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Navajo Gaming purchases Flagstaff restaurant, nearby land

Dec. 7, 2019 4:35 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has purchased a $5.2 million plot of land in northern Arizona that could develop into a casino or gaming facility aimed at increasing business and drawing people to other Navajo property, officials said. The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise announced its 14-acre...

State could approve new Terre Haute casino early next year

Dec. 7, 2019 9:35 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials could give the go ahead for a new casino in Terre Haute sometime early next year. Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment was the only company submitting an application for the Terre Haute casino license by this past week’s deadline set by the Indiana Gaming...

Caesars completes $516.3 million sale of Rio hotel in Vegas

Dec. 6, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it has completed the $516.3 million sale of its Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The company said Friday it will continue for at least two years to run the 2,500-room property and will pay an annual lease of $45 million to the new owner, newly...

Stitt: Tribes would 'illegally' run games without new deal

Dec. 6, 2019 4:39 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don't resolve a dispute over the tribes' compacts with the state, Gov. Kevin Stitt said. In the latest salvo in the state government's dispute with the tribes over whether the...

California's 2nd largest card room pays $6 million in fines

Dec. 5, 2019 11:54 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s second-largest card room is paying state and federal regulators nearly $6 million for misleading gambling regulators and failing to do enough to deter money laundering, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. Hawaiian Gardens Casino, which recently...

Study says warming world could devastate fisheries, reefs

Dec. 5, 2019 6:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A study commissioned by 14 seafaring nations predicts that unchecked climate change could devastate fishery industries and coral reef tourism, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses by 2050. The report to be published Friday on sidelines of a U.N. climate summit in Madrid says...

Oklahoma tribe warns 'intolerable risk' over gaming dispute

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid disruption to tribal casino operations in the state. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S....

Memo says Gov.-elect Beshear facing massive budget shortfall

Dec. 5, 2019 4:47 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear faces a budget shortfall that could exceed $1 billion as he prepares a two-year state spending plan to submit to lawmakers in early 2020, according to a memo from outgoing Gov. Matt Bevin's administration. The memo from Bevin's budget director, John...

New Zealand leader finds perfect spokesman: Stephen Colbert

Dec. 5, 2019 3:15 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has relied on hobbits, bungy jumping and rugby to entice tourists in the past. Now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have found the perfect spokesman to embrace all of the above and more: American comedian Stephen Colbert. In a wide-ranging interview with The...

Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort names Glebocki as CEO

Dec. 3, 2019 7:06 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City has hired Terry Glebocki as its CEO after she served in the job in an interim capacity since August, officials announced Tuesday. Glebocki has more than 30 years of financial management experience and recently also served as the...