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Seminole Tribe suspends Florida online sports betting app

Dec. 04, 2021 15:21 PM EST

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — The Seminole Tribe of Florida shut down its online sports betting app Saturday after being dealt its latest legal defeat in a case that has halted a massive expansion of gambling throughout Florida. The tribe said it will temporarily stop taking...

Early voting for Louisiana's Dec. 11 election ends Saturday

Dec. 03, 2021 11:33 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Early voting is wrapping up Saturday in the 38 Louisiana parishes that have elections on the Dec. 11 ballot. Ascension, Bossier, Catahoula, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Orleans, Rapides and Vernon Parishes have local elected jobs on the ballot, with...

Iraqi region hit by migrant deaths; smuggling big business

Dec. 03, 2021 05:53 AM EST

RANYA, Iraq (AP) — Shoes pile up outside the Mamand home in northern Iraq from relatives and friends who have streamed inside to offer solace as they anxiously await news of the family's young son, who was lost at sea somewhere between France and Britain. Most are...

City council approves additional 3% tax on Oahu lodging

Dec. 02, 2021 14:34 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu City Council has approved a measure to levy an additional 3% tax on hotel and other transient accommodations. The bill passed Wednesday still needs to be signed by Mayor Rick Blangiardi. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported he supports...

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 13:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants. ...

Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback

Dec. 01, 2021 11:31 AM EST

Tourism businesses that were just finding their footing after nearly two years of devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are being rattled again as countries throw up new barriers to travel in an effort to contain the omicron variant. From shopping districts in...

Nevada casinos match 8-month mark for $1B in house winnings

Nov. 30, 2021 18:49 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada casinos matched a record streak of eight straight months of $1 billion or more in house winnings in October, with travel, tourism and events returning to pre-pandemic levels in a state dependent on gambling revenues, according to several economic reports. ...

Private house OK'd on remote SC island where resort denied

Nov. 30, 2021 13:02 PM EST

PORT ROYAL, S.C. (AP) — A part owner of a private island in South Carolina accessible only by plane or boat has been given permission to build his own home on the island after Beaufort County last year denied a request to build an ecotourism resort. Bay Point, near...

Louisiana Supreme Court OKs St. Tammany casino referendum

Nov. 30, 2021 12:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a referendum on a proposed casino can be put to a vote in St. Tammany Parish as planned, overturning an appeals court ruling that could have jeopardized the election. Monday’s decision means parish voters...

Driver who crashed into West Des Moines officer sentenced

Nov. 30, 2021 11:21 AM EST

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A driver accused of being drunk when he crashed into and seriously injured a West Des Moines police officer last year has been sentenced to five years in prison. Jon Schwartz, 62, of Kellogg, was sentenced last week after being found guilty...