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State second to Vegas as top gaming market

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pennsylvania's eleven casinos pulled in more than $233.1 million in gross slot machine revenue last month, cementing the state's status as the nation's second-largest gambling market.

The totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board include revenue from two test nights and one day of operations at the state's 11th casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort, which opened Saturday.

When slots and table game revenues are combined, Pennsylvania has surpassed New Jersey and grown into the second-largest casino market in the country behind Las Vegas.



Pilot's wife, 80, lands plane after he dies

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The son of an 80-year-old woman said Tuesday his mother knew her husband had died after he fell unconscious at the controls of a small plane, yet she remained calm as she landed the aircraft at a northeastern Wisconsin airport.

In a telephone interview with the Associated Press, James Collins said that he is also a pilot and that he helped his mother, Helen Collins, via radio as the plane ran out of gas Monday evening. Another pilot took to the skies to guide her to the ground.

Collins said his mother learned to take off and land about 30 years ago at her husband's urging, in case something happened to him.

She has flown hundreds of hours by his side.

"At one point she didn't even want the wingman to go up," Collins said. "She said, 'Don't you guys think I could do this on my own? Don't you have confidence in me?' She was calmer than everybody on the ground. She had it totally under control."

Collins' husband, John, 81, was pronounced dead at a hospital.