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Judge approves sale of Las Vegas Monorail to tourism agency

Nov. 25, 2020 1:30 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge has approved the sale of the Las Vegas Monorail to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Natalie Cox said she will sign the order approving the $24 million sale. Most of the money generated by the sale will be distributed to creditors, the Las...

Judge rejects challenge to Oregon's 2-week virus rules

Nov. 25, 2020 11:43 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has declined to bar or alter Gov. Kate Brown’s two-week freeze that prohibits indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and bars in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut on...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020, file photo, student nurse Ryan Eachus collects forms as cars line up for COVID-19 testing at a testing site set up the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif. Orange County will provide up to half a million mail-in test kits to residents before the end of the year in the hopes that more testing can help beat back the coronavirus. Orange County will offer the free test kits initially to residents of its two largest cities, Anaheim and Santa Ana. Health officials hope to make the kits available to all of the county's 3 million residents by next month in what could be a massive boost in testing. unemployment rate stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California county hopes mail-in test kits help curb virus

Nov. 24, 2020 5:04 PM EST

A Southern California county will provide up to half a million mail-in test kits to residents before the end of the year in the hopes that more testing can help beat back the coronavirus. Orange County on Monday began offering the free test kits to residents of its two largest cities, Anaheim and Santa Ana, which...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, John Keeler, Vice President and General Counsel for Spectacle Entertainment, addresses the members of the Indiana Gaming Commission in Indianapolis. Keeler has been indicted Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, on federal charges of illegally funneling campaign contributions to a former state lawmaker's unsuccessful congressional campaign. (Doug McSchooler/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Indiana investigation could imperil new casino projects

Nov. 24, 2020 4:51 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An investigation stemming from allegations of illegal political contributions by a longtime Indiana casino executive could snarl the future of multimillion-dollar projects for new casinos in Gary and Terre Haute. The Indiana Gaming Commission has more than 10 people under investigation...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Nov. 24, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Kokomo Tribune. Nov. 17, 2020 The public’s right to know Hoosiers support the right to know what government at all levels is up to, and they believe public notices in community newspapers are a trusted source of that transparency. A 2014 survey by the Princeton, New Jersey-based American Opinion Research...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus plays an electronic slot machine during the reopening of the Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casinos in Nevada reported another month of flat winnings in October, marking a sluggish month in a key index of statewide fiscal health. The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Tuesday, Nov. 24 that casino house winnings of almost $823 million statewide were down 19.5% compared with the same month a year ago, when casinos on a hot streak reported winning more than $1 billion. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Casino winnings flat in October; figures down 36% this year

Nov. 24, 2020 1:09 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casinos in Nevada on Tuesday reported flat winnings in October, marking another sluggish month in a key index of statewide fiscal health. The Nevada Gaming Control Board said casino house winnings of almost $823 million statewide were down 19.5% compared with the same month a year ago,...

A woman walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares mostly rise on virus vaccine, Yellen hopes

Nov. 23, 2020 10:17 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, encouraged by news on the development of coronavirus vaccines and more assurance for a transition of power in the U.S. to President-elect Joe Biden. The U.S. federal government recognized Biden as the “apparent winner” of the Nov. 3...

FILE - In this March 15, 2016, file photo, former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn gestures during a news conference in Medford, Mass. Wynn won a battle in a legal fight about whether Nevada gambling regulators can fine him over allegations of workplace sexual misconduct even though he no longer is licensed or involved in the gambling industry. A Wynn attorney declined Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, to comment about a state court judge's finding that because Wynn has no ties to the casino business, the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board have no jurisdiction over him. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Steve Wynn wins round in legal fight with Nevada regulators

Nov. 23, 2020 7:12 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn won a battle in a legal fight about whether Nevada gambling regulators can discipline or fine him over allegations of workplace sexual misconduct even though he no longer is licensed or involved in the gambling industry. Wynn attorney Colby Williams...

New shutdown expected to cost Washington restaurants $800M

Nov. 23, 2020 5:06 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A four-week shutdown on indoor service at restaurants and bars prompted by an alarming statewide spike in COVID-19 cases is expected to cost the industry some $800 million, a representative said Monday. Anthony Anton, chief executive of the Washington Hospitality Association, urged lawmakers...

In this July 1, 2020 photo, Steven Ford, a worker at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., sprays slot machines with disinfectant as the casino prepared to reopen after 3 1/2 months of being shut down due to the coronavirus. On Nov. 23, 2020, New Jersey gambling regulators released figures showing Atlantic City's casinos saw their gross operating profits decline by 37% in the third quarter of 2020 as they reopened under restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City casino earnings fall 37% amid pandemic limits

Nov. 23, 2020 3:40 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casinos saw their collective profits fall by more than 37% in the third quarter of this year as they reopened with capacity limits and costly measures designed to stem the coronavirus pandemic. In figures released Monday by the state Division of Gaming...