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2/20/2020

Ocean-view villas at the five-star X2 Khao Lak Resort can run as little as $89 per night. Layne Gibbons details this resort as well as other five-star resorts with budget-minded prices, such as Pleiada Boutique Hotel & Spa in Romania and Conrad Cartagena in Colombia.

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2/20/2020

More than 10 million people had personal information exposed by a data breach last year at MGM Resorts International, according to the cybersecurity firm Under the Breach. MGM reported the breach Wednesday and gave no figure as to those affected but said that sensitive information such as credit card numbers was not involved.

2/20/2020

About 18 Nebraska airports will receive $10.7 million in federal grants as a part of the Airport Improvement Program infrastructure grants. Among the grants is $750,000 to Blair Municipal Airport to build an access road and to fund parking lot improvements.

2/20/2020

Guest details such as birthdates, home addresses and phone numbers for $10.7 million people who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels prior to 2017 were posted to a public hacking forum this week. Those ensnared include Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, singer Justin Bieber and several government officials, but MGM says no financial data was stolen and that data security measures were enhanced after the breach was discovered last year.

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2/20/2020

Labor groups representing Macao casino workers have told the government that reopening casinos today is premature and that staff "are all coming back collectively when the virus risk is still there." The Macao government had required a temporary closure to help contain the coronavirus.

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2/20/2020

An increasingly crowded casino market in New England has led to disappointing revenue numbers at Springfield MGM in Massachusetts and to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe slicing as much as one-third of their budget for a planned East Windsor, Conn., casino.

2/20/2020

Travelers offer tips for reducing carbon footprints, such as booking a single room and avoiding hotel robes to minimize laundry, plus packing light and bringing reusable water bottles.

2/20/2020

AAA's 2020 Five Diamond designation has been bestowed on six new hotels in Boston; Los Angeles; Mexico; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Five diamonds indicate properties that "consistently exceed expectations by providing their guests highly personalized, memorable experiences," AAA's Stacy Barber says.

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2/20/2020

Agency Eleven created an augmented reality Instagram filter for Black History Month that superimposes figures from ancient and traditional African cultures, such as the Yoruba religion, on users' faces before finding their match. The initiative was conceived by copywriter Dotun Bello, who emigrated in 2015 to the US from Nigeria.

2/20/2020

Oreo Thins are in and Biscoff brown sugar-and-spice cookies are out, at least temporarily, as United Airlines rotates its inflight treat offerings. The airline will continue offering pretzels and Dutch stroopwafels.

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