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Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

Jan. 21, 2022 07:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caused cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas. The restraint, which is...

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...

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...

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...

Report: Alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin rose 25% in 2020

Jan. 13, 2022 02:02 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Alcohol-related deaths in Wisconsin rose almost 25% in 2020, according to a report released Thursday. Data compiled by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum shows 1,077 Wisconsin residents died of alcohol-related causes in 2020, up from 865 in 2019. The data...

Molson Coors scraps Saint Archer, sells San Diego brewery

Jan. 11, 2022 17:01 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seven years after purchasing San Diego's Saint Archer Brewery, Molson Coors has discontinued the brand and sold the brewery and local taprooms to Illinois-based Kings and Convicts Brewing. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday that the move comes as the...

Fraternity at Eastern Michigan U. is sued to stop parties

Jan. 07, 2022 17:32 PM EST

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor filed a lawsuit to try to temporarily stop parties hosted by a fraternity at Eastern Michigan University, citing sexual assaults and excessive alcohol consumption. Delta Tau Delta in Ypsilanti has created a public nuisance, according to a...

Female brewers in SC fighting discrimination by making beer

Jan. 02, 2022 00:04 AM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tidal Creek Brewhouse, having long prided itself on supporting its local community and marginalized groups, is taking another step forward in fighting discrimination — but within its own industry. The Myrtle Beach brewery recently began making a new beer...

Omicron's New Year's cocktail: Sorrow, fear, hope for 2022

Jan. 01, 2022 17:51 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022. New Year's Eve, which used to be celebrated...