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A light coating of snow covers Cuchara Mountain Park ski resort on November 2019, in Cuchara, Colo. Although the lifts aren't operational, skiers, snowboarders and sledders can hike up the slopes and take advantage of the old runs. Now the grounds are in the hands of Huerfano County. Sledding and cross-country skiing on a groomed loop have been popular this winter, overseers say, following a busy summer for Cuchara Mountain Park’s disc golf and mini golf courses. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

Hopes high for return of skiing at abandoned Colorado resort

Jan. 17, 2021 10:10 AM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Dreams are inching closer to reality in a rural southern Colorado community, where a former ski resort sat abandoned until 2017. That’s when Cuchara Mountain Park opened, following a grassroots effort that saw a local foundation acquire private property that was...

Balsams developer now has 100% ownership of resort

Jan. 16, 2021 9:00 AM EST

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A contractor who formed a partnership to buy the Balsams resort in northern New Hampshire shortly after it closed in 2011 has sold his share to current developer Les Otten, giving him 100% ownership of the resort and surrounding property. The Caledonian-Record reports Dan...

Danville officials still hopeful for casino, despite delays

Jan. 16, 2021 8:43 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials in an eastern Illinois city are still hopeful their community can land a casino, despite delays in the state's application process caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed gambling-expansion legislation in June 2019 that allowed for six new casino...

Outdoor recreation highlighted in Kentucky visitor's guide

Jan. 15, 2021 8:14 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Official Kentucky Visitor's Guide for 2021 highlights outdoor recreation opportunities for travelers in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The guide notes outdoor adventures, Kentucky State Parks, racetracks, distilleries and wineries as opportunities that allow for safe travel...

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...

Gamblers count their money before starting to make bets at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 2, 2020, the day it reopened after being closed for just over three months due to the coronavirus outbreak. New Jersey's casinos and horse tracks won $2.88 billion in 2020, a decrease of nearly 17% from 2019, according to figures released Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

A record year for NJ sports betting; casinos, not so much

Jan. 13, 2021 4:40 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey took nearly $1 billion worth of sports bets in December, an encouraging finish to a year in which coronavirus closures and restrictions sent overall gambling revenue down nearly 17%. Over $6 billion worth of bets were placed last year in New Jersey, which won a U.S....

Fed survey finds economy slowing in some areas of country

Jan. 13, 2021 4:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of U.S. business conditions has found modest economic gains at the start of the year, although some parts of the country saw slowdowns stemming from a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases. The Fed report released Wednesday said that the bulk of the Fed's 12 regions...

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Job openings down in most industries, while layoffs spike

Jan. 12, 2021 11:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Layoffs spiked in November compared with the previous month and the number of job openings slipped, signaling that the job market has stalled as the resurgent coronavirus has brought about another wave shutdowns of restaurants and bars and hobbled consumer spending. While the layoffs were...

FILE - Passengers disembark from the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship Monday, March 16, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. Carnival Corp. said Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 its 2022 cruise bookings are running ahead of 2019 numbers, a good sign that guests will return once the pandemic has eased. The coronavirus has been devastating for the cruise industry, which had expected to welcome 30 million passengers worldwide in 2020. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, file)

Carnival expects 2021 loss but says 2022 bookings are strong

Jan. 11, 2021 3:10 PM EST

Carnival Corp. said Monday its 2022 cruise bookings are running ahead of 2019 numbers, a good sign that guests will return once the pandemic has eased. The coronavirus has been devastating for the cruise industry, which had expected to welcome 30 million passengers worldwide in 2020. Instead, Carnival and others...

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...