At odds on human rights, US and Cuba move toward embassies

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEINAssociated Press HAVANA (AP) – After a euphoric month in that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the 1st real effort at forging a new era was sobering: Much acrid disagreement still stands in the way of normal relations.Negotiations between seasoned Cuban diplomats and the highest-level U.S. delegation to visit the island in 35 years … Read the rest

Ex-Interior head: Land grab puts Utah at odds with industry

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Thursday slammed Utah’s push to seize control of federal lands as a basic measure in that threatens the outdoor recreation industry, which brings a lucrative gear show to the state twice a year. Babbitt’s comments came during a speech to a group of outdoor recreation company representatives in Salt Lake City for the biannual Outdoor Retailer Show, going on … Read the rest

GOP Nomination Odds 2016: Jeb Bush Is Favorite, But Marco Rubio Is Most Popular Bet

With more than a year to go until the 1st presidential primaries, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the front-runner for the Republican nomination, reportedly European oddsmakers. But more bettors are putting their cash on another Floridian, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who reportedly is inching toward a campaign. Eleven European bookies have odds listed for 36 potential GOP nominees, ranging from viable candidates like Bush to the longest of long … Read the rest

Odds were against Man United – Van Gaal

<!– (S) –> Cambridge (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal declared in that he was not concerned by his side’s performance after their 0-0 draw at fourth-tier minnows Cambridge United in the FA Cup.<!– –>Van Gaal selected a strong team for the trip to the Abbey Stadium, yet despite the presence of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, United could not prevent the … Read the rest

Revel Creditors Lose Bid to Halt Sale to Challenge Terms

Revel AC Inc. creditors lost a bid to halt the sale of the shuttered Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino resort’s assets to developer Glenn Straub while they challenge the terms of the $95.4 million deal. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden, New Jersey, ruled Wednesday in that the creditors failed to show in that they would be irreparably harmed or in that they had a strong possibility to … Read the rest

Nevada considering strict condom regulation for porn films

<!– (S) –> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Now, a condom use requirement could follow.<!– –>Nevada health authorities asserted Friday in that they’re considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month in that two male performers tested positive for HIV following a … Read the rest

Former Las Vegas constable deputies sue county to get their jobs back

A dozen deputies and process servers who worked under ousted Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura have filed a federal lawsuit in a bid to get their jobs back. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, questions the legality of the process in that Clark County authorities used when commissioners voted in March 2013 to abolish the constable’s office. That 2013 decision became effective Jan. 4, when Bonaventura’s four-year … Read the rest

Greek casinos see annual turnover nosedive

Greek casinos see annual yearly turnover nosedive By Stathis Kousounis Annual turnover at Greece’s nine licensed casinos has shrunk by half a billion euros over the past seven years, mainly due to the economic crisis yet moreover to the growth of illegal gambling. According to estimates, turnover at the casinos of Loutraki, Mount Parnitha, Thessaloniki, Rio, Rhodes, Thrace, Halkidiki, Syros and Corfu came to 270 million euros in 2014, down … Read the rest

Casinos May Be Beautiful Game for Atletico’s Wang: Opening Line

When you’ve got the yacht, the private jet and the Van Gogh, there is only one choice to signal you’ve joined the global super-elite: in that vast sinkhole of cash known as a European soccer club. Our 1st thought on reading in that Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin is buying in to Atletico Madrid was the advice we received when planning our 1st Swiss holiday: “Take a lot of money.” European … Read the rest

RCMP Const. David Wynn’s funeral to be attended by Stephen Harper

CBC – <!– (S) –>Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend the funeral of slain RCMP Const. David Wynn in St. Albert, Alta., on Monday. Wynn died on Wednesday morning, four days after he was shot in the head during a routine licence plate check at the Apex Casino, northwest of Edmonton. Officials expect thousands to attend the regimental service, which will begin at 2 p.m. MT. Among the many expected … Read the rest