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FILE : In this file photo taken on July 26, 2009, Macao tycoon Stanley Ho, talks to reporters after the Macau chief executive election in Macao. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the family of Stanley Ho, the Macao casino tycoon considered the father of modern gambling in China, has died at 98. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Stanley Ho, who built Macao's gambling industry, dies at 98

May. 26, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Casino tycoon Stanley Ho, whose business empire dominated the Portuguese gambling enclave of Macao for decades, died Tuesday in Hong Kong at age 98. Considered the father of modern gambling in China, Ho’s long and eventful life tracked the ebb and flow of southern China’s...

Illinois lawmakers pass $40B budget, Chicago casino measure

May. 24, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved an approximately $40 billion state budget early Sunday that largely maintains spending, along with a plan to push forward a Chicago casino, during an extraordinary special session held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The budget, which largely relies on...

Illinois House passes budget relying on federal funding

May. 23, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House passed a $40 billion state budget late Saturday that relies heavily on federal funding. The Chicago Tribune reported the spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1 now heads to the Senate. The budget passed on a largely party-line vote of 68-44. The...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, May 8, 2020. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama coronavirus outlook worsening amid state reopening

May. 23, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With Alabama's coronavirus caseload worsening while casinos, churches and more reopen, the state's most recognizable person had some stern words about bringing COVID-19 under control. “You need to be staying 6 feet away from me, and haven't I told you you have to wear a mask...

This June 20, 2019 photo shows gamblers playing slot machines at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. On May 22, 2020, New Jersey gambling regulators released figures showing that Atlantic City's nine casinos posted a collective gross operating profit of $29.6 million in the first three months of this year, down 65% from the same period a year ago due to casino closures during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Virus closures send Atlantic City casino profits down 65%

May. 22, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's casinos saw their gross operating profits fall by more than 65% in the first quarter of this year, according to figures released Friday. The statistics cover only the first two weeks of casino closures due to the coronavirus outbreak; second-quarter earnings are...

Judge rules against Fort Sill Apache casino in New Mexico

May. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MESCALERO, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge ruled last week against the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma that has long sought to operate a casino in New Mexico. In an opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen S. Huvelle upheld a decision by the National Indian Gaming Commission that the Fort Sill Apache was...

Nevada probes spike in deaths of residents at nursing home

May. 21, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada health officials have opened an investigation into a spike in COVID-19 deaths among residents of a Las Vegas nursing home that accounts for about one-fourth of the 93 deaths tied to the virus at all state-regulated institutions. The Department of Health and Human Services reported...

A hand sanitizer station and a sign asking guests to follow proper social distancing and sanitation measures are seen near the cashier station on the casino floor at the Mohegan Sun, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes, Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, said they're planning to reopen parts of their southeastern Connecticut casinos on June 1, despite Gov. Ned Lamont saying it's too early and dangerous.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Tribes open to suggestions but still plan to reopen casinos

May. 21, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

HEBRON, Conn. (AP) — Plans to partially reopen Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 1 are still moving ahead despite opposition from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation said Thursday. Chairman Rodney Butler told The Associated Press in an interview that Lamont is...

The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...

Navajo Nation casinos remain closed amid COVID-19 pandemic

May. 20, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation's casinos will stay closed into next month, a decision that is in line with the tribe's partial government closure and a stay-at-home order for the reservation's residents. The tribe has three casinos in New Mexico near Farmington, Shiprock and Gallup, and one in...