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New Jersey beefs up its iconic Jersey Shore boardwalks with $100M in repair or rebuilding funds

Feb. 23, 2024 17:30 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A wooden walkway next to Atlantic City casinos credited as being the first boardwalk in the United States and a similar coastal thoroughfare in the musical home of Bruce Springsteen are among Jersey Shore boardwalks that will share $100 million in repair and...

Playa Hotels: Q4 Earnings Snapshot

Feb. 22, 2024 16:39 PM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — AMSTERDAM (AP) — Playa Hotels & Resorts NV (PLYA) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1 million. The Amsterdam-based company said it had net income of 1 cent per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 4 cents per share. ...

U.S. casinos won $66.5B in 2023, their best year ever as gamblers showed no economic fear

Feb. 20, 2024 18:17 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — America's commercial casinos won $66.5 billion from gamblers in 2023, the industry's best year ever, according to figures released by its national trade association Tuesday. The American Gaming Association said that total was 10% higher than in 2022,...

A record-breaking January for New Jersey gambling, even as in-person casino winnings fall

Feb. 16, 2024 17:14 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Four major gambling revenue records were smashed in New Jersey in January as 2024 got off to a rousing start for everything except the thing casinos care about most: the amount of money won from in-person gamblers. Internet gambling revenue, sports...

Management issues at Oregon's Crater Lake prompt feds to consider terminating concession contract

Feb. 15, 2024 16:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Years of management issues involving facility upkeep and staff at Oregon's Crater Lake have prompted the federal government to consider terminating its contract with the national park's concessionaire. Crater Lake Hospitality, a subsidiary of...

Steve Ostrow, who founded famed NYC bathhouse the Continental Baths, dies at 91

Feb. 12, 2024 20:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Ostrow, who founded the trailblazing New York City gay bathhouse the Continental Baths, where Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and other famous artists launched their careers, has died. He was 91. The Brooklyn native died Feb. 4 in his adopted home of Sydney,...

A bill encouraging post-pandemic outdoor dining in Rhode Island is served up to governor

Feb. 09, 2024 13:44 PM EST

A bill that would set standards for cities and towns to regulate outdoor dining has landed on Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee's desk. The bill approved by the General Assembly on Thursday would let communities limit the capacity of outdoor dining but would not allow municipalities to ban...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Feb. 08, 2024 07:13 AM EST

Kingsport Times News. February 3, 2024. Editorial: Tennessee is failing to curb smoking In 1998, 52 state and territory attorneys general signed a master settlement agreement (MSA) with the four largest tobacco companies to settle dozens of state lawsuits brought to...

Disney posts solid Q1 results thanks to its theme parks and cost cuts

Feb. 07, 2024 18:06 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday posted stronger-than-expected earnings for the final three months of 2023, boosted by cost cuts and growing revenue from its theme parks business. CEO Bob Iger said the company is on track to make its streaming services...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 07, 2024 07:26 AM EST

Vicksburg Post. February 4, 2024. Editorial: Black History Month has arrived with opportunities to learn Black History Month is officially upon us and, as always, it comes as a great opportunity to not only teach children and adults alike about the contributions,...