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FILE - In this May 16, 1997 file photo, Albert Roux poses for a photo. Roux, the French-born chef and restaurateur who along with his late brother Michel had a profound influence on British dining habits, has died. He was 85, it was reported on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The brothers are widely credited with revolutionizing Britain’s staid and old-fashioned culinary scene, notably with their opening of Le Gavroche in London in 1967, a restaurant that was frequented by a loyal clientele that included many of the icons of the Swinging Sixties in London. (PA via AP, File)
January 06, 2021 - 10:42 pm
LONDON (AP) — Albert Roux, the French-born chef and restaurateur who along with his late brother Michel had a profound influence on British dining habits, has died at 85. Roux died Monday after being unwell for a while, his family said in a statement Wednesday. The family did not reveal the...
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A sign at the El Sarape restaurant advertises outdoor seating, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Indoor dining is currently prohibited in the state, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was scheduled to give an update on ongoing state efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 05, 2021 - 7:23 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says some pandemic restrictions will be eased next week and the state will change its reopening plan to move from a county-based oversight system to one focused on regions. Inslee said Tuesday that the new guidelines will include “a small resumption of...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo machines work on a Ford vehicle assembly line at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago. American factories expanded at a faster pace last month, continuing a rebound from the coronavirus recession. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, that its manufacturing index climbed to 56 in August from 54.2 in July. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
January 05, 2021 - 11:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew in December at the fastest pace in more than two years as manufacturing continued to weather the pandemic better than the battered services sector. The Institute for Supply Management reported Tuesday that its gauge of manufacturing activity rose to 60.7%...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, CEO of PSA Groupe Carlos Tavares arrives for the presentation of the company's 2019 full year results in Rueil-Malmaison, west of Paris. Fiat Chrysler Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA Group are meeting Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 to vote on a merger that will create the world's fourth-largest automaker. The new company called Stellantis will be run by PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, who is known for cutting vehicles or ventures that don't make money.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
January 04, 2021 - 1:21 pm
MILAN (AP) — Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Peugeot voted Monday to merge and create the world’s fourth-largest auto company which, its architects hope, can more readily take on an enormous technological shift in the industry. Addressing separate meetings, PSA Peugeot CEO Carlos Tavares and...
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People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus offer prayers for New Year at the Kanda Myojin Shrine on the first business day of the year, in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Kanda Myojin is known as the shrine of commerce and industry. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
January 03, 2021 - 10:46 pm
TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday vaccine approval was being speeded up and border controls beefed up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and he promised to consider declaring a state of emergency. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo, CEO of PSA Groupe Carlos Tavares arrives for the presentation of the company's 2019 full year results in Rueil-Malmaison, west of Paris. Fiat Chrysler Shareholders of Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA Group are meeting Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 to vote on a merger that will create the world's fourth-largest automaker. The new company called Stellantis will be run by PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, who is known for cutting vehicles or ventures that don't make money.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
January 03, 2021 - 11:06 am
MILAN (AP) — While running Nissan’s North American operations from 2009 to 2011, Carlos Tavares had a reputation for closely watching costs with little tolerance for vehicles or ventures that didn’t make money. Experts say that means Tavares, currently the head of PSA Group, is likely to follow...
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Unique Morgan Dunston pauses in her hometown of Albertville, Ala., on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, before a protest against a Confederate monument and flag located on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse. Transformed by leaving the virtually all-white town where she grew up, Dunston has been leading the demonstrations since August. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
January 03, 2021 - 10:52 am
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — During her final year at Albertville High School in 2015, teachers gave Unique Morgan Dunston a citizenship award and fellow seniors voted her the class clown. Today, she's the target of death threats and jeers on Main Street. The change is because of what Dunston does now...
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Cameron French, from White Pine Touring, wears an Ascent 40 AVABAG avalanche backpack on Dec. 18, 2020, in Park City, Utah. With another ski season getting underway, avalanche forecasters and search-and-rescue groups are concerned that large numbers of skiers and snowboarders will again turn to the backcountry to avoid crowds and reservation systems at resorts. The increased interest in the backcountry has been a lifeline for the outdoor retail industry amid the pandemic, but it has also renewed a push among gear manufacturers and stores to sell responsibly. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
January 02, 2021 - 11:20 am
DENVER (AP) — On March 14, Colorado's governor issued an executive order shutting down ski resorts across the state. The coronavirus had arrived and was spreading rapidly in small mountain communities that were attracting hordes of spring break revelers. The next day, with chairlifts and gondolas...
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Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil Hindu devotees decorate the entrance to their house in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
January 01, 2021 - 4:27 am
BEIJING (AP) — Thailand's capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment areas as coronavirus cases continue to spread. Thailand reported 279 new cases on Friday including two deaths. Seven provinces including Bangkok have been designated red zones where places including...
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FILE - A traveler wears a mask as she waits for her flight in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic created winners and losers in the business world. Wall Street recovered after March, even though Main Street is still struggling. As few people traveled, the airline industry needed billions of dollars in aid from the government and is still threatening to lay off workers.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
December 31, 2020 - 12:01 pm
By March 23, Apple had lost $435 billion in market value in about five weeks and many of its retail outlets were shut as the virus pandemic walloped the global economy and stock markets. Meanwhile, a report issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 2% of small businesses...
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