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Adelson says he changed testimony to clarify details of Macau deal
Monday, April 8, 2013
Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson changed his story. Appearing more subdued Monday than he did last week, Adelson admitted that he altered his testimony from what he told jurors five years ago, when they sided with Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen.
Shadow Creek golf course: Where not even the president can get a tee time
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Mark Brenneman traces his history as manager of Shadow Creek, the swank, exclusive golf club owned by MGM Resorts International, to a day 12 years ago when he was caddying. His client that day was golfing great Nick Faldo.
Adelson, armed with one-liners and verbal jabs, testifies about Sands' entry into Macau
Friday, April 5, 2013
When he wasn't quipping one-liners from the witness stand or arguing with lawyers, Sheldon Adelson had trouble remembering details of how he built a casino empire in Macau.
California judge refuses to reduce bail for ex-lawmaker, sets court date in I-15 chase
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Former Assemblyman Steven Brooks remained in a California jail after a judge denied Brooks’ request for lower bail.
Hired or fired? How the Trump is doing after five years in Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Las Vegas’ $1.3 billion Trump International Hotel opened in March 2008 and got off to a rocky start. The high-end condos failed to sell. Owner Donald Trump had to shift strategy. The Great Recession dashed his hope for a second tower, and hundreds of investors sued him. Five years later, things have improved at the gold-plated tower. The investor lawsuits were dismissed, the condos once again are selling, and the hotel rooms are full.
April court date set for corrections officer accused of having sex with prisoner
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A Nevada corrections officer faces criminal charges, after prison inmates accused him of having sexual relations with a woman convicted of killing a child. Eugenio Dimas, 51, is charged with official misconduct and having voluntary sex with Monique Maestas.
Congresswoman renews push for 'Weekends without Hunger'
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Congresswoman Dina Titus is renewing her fight to help feed needy schoolchildren on weekends. Backed by nearly three dozen Las Vegas chefs, the Nevada Democrat on Thursday morning began her latest push for her Weekends Without Hunger bill, an updated version of a failed proposal she originally introduced 2 1/2 years ago. The bill aims to provide funds to make nutritional meals available on weekends to poor students.
Contractors to begin dismantling portions of the Harmon this week
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Structural experts for CityCenter are scheduled as early as Thursday to begin chipping away at sections of concrete in the 26-story unfinished tower on the Las Vegas Strip. They'll be searching for evidence of construction defects they hope to present to a jury this summer. MGM Resorts International, which owns half of CityCenter, seeks to prove flaws that halted construction on the $275 million Harmon four years ago were the fault of its former general contractor.
Losing-hand progressive poker jackpot hits, paying out $600,000
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Nearly two months to the day after starting a progressive poker promotion that rewards losing hands, Caesars Entertainment paid its first big pot of more than $600,000.
Goodbye, Sahara; Hello, SLS Las Vegas
Thursday, March 14, 2013
First, the sign came down. Then, the Moroccan-styled dome was dismantled. By the end of the week, it will be gone. The shuttered Sahara is slowly disappearing after almost 60 years in business, making way for a new Strip resort, the SLS Las Vegas. "SLS" stands for "style, luxury and service." Inside, the only remaining hint of the Sahara are ornate columns. The casino has been stripped to its concrete walls. The reception desk has been cleared. The Conga Room, buffet and coffee shops are gone.

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Photos: Caesars Palace beefs up dining with Bacchanal Buffet
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
Las Vegas buffets used to be gluttonous affairs, occasions for filling up on cheap food. Quantity trumped quality with institutional displays of food piled into stainless ...
Michael Mina plans new restaurant at MGM Grand
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Michael Mina is planning a new restaurant for MGM Grand. His Seablue will be closing its open kitchens and wood-fired grill Aug. 6, MGM Resorts announced ...
Photos: Big Time Rush is a big time rush for young girls at Mandalay Bay
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Groups such as Big Time Rush often get tagged as a boy band to dismiss their popularity as a passing fancy for little girls. But over generations, groups such ...
First Food & Bar to be featured on Cooking Channel's 'Unique Eats'
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
First Food & Bar will be featured this weekend on the Cooking Channel’s "Unique Eats," and chef Sam DeMarco’s 4-year-old restaurant in the Palazzo ...