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McDonald's is ending its test run of AI-powered drive-thrus with IBM

Jun. 18, 2024 21:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever get your McDonald's order mixed up at an AI-powered drive-thru? The experiment behind the fast food giant's current automated order taker will soon be coming to a close. McDonald's confirmed Monday that it decided to end a global partnership with IBM, which has...

New Jersey casino and sports betting revenue was nearly $510 million in May, up 8.3%

Jun. 14, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's casinos, horse tracks that take sports bets and their online partners won nearly $510 million from gamblers in May, an increase of 8.3% from a year earlier, according to figures released Friday by state gambling regulators. Internet gambling...

Modest needs? Charity founder accused of embezzling $2.5 million to fund lavish lifestyle

Jun. 12, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The charity was called Modest Needs but federal prosecutors who filed charges against its founder say his weren't. Rather, prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan say, Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor had such expensive tastes that he embezzled more...

'Hotel Cocaine' on MGM+ gives viewers disco, drama and plenty of blow in Miami in the late '70s

Jun. 12, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lapels are wide, “Disco Inferno” is blasting on the dance floor and lines and lines of nose candy are on offer in the new intriguing Miami-based series “Hotel Cocaine.” The eight-episode romp on MGM+ centers on a real-life hotel at the beginning of the...

Unchecked growth around Big Bend sparks debate over water — a prelude for Texas

Jun. 07, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

TERLINGUA, Texas (AP) — A plume of dust trailed the pickup truck that drove through a maze of caliche roads. The driver and passenger were familiar with the route. Rick and Georganne Bradbury, husband and wife, have navigated it twice a month for four years to deliver hundreds of gallons of water...

Hundreds of asylum-seekers are camped out near Seattle. There's a vacant motel next door

Jun. 07, 2024 08:59 AM EDT

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Kabongo Kambila Ringo stood outside the tent where he has been staying with his pregnant wife and ate from a clear plastic tray of Girl Scout cookies melting in the midday sun. He was one of around 240 asylum-seekers camping in a grassy lot along a highway south...

A new agreement would limit cruise passengers in Alaska's capital. A critic says it falls short

Jun. 04, 2024 20:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new agreement between Alaska’s capital city and major cruise lines seeks to cap the daily number of cruise ship passengers arriving in Juneau starting in 2026, though a prominent critic of the cruise industry said Tuesday the planned limits do not do enough. ...

West Virginia hotel where several people were sickened had no carbon monoxide detectors

Jun. 02, 2024 15:36 PM EDT

GASSAWAY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia hotel where several people were sickened by a carbon monoxide leak had no such detectors as required by state code, the state fire marshal’s office said. Emergency crews took seven people to a hospital following the May 26 leak at the...

Mississippi officials oppose plan to house migrant children at old Harrah's Tunica hotels

Jun. 02, 2024 14:29 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Local officials won't support a proposal to house unaccompanied migrant children at two former casino hotels in northwest Mississippi. The Tunica County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Thursday against issuing a letter of support after opposition from...

Kentucky tourism continues record-setting pace in 2023 with nearly $14 billion in economic impact

May. 30, 2024 16:49 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's tourism industry stayed on its record-setting pace in 2023, generating an economic impact approaching $14 billion while sustaining nearly 100,000 jobs, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday. Travelers visiting the Bluegrass State last year spent $9.7...