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Atlantic City casino profits down 6.8% in 2nd quarter

Aug. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — More competition continues to mean smaller profits for Atlantic City's casinos. The nine casinos saw their gross operating profit decline by nearly 7% in the second quarter of this year. It's the latest indication that the addition of two new casinos last summer is making things...

Carolinas amusement park closes new coaster after injury

Aug. 22, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An amusement park located in both North and South Carolina has closed its newest roller coaster after someone suffered a thumb injury. Carowinds said the rider was hurt Sunday on the Copperhead Strike coaster. The ride opened earlier this year at the amusement park, which is located...

Oregon casino sports betting ready to open, state will delay

Aug. 22, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon casino plans to begin offering sports betting ahead of the state lottery agency, which does not expect to meet its goal of starting when professional football kicks off, officials said. Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City expects to open sports betting Aug. 27, The...

Florida slingshot ride snaps moments before launch

Aug. 21, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two riders at a Florida amusement park received a scare when a cable on a slingshot-style ride snapped just before it started. News outlets report the two men at the Cobra Adventure Park in Panama City Beach were strapped into the Vertical Accelerator ride when the cable...

US has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

Aug. 21, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. job market isn't quite as strong as originally believed — with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported. The Labor Department said Wednesday that nearly two-thirds of the downward revision came from the retail...

Nevada governor says state won't back Vegas monorail bonds

Aug. 19, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Plans may be derailed to extend the Las Vegas Monorail to within walking distance of a new 65,000-seat football stadium, after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak declined to promise state backing for $200 million in new tax-exempt bonds, a newspaper reported. Monorail Co. administrators sought the...

Bar Harbor wants cruise company to fund air quality testing

Aug. 18, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A coastal Maine town wants the cruise ship industry to fund local air quality monitoring. Bar Harbor Town Councilor Gary Friedmann tells the Bangor Daily News he's asked Carnival Cruise Lines to pay for the program. The council voted last week to consider the proposal. Friedmann...

Barbers give free haircuts to Racine's poor

Aug. 17, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Chris Sidebottom was starting his new job last month. He was about to board a bus to Milwaukee to go to work, but stopped to get a haircut first. Sidebottom stopped in at the Hospitality Center on a Monday morning, the Downtown services hub that helped him stay on his feet when he...

Vice President Pence planning Detroit, Indianapolis trips

Aug. 16, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will be heading to the Midwest in the coming weeks, with speeches planned in Detroit and Indianapolis. The Detroit Economic Club says Pence will speak to the organization Monday at the MotorCity Casino Hotel during an event rescheduled from earlier this month....

Alaska Marine Exchange loses part of budget in capital cuts

Aug. 16, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost a portion of its funding to cuts by the governor to the state's 2020 capital budget, a report said. The Marine Exchange of Alaska lost 11% of its state funding, CoastAlaska reported Wednesday. Republican Gov. Mike...