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US industry wonders: What should tomorrow’s casino floor be?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Walk into a casino today, and chances are it won't look that much different than it did in the 1942 movie "Casablanca" when Humphrey Bogart made his way through the gambling tables in the smoke-filled room. Sure, the slot machines are larger, louder and flashier ...

Only 1 bidder to run Georgia’s Confederate-themed park

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — The only bidder for management of Georgia's Confederate-themed, state-owned Stone Mountain Park is a new firm created by an official of the company that's pulling out, the park's governing board said Monday. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association board voted ...

Treasury Department names first counselor for racial equity

NEW YORK (AP) — The Treasury Department has hired a former JPMorgan Chase executive to head a new government program aimed at combatting racial inequality issues in banking and other financial-services industries. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Monday that Janis Bowdler will be the ...

Billionaire tax hits critics as Biden pushes for budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats' idea for a new billionaires' tax to help pay for President Joe Biden's social services and climate change plan quickly ran into criticism as too cumbersome with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on corporations and ...

YouTube, TikTok, Snap execs face senators on kids’ safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bearing down on hugely popular social media platforms and their impact on children, the leaders of a Senate panel have called executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat to face questions on what their companies are doing to ensure young users' safety. The Senate Commerce ...

First steps made in Congress to honor pop superstar Prince

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota's Congressional delegation on Monday is introducing a resolution to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to pop superstar Prince, citing his "indelible mark on Minnesota and American culture," The Associated Press has learned. The medal is one of the ...

Appeals court hears claims of jury bias at ‘El Chapo’ trial

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court should overturn the U.S. conspiracy conviction of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman because of claims that his anonymous jury flouted warnings to avoid media accounts of the case, a lawyer for Guzman urged a three-judge panel on Monday, ...

US judge: Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally ‘people’

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or "interested persons" with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to kill or sterilize the ...

Missouri tornado confirmed as storms swept into Illinois

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a strong tornado that thrashed the southeastern Missouri city of Fredericktown as strong storms that swept the state and moved into Illinois overnight damaged buildings and knocked out power, but left no serious ...

Civil rights pioneer seeks expungement of ’55 arrest record

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Months before Rosa Parks became the mother of the modern civil rights movement by refusing to move to the back of a segregated Alabama bus, Black teenager Claudette Colvin did the same. Convicted of assaulting a police officer while being arrested, she was placed on ...

Treasury claims rental assistance helped stop eviction wave

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of households receiving emergency rental assistance has increased steadily in recent months, with no major increase in people being turned out of their homes despite the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium, the Biden administration said Monday. Fresh ...

US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced. The government said Monday it will ...

Boosting boosters: Hochul & de Blasio get extra jabs

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio separately received COVID-19 booster shots Monday as part of their efforts to promote widespread vaccinations. The two Democrats, who received their shots at different events, were eligible because they had ...

Moderna says its low-dose COVID shot works for kids 6 to 11

Moderna said Monday that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer joins its rival Pfizer in moving toward expanding shots to children. Pfizer's kid-size vaccine doses are closer to widespread use. They are undergoing evaluation ...

EXPLAINER: What’s a ‘wealth tax’ and how would it work?

To help pay for his big economic and social agenda, President Joe Biden is looking to go where the big money is: billionaires. Biden never endorsed an outright "wealth tax" when campaigning last year. But his more conventional proposed rate hikes on the income of large corporations and the ...

COVID cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools around the U.S. considering relaxing their mask rules, but deaths nationally have been ticking up over the past few weeks, some rural hospitals are showing signs of strain, and cold weather is setting in. The number of new cases nationally has ...

To navigate legal quandaries, Biden leans on low-key counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election lawsuits multiplying by the day. An obscure federal agency blocking the presidential transition. The very legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory under assault as supporters of Donald Trump riot at the Capitol. Amid all the turmoil, lawyer Dana Remus was the voice of ...

Orthodox patriarch hospitalized at start of 12-day US visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world's 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians was hospitalized Sunday in Washington on the first full day of a planned 12-day U.S. visit and will stay overnight, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said. The archdiocese said Ecumenical ...

Florida’s top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a memo to senators ...

Sluggish pace of confirmations vexes Biden White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's willingness to confirm a president's nominees took a downward turn during Donald Trump's first year in office. And it has only gotten worse for President Joe Biden. About 36% of Biden's nominees have been confirmed so far in the evenly divided Senate, a ...