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January 8, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Even if you're not going to the Consumer Electronics Show , running Tuesday through Friday in Las Vegas , you can still test drive one of the world's newest gadgets this week. With the right kind of smartphone you can find what's hot at certain hotels and even find out when a big jackpot last hit on a particular slot machine. The new product, called TecTile , will be unveiled Tuesday (today) at various Caesars Entertainment resorts on and near the Strip. The manufacturer, Samsung Mobile, is installing 4,500 programmable stickers throughout the various properties as a way to make information easier to access.  For example, visitors to Caesars Palace and Paris will be able to scan a sticker outside certain restaurants to view the menus and determine average check totals.
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Kevon Seymour finished the 2013 season in style. The USC cornerback was selected defensive player of the game in the Las Vegas Bowl after deflecting a pass and making seven tackles in the Trojans' rout of Fresno State. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior from Pasadena built on the performance during the off-season and has been playing with a veteran confidence throughout spring practice. Seymour started on the left side last season, but with senior Josh Shaw sidelined while recovering from a stress fracture he also has played on the right.
March 18, 2007 | By Eric Idle, Special to The Times
IT'S a dark and crowded theater in New York. The curtain has only been up five minutes, and Steve Wynn, the billionaire owner of the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, leans in, grips my knee and whispers in my ear: "Eric," he says, "this will be great in Las Vegas. " "Yes," I say, "it will. " Then I realize, slightly disappointedly, he means "Spamalot. " My future as a billionaire's date is still up for grabs. "Can I give you a ride home?" he asks nicely. I'm thinking 6th Avenue, but he means L.A. Well, OK. He flies us home in a plane bigger than my boarding school.
April 10, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Theories abound as to why Manny Pacquiao has gone seven fights since 2009 without knocking out an opponent. The effects of age on the 35-year-old, the talent and size of the opponents, conditioning flaws and distractions in his personal life and in his public life as a congressman in the Philippines are among the most cited reasons. Pacquiao's opponent Saturday at the MGM Grand, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, has called out Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 knockouts)
March 4, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For those who want to spend more time than money in Las Vegas, here are 21 things to do for less than $21, all aimed at keeping the bottom line low and the fun factor high. 1. Springs Preserve. Forsake the fake pyramid and fake Statue of Liberty for a power walk through the real Vegas: 110 acres of pre-Bugsy Siegel desert. There are miles of cactus-filled trails, botanic gardens and a museum that pays tribute to the city's Mojave Desert roots. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
After an intense public outcry, Las Vegas officials are shying away from plans to kill desert tortoises not adopted or relocated within five days after being found on properties slated for development. Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury said Friday he will introduce a resolution at the next Board of Commissioners meeting to scrap the option of euthanizing tortoises. The board is likely to approve the proposal at its Sept. 17 meeting, commissioners said.
January 29, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's a match made in demographic heaven: Ride-sharing company Uber is teaming up with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to offer a $1,200 journey from L.A. to the Strip with an overnight stay at the hipster hotel. The new service starts Friday and continues through March 1 as a test run. Uber Chief Business Officer Emil Michael said Tuesday the package blends the "hip, new, modern Las Vegas hotel " scene with Uber's "lifestyle" component. Here's how it works: You book the entire trip through Uber 's smartphone tap-it-and-go app. It will appear as a Las Vegas option from L.A. for the company's UberBlack car (read fancy)
February 19, 2014 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
Retail buyers from around the world have descended on Las Vegas for the twice-yearly Magic Market Week, the fashion industry's largest trade show. An estimated 80,000 people are in town for the collection of Magic events and associated smaller shows, at which thousands of brands will strut their clothing, footwear, jewelry and other accessories at multiple glittering venues. The show's scope is reflected in its slogan: See what the world will be wearing. The trade show began in much more modest style in 1933 by the quaintly named Men's Apparel Guild in California.
