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Longtime president of Vermont's Sugarbush report retiring

Aug. 13, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — The long-time president of Vermont’s Sugarbush ski resort is retiring, the resort announced Thursday. The resort said that Win Smith, the current president and chief operating officer of Sugarbush will continue as an advisor to the current leadership team. Smith will be replaced...

Gary Royster of Atlantic City holds up a wad of cash he used to gamble at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City on July 2, 2020, the day the casino reopened after being shut down for months amid the coronavirus outbreak. New Jersey's casinos and horse tracks won $264.5 million in July after reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak, a figure that was down nearly 21% from a year ago, but one the gambling houses will gladly take after months of inactivity. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

NJ casinos, tracks win $264M in July after virus reopening

Aug. 12, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's casinos and horse tracks won $264.5 million in July after reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak, a figure that was down nearly 21% from a year ago, but one the gambling houses will gladly take after months of inactivity. Figures released Wednesday by the state...

Sisolak signs business liability and worker protection bill

Aug. 11, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation Tuesday expanding workplace safety protections for hotel and casino employees and shielding businesses that follow health directives from coronavirus-related lawsuits. “It’s about acknowledging that Nevada relies heavily on the...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo.  Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, Aug. 11, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Asian shares extend rally; S&P 500 within 1% of record

Aug. 10, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

Shares advanced in Asia on Tuesday, extending another rally that took the S&P 500 to within striking distance of its all-time high set in February. Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 1.6% and Hong Kong gained more than 2% in early trading, even as the tally of confirmed new coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20...

Arizona unveils reopening plan for bars, gyms, water parks

Aug. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gyms, bars and water parks in Arizona that were ordered closed six weeks ago by Gov. Doug Ducey due to the pandemic will be able to reopen at a limited capacity and with health precautions once the spread of the virus within their county is downgraded to moderate or minimal, state officials...

Kansas sues to block Wyandotte Nation's plans for casino

Aug. 10, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas filed a lawsuit Monday against top officials at the U.S. Department of Interior in an effort to block the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma from building a casino on land it owns in Park City, the latest legal twist in a decades-long dispute over the tribe's legal authority on the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, a man works on a new Marriott sign in front of the former Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. Marriott says its business is steadily improving, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, with 91% of its hotels now reopen and business travel reemerging in China.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Marriott recovering in China, Royal Caribbean posts loss

Aug. 10, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

On land and sea, the travel industry is hurting but holding out hope for a recovery. Marriott said Monday it has reopened most of its hotels around the world, helped by a rebound in business travel in China. The average occupancy at its hotels is also improving, although still at depressed levels. The hotel...

After $35M renovation, hotel on Purdue campus reopens doors

Aug. 9, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A 90-year-old hotel on Purdue University's campus has reopened for business following a $35 million renovation that transformed its lobby, expanded its suites and added a restaurant and bar. The 182-room Union Club Hotel reopened Wednesday to guests who inspected the overhaul of...

Hallie Chewing, 19, a rising junior at Liberty University serves customer, Kora Mayo, 6, a cookie dough with rainbow sprinkles cone at Blue Cow Ice Cream on July 13, 2020, in Roanoke, Va. Owner Carolyn Kiser said she’s seen an increase in job applications, although Blue Cow hasn’t needed to hire as many workers as usual. She said the ice cream shop typically employs a lot of students. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virginia teens see pandemic-related shifts in summer jobs

Aug. 9, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Teenagers were not spared from the dwindling job opportunities that pervaded the nation due to COVID-19. Restrictions on pools, day cares and food services made many typical summer jobs for students impossible this year. According to a June report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas...

Rescuers in protective suits carry the body of a victim from Hotel Swarna Palace where a fire broke out early morning in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. The fire in the hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility killed seven coronavirus patients. (AP Photo)

Fire kills 11 patients in southern India's COVID-19 facility

Aug. 9, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A fire killed 11 coronavirus patients early Sunday at a southern Indian hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month. The blaze at Hotel Swarna Palace in the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh state broke out at 5 a.m. Rescue...