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FILE - Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, speaks during a news conference, officially renaming the Oakland Raiders to the Las Vegas Raiders, in front of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in this, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo. Raiders president Marc Badain listens at right. Mark Davis is expanding his sports empire in Las Vegas, buying the Aces from MGM Resorts International. The Raiders owner purchased the WNBA team Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, pending approval from the league's board of governors.(Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

Raiders owner Mark Davis buying WNBA's Las Vegas Aces

Jan. 14, 2021 3:40 PM EST

Mark Davis is expanding his sports empire in Las Vegas, buying the Aces from MGM Resorts International. The Raiders owner purchased the WNBA team Thursday pending approval from the league's board of governors. “I am excited to announce that I have entered into an agreement to purchase the Las Vegas...

Coronavirus vaccine brings relief to Utah homeless hospice

Jan. 11, 2021 1:29 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — While no one living at a Salt Lake City hospice center for homeless people has tested positive for COVID-19, the vaccine's arrival has provided a new sense of relief. Kimberlin Correa, executive director of the INN Between, said staff and medically fragile residents at the medical...

Pandemic inspires housing solutions for Colorado's homeless

Jan. 10, 2021 10:10 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — There were eight days left in the month, and enough of Bruce Brooks’ Social Security check to cover renting a hotel room in Greeley for exactly none of them. Brooks, 61, is a former heavy equipment operator forced into an early retirement by a stroke. Because of his age, he’d be...

Hospitality owner receives $309,000 grant, owes back taxes

Jan. 8, 2021 1:49 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Records show a South Dakota motel and hotel owner has received a federal coronavirus small business relief grant of more than $300,000 and still owes thousands of dollars in back taxes on his properties. KELO-TV reports AG Dakota, owned by Alan Gross, of Covina, California, once...

Death at Renton homeless hotel was positive for COVID-19

Jan. 8, 2021 1:22 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — One person has died in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak at a hotel in Renton where more than 200 homeless are sheltered, according to King County officials. A post-mortem coronavirus test found that the person was positive, according to the King County Medical Examiner, the Seattle...

Kauai Marriott resort to lay off more than 450 employees

Jan. 7, 2021 9:34 AM EST

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Marriott Beach Club on Kauai laid off more than 450 employees across departments within the hotel, which is undergoing a change in ownership. The layoffs include housekeepers, banquet servers, laundry attendants and pool servers, The Garden Island reported Wednesday....

Kauai expects slow economic recovery after tourism resumes

Jan. 5, 2021 1:24 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The island of Kauai plans to reopen to tourists after a halt forced by the coronavirus, but the economic recovery in the vital tourism industry could be slow. Kauai had opted out of the state program that allows trans-Pacific visitors if they produce a negative test before arrival, and the...

King County seeks to buy hotels to house homeless

Jan. 4, 2021 8:31 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — King County is starting 2021 with plans to buy as many as a dozen hotels to permanently house hundreds of homeless people and provide them with services. “We have every reason to believe that homelessness will get a lot worse after this pandemic unless we take bold action,”...

FILE- IN this Jan. 1, 2020 file photo, fireworks for New Year's Eve erupt over the Strip as viewed from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on in Las Vegas. If ever a year's end seemed like cause for celebration, 2020 might be it. Yet the coronavirus scourge that dominated the year is also looming over New Year's festivities and forcing officials worldwide to tone them down. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

Despite virus, thousands celebrate New Year's Eve in Vegas

Dec. 31, 2020 11:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of revelers were on the casino-lined Las Vegas Strip Thursday despite a plea from Nevada's governor that people reconsider their plans to go out and celebrate New Year's Eve amid the pandemic. While shopping, gambling, drinking yard-long frozen cocktails and gawking at the...

An official reads the temperature of a woman at the entrance to the Viejas Casino and Resort as it reopens Monday, May 18, 2020, in Alpine, Calif. The casino is one of several on tribal lands in Southern California set to reopen this week. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Some California tribal casinos ring in 2021 as virus spreads

Dec. 31, 2020 12:04 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “We're open!” says Thunder Valley Resort Casino. Morongo Casino Resort & Spa declares, "Good Times are back!” Barona Resort Casino says, “We're open 24/7.” Splashy messages on websites and freeway signs for California's tribal casinos are a jarring...