the option to rent clothes for a monthly fee instead of buying them. Bloomingdale's, Banana...

Lakeland man’s got monopoly on Monopoly

Feb. 8, 2020 3:00 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Doug Barriger has a monopoly on Monopoly. Or at least one of the strongest claims in Polk County. Barriger, 29, general manager of Brewlands Bar & Billiards North in Lakeland, has a collection of more than 80 Monopoly games that he’s gathered since his stepfather gave him...