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  • LAS VEGAS— A federal judge in Chicago ruled Wednesday that a bankrupt division of Caesars Entertainment Corp. can tap some of the $847 million in cash it has on hand for at least five weeks. Judge Benjamin Goldgar said Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. could access its cash in the interim despite objections from some of the company's creditors.

  • NEW YORK— Upscale hotel chain Mandarin Oriental says it is investigating a potential credit card breach at its hotels. Mandarin Oriental said it is coordinating with credit card agencies and forensic specialists. Mandarin Oriental operates hotels across the world including Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Prague, Boston, Las...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon's health insurance marketplace is a state-based exchange and would not be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court case against president Barack Obama's health care law, state officials say. Oregon built its own exchange, Cover Oregon, but it never fully launched. Oregon still contracts with health insurance carriers and certifies plans, and it...

  • WASHINGTON— The never-ending political fight over health care hit the Supreme Court Wednesday, and insurance coverage for millions of Americans is on the line. Yes, but foes of President Barack Obama's signature law hope this time the justices will gut "Obamacare." Actually, a lot has changed since the Supreme Court's big health care decision of 2012..

  • NEW YORK— McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years. The company says its suppliers will still be able to use a type of antibiotic called ionophores that keeps chickens healthy and isn't used in humans. "This really does move the ball quite a bit," said Gail Hansen, a senior officer...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A California- based company chaired by entrepreneur Elon Musk said Wednesday it has set its sights on expanding the number of homes in New Mexico outfitted with solar panels— a move that could fuel a regulatory battle over tax credits and other incentives for the industry. SolarCity announced plans that include opening an operations center in...

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada Republicans are looking to significantly change how the state's public employee benefits system operates. The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs reviewed the first details of AB 190 on Tuesday to committee rooms in Las Vegas and Carson City packed with worried public employees. Reno Republican Assemblyman Randy Kirner...

  • The casino is getting $14 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority toward the $15 million total cost of both projects. The projects illustrate two trends underway in what until recently was the nation's second-largest gambling market after Nevada, but which has slipped into 3rd place behind Pennsylvania. And it also lets the Borgata...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Several hundred people gathered Monday at rallies in Utah and Nevada to demonstrate their opposition to efforts by some Western states to seize control of federal lands. Inside the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City, more than 200 people held signs that read, "Protect Wild Utah" or "No Utah land grab." They listened to speeches from leaders of...

  • HONG KONG, Mar 3- Gambling revenue in Macau, the world's biggest gaming hub, plunged by a record 49 percent in February, as wealthy players shied away from China's only legal casino hub following the economic slowdown and Beijing's crackdown on conspicuous spending. Revenue fell for the ninth consecutive month to 19.5 billion patacas in February, from 38 billion...

  • Caesars Acquisition posts 4Q profit Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Caesars Acquisition Co. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Caesars Acquisition shares have fallen 25 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Caesars Acquisition, Earnings Report.

  • LAS VEGAS— LAS VEGAS— The gambling gods were not kind to Caesars Entertainment Corp. in the fourth quarter. The losing streak at Caesars Palace, along with the costs to start up new restaurants and properties as well as overhead expenses, was enough to offset encouraging new revenue from its properties online and on the ground, said Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary...

  • Wynn Resorts wants Steve Wynn's ex-wife off board Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 2:03 PM ET

    In a proxy statement for investors filed Friday the company's board said it would not re-nominate insider Elaine Wynn to the board because of conflict of interest concerns and a legal complaint she has pending against the company's CEO and ex-husband Steve Wynn. In 2012, Elaine Wynn sued CEO Steve Wynn to nullify an amended stockholder's agreement...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— As Florida's housing market tanked seven years ago, construction worker David Rager saw jobs dry up. In a recent survey of more than 900 contractors by Associated General Contractors of America, 83 percent said they were having trouble filling craft positions. Given the amount of building going on, "it's going to be interesting because we're going to...

  • SINGAPORE/ MANILA, March 2- More than three years after opening ultra-luxe nightclub Pangaea in Singapore's glitzy Marina Bay Sands, owner Michael Van Cleef Ault is now betting that Manila's casinos will be able to draw rich punters and partygoers through his doors. The increase in the number of wealthy Chinese gamblers fleeing Macau amid Beijing's...

  • Berkshire Hathaway's 4Q profit declines 17 percent Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 9:23 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Saturday that its fourth quarter profit slid 17 percent because of declines in the paper value of its investments and derivative contracts. Berkshire's quarterly profit declined to $4.16 billion, or $2,529 per Class A share, on $48.3 billion in revenue. Those were $3.96 billion, or $2,412 per share, which is up from $3.78...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    DETAILS: Cosco Home& Office Products 3- in-1 convertible aluminum hand trucks with model numbers 12-301 ABL and 12-301 ABL1. They were manufactured from January 2009 to October 2011. They were sold at Ace Hardware, Costco Wholesale Club, Lowe's, Price Mart and United Stationers and online at The Home Depot.com from March 2009 to October 2011.

  • Miss America Organization president is stepping down Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:26 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The president of the Miss America Organization is stepping down after nearly two years at the helm. Pearce told The Associated Press that she wants to spend more time with her family. She helped lead the pageant during its return to Atlantic City in 2013 after a brief stint in Las Vegas.

  • TULALIP, Wash.— The Justice Department's announcement in December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution— if not silence or opposition— from many tribes. Representatives of about 75 tribes from around the country converged on the Tulalip Indian Tribes' resort and casino...