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Outside the RNC, small Milwaukee businesses and their regulars tried to salvage a sluggish week

Jul. 20, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jay Nelson was standing outside the convenience store he manages in downtown Milwaukee when one of his regular customers walked by on her daily stroll around the neighborhood. “I've been telling people to come and buy even just a bottle of wine,” she said,...

Venice officials defend day-tripper tax, but delay the decision on extending it

Jul. 19, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Venice city officials said Friday that the day-tripper tax netted 2.4 million euros ($2.6 million) during a test phase this summer, and that decisions on how to proceed would be made in the fall after a full analysis of the data. According to the city, the 5-euro tax...

Everton's proposed sale to Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through

Jul. 19, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The proposed sale of Premier League club Everton to the Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through, both parties said in a joint statement on Friday. The Friedkin Group, which has a portfolio of companies in the automotive, entertainment, hospitality,...

The last cards have been dealt as the iconic Mirage closes its doors on the Las Vegas Strip

Jul. 17, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A final blast from The Mirage's signature volcano marked the passage Wednesday of an aging Las Vegas resort that wowed crowds when it opened in 1989 and went on to revolutionize the casino resort industry and reshape Las Vegas as a tourist destination. “What...

Darden Restaurants buys Tex-Mex chain Chuy's for $605 million

Jul. 17, 2024 17:45 PM EDT

Darden Restaurants is adding Tex-Mex to the menu. The parent company of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House and other chains, said Wednesday it's buying Chuy's for approximately $605 million. Darden said it will acquire all outstanding shares of Chuy’s for...

Francis Ford Coppola's 'Megalopolis' wrapped at this Georgia hotel. Soon, it'll be open for business

Jul. 17, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — Two years ago, Francis Ford Coppola stopped at Georgia Film Academy on the hunt for apprentices for his upcoming film, " Megalopolis." Jordan Holifield, then a 23-year-old student, did a double-take when he saw one of the application questions — did he...

Bank of England faces dilemma after potential Taylor Swift upside impact on UK inflation

Jul. 17, 2024 06:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England is facing a dilemma about whether to cut interest rates next month after official figures Wednesday showed inflation holding steady at its target against expectations of a modest decline, possibly as a result of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour. The Office...

Autopsies on the 6 Bangkok hotel guests who died mysteriously confirm they had traces of cyanide in their blood

Jul. 17, 2024 04:46 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Autopsies on the 6 Bangkok hotel guests who died mysteriously confirm they had traces of cyanide in their blood.

IMF's economic view: Brighter outlook for China and India but tepid global growth

Jul. 16, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday upgraded its economic outlook this year for China, India and Europe while modestly lowering expectations for the United States and Japan. But it says worldwide progress against accelerating prices has been slowed by...

In beachy Galveston, locals buckle down without power after Beryl's blow during peak tourist season

Jul. 15, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Vacuums sucked the water out of the seaside inn run by Nick Gaido’s family in Galveston since 1911 as power was still spotty nearly one week after a resurgent Hurricane Beryl swept into Texas. Blue tarp covered much of the torn off roof. Gaido scheduled cleanup shifts...