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Arizona panel moving to restrict disconnections by utilities

Apr. 17, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A 3-2 vote by the Arizona Corporation Commission puts the regulatory panel on course to further restrict utility shut-offs for nonpayment during extreme heat and under other conditions. heat. The commission's 3-2 vote Wednesday night capped 16 hours of...

New college tour highlights slavery's shadow

Apr. 17, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Dickinson College has long been proud of its Colonial-era history, one framed forever by its standing as the first college to be chartered west of the Susquehanna River, launched to ensure the expanding frontiers of the new American nation would have access to future...

Bicycle industry still booming a year into the pandemic

Apr. 17, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bicycles continue to spin out of stores in record numbers. Last March, people began purchasing bicycles at the beginning of the pandemic. A year later, the industry continues to see an increase in sales — to the point where...

Restaurants desperate for workers offer $400 signing bonuses

Apr. 17, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Want to work at a restaurant during a pandemic? If the answer’s “no,” would $400 cash change your mind? South Florida restaurants are so desperate to fill critical jobs they are taking a page from the playbook of Silicon Valley...

Cicadas expected to be fish ‘filet mignon’ in Pennsylvania

Apr. 17, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Anglers are expecting a fisherman’s paradise toward the end of May in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Brood X cicadas are expected to emerge after a 17-year slumber and the high-protein insects are delicious food for a variety of fish. ...

A year into COVID, Smithfield workers still have questions

Apr. 17, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sandra Silbert wasn’t taking any chances. She asked for a mask in March 2020 at the Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls. When she didn’t get one, she made them herself out of an extra set of curtains at home. ...

Waseca company's intricate phone cases a worldwide hit

Apr. 17, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — Standing out from the crowd and offering a unique product for everyday use is usually a good recipe for thriving businesses; and Jon Lucca offers a product that can’t be found anywhere else. The owner of Waseca-based Twig Case Co. produces iPhone...

Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

Apr. 17, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the...

Gaetz friend was lightning rod for controversy in Florida

Apr. 17, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It all started with a hunch by a central Florida prep school teacher about who had launched a politically motivated smear campaign against him, falsely alleging he was racist and in a sexual relationship with a high school student. Investigators say...

AP Interview: Beijing says US 'too negative' toward China

Apr. 16, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative" and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on combatting COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery. The U.S. appears to be...