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Watch Bay St. Louis chef compete on Food Network

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Her Halloween haunted house won the first round of the Food Network’s “Halloween Baking Championship” as Renee Loranger of Bay St. Louis competes with 10 bakers from across the country for the prize of $25,000. The series, one of several Halloween-themed...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

Burl Cain, the former warden at Angola prison in Louisiana, responds to a lawmaker's question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Corrections Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The committee unanimously endorsed Cain, who faced ethics questions in Louisiana, to be the new commissioner of Mississippi's troubled prison system. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi using inmate labor to make repairs at prison

Sep. 24, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Mississippi's troubled prison system told lawmakers Thursday that the Department of Corrections intends to move some inmates out of a private prison and into a state-owned facility by mid-December. Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said the department is spending about...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014 file photo, work continues on the Iowa Premium Beef plant in Tama, Iowa. Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records released Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.  (Matthew Putney/The Courier via AP, File)

Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak

Sep. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation. The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's...

Financially hurting Hawaii candy maker offers vendors a deal

Sep. 24, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A financially hurting Hawaii candy maker known for a memorable slogan is trying to shore up its business by offering a deal to vendors as the company faces difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic's economic fallout. Hawaiian Host Inc. has asked vendors to settle invoices with the...

This image shows a recipe for chicken ramen noodle soup. More people are cooking at home these days, and when they do eat restaurant food, they’re often looking for comfort food, experts say. Other trends include simpler recipes, recipes with fewer ingredients, one-pot meals, sheet-pan meals, finger food and pantry-ingredient recipes, all up significantly year over year. (Cheyenne M. Cohen/Katie Workman via AP)

From quick shortcuts to slow cookers, how we're eating now

Sep. 24, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

In normal times, food trends often started in restaurants, with top chefs. Maybe they got written up in food magazines or blogs. After some time, you could find the trending ingredients on grocery store shelves. These days, the pandemic is determining how and what we eat, from quick shortcuts to slow cookers....

Halloween candy and decorations are displayed at a store, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Freeport, Maine. U.S. sales of In this year of the pandemic, with trick-or-treating still an uncertainty, Halloween candy were up 13% over last year in the month ending Sept. 6, according to data from market research firm IRI and the National Confectioners Association. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Americans load up on candy, trick or treat - or not

Sep. 23, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

Americans may not know if trick or treating will happen this year because of the pandemic, but they’re buying a lot of Halloween candy while they wait to find out. U.S. sales of Halloween candy were up 13% over last year in the month ending Sept. 6, according to data from market research firm IRI and the...

During a raid, federal police officers carry boxes of confiscated documents in front of an office building in Garbsen, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Since the early morning hours, the federal police have been conducting searches in five federal states in connection with the illegal smuggling of workers for the meat industry. About 800 officers are mainly on duty in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony, a spokesperson for the Central German Federal Police said. More than 40 residential and business premises are being searched, according to the federal police. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

German police raid over 60 sites linked to meat industry

Sep. 23, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police simultaneously searched more than 60 homes and businesses in five states early Wednesday in connection with the alleged illegal trafficking of migrants for use in the meat industry. Federal police said in a statement that the focus of their investigation was on two different...

Tennessee gov announces $55M in farm, forestry COVID-19 aid

Sep. 23, 2020 5:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced that farm and forestry businesses are getting $55 million in aid funded by the federal coronavirus relief package. The Republican’s office says the Coronavirus Agricultural and Forestry Business Fund aims to help ensure the stability of...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...