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  • ORLANDO, Fla.— For more than a moment, you feel the way "Avatar" hero Jake Sully felt plunging down the side of a floating mountain and coming just close enough to a giant wave to feel the mist on your face— all while on the back of a flying banshee that then swoons and soars high above the land of Pandora. Flight of Passage, the new signature ride of Disney World's $500...

  • Keith Rabois

    Opendoor also has become a model for a new kind of tech upstart: Call it the fat start-up. The New York Times reports.

  • SeaWorld and Sesame Workshop, which run decades-old educational and entertainment brands trying to adjust to 21st century tastes, are extending their almost-four-decade partnership through 2031.. During that time, SeaWorld will build a second Sesame Place theme park to complement its existing location outside Philadelphia, open a Sesame Street land in...

  • NEW YORK— Is the convenience of having a Quarter Pounder and fries delivered to your home or office worth a $5 fee? The fast-food chain says it's expanding its partnership with UberEats to offer delivery in Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles and Phoenix. The two had already teamed up to offer McDonald's delivery in Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Florida earlier this year.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— An Air Canada flight from Jamaica to Toronto was diverted to Orlando, Florida, after authorities say a passenger became aggressive, attacked the crew with coffee pots and tried to open the cabin door. A federal criminal complaint says crew members and other passengers secured Brandon Michael Courneyea using zip ties. Orlando television station...

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— No need to schlep around wallets or locker keys in your Speedos at Universal Orlando Resort's new water park opening later this month. Tapu Tapu is only the latest effort by theme parks to eliminate waits, go cashless and track guests through technology that allows workers to greet them by name or know what food they have ordered as they arrive at a...

  • NEW YORK— Stores can't keep them in stock. "It just took off," says Richard Gottlieb, a consultant at Global Toy Experts in New York. Shannan Rowell, a sixth-grade special education teacher, says that after a weeklong break in late April more than half of her 25 students suddenly had one.

  • ORLANDO, Fla. _ Voxx International Corp. on Monday reported a loss of $90,000 in its fiscal fourth quarter. Voxx shares have climbed 51 percent since the beginning of the year. Access a Zacks stock report on VOXX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/VOXX.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— Authorities say a Disney World resort was evacuated when a fire alarm was triggered that turned out to be false. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Disney and Contemporary Resort officials had no comment. The Contemporary opened in 1971 and is one of the original properties at Disney World.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— Visits to Florida's theme-park mecca continued to grow last year, despite tragic headlines from the region, enabling Orlando to keep its bragging rights as the most visited destination in the United States, tourism officials said Thursday. Orlando tourism officials announced that more than 68 million visitors came to the area in 2016, a 3 percent...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- Tiffany Cartagena said she was eating with her mixed-race girlfriend at a restaurant in Ohio last month when she heard nearby diners remark about the "monkey" at the next table. As Trump nears his 100th day in the White House after a campaign punctuated by his inflammatory comments about Muslims and immigrants, a number of Americans say U.S....

  • DUBAI, April 25- Emirates signaled on Tuesday that its U.S. expansion plans were on hold until demand recovers from a slowdown that the airline has blamed on President Donald Trump's travel restrictions. The Dubai- based carrier announced last week it would reduce flights to five U.S. cities from May following a "significant deterioration" in demand.

  • LOS ANGELES, April 14- For die-hard "Star Wars" collectors, this weekend's fan convention in Orlando, Florida, is a must-attend event. The annual Star Wars Celebration is the only place Walt Disney Co licensees are selling a new Luke Skywalker action figure, limited-edition Stormtrooper helmets and other coveted merchandise. The company then expanded the range...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 13- Luminar, a Silicon Valley start-up, is getting ready to manufacture its laser-based sensor for self-driving cars, a key component that would improve vehicle safety, the company said on Thursday. Founded in 2012 by two photonics experts, Luminar has kept a low profile in the race between automakers, startups and major technology companies...

  • April 5- WWE Inc, owner of the sports. The WWE is coming off a weekend where it sold out five consecutive nights in Orlando, including WrestleMania at the Citrus Bowl, with records for that stadium's attendance of 75,245 fans and its revenue of $14.5 million. WWE's live event business is its third-largest source of revenue, grossing $144.4 M in 2016.

  • April 5- WWE Inc, owner of the sports. The WWE is coming off a weekend where it sold out five consecutive nights in Orlando, including WrestleMania at the Citrus Bowl, with records for that stadium's attendance of 75,252 fans and its revenue of $14.5 million. WWEs live event business is its third-largest source of revenue, grossing $144.4 M in 2016.

  • March 24- SeaWorld Entertainment Inc said China's Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co Ltd would buy Blackstone Group LP's stake in the embattled U.S.-based marine park operator, sending SeaWorld' s shares up 10 percent in morning trading on Friday. Blackstone, which bought SeaWorld in 2009 for $2.3 billion, has been reducing its stake in the company since taking it...

  • NEW YORK, March 21- Wells Fargo& Co will launch a new multi-channel ad campaign, its chief executive said on Tuesday, in a further sign of the bank's efforts to regain trust after a sales scandal last year caused a sharp drop in account openings. "For our team members and customers, we want to create a culture that's better every day," Chief Executive Officer Timothy...

  • NEW YORK, March 21- Wells Fargo& Co will launch a new multi-channel ad campaign, its chief executive said on Tuesday, in a further sign of the bank's efforts to regain trust after a sales scandal last year caused a sharp drop in account openings. "For our team members and customers, we want to create a culture that's better every day," Chief Executive Officer Timothy...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 16- Gun owners were thrilled with Donald Trump's election in November. Trump's surprise victory on Nov. 8 turned gunmaker shares, one of the most profitable investments under his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, into a top money-maker for traders who take a gamble on falling stock prices. Fears of gun control following mass shootings in...