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Workers fed up with nights, weekends seek flexible schedules

Oct. 20, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After struggling to hire workers for its outlet store in Dallas, Balsam Hill finally opened on Sept. 1. But the very next day, the online purveyor of high-end artificial holiday trees was forced to close after four of its five workers quit. The main...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Online posts...

Wage theft hits immigrants — hard

Oct. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

Audelia Molina, a Mexican immigrant, was earning 10 cents for every garment she trimmed at a factory in Los Angeles, America’s clothing-assembly capital. Her wage was so meager that she started putting in 11-hour days to drive up production. When she asked for a raise, a supervisor denied...

Mayor: Just 15 businesses fined over NYC vaccine mandate

Oct. 13, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues is going so well that only 15 businesses have been fined for not enforcing the policy, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. De Blasio said the high rate of...

Projects overshadow Danville’s lost jobs, population decline

Oct. 10, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — If Danville were a math equation, there would be more pluses than minuses. That’s the opinion of many of those who were asked how the city is doing these days. The pluses: Area parks that are second to none, demolition of...

Traverse City tourism strong during 2021 vacation season

Oct. 09, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Tourists flowed through Traverse City at a strong pace during vacation season 2021. But the hospitality industry still had to deal with a bumpy road as the COVID-19 pandemic lingered. “Toward the end of summer, we were starting to see...

Florida is the original home of national restaurant chains

Oct. 09, 2021 03:03 AM EDT

Hooters to Home of the Whopper: A look at popular restaurant chains that began in Florida The Whopper was born here. So was the Bloomin’ Onion. A state known for its famous cartoon mouse, pristine beaches and wild animal stories also served as the...

California extends cocktails-to-go and outdoor dining rules

Oct. 08, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved Friday to extend the sale of cocktails-to-go and keep alcohol service for outdoor dining at parklets as officials try to help restaurants recover from the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a pathway for these businesses to...

Puzzle overhanging job market: When will more people return?

Oct. 07, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government issues the September jobs report on Friday, the spotlight will fall not only on how many people were hired last month. A second question will command attention, too: Are more people finally starting to look for work? To an...

Los Angeles OKs one of strictest US vaccination mandates

Oct. 06, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles leaders on Wednesday approved one of the nation's strictest vaccine mandates — a sweeping measure that requires the shots for everyone entering bars, restaurants, nail salons, gyms or even a Lakers game. The City Council voted 11-2 in...