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Florence sweeps away motel and family's hard work, savings

Sep. 22, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) — When the floodwaters from Florence receded, half the Starlite Motel was gone. A ragged lip of concrete edged parking spaces with no corresponding rooms, just a void of standing water and debris. The surge swept away personal belongings of the owner's family — even his...

Another rebel yell: Billy Idol returning for Vegas residency

Sep. 18, 2018 8:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A rebel yell will be heard again in Las Vegas. Palms Casino Resort and Live Nation on Tuesday have announced Billy Idol is returning for his second residency at the Pearl Concert Theater. The 62-year-old, known for such hits as "Rebel Yell," ''Dancing with Myself" and "Mony Mony," will be...

She lost one home to Sandy. Will Florence spare her now?

Sep. 14, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jennifer Liebelt and her family were rescued by boat from their home in Union Beach, New Jersey, as Superstorm Sandy destroyed it in 2012. Rather than rebuild, they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina — where Hurricane Florence threatened their new home this week. This...

Eldorado gets temporary OK to own Tropicana casino

Sep. 12, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eldorado Resorts was given temporary approval to own Atlantic City's Tropicana casino, expressing optimism about a growing market rather than nervousness over increasing competition. The Reno, Nevada-based company is taking over the Atlantic City as part of a $1.85 billion...

Months of deadly unrest devastate Nicaragua's economy

Sep. 12, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

LEON, Nicaragua (AP) — Two days after protests began in Nicaragua in April, a foreign auto components company was meeting at a hotel in the city of Leon when smoke from a burning university building just a block away billowed above the hotel's colonnaded courtyard. The visitors quickly cut short their...

Egypt says e.coli caused the death of 2 British tourists

Sep. 12, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Tests showed that e.coli bacteria were behind the death of two British tourists in a hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada, the country's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday. The statement by Prosecutor Nabil Sadek came a week after travel company Thomas Cook said that there was a "high...

Ikea considers making modernist office building into a hotel

Sep. 11, 2018 2:54 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A brutalist-style structure that was designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer and has sat vacant along Interstate 95 for over a decade may soon see new life as a hotel. Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea, which owns the property, is seeking approval from New Haven's City Plan...

Major hotels giving panic buttons to staff nationwide

Sep. 6, 2018 7:47 PM EDT

Tens of thousands of employees at more than 18,000 U.S. hotels will soon carry panic buttons to help protect them from harassment and assault in an era of heightened awareness around the #MeToo movement. More than a dozen big hotel chains — including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Wyndham — said...

William Hill, FanDuel begin mobile sports bets in New Jersey

Sep. 1, 2018 11:00 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's mobile sports betting market is getting bigger as football season gets closer. The American affiliate of a major British bookmaker and a fantasy sports titan began offering mobile sports betting in New Jersey on Saturday night, joining that state's rapidly expanding...

Caffeine hit for Coca-Cola as it buys Costa coffee chain

Aug. 31, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Coca-Cola is hoping for a caffeine-fueled boost with the acquisition of British coffee chain Costa. The soda giant said Friday it is spending 3.9 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) in cash for Britain's biggest coffee company. Costa has more than 2,400 coffee shops in the U.K. and 1,400 others in...