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The Latest: Guam launching COVID-19 vaccine tourism program

Jun. 22, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam is launching a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The Pacific Daily News reports the first group of three travelers was arriving on a...

Guam launches vaccine tourism program to jump-start industry

Jun. 22, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam has launched a vaccine tourism program to encourage citizens of neighboring countries and Americans living in East Asia to come get inoculated against COVID-19. The first group of three travelers was due to arrive Wednesday on a charter flight...

Pandemic hotel vouchers for about 700 homeless to end July 1

Jun. 22, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

Vermont is ending its pandemic-related emergency housing in hotels and motels for some of the homeless population because the program is not sustainable, hotel capacity is shrinking and it was never meant to be a permanent solution, said Human Services Secretary Mike Smith on Tuesday. ...

UAE's capital apparently offering COVID vaccines to tourists

Jun. 22, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The capital of the United Arab Emirates has apparently started offering free coronavirus vaccines to tourists flying into the emirate, a move that could entice travelers and help revive the country's struggling tourism industry. While...

Hospitality group raises minimum wage, eliminates tipping

Jun. 21, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Owners of a group of restaurants, hotels and bars in Eau Claire have eliminated tipping and have raised their minimum wage to $16 an hour. The Pablo Group says it's following a trend that aims to improve pay equity for all employees. ...

Political donations lead Stonewall Inn to ban some beers

Jun. 21, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Stonewall Inn's owners say they won't serve certain beers at the famous LGBT bar during Pride weekend to protest manufacturer Anheuser-Busch's political contributions to some politicians who have supported anti-LGBT legislation. Co-owners Stacy Lentz...

Connecticut casinos sue insurer over COVID-19 losses

Jun. 19, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The Native American tribe that owns Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino is suing its insurance carrier over what it says was the denial of claims for millions of dollars in losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Day in...

New owner of ‘bite-sized’ hotel has an appetite for more

Jun. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Robert Thompson, who recently purchased The Frenchmen Hotel in the Marigny, says the offbeat inn is a “good, bite-sized” start for the long-time restaurateur’s plan to accumulate a portfolio of similar boutique properties in the Crescent City. ...

Judge rules for Florida on CDC order blocking cruise ships

Jun. 18, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled for Florida in a lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order making it difficult for cruise ships to resume sailing due to the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Steven...

Proposed bill could leave Ohio casinos without sports books

Jun. 18, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Some Ohio casinos and racinos could be left with losing tickets if the state Senate's sports betting legislation giving professional teams priority for obtaining a brick-and mortar sports book licenses is ultimately enacted. The bill was approved...