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  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— A professional gambler accused of cheating an Atlantic City casino out of $9.6 million by seeking an unfair edge at cards says the casino has its own method of gaining an advantage: plying gamblers with free booze served by flirty, scantily clad waitresses. Phil Ivey is using the unusual defense against allegations that he and a partner...

  • Back from death's door, Resorts casino is now profitable Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 2:14 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— As recently as five years ago, Resorts Casino Hotel was near death, struggling to survive against bigger, newer Atlantic City casinos. In December 2009, Resorts' then-owners Colony Capital were within hours of handing over the keys to lenders and walking away from the casino. Months later, veteran casino executive Dennis Gomes and New York real...

  • *Wyndham hackings caused $10.6 mln in fraudulent charges. Aug 24- A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information. The FTC wants to hold Wyndham accountable for three...

  • *Wyndham hackings caused $10.6 mln fraudulent charges. Aug 24- A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cybersecurity, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information. Noting the FTC's broad authority under a 1914 law to protect...

  • Aug 24- A U.S. appeals court said on Monday the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to regulate cybersecurity, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to safeguard consumers' personal information. The 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld an April 2014 ruling that allowed...

  • SCHENECTADY, N.Y.— A former Schenectady pizza delivery driver is one of two former employees who are suing Pizza Hut, claiming the company's delivery fees on orders illegally cuts into their tips. The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports the suit filed in Albany federal court states that the pizza chain violates New York labor laws by keeping delivery fees as a...

  • Approval of NY's $15 fast-food wage plan looms Friday, 21 Aug 2015 | 3:17 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A New York state proposal to gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour could be formally approved any day. The current wage of $8.75 an hour already is set to automatically rise to $9 for all workers at year's end. Alexsandra Candelaria works at a Rochester- area McDonald's where she makes $9.

  • Aug 21- Steiner Leisure Ltd, an operator of spas on cruise ships and in hotels, will be taken private by private equity firm Catterton Partners for about $843 million. Catterton has investments in consumer companies including high-end home furnishings chain Restoration Hardware Holdings, restaurant operator Noodles& Co and toymaker Build-A-Bear Workshop.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 17- McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from five continents voiced allegations. Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc, the world's largest McDonald's franchisee and its main operator in...

  • BEIJING/ WELLINGTON, Aug 21- At the upmarket Black Swan bakery in Beijing, where well-heeled customers browse rooms of glass cases displaying elaborate layered western-style cakes, Jin Yuchen is buying a birthday cake for his mother. The Black Swan bakery imports cream cheese and other dairy products from New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's largest dairy...

  • 'Bleisure': Redefining luxury travel Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 6:53 AM ET
    'Bleisure': Redefining luxury travel

    Bill Wackermann, Conde Nast Travel, discusses the many ways travel is changing to accommodate the luxury traveler.

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 19- Sandwich chain Subway for more than 15 years tied its fortunes to spokesman Jared Fogle and his outsized, 60- inch waist jeans. That once-successful relationship has dragged the privately held restaurant chain into a child sex and pornography scandal, but branding experts say Subway should be able to distance itself from public anger after...

  • Minor Hotel: Seeing cancellations after Bangkok blast Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 9:22 PM ET
    Minor Hotel: Seeing cancellations after Bangkok blast

    While the deadly explosion has resulted in short-term cancellations, Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group, believes that Thailand's tourism industry can recover as it has done previously.

  • Aug 18- Yum Brands Inc announced on Tuesday new leadership for its China division as investor activists lobby for the owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands to spin off that business, which is its biggest driver of revenue and profit. Su, who has been with Yum for 26 years, was instrumental in making Yum the biggest Western restaurant chain in China.

  • Aug 18- Yum Brands Inc on Tuesday announced new leadership for its China business as investor activists lobby for the owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands to spin off that business, which is its biggest driver of revenue and profit. Su, who has been with Yum for 26 years, was instrumental in making the company the biggest Western restaurant chain in China with nearly...

  • Yum Brands names new CEO of China business Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Yum Brands, the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, is naming a new CEO of its China division as it works to reverse a sales skid in a key market. Yum Brands also named new CEOs of its KFC and Pizza Hut businesses in China. Yum Brands has more than 6,800 locations in China, but the business has been damaged by bad publicity connected to poor food handling by a...

  • Aug 18- Yum Brands Inc, the owner of the Pizza Hut and KFC restaurant chains, said company veteran Micky Pant would replace Sam Su as chief executive of its China division. Pant was the CEO of KFC worldwide. Yum said Su, who is retiring, would serve as an executive adviser through February 2016 and also remain on the company's board.

  • HSH CEO: H1 results are 'not disappointing' Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 9:44 PM ET
    HSH CEO: H1 results are 'disappointing'

    Clement Kwok, CEO of Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels (HSH), outlines the factors that contributed to the 10 percent decline in the hotelier's first-half underlying profits.

  • Luxury hotel owner Strategic Hotels to explore sale Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 8:36 AM ET

    Strategic Hotels' portfolio comprises hotels such as Marriott International Inc's Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott luxury brands. Cascade Investment LLC, Strategic Hotels' second-largest shareholder, said separately it had entered into a "confidentiality and standstill agreement" with the company for sharing certain non-public information.

  • TripAdvisor's most unexpected popular attractions Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 7:23 PM ET
    A tour group outside the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City.

    Everyone knows of Central Park and the Vegas Strip. TripAdvisor's Popularity Index shows some less-traveled spots. USA Today reports.