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  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • LAS VEGAS— Huge crowds and high rollers in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight helped Nevada casinos make more than $1 billion off gamblers in May, according to records released Friday. "To hit a billion, we're pretty pleased," said Nevada Gaming Control Board analyst Michael Lawton. The last time casino winnings topped $1 billion was December...

  • LOS ANGELES— Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes. Advocates like Neil Young and major record labels say the format that's the high end of what's known as "high-resolution" audio restores textures, nuances and tones that listeners sacrifice when opting for the convenience of music...

  • Census data show commuters in the Providence- Warwick area who took public transportation in 2013 spent an average of 59.5 minutes commuting to work, compared to 57.7 minutes in the Las Vegas area, for instance, and 36 minutes in Rochester, New York. Public transit commutes in the Providence- Warwick area also were higher than the national average of 48.7 minutes,...

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • MGM asks to delay opening Massachusetts casino by a year Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    BOSTON— MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. The Las Vegas casino giant Thursday submitted a revised project schedule Thursday to the state Gaming Commission that calls for construction to be completed in August 2018 and the casino to officially...

  • New era in police recruitment: courting hearts and minds Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    But most of all, cognizant of the recent turmoil over officer-involved deaths in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore and elsewhere, America's police chiefs are looking for compassionate men and women who are in the field to do good. Take Victor Ransom, whose first assignment as an officer in Jersey City, New Jersey, is bringing him to familiar territory: his own...

  • Massachusetts' first slots parlor is open for business Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    PLAINVILLE, Mass.— Massachusetts jumped into the casino game Wednesday as the state's first slots parlor opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers. state Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby declared, calling it a "momentous" day for Massachusetts, which became the 40th state to offer casino gambling. Massachusetts has been lagging way...

  • ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Nevada- based Allegiant Air says it will start non-stop service from Rochester to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this fall. The discount air carrier owned by Allegiant Travel Co. and Monroe County officials announced the new service Tuesday at Rochester International Airport. Allegiant also offers service to Florida from upstate New York airports...

  • LOS ANGELES— As an accounting executive at Gulfstream Aerospace, Marvin Jay Caukin was pulling in a quarter-million dollars a year and had a wife 30 years his junior. He was living a lavish lifestyle that included splitting time between two luxury Los Angeles- area homes, and paying for the company of female escorts, luxury cars and $800 dinners, federal...

  • *ConAgra rises after Jana Partners takes stake in company. June 19- U.S. stocks were down in early afternoon trading on Friday, a day after a strong rally pushed the Nasdaq Composite index to a record high, but the major indexes were still on track for their strongest weekly performance in about two months. The Greece crisis also showed no signs of receding.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls as rally stalls; Greece eyed Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    *ConAgra rises after Jana Partners takes stake in company. June 19- Wall Street fell in late morning trading on Friday, a day after a strong rally pushed the Nasdaq Composite index to a record high, but the major indexes were still on track for their strongest weekly performance in about two months. "When you're facing the turmoil that is all things Greece, and the...

  • Clinton says she'd vote against 'fast track' trade bill Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 9:13 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she would vote against the fast-track trade bill were she in the Senate today. Clinton has been increasingly critical of President Barack Obama's push for fast-track authority to let him negotiate a sweeping Pacific Rim trade agreement. In a televised interview with Nevada...

  • LAS VEGAS— Issues continue to circle overhead for low-fare Allegiant Air as directors gathered in the profitable company's Las Vegas headquarters Thursday for a shareholder meeting. An engine issue caused a flight from Las Vegas to Stockton, California, to return to Vegas that same day. The payments included rent for the company's Las Vegas headquarters,...

  • His business magic of buying and selling land, selling buildings and buying up others largely played out behind the scenes and shaped the Las Vegas skyline at the same time he was buying and selling the MGM movie studio— three times— and itching to take over automaker Chrysler. "He laid the massive foundation and footprint upon which Steve Wynn's creative genius...

  • NEW YORK— MGM Resorts says that the will of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, who died Monday at age 98, orders his investment company to sell its stake in the hotel and casino operator. Kerkorian's company, Tracinda Corp., owns a 16.2 percent stake in MGM Resorts worth about $1.74 billion. MGM Resorts says Tracinda believes that "there is substantial value in the assets...

  • LAS VEGAS— Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, who built massive hotels in Las Vegas and bought and sold the MGM movie studio multiple times, died Monday at age 98.. "In an industry that thrives on innovation, Kirk Kerkorian was a pioneer who set a higher standard for gaming and elevated Las Vegas' stature with each move he made. "—American Gaming Association President and CEO...

  • June 16- Kirk Kerkorian, the son of poor Armenian immigrants who used his gambler's instincts to became a multibillionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon, Hollywood mogul, airline owner and auto industry investor, died at age 98.. Three different times- in 1969, 1973 and 1993- Kerkorian built the world's biggest hotel in Las Vegas, the desert gambling capital where he...

  • LAS VEGAS— Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, has died. After making his first fortune ferrying gamblers to Las Vegas with Trans International Airlines, he built the 30- story, 1,568- room International Hotel, the world's largest hotel...