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NJ casinos, tracks won $4.7B in 2021; in-person winnings lag

Jan. 14, 2022 16:13 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino gambling, sports betting and online wagering in New Jersey brought in over $4.7 billion in 2021, but the casinos' core business — in-person gambling — did slightly poorer than it did before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Figures released Friday...

Old Florida Keys bridge reopens to pedestrians, bicyclists

Jan. 12, 2022 17:31 PM EST

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A segment of a 110-year-old Florida Keys bridge reopened to pedestrians and bicyclists on Wednesday following a $44 million restoration project. Rehabilitation construction on the oft-photographed 2.2-mile (3.5-km) span of the Old Seven Mile Bridge began in...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 12, 2022 14:39 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. January 9, 2022. Editorial: Florida legislative session promises little drama amid election-year spending spree On Tuesday, the Florida Legislature will start its annual session with an upbeat speech by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the promise of big boosts...

How did a giant buoy become a Key West tourist attraction?

Jan. 09, 2022 03:11 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 20-ton concrete buoy, which marks the Southernmost Point and 90 miles to Cuba, is one of Key West’s famous landmarks. Tourists flock to the marker every day to take photos, snap selfies, buy a souvenir or two. But how did such a magnet arrive in 1983 on an...

Repairs complete on famous Key West buoy after fire damage

Jan. 07, 2022 08:50 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Restoration has been completed on Key West’s Southernmost Point marker, one of the most photographed landmarks in the Florida Keys, following damage from a fire intentionally set early New Year’s Day. City public works staff finished repainting the marker...

Research: Wreck of last US slave ship mostly intact on coast

Dec. 22, 2021 16:42 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Researchers studying the wreckage of the last U.S. slave ship, buried in mud on the Alabama coast since it was scuttled in 1860, have made the surprising discovery that most of the wooden schooner remains intact, including the pen that was used to imprison African captives...

Myrtle Beach doesn’t want to be ‘Dirty Myrtle’ anymore

Dec. 19, 2021 00:11 AM EST

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — No one can really say definitively where the nickname “Dirty Myrtle” came from, or when it appeared. Some say it came from a beer popularized decades ago called “Dirty Myrtle.” Others think it had to do with water quality testing of this stretch of...

New proof Atlantic City casinos doing well; tax breaks near

Dec. 16, 2021 18:54 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — With New Jersey lawmakers just days away from considering big tax breaks for Atlantic City's casinos, saying that as many as four are in danger of closing, state regulators released the latest evidence Thursday that the casinos appear to be doing just fine. ...

Projects ease path for alewives to reach freshwater to spawn

Dec. 12, 2021 16:14 PM EST

PENOBSCOT, Maine (AP) — The last of five projects aimed at easing the passage for thousands of alewives to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Bagaduce River watershed to reproduce has been completed. That means alewives will have an easier time this spring, thanks to the efforts...

Brazil: 3 killed during heavy rains and flooding

Dec. 11, 2021 13:18 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government declared a state of emergency in almost 50 cities in the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais due to heavy rains that caused floods and killed at least three people. The decision, published in the official gazette on Friday night, affects 17...