Hospitality and leisure industry

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, construction continues on the Encore Boston Harbor luxury resort and casino in Everett, Mass., being built by Wynn Resorts. In joint statement on Friday, May 17, 2019, Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts said they are discussing the possible sale of Encore Boston Harbor to MGM, It is scheduled to open in June. MGM opened a casino in Springfield, Mass., in August 2018. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
May 17, 2019 - 4:49 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Two major casino operators said Friday they were in preliminary talks about the possible sale of one of the largest casinos in the Northeast. Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International said in a joint statement they've engaged in conversations about the potential sale of Encore Boston...
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In this May 12, 2019 photo, tourists snorkel in the Caribbean, off a beach in Varadero, Cuba. As most of Cuba’s economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright spot, tourism, into an engine that can drag the rest of the communist island through its worst economic crisis in two decades. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco)
May 17, 2019 - 1:00 pm
VARADERO, Cuba (AP) — The battle for Cuba's economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas. As most of Cuba's economy stagnates or declines, the country has launched a full-scale effort to turn virtually the only bright...
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May 16, 2019 - 3:30 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant MGM Resorts is telling federal regulators it thinks it might pay up to $800 million to settle liability lawsuits stemming from the October 2017 mass shooting that became the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The company also tells the Securities and Exchange Commission...
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In this Friday, May 10, 2019, photo, the 17th century built Dutch fort, which was a popular tourist site, stands empty in Galle, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide’s top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists have fled. More than 250 people, including 45 foreigners mainly from China, India, the U.S. and the U.K., died in the Islamic State group-claimed blasts. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
May 15, 2019 - 11:13 pm
HIKKADUWA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note. Bomb blasts can happen "anywhere, anytime," he said, adding that he was not afraid. "Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 15, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion casino. The bill, approved 275-146, would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to hold 321 acres of reservation land in trust, despite...
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Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, left, conducts an onstage interview with Miss Florida Taylor Tyson during the second night of preliminary competition in the Miss America competition in Atlantic City N.J. on Thursday Sept. 6, 2018. Tourism generated $44.7 billion in spending in New Jersey in 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on May 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
May 09, 2019 - 1:51 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's beaches, casinos, forests and cities attracted tourists who spent nearly $45 billion in 2018. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said tourism spending in New Jersey has increased for nine years in a row. Speaking at a tourism conference Thursday in Trenton, Murphy...
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This Monday, May 6, 2019 photo shows the exterior of the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. The California Coastal Commission is fining the hotel's developer $15 million for building the high-priced hotel near the Santa Monica Pier after obtaining a permit for a property with moderately priced rooms. Officials say Sunshine Enterprises perpetrated a "bait and switch" while violating the state's landmark Coastal Act, which enshrines public access to beach areas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 08, 2019 - 9:19 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A developer could be hit Wednesday with a record $25 million in fines and fees for constructing a high-priced hotel on the Southern California coast after initially obtaining a permit for a property with moderately priced rooms, in what state officials called a "bait-and-switch"...
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Visiting from France, Meyer Joseph, center, smokes a cigarette in front of luxury shops while talking with Lily Levy Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 08, 2019 - 2:36 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A fiery debate is breaking out across Beverly Hills as people at tony hair salons, gas stations and stores weigh in on whether the city of the rich and famous should become the first in the U.S. to outlaw the sale of tobacco products everywhere except a few cigar...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Cruise AV, General Motor's autonomous electric Bolt EV is displayed in Detroit. A group of institutional investors is sinking $1.15 billion into GM Cruise LLC, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors. GM announced the investment from a group led by T. Rowe Price on Tuesday, May 7, and said it included money from GM, Honda and Japanese tech investment firm SoftBank. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
May 07, 2019 - 10:07 am
DETROIT (AP) — A group of institutional investors is sinking $1.15 billion into GM Cruise LLC, the autonomous vehicle unit of General Motors. Cruise announced the investment from a group led by T. Rowe Price on Tuesday and said it included money from GM, Honda and Japanese tech investment firm...
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The marquee promotes the Miss USA pageant an hour before it began Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Grand Sierra hotel-casino in Reno, Nevada. It's the first time the northern Nevada city on the edge of the Sierra has hosted the event that dates to 1952. This year's contestants included a psychological operations expert in the Army reserves, an ex-NFL cheerleader working to become a surgical nurse and a lawyer who represents some prisoners for free. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
May 02, 2019 - 8:38 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the Miss USA pageant in Reno, Nevada (all times local, PDT): 6:35 p.m. Only five women remain in the field of 51 Miss USA contestants who started Thursday night's competition in Reno, Nevada. They are Miss Arkansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Oklahoma...
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