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Trump slump? Signs of drop in international tourism to US

  NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Travel Association on Thursday said the Trump administration’s immigration policies are hurting tourism. The nonprofit industry organization said in a statement that there are “mounting signs” of “a broad chilling effect on demand for international travel to the United States.” White House spokeswoman …

Thai seafood exporter invests $575 million in Red Lobster

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Red Lobster is getting a $575 million investment from a Thai seafood exporter of shrimp that The Associated Press found last year came from supply chains tainted by slavery. A joint statement by the companies Monday says Thai Union Group wants to build a direct-to-consumers channel …

In Orlando, unprecedented unity after nightclub shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two months after the massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub, residents say this city of newcomers is bonding in unprecedented solidarity, upending an old adage attributed to a former governor: “Florida isn’t so much a community as a crowd.” Elements that often unite communities — sports …

When the neighborhood is owned by billion-dollar companies

APOPKA, Florida (AP) — Many of the single-family homes in the Piedmont Park neighborhood of Apopka, Florida, used to be owned by families — the Vargases and the Townes, the Pierces and the Riddles. Now, they’re owned by Blackstone, American Homes 4 Rent and Colony Starwood Homes, companies associated with …

How close is too close? Hard question for Orlando paramedics

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When the first paramedics arrived on the scene of the Pulse nightclub shooting, they could still hear gunfire coming from inside the club. In active-shooting cases, recent federal guidelines call for medics to put on body armor and go into potentially dangerous situations alongside police officers …