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U.S. News & World Report unveils top 20 summer travel destinations

Summer’s debut is two months away, and if you’ve got your eye on a getaway, it’s prime time to set the itinerary. U.S. News & World Report analyzed more than 700 locations — taking into consideration sightseeing options, dining, lodging and weather — to determine the 20 best summer travel destinations...

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  • Formula changes mean more casino money to city even as Horseshoe revenue declines

    Formula changes mean more casino money to city even as Horseshoe revenue declines

    While Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has seen revenue fall since the December 2016 opening of MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, the City of Baltimore — which receives a percentage of Horseshoe’s proceeds — is actually receiving more money than before from the casino. That’s because regulators...

  • Live Casino & Hotel to open large outdoor smoking patio

    Live Casino & Hotel to open large outdoor smoking patio

    Live Casino & Hotel is constructing a large smoking patio that it says will distinguish it from its rivals by offering table games, slot machines and a bar, all in an outdoor space. Smoking is barred inside Maryland’s six casinos. But the patio, called “Orchid,” will be open on one side, enabling...

  • Maryland casinos generated $127.8 million in January

    Maryland casinos generated $127.8 million in January

    Revenue at the state’s six casinos inched up to $127.8 million in January, Maryland Lottery and Gaming said Monday. That’s up 1.2 percent from the $126.2 million generated in January 2017. January was the first full month when all six of the state’s casinos could be compared on a year-over-year...

  • MGM National Harbor leads state casinos in revenue; Ocean Downs prepares for table games

    MGM National Harbor leads state casinos in revenue; Ocean Downs prepares for table games

    MGM National Harbor topped $50 million in monthly revenue for the seventh time in November and three Maryland casinos reported revenue increases — including Ocean Downs, which is undergoing an expansion and wants to add table gaming. Overall, the six casinos generated $130.5 million — an increase...

  • MGM National Harbor tops state casinos again as Horseshoe revenue declines

    MGM National Harbor tops state casinos again as Horseshoe revenue declines

    Approaching its first anniversary, MGM National Harbor generated more than $50 million in revenue in October, while revenue at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore dipped again from a year earlier. Topping $50 million in monthly revenue for the sixth time since opening last December, MGM National Harbor’s...

  • Horseshoe Casino labor contract take effect this month

    Horseshoe Casino labor contract take effect this month

    A group of five unions successfully unionized about 1,000 workers at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, negotiating a contract that took effect this month. Leaders of Unite Here Local 7 said they plan to unveil details Thursday of the first union contract ratified at Horseshoe. The union local, which...

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  • Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom

    Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom

    If you want to see the famous cherry blossoms of Washington this year, now is the time, according to the National Park Service. The blossoms reached peak bloom on Thursday, the agency said on its “Bloom Watch” site. The peak bloom date is when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. The best time...

  • A new model for travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan a trip

    A new model for travel? Pay a local $25 a day to plan a trip

    Is a company called ViaHero creating a new model for travel? For a flat fee of $25 a day, travelers can use a service called ViaHero to hire locals on the ground to plan out their trips, arranging everything from lodging and airport pickup to sightseeing and dining. The service combines authentic...

  • TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons

    TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons

    You've taken off your shoes and removed your laptop from your carry-on bag to go through airport security screening. You candy bar may be next. Although it's OK to board an airplane with food, some Transportation Security Administration agents have been asking travelers to remove their food from...

  • Myrtle Beach works to become an autism-friendly destination

    Myrtle Beach works to become an autism-friendly destination

    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has a busy boardwalk and all kinds of attractions, from mini-golf courses and water parks to a zip line and a Ferris wheel. So it might not be an obvious destination for families with kids on the autism spectrum who may be easily overwhelmed by noise and commotion....

  • A klutz's guide to a weekend at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    A klutz's guide to a weekend at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The last time I visited the Grand Canyon, I was a teenager … eons ago. But hey, compared with the national park’s age — 2 billion years or so — I’m a youngster. Last spring, my husband and I arrived at the South Rim and immediately took a hike on the steep Bright Angel Trail. Plot twist: I twisted...

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  • Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel

    Consider a new way to see the world: The benefits of group travel

    Many people long to see another part of the world but are reluctant to travel on their own or take on the stress of planning a vacation. Researching destinations, transportation, accommodations and activities can be a lot of work. Expedia research has shown that leisure travelers visit an average...

  • In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights

    In your face: Top 10 cities with beard bragging rights

    Each year, men’s grooming leader Wahl pinpoints cities from across the country most likely to embrace their bearded brethren. So where are these havens for the hairy? Check out this year’s Top 10 Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America. 1. Philadelphia First, Philadelphia took home the Vince...

  • Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring

    Tips and tricks to keep your car looking new this spring

    The colder weather is fleeting, flowers are blossoming and the grass is just a little greener, which means spring is finally here. While most of your time will be spent preparing your home, clothes and family calendars for the warmer weather, it’s important not to forget about your car. In fact,...

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