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US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession. The total size of the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level....

Massachusetts sues Grubhub over fees charged during pandemic

Jul. 29, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Online food delivery platform Grubhub charged some Massachusetts restaurants illegally high fees during the coronavirus pandemic, the state attorney general's office alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, seeks...

Portugal eases virus limits, takes aim at ‘total freedom’

Jul. 29, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is beginning its journey to what the country’s prime minister calls “total freedom,” with a government decision Thursday to start winding down COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ahead of a forecast 70% of people being fully vaccinated by the end of this...

Australian city Melbourne ends 5th COVID-19 lockdown

Jul. 26, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne will end its fifth lockdown on Tuesday with the Victoria state government declaring it had beaten an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant for a second time. The five-day...

Outdoor dining in Rhode Island extended through the spring

Jul. 26, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — The easing of rules on outdoor dining that proved to be a critical lifeline for many Rhode Island restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic were extended Monday during a ceremonial bill signing by Gov. Daniel McKee. The law signed outside...

‘The neighborhood crab lady’ opens food truck in Wilmington

Jul. 24, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With her cellphone wedged between her shoulder and her ear, Yolanda Parson fielded frequent calls from eager customers as she packed large brown paper bags with dozens of crabs coated with her signature — and secret — spice blend. A bottle...

Gov signs bill allowing eateries to continue outdoor dining

Jul. 23, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee has signed into law legislation allowing restaurants to continue to use COVID-19 modifications, including outdoor dining and takeout windows. The legislation imposes a moratorium on the enforcement of any municipal ordinance or...

N. Carolina commercial fishermen landed less seafood in 2020

Jul. 23, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Commercial fishermen sold nearly 20% less fish and shellfish to North Carolina seafood dealers in 2020, a decline from the previous year that’s being blamed on the state’s stay-at-home order brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a state agency said Friday. ...

More COVID-19 cases linked to Provincetown cluster

Jul. 22, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 130 new cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a surge in cases in a popular Cape Cod resort town. State health officials said Wednesday night that they have traced 256 cases to a Fourth of July cluster in Provincetown, up from 132 the day before....

Alabama's first Chick-fil-A closing after 47 years

Jul. 22, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The first Chick-fil-A restaurant to open in Alabama nearly 50 years ago is closing. Jerry Cotney, who owns the restaurant at Brookwood Village mall in metro Birmingham, announced the shutdown in a social media post that said the once-popular...