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  • July 31- Wall Street ended on a sour note on Friday as a drop in energy stocks eclipsed wage data that supported expectations that the U.S. Exxon Mobil shares dropped 4.58 percent while Chevron lost 4.89 percent after reporting poor quarterly earnings due to weak oil prices. That's what this market has been about since we've been in such a tight trading range this...

  • July 31- Wall Street was mixed on Friday as a drop in energy companies' stocks was offset by expectations the U.S. Exxon Mobil shares fell 3.5 percent while Chevron was down 3.9 percent after reporting poor quarterly earnings due to weak oil prices. This definitely puts a lower probability on that, "said Stanley Sun, interest rate strategist at Nomura Securities...

  • SPARKS, Nev.— Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza...

  • Roche Romania told The Associated Press it was "fully cooperating" with anti-graft prosecutors and would provide the requested information. Some 61 homes and offices were searched in Bucharest and in the northwest of the country on Tuesday in a probe centered on a number of medical institutes and the way certain cancer medicines were purchased and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 30- Location-tracking devices that communicate with a major satellite network operated by Globalstar Inc can have their transmissions intercepted or mimicked with false data, a U.S. security researcher said on Thursday. Globalstar, of Covington, Louisiana, has sold hundreds of thousands or millions of the devices, which are widely used for...

  • BOSTON/ DETROIT, July 30- A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. Kamkar released the video a week after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled some 1.4 million vehicles after hacking...

  • LAS VEGAS— Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a...

  • BOSTON/ DETROIT, July 30- A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and...

  • Vice president of flight operations Greg Baden and director of flight safety Michael Wuerger were at the controls of the July 23 flight with 144 passengers on board, the airline said. The plane left Las Vegas more than an hour behind schedule, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. The airline said that's because a passenger had a medical emergency in...

  • Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. Elizabeth McCourt, a headhunter and executive coach with her own company, McCourt Leadership Group, is a foodie who loves trying great restaurants when she travels, from Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, to Paul Prudhomme's K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans.

  • Pinnacle Entertainment tops Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $21.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Pinnacle Entertainment shares have risen 73 percent since the beginning of the...

  • Wynn misses Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:33 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Wynn Resorts Ltd. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $56.5 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 97 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.07 billion.

  • Wynn Resorts profit drops 72 percent in 2nd quarter Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:21 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Wynn Resorts Ltd.' s profit fell 72 percent in the second quarter, stymied by an on-going decline in the Asian gambling enclave of Macau and fewer high-roller Chinese baccarat players in Las Vegas. Still, Wynn said the company is on pace to open its $4.1 billion 1,700- room Wynn Palace casino resort on the Cotai strip area of Macau by March 25.

  • Allegiant Travel beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Allegiant Travel Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $54.3 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.13 per share. Allegiant Travel shares have risen 37 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LAS VEGAS— A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere. Fremont Street is the original Vegas gambling hotspot, where casinos got their start before the Strip grew...

  • FAA investigating airliner that nearly ran out of fuel Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:42 PM ET

    The Allegiant plane with 144 passengers landed safely last Thursday at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota, after a flight from Las Vegas. "At this time, we are coordinating with the FAA and the airport to investigate all channels of communication regarding the flight and the circumstances leading to the declaration of emergency," the Las Vegas-...

  • Global Cash Access Holdings posts 2Q loss Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Global Cash Access Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $12.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. Global Cash Access Holdings shares have decreased roughly 5 percent since the...

  • Casino high rollers: Tales of abuse, rule-bending Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 12:50 PM ET
    Patrons play craps at a table at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (file photo).

    Some casino dealers take extreme measures, like tolerating abuse and bending the rules, to satisfy and retain high rollers.

  • LAS VEGAS— Baccarat, the card game that can be a windfall or whiplash for Las Vegas casinos, was the latter in June. Nevada's casinos earned nearly $831 million of what was gambled last month, a drop of about 8 percent from a year earlier, according to data released Tuesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. "The baccarat business's world was completely different in...

  • Pool fire at The Cosmopolitan fueled by fake palm trees Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:27 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Fake palm trees and high winds fueled a poolside fire on a rooftop at The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip over the weekend, fire officials say. The blaze on Saturday sent guests running and plumes of black smoke billowing from the scene. Clark County Battalion Chief Leo Durkin said the trees were made from foam that has become a common...