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Winter storm to bring blizzard conditions to US East Coast

Jan. 28, 2022 13:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Residents and officials across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. were bracing for a powerful winter storm expected to produce blizzard conditions Friday and Saturday. Heavy snow and strong winds were forecasted to begin in parts of the Carolinas and...

California judge delays enforcement of part of new bacon law

Jan. 25, 2022 20:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge decided this week to delay enforcement of part of a new farm animal welfare law that critics said would cause price hikes and supply shortages for bacon and other fresh pork products in the state. The law that went into effect Jan. 1 stemmed...

Rising inflation tightens squeeze on consumers

Jan. 20, 2022 10:26 AM EST

Retail sales took an unexpected dip in December in what could be a signal that persistently rising inflation is prompting a pullback in consumer spending. Consumers paid more for everything from groceries to cars in 2021 as companies passed along the costs of pricier raw materials...

Denver area grocery store workers go on strike

Jan. 12, 2022 13:25 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Grocery store workers in the Denver area went on strike Wednesday after their union rejected the latest contract offer from a chain of stores owned by Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery store chain. Members of the United Food and Commercial...

US shoppers find some groceries scarce due to virus, weather

Jan. 11, 2022 23:36 PM EST

Benjamin Whitely headed to a Safeway supermarket in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to grab some items for dinner. But he was disappointed to find the vegetable bins barren and a sparse selection of turkey, chicken and milk. “Seems like I missed out on everything,” Whitely, 67, said....

Stay home or work sick? Omicron poses a conundrum

Jan. 09, 2022 14:08 PM EST

As the raging omicron variant of COVID-19 infects workers across the nation, millions of those whose jobs don't provide paid sick days are having to choose between their health and their paycheck. While many companies instituted more robust sick leave policies at the beginning of...

Publix grocery chain starts offering paid parental leave

Dec. 30, 2021 13:51 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Publix grocery store chain will start offering paid parental leave to employees who are new parents, company officials announced Wednesday. Eligible full-time and part-time workers will be able to take off the time during the first year of the birth or...

Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers

Dec. 24, 2021 07:35 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Staff absences for COVID-19 tripled this month in London’s hospitals, and nearly 10% of the city’s firefighters called out sick. In New York, about 2,700 police officers were absent earlier this week — twice the number who are ill on an average day. And on Cape...

Consumer group slams delay in San Francisco recycling effort

Dec. 20, 2021 21:58 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent advocacy group has labeled San Francisco “the poster child” of California’s troubled bottle and can recycling program, saying not a single grocery store in the city is required to refund nickel-or-dime deposits. The group, Consumer Watchdog,...

Hydroponic greenhouse in Goochland could be game changer

Dec. 18, 2021 09:11 AM EST

RICHMOND Va. (AP) — Millions of leafy green plants now growing in a greenhouse in Goochland County have their roots in an idea that was planted almost five years ago. The co-founders of Greenswell Growers, which is producing edible greens at a large indoor farm facility in the West...