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New Orleans moves closer to short-term rental restrictions

NEW ORLEANS — A prohibition on “whole-home” vacation rentals such as those arranged online by Airbnb moved closer to reality last week in New Orleans. City Council members voted to advance a proposal unveiled last year by member Kristin Gisleson Palmer. Homeowners in the tourism-dependent city could still rent out part of their property to [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:51:01+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

Government shutdown makes it more difficult to assess health of economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring. Government data on home construction and retail sales, for example, won’t be released next week because staffers who compile those reports [...]

By | 2019-01-14T11:00:31+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

GM predicts stronger 2019 profits due to truck, SUV sales

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors strengthened its pretax profit estimate for 2018 and predicted even stronger performance for this year as it executives made a presentation to investors on Friday. CEO Mary Barra also says the company doesn’t foresee any further job cuts through 2020. Last year GM announced plans to close five North American [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:59:37+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

California pot taxes lag; illegal market flourishes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deep in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget is a figure that says a lot about California’s shaky legal marijuana market: The state is expecting a lot less cash from cannabis taxes. The Democrat’s proposed spending plan, released Thursday, projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:59:10+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

NFL launches social justice initiative, stressing education

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is launching a social justice platform, with an emphasis on education, economic development and community and police relations. The platform is called Inspire Change and includes the funding of grass-roots organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation HOPE. It also will establish a digital learning [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:57:43+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

Ocean Resort Casino changing hands

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino is changing hands after just six months of operation, the latest indication that the New Jersey seaside resort may have bitten off more than it can chew when it reopened two shuttered casinos last summer. The property formerly known as Revel is being acquired by an [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:49:22+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

Kasich packs final Cabinet confab with firsthand accounts

COLUMBUS — It was classic John Kasich. At a wide-ranging final meeting with top advisers, the outspoken governor of Ohio reveled in big accomplishments, lamented defeats, recounted challenges, ribbed staff, castigated fellow Republicans and ordered at least one more program begun: “You got 24 hours. Do it.” Kasich granted The Associated Press exclusive access to [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:54:38+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

‘Family tech’ gadgets appeal to parental anxiety

LAS VEGAS — Every year, the the International Consumer Electronics Show gadget show brings more devices promising to make life a little bit easier for harried parents. Sure, the kids might love them too: who wouldn’t want a computerized Harry Potter wand that also teaches coding? The growing “family tech” sector at last week’s show [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:52:23+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|

Online job postings fall again in central Ohio

Online job postings in central Ohio fell for the fourth consecutive month according to new figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. There were 37,525 total job advertisements from Oct. 14 to Nov. 13, down 1,333 postings of the previous period and down 18,393 postings from October 2017. “This information is [...]

By | 2019-01-14T11:01:50+00:00 Tuesday, January 15, 2019|