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Wildfires force businesses to prepare for disruption

Nov. 14, 2019 12:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The wildfires that are rampant this time of year in California force small business owners to be prepared in the same way as owners in other parts of the country who deal with tornadoes and other natural disasters. It means being prepared for disruption. Dry air and strong winds spread...

California businesses at risk amid fires, power outages

Nov. 14, 2019 12:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The California wildfires are taking a toll on small businesses, including those that are miles away and safe from the flames. Smoke, ash and power outages force companies to shut down or cost them business even if owners and employees aren’t forced to evacuate. The power outages...

Atlanta Falcons owner to donate $6.8M for international aid

Nov. 14, 2019 12:18 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is making his first major drive into international philanthropy. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is expected to announce Thursday that it’s donating $6.8 million to the aid group CARE. The money will fund efforts to avert humanitarian...

Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F--- PG&E,”...

NJ considers setting up nation’s second public bank

Nov. 13, 2019 2:37 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey would become the second state with a publicly run bank — after North Dakota and its century-old institution — under the aims of an executive order Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed on Wednesday. Murphy, a wealthy former executive at Goldman Sachs who’s...

Widow sues boat owner in fire off California that killed 34

Nov. 11, 2019 7:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The widow of a passenger who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in the waters off California sued the vessel's owners Monday. Christine Dignam, whose husband, Justin Dignam, died when the Conception caught fire Sept. 2 off the Santa Barbara coast, claimed that the...

Veterans can get business help from govt, private sector

Nov. 11, 2019 2:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For many people who leave military service, the next logical step is becoming an entrepreneur. There are federal, state and private sector resources for veterans to help them learn about operating a business, and, when their companies are up and running, get financing help, mentoring and...

Lawmaker: Richland County may have to repay $40M in taxes

Nov. 10, 2019 10:16 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker who has seen a state audit says Richland County may have to repay $40 million collected in a penny sales tax for road improvements. Rep. Kirkman Finlay said a constituent showed him the document. Both the county and the state have refused to release it...

More than $1M in US loans aid Granite City flood recovery

Nov. 9, 2019 9:12 AM EST

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Officials in Granite City say more than $1 million in relief has been distributed to homeowners and businesses hit by August's freak flood event. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the city has handed out the money in low-interest, long-term loans from the U.S. Small...

Harris zeroes in on health care before powerful Nevada union

Nov. 8, 2019 11:53 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Presidential candidate Kamala Harris zeroed in on the Democratic Party's debate over health insurance Friday as she made her pitch to one of Nevada's most powerful political forces, the casino workers' union. Leaders and members of the Culinary Union and its parent organization, Unite...