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FILE - This Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, file photo shows the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington. Securities regulators are investigating three hotel companies, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020,  that returned tens of millions in federal virus-relief money for transactions going back to 2018. The companies controlled by Dallas hotelier Monty Bennett came under scrutiny after taking tens of millions of dollars from a fund designed to help small businesses survive the pandemic.  (AP Andrew Harnik, File)

Hotels criticized for taking virus money face investigation

Aug. 5, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A group of hotels that took, and later returned, tens of millions of dollars in federal virus-bailout money are under investigation by securities regulators for transactions between companies in the group going back to 2018. The Ashford companies were among the biggest recipients of federal...

147 Vermont inmates in Mississippi prison COVID-19-positive

Aug. 5, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

Nearly 150 Vermont inmates housed in a Mississippi prison have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, the head of the Vermont Corrections Department announced Wednesday. Vermont houses 219 inmates at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Mississippi, because of...

FILE - A lone traveler heads to the ticketing counter of Frontier Airlines in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on July 22, 2020, in Denver.   Hotel and home-sharing reservation site plans to lay off 25% of its workforce, or more than 4,000 people, due to the impact of the new coronavirus on travel. Connecticut-based parent company Booking Holdings said Tuesday, Aug. 4,  that the layoffs will begin next month.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) cuts workforce by thousands as travel atrophies

Aug. 4, 2020 11:51 AM EDT is laying off a quarter of its workforce — more than 4,000 people — with the global pandemic snuffing out travel. Layoffs will begin next month and run through the end of the year, according to parent company Booking Holdings Inc. Booking Holdings, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, also...

California lawmakers were globetrotters before pandemic

Aug. 3, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — It was a different era for California lawmakers before the coronavirus pandemic: business-class flights to Japan, stays at 5-star hotels and dinners with local politicians in the name of promoting economic ties. In February, the Japanese government paid to host six California...

FILE - This March 11, 2019 file photo, shows the north entrance of the Trump International in Washington. A financial disclosure report released Friday, July 31, 2020,  shows that revenue at  President Donald Trump’s  Washington D.C. hotel and several of his biggest clubs and resorts mostly held steady last year before the coronavirus forced many to shut their doors and lay off workers.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

Revenue at biggest Trump properties held steady last year

Aug. 1, 2020 12:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Revenue at President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel and several of his biggest clubs and resorts mostly held steady last year before the coronavirus forced many to shut their doors and lay off workers, according to a financial disclosure report released Friday. Trump's D.C....

An elephant crosses the road in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Animals have had the country's world-famous wildlife parks to themselves because of lockdown rules that barred international tourists and made it illegal for South Africans to travel between provinces for vacations. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism

Jul. 31, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. ...

Former bellhop alleges racial discrimination by hotel group

Jul. 30, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former bellhop at a Rhode Island Marriott hotel has sued the company, alleging it tolerates a culture of discrimination and retaliation against African Americans. Kaseam C. Seales, 23, of East Providence, is suing his former employer, Marriott Hotel Services Inc., and Marriott...

Norwegian flag mistaken for Confederate flag removed

Jul. 28, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — Owners of a Michigan bed and breakfast have removed a Norwegian flag outside of their business after being accused of promoting racism from people who think that it is a Confederate flag. Kjersten and Greg Offenecker, owners of The Nordic Pineapple, hung the flag opposite of the...

Nevada scraps phased reopening plan, unveils new approach

Jul. 27, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak announced plans to implement a long-term reopening strategy that allows for more granular decision-making as the coronavirus continues to spread and leaves Nevada unable to follow its original reopening plan. “We’ve learned a lot about this virus in...

A Hampton Inn is shown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Phoenix. The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a private contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking children to three Hampton Inns in Arizona and Texas under restrictive border policies implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

US won’t expel migrant children detained in Texas hotel

Jul. 27, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has agreed not to expel a group of immigrant children it detained in a Texas hotel under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus and will instead allow them to seek to remain in the U.S., the administration said Monday. The move comes days after The...