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How to save yourself a (snow)pile of cash on a ski vacation

With a whiff of winter in the air, skiers' thoughts naturally drift to snowy mountains, fireside après-ski drinks and the macroeconomic concept of inelastic demand - used to describe products for which price can increase astonishingly, regardless of supply, without hurting demand. This is especially...

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  • 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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  • D.C.'s huge new Bible museum includes lots of tech, not a lot of Jesus

    D.C.'s huge new Bible museum includes lots of tech, not a lot of Jesus

    The Museum of the Bible, a massive new institution opening next month just south of the National Mall, is just as notable for what it includes - vivid walk-through recreations of the ancient world, one of the world's largest private collections of Torahs, a motion ride that sprays water at you,...

  • Forecast calls for more turbulence thanks to climate change

    Forecast calls for more turbulence thanks to climate change

    Airplane passengers around the world could be in for a bumpier ride because of climate change, new research suggests. By mid-century, the likelihood of severe air turbulence along popular international flight routes will probably multiply, British scientists say. "Air turbulence is increasing across...

  • Should you go to Cuba now? Here are the issues affecting your decision

    Should you go to Cuba now? Here are the issues affecting your decision

    Cuba has been in life’s crosshairs of late after a hurricane, a U.S. State Department warning and the discussion of renewed restrictions, leaving travelers confused. To these three issues dogging the island nation, we may need to add a fourth that also may prove a deterrent to travel. Here’s a...

  • Southwest Airlines fall sale offers fares as low as $49

    Southwest Airlines fall sale offers fares as low as $49

    Southwest Airlines kicked off its annual fall fare sale Tuesday, with one-way fares going for as low $49. The sale, which runs through Thursday, also offers fares starting at $79, $99 and $129, depending on the route. From Baltimore's BWI Marshall Airport, travelers can book $49 one-way flights...

  • Which hurricane-affected areas in the Caribbean and U.S. are open for business?

    Which hurricane-affected areas in the Caribbean and U.S. are open for business?

    The one-two-three punch of hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria knocked the wind out of the Caribbean, the Florida Keys and North Carolina's Outer Banks. Some of the areas are still out of commission, but many are shoveling the sand off the welcome mat and are ready for visitors. Here is an update of...

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