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Restaurants, bars scramble for propane

By MEAD GRUVER The Associated Press FORT COLLINS, Colo. — With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep ...

Fleeing New Yorkers squeeze surrounding housing markets

By SUSAN HAIGH The Associated Press Angel Garcia, a single father approved for a mortgage loan of $300,000, had high hopes in early 2020 of finding a house he could afford in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Within months, New Yorkers began fleeing ...

GM teams up with Microsoft on driverless cars

By MATT OTT The Associated Press SILVER SPRING, Md. — General Motors is teaming up with Microsoft to accelerate its rollout of electric, self-driving cars. In the partnership announced Tuesday, the companies said Microsoft’s Azure cloud and edge computing platform would be used to ...

Seven credit card perks to prioritize

By MELISSA LAMBARENA NerdWallet As you lay the groundwork for 2021 financial resolutions, take inventory of your credit cards to see if they’re still in line with your goals and priorities. With the pandemic upending spending patterns, possibly for the foreseeable future, an audit of ...

Millennial Money: Crafting smarter money goals in 2021

By SEAN PYLES NerdWallet Setting money goals in 2020 was likely an exercise in futility. Maybe you’d been saving for a trip abroad, but the pandemic kept you at home. Or you wanted to save up for a down payment on a house, then the recession left you out of a job. The pandemic made ...

How to make budgeting as painless as possible

By LIZ WESTON NerdWallet Budgeting is a pain. But what’s more painful is a bill you can’t easily pay, debt that costs a fortune or not having enough money to retire. Fortunately, you can have a useful, working budget without watching every penny. Automation, technology and a few ...

China economy grows as virus rebound gains

By JOE McDONALD The Associated Press BEIJING — China eked out 2.3 percent economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled ...

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants

By ZEN SOO The Associated Press HONG KONG — E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China’s internet industries already ...

Vegas convention officials hoping events return in June

By BRYAN HORWATH Las Vegas Sun LAS VEGAS — The coronavirus pandemic brought Las Vegas conventions to a jarring stop last year, but tourism officials hope trade shows gradually return in 2021. The World of Concrete gathering in June will likely be a good measuring stick for a comeback, ...

Man pleads guilty to deaths of 36 people in warehouse fire

By DAISY NGUYEN The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a 2016 dance party pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung ...

Texas sues Biden administration over halt to deportations

By PAUL J. WEBER and NOMAAN MERCHANT The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Texas on Friday moved to stop President Joe Biden from allowing a 100-day moratorium on deportations, bringing one of the first lawsuits against his new administration. In rushing to court not even a week after ...

NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at the end of 2021

By JOE REEDY The Associated Press The NBC Sports Network, which is best known for its coverage of the NHL and English Premier League, will be going away at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua announced the channel's shutdown on Friday in an internal memo to ...

Brokaw says he’s retiring from NBC News after 55 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, once television news' most popular broadcaster as he told viewers about the biggest events of that late 20th Century, said Friday that he's retiring from television. Brokaw, who is 80, said he'll continue writing books and articles. He's ...

Bond film delayed because of virus

LONDON (AP) — It's still not time for "No Time to Die." Producers of the forthcoming James Bond thriller say the film's release has been delayed again, until the fall of 2021, because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic The official 007 Twitter account said late Thursday that the ...

Choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Avian, a Tony Award-winning choreographer who had a role in some of the most beloved and influential shows on Broadway, including "Dreamgirls," "A Chorus Line," "Follies" and "Miss Saigon," has died. He was 83. Avian died Thursday of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital ...

Loathed NYC bus terminal may get upgrade

By DAVID PORTER The Associated Press NEW YORK — New York City’s main bus terminal, long ridiculed for leaky ceilings, dirty bathrooms and frequent delays, could be in for a major overhaul. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unveiled a proposal Thursday to rebuild and expand ...

Judge to rule on 1,200 ballots

ALBANY (AP) — A state judge in upstate New York said Friday he plans to soon weigh in on the fate of 1,100 challenged affidavit ballots that could determine the winner of the nation’s last undecided U.S. House race. Former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a Republican, had a 29-vote lead over ...

Border agents make marijuana seizures

BUFFALO (AP) — Large-scale seizures of marijuana along the northern border continued this week with a total of 2,500 pounds discovered in two commercial shipments on the same day, authorities in New York said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Champlain crossing in northern ...

Impeachment trial slated for February

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump over the Capitol riot will begin the week of Feb. 8, the first time a former president will face such charges after leaving office. Senate ...

For first Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal

By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will have to contend not only with a world of security threats and a massive military bureaucracy, but also with a challenge that hits closer to home: rooting out racism and extremism in ...