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Court rules residents can contest cruise ship terminal plan

Feb. 20, 2020 4:05 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — TheSouth Carolina Supreme Court ruled that residents have the legal right to challenge the proposed construction of a new cruise ship terminal in Charleston. The ruling Wednesday sends the case back to administrative law court, news outlets reported. The State Ports Authority has...

UNR dorm closed in explosion to reopen in August

Feb. 19, 2020 9:00 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The University of Nevada, Reno says it's on schedule to reopen one of the two dorms in August that has been closed since last summer when it was severely damaged by a boiler explosion in the neighboring residence hall. In the meantime, school officials say they've agreed to spend $10.1...

FILE _ This Sept. 14, 2017, file photo shows a Motel 6 in Phoenix. A judge has given final approval to a $10 million settlement in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that alleged Motel 6 employees in Phoenix shared the whereabouts and private information of guests with immigration authorities who later arrested some of them. (AP Photo/Anita Snow, File)

Settlement approved in discrimination suit against Motel 6

Feb. 19, 2020 4:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has given final approval to a $10 million settlement in a class-action discrimination lawsuit that alleged Motel 6 employees in Phoenix shared the whereabouts and private information of guests with immigration authorities who later arrested some of them. U.S. District Judge David...

Longtime Indiana amusement park closes gates after 94 years

Feb. 19, 2020 4:28 PM EST

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana amusement park that entertained generations of visitors with rides, midway attractions and lakeside concerts for nearly a century has closed, park officials said Wednesday, citing the park's disappointing performance. Indiana Beach, which opened in 1926 and was...

Measure would remove voters from deciding gambling expansion

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland voters would no longer be required to decide whether to allow new forms of gambling in the state, under a measure approved by the state Senate on Tuesday. The Senate voted 46-1 for the constitutional amendment. If the House approves, Maryland voters would still have the final...

Revenues drop at Encore, increase at state's other 2 casinos

Feb. 18, 2020 4:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gambling revenues have dropped at Encore Boston Harbor even as they've rebounded at Massachusetts' two other casinos. The state's Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that the Everett resort generated less than $49 million in gross gambling revenues in January, down from $54 million in...

Passengers stand on the top deck of the MS Westerdam while the cruise ship is docked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading the deadly virus that began in China has taken a dark turn after a passenger released from the ship tested positive for the virus. (AP Photo)

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Feb. 17, 2020 8:13 PM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading a new disease took an unfortunate turn after a passenger later tested positive for the virus. News over the weekend that an 83-year-old American...

Sugarbush to host forum on climate change and snowsports

Feb. 17, 2020 2:04 PM EST

WARREN, Vt. (AP) — Sugarbush Resort is hosting a panel discussion on climate change and other related challenges to the ski and snow sport industries. The free open forum is being held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Gate House Lodge at Lincoln Peak. It's being held in collaboration with the group...

Meeting planned to discuss how city spends casino money

Feb. 17, 2020 8:42 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield residents who want to know how the city spends the millions of dollars it gets from the MGM casino are getting their chance. The City Council's Finance Committee, the council's Casino Oversight Committee and the city's chief administrative and financial officer have...

FILE - In this Jan, 23, 2020, file photo released by Initium Media, tourists wearing masks, take photographs outside the Casino Lisboa in Macao, China. The Chinese territory of Macao will allow casinos to reopen Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 after a 15-day closure imposed to help block the spread of China's virus outbreak. (Choi Chi Chio/Initium Media via AP, File)

Macao casinos allowed to reopen after anti-virus closure

Feb. 17, 2020 7:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese territory of Macao will allow casinos to reopen Friday after a 15-day closure imposed to help block the spread of China's virus outbreak. The territory’s finance secretary, Lei Wai Nong, announced the decision Monday at a news conference, according to Macao broadcaster...