Hospitality and leisure industry

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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State Sen. Ling Ling Chang poses for a selfie with a hot air balloon shaped like Yoda of Star Wars, outside the Capitol Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. Chang, a Southern California Republican whose district is near Disneyland, joined other lawmakers in declaring May 4 as "Star Wars Day."(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 02, 2019 - 5:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — May the fourth officially be with you. The California Legislature voted Thursday to declare May 4 "Star Wars Day" in recognition of a Disneyland theme park slated to open later this month. It's a play on the Star Wars' phrase "may the force be with you." The resolution by...
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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, people put their luggage in a private taxi as they arrive from the U.S. to the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba. In 1958, the father of José Ramón López owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. All were taken in Cuba's socialist revolution. Starting Thursday, they will be able to file lawsuits against European and American companies doing business on their former properties, thanks to the Trump administration's decision to activate a provision of the U.S. embargo on Cuba with the potential to affect foreign investment in Cuba for many years to come. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
May 02, 2019 - 3:28 pm
MIAMI (AP) — In 1958, José Ramón López's father owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. Conchita Beltrán's family had about 2,160 acres (874 hectares) of sugar and tobacco fields. And the families of Mickael Behn and Javier García Bengochea had docks in Havana and...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 file photo Wynn Resorts new CEO Matt Maddox reacts as he speaks during an interview at Wynn Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Massachusetts gambling regulators have levied a $35 million fine on Wynn Resorts but allowed it to retain its casino license after failing to disclose allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn. The commission also fined CEO Matthew Maddox $500,000 and mandated an independent firm evaluate the company's recent organizational changes. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)
May 01, 2019 - 3:39 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The record $35.5 million in fines Massachusetts imposed on Wynn Resorts and its CEO reflect the many violations uncovered but are also meant to serve as a deterrent as the nascent state casino industry takes shape, Massachusetts regulators said Wednesday. The state's Gaming Commission...
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April 30, 2019 - 5:54 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Gambling regulators in Massachusetts on Tuesday levied a $35 million fine on Wynn Resorts but allowed the company to keep its casino license after executives failed to disclose allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission...
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Investigators stand around the wreckage of a helicopter, Monday, April 29, 2019, in Kailua, Hawaii. Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community in a crash that killed three people aboard, officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
April 29, 2019 - 7:58 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Fire and helicopter parts rained from the sky Monday in a suburban Honolulu community as a tour helicopter crashed and killed all three people aboard, officials and witnesses said. "All you could see was fire," witness Melissa Solomon said, explaining that she was driving on the...
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