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Slot machine revenue makes big jump in Feb.

February slot machine revenue jumped markedly compared to the totals from a year ago. February’s slot machine revenue was 17.6 percent higher this year over the winter weather-impacted month of February in 2010.

The play of slot machines at the 10 operating casinos produced $197.9 million in gross revenue in February 2011 compared to $168.2 million in February 2010.

At Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, slot revenue rose 7.56 percent year to year. In February 2011, $18.2 million in gross revenue was reported. In February 2010, the figure was $16.9 million.

BP blocks Gulf bonuses

BP is blocking bonuses to executives who were responsible for operations in the Gulf of Mexico during last year’s disastrous well blowout, including former CEO Tony Hayward and the former head of exploration and production, Andy Inglis.

The British oil company’s annual report also revealed Thursday that new CEO Bob Dudley decided to forgo his 2010 bonus, but two other directors will receive payouts linked to their performance in separate divisions.

BP PLC said the board’s remuneration decisions for 2010 were dominated by the scale and impact of the Gulf spill, which began with the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

The explosion caused more than 200 million barrels of oil to gush from the busted rig before it was capped in mid-July.

Chrysler, Mazda recall cars

Two auto makers are recalling vehicles.

Chrysler is recalling about 250,000 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans and 2010 Dodge Journey crossovers in the wake of reports that the ignition key could move while driving and cause the engine to shut off.

The recall is expected to begin in April. Owners can call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.

Mazda has fingered an unusual culprit in its new safety recall — a spider.

The Japanese automaker is recalling more than 50,000 Mazda6 cars from the 2009-2010 model years. The company says a spider could weave a web in a vent connected to the fuel tank system and clog up the tank’s ventilation. Pressure on the fuel tank could lead to a crack, causing fuel leakage and the risk of a fire.

Apple giving $100 rebate

Apple will give $100 back to shoppers who bought a first-generation iPad at one of its retail stores or through its online store in the past two weeks.

This Apple policy kicks in when the company permanently reduces the price for one of its products. Apple unveiled a new version of its tablet computer, the iPad 2, on Wednesday. At the same time, it cut prices for old iPads by $100.

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