North America


  • Showboat closing after 27 years in Atlantic City Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 3:04 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The show is ending for the Showboat Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Its owner, Caesars Entertainment, is closing the still-profitable Showboat to reduce the number of casinos in Atlantic City, which has been struggling with plunging revenue and increased competition.

  • Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    The first night of the inaugural Budweiser Made in America music festival in Los Angeles went off with few problems, despite concerns from residents about possible security and traffic issues. Lamar noted the unique setting, saying, "I've been touring the world, and I ain't never done a festival in the heart of Los Angeles."

  • Commission adopts fracking regulations for Nevada Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:52 PM ET

    ELKO, Nev.— A state panel has approved regulations guiding oil and gas exploration companies' use of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in Nevada. Kate Fay, a representative of Houston- based Noble Energy Inc., praised the regulations.

  • Barista-stand owner faces prostitution charge Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 8:25 PM ET

    EVERETT, Wash.— The owner of bikini coffee stands in Washington state banked more than $2 million in just three years because her baristas were also selling sex acts, according to local prosecutors.

  • As Scots weigh independence, Wales takes note Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 6:24 PM ET

    Less than a month before Scotland holds a referendum on whether to leave Britain, Wales is watching with a mix of envy, excitement and trepidation.

  • Panel rejects new fee for solar homes in Utah Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Advocates of renewable energy are hailing the rejection of Rocky Mountain Power's request for a new fee for residential rooftop solar panels in Utah. "What a bright day for Utah's future," said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy.

  • Alibaba plans early Sept. debut: Source Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 4:42 PM ET
    Alibaba.com's headquarters in Hangzhou, China

    Alibaba is planning to launch its New York stock market debut in the week of Sept. 8, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.

  • NYC union: Cops not to blame for drugged-out death Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said it was the PCP that placed Singleton's life in jeopardy and that officers were just doing their jobs.

  • Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    The Budweiser Made in America concert featured three large stages dotting Grand Park in front of Los Angeles City Hall, and food trucks were parked along the city streets the park spans. The event marks the West Coast expansion of the two-day festival that rap mogul Jay Z launched in Philadelphia in 2012..

  • Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. If Moreno's six-week training program in New York City leads to a full-time job, she'll have bucked long odds.

  • 5 takeaways from a punch-less summer box office Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. Even though it's not due in theaters for more than a year, no other film captured the popcorn-hunger of moviegoers quite like J.J. Abrams' resurrection of George Lucas' space opera.

  • In Sandy turnaround test, NYC says it'll meet goal Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A city home-repair program has been sprinting to meet a self-imposed deadline to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery, and officials say they're positioned to pass their test of rebuilding both houses and confidence.

  • ISIS displaying a deft command of varied media Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    A fighter of the Islamic State stands guard near the city of Baiji, north of Baghdad June 19, 2014.

    Western intelligence services are worried about ISIS's extraordinary command of videos, ground images shot from drones and multilingual Twitter messages.

  • Ohio Army Guard postpones drills to save money Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— The Ohio Army National Guard is postponing most of its planned training in early September because of federal budget issues. The Army National Guards of Hawaii and Guam also said Friday they are postponing upcoming drills. There was no immediate response Saturday to messages left seeking comment from the Ohio National Guard and the Pentagon.

  • South American food chains use Florida as US gate Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    MIAMI— When El Corral Burgers opened its first U.S. restaurant near Miami last year, Colombian-Americans came in droves to get a taste of home. Some came from Tampa and Orlando, "says Juan Mario Patino, a vice president of 4 JS Management, the company's U.S. franchisee.

  • Sesame catching on in southeast US Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Thousands of acres from Arkansas to Florida and Georgia were planted in sesame this year— sometimes joining a rotation of cotton, soybeans and corn and at times spread in fields too far away from irrigation lines. The nation's traditional sesame-growing region is in Oklahoma and Texas west of Interstate 35.

  • In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    NAPA, Calif.— Napa Valley's seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not.

  • Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 9:48 AM ET
    The Revel Casino in Atlantic City on July 30, 2014.

    The Showboat is closing Sunday, followed by Revel on Monday and Tuesday. Trump Plaza is next, closing Sept. 16.

  • *Alibaba still awaiting SEC approval to launch sale. HONG KONG, Aug 30- Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning to launch its New York stock market debut in the week of Sept. 8, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

  • Time to ditch rising stocks, or stick with them? Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The market has nearly tripled in a little over five years. With each record, the temptation grows to take your winnings and flee.