(MACKINAC ISLAND) -- The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island has added its first new room in more than a decade. The historic venue opened for the 2014 season late last week with the unveiling of the Musser Suite, a one-bedroom suite on the fourth floor that provides a view of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac. The suite is the first room to be added to the hotel since it opened its Millennium Wing in 2001. It is the Grand Hotel's only one-bedroom suite. It plans to add seven two-bedroom suites over the next three years. The 386-room hotel is a National Historic Landmark that opened in 1887. Its season runs from May through October.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas company that owns casinos in four states says its system for processing credit and debit card information has been hacked. Affinity Gaming issued a statement last week saying it has no evidence that credit card information is being stolen. Company officials say they've taken steps to secure the system, and the independent cybersecurity firm Mandiant was looking into the breach. The announcement comes a few months after Affinity reported a different cyberattack. The company said in December that its card processing system was infected with malware that compromised card data from customers. Affinity owns 11 casinos, including five in Nevada, three in Colorado, two in Missouri and one in Iowa.
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Booming production of oil and natural is contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are now choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment. An Associated Press analysis of traffic deaths and U.S. census data in six drilling states shows that in some places, fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004 - a period when most American roads have become much safer even as the population has grown. The drilling technique being used, known as fracking, requires large numbers of vehicles to transport water and other materials, leading to increased traffic. The industry acknowledges the problem, and traffic agencies and oil companies say they are taking steps to improve safety. But no one imagines that the risks will be eliminated quickly or easily.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined slightly this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan eased to 4.29 percent from 4.33 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage ticked down to 3.38 percent from 3.39 percent. Mortgage rates have risen almost a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. Warmer weather has yet to boost home-buying as it normally does. Rising prices and higher rates have made affordability a problem for would-be buyers, while many homeowners are reluctant to list their properties for sale. Data released Tuesday showed U.S. home-price gains slowed in February from a year earlier for the third straight month.
WASHINGTON (AP) - About 365,000 multiuse flashlights distributed during a cigarette promotion are being recalled due to a fire hazard that can occur when matches inside the device ignite. Altria Group Distribution said Thursday that it has received 11 reports of matches igniting inside the flashlight and two reports of explosions. One person reported minor burns and another received treatment for injuries to the hand, the company said. The flashlight was distributed this year through March as part of a Marlboro promotion. Altria Group Inc. makes Marlboro cigarettes. The 3-in-1 flashlight, compass and match holder can catch fire when matches come into contact with a striker pad below the compass cap, the company said. The flashlight, manufactured in China, is bronze colored and has five LED lights. It is 4.5 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. The flashlight was distributed with 20 wooden matches inside, and a removable foam insert between the matches and the striker pad. Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the product. They should remove the matches and store them in a safe area. Consumers can contact Altria Group Distribution for a free replacement item of equal or greater value. The company is contacting consumers directly. Consumers can reach Altria Group Distribution toll-free at (888) 597-5387 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Consumers may also visit www.marlboro.com or www.philipmorrisusa.com and click on "3-in-1 Flashlight Recall" for more information.