Hospitality and leisure industry

In this Dec. 5, 2019 photo, a boys pops a wheelie as he rides his bicycle past a mural featuring Lionel Messi in La Bajada, Rosario, Argentina. Soccer wasn't always Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his hometown, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and occasionally stealing lemons from a neighbor to make juice. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
December 09, 2019 - 9:12 am
ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity. When he was a child in the modest neighborhood of La Bajada in his Argentine hometown of Rosario, he spent his time bicycling with friends, building forts out of branches and stones, playing hide and seek — and...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2019, file photo, Stephen Colbert attends the 36th Annual PaleyFest "An Evening with Stephen Colbert" at the Dolby Theatre on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. Now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have found the perfect spokesman to embrace all of the above and more: American comedian Stephen Colbert. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Dec. 5, she talked about the boost to the country’s vital tourism industry that Colbert appears to have singlehandedly orchestrated.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
December 05, 2019 - 12:00 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand has relied on hobbits, bungy jumping and rugby to entice tourists in the past. Now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may have found the perfect spokesman to embrace all of the above and more: American comedian Stephen Colbert. In a wide-ranging interview with...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 4, 2019 file photo, Lexi Thompson hits her tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the LPGA Tour ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Thompson has gone five years since her only major title. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
November 20, 2019 - 1:21 pm
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Jin Young Ko won twice as many tournaments as anyone else on the LPGA Tour this year. Her four victories included two majors. Her dominance was so thorough that she wrapped up the points-based award as player of the year with three tournaments remaining. And with $1.5 million...
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FILE - This Oct. 29, 2013 file photo shows people at Lanikai Beach, a popular neighborhood for vacation rentals, in Kailua, Hawaii. Airbnb Inc. is agreeing to provide Hawaii with records for many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven't been paying their taxes. Airbnb and the state Department of Taxation reached the agreement after negotiating the scope of a subpoena sought by the state. A judge approved the deal last week. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)
November 04, 2019 - 8:03 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven't been paying their taxes. Airbnb and the state Department of Taxation reached the agreement last week after negotiating the scope...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during a fund-raising fish fry for U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Hawkeye Downs Expo Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
November 04, 2019 - 2:34 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kamala Harris will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall with the powerful casino workers' Culinary Union in Las Vegas. The union's national affiliate Unite Here announced that the event with the California senator will be held Friday. The Culinary...
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Perry Santillo walks outside the federal courthouse in Scranton, Pa., Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, after pleading guilty to a federal fraud charge. Prosecutors say Santillo masterminded a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $115 million from investors around the country. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)
November 04, 2019 - 2:31 pm
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The fraudster called himself "King Perry," and for a while he lived like royalty. Perry Santillo masterminded a long-running investment scam that collected more than $115 million from 1,000 investors around the country, using some of the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle of...
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FILE--In this Friday, April 12, 2019, file photograph, Colorado Rep. Alec Garnett, D-Denver, speaks during a ceremony in the State Capitol in Denver. Garnett is co-sponsoring a proposal in the Legislature to dedicate a limited revenue stream from legalized sports betting to a state water conservation plan. Before that, though, voters will cast ballots Tuesday, Nov. 5, on whether to legalize sports betting in the state and tax the revenues to help conserve water. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 02, 2019 - 8:38 am
DENVER (AP) — Colorado residents will decide Tuesday whether to legalize sports betting and tax it to help conserve the state's most precious resource: water. Proposition DD, referred to the ballot by the Legislature, has bipartisan support from lawmakers and interest groups and only token...
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October 30, 2019 - 3:56 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian hotel and property developer and two equity funds have bought the Nordic subsidiaries of the failed Thomas Cook travel agency, potentially saving some 2,300 jobs. Petter Stordalen and Scandinavian fund Altor have each acquired 40% of Ving group while London-...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits the Diamond Mountain resort in Kumgang, North Korea. North Korea on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 1:53 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. In letters addressed...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel near sunset in Washington. A federal appeals court will reconsider a ruling from a three-judge panel that threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday, Oct. 15, to hold a hearing before the full court of 15 judges. Arguments are scheduled for Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 25, 2019 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's company said Friday it is exploring the sale of its landmark Washington hotel after nearly three years of ethics complaints and lawsuits accusing him of trying to profit off the presidency. The Trump Organization says it will consider offers to buy out the...
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