November 28, 2012 | By Jay Jones
It's back. Megabus , which offered low-cost bus service to Las Vegas from L.A. in 2007 and then withdrew from the market, will begin service between the two cities on Dec. 12, it announced Wednesday. Like Greyhound , which also has recently introduced low-cost service to Las Vegas from L.A., Megabus hopes to lure Vegas-bound Angelenos out of their cars and onto modern coaches with one-way fares starting at just $1. “We've seen impressive growth throughout North America and are confident that our 21st century double-decker buses with Wi-Fi and power outlets combined with our outstanding prices will be a success among California and Nevada residents,” said Mike Alvich,'s vice president of marketing and public relations.
June 1, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO LAS VEGAS, N.M. From LAX, nonstop service to Albuquerque, N.M., is offered on United, Southwest and American, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on US Airways, Delta, United, Frontier and Southwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $236. Las Vegas, N.M., is about 125 miles from Albuquerque. WHAT TO DO The city's 123rd annual Fiestas de Las Vegas takes place July 1-4 and honors the community's heritage and Latino culture.
April 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.
April 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Four months ago, Clay Helton was drawing up a postseason game plan and overseeing USC's staff as interim coach of the Trojans. He guided USC to a Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State in December, and was subsequently rewarded when new Trojans Coach Steve Sarkisian retained him as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Helton has spent the last four weeks installing the fast-paced, no-huddle offense that Sarkisian brought from Washington. The 41-year-old Helton had run a no-huddle system as Memphis' offensive coordinator before Lane Kiffin hired him at USC before the 2010 season.
March 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In Zedd's latest club number, "Find You," he implores the listener to "turn up your night. " The Russian-born DJ and producer's electro-house number is a quintessential dance club anthem, but there's also something more at work here than just the same old party mantra. The lyric "turn up your night" also happens to be the slogan of a new Bud Light Platinum campaign. The song (featuring vocals by Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant) is the lead single on the "Divergent" soundtrack, and the music video for "Find You" costars bottles of the beer.
March 19, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - This time, the thunder wasn't coming from “Down Under,” but from the locker room of the popular male revue on the Las Vegas Strip, where an intruder was injured after he was found in a secure backroom at an Excalibur Hotel and Resort theater.  The suspect, a male in his 20s, was apparently attempting to steal items belonging to the male dancers, most from Australia, who perform under the name “Thunder From Down Under.” ...
March 19, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
Downtown Las Vegas knew him as the guy who wore wacky ties and kept his pockets stuffed with coupons for a free lunch at El Cortez Hotel and Casino. When he met someone new, he handed them a "fun book," as the vouchers are sometimes called, and introduced himself: Jackie - just Jackie - not Mr. Gaughan. A kingpin of the old, original part of Las Vegas known as Glitter Gulch, Gaughan at one point owned or had interest in about a quarter of downtown Las Vegas, including the Golden Nugget, Union Plaza and Las Vegas Club.
March 14, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Palms is offering Vegas visitors an opportunity  to stay in their hotel rooms for a full 24 hours. In recent years, check-in times have grown later and check-out times earlier, drawing complaints from guests who note that they are getting to spend less than a day. The “ 24-hour checkout experience ” at the Palms, a popular hotel off the Las Vegas Strip, lets guests check out 24 hours after they check in. No more having to...
March 11, 2012
Regarding "A Cultural Jackpot," March 4: If ever there was a topic that's right for a particular section of the Sunday paper, it has to be Las Vegas, particularly those stories on the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts, restaurants with new vegan menus, a dissertation on pinball machines and 21 things to do while in Vegas on a shoestring budget. I go there because of what Vegas is and the possibility I might have fun gambling. (I would like to alter a current popular saying: "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, including my money.
March 18, 2013 | By Jay Jones
With the March Madness college basketball tournament getting underway Tuesday, Sin City is a slam-dunk for hoops fans who can't afford costly courtside seats. Throughout the tournament, Vegas resorts are offering special enticements for a fraction of the cost of a trip to Atlanta for the Final Four action. At the Cosmopolitan , the fun gets underway during the second- and third-round games March 21-24, when the hotel's Brera Ballroom takes on the look and feel of a live sporting event.
March 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Las Vegas is the No. 1 destination for spring break in the West followed by L.A. and Phoenix, according to bookings at Hotwire. For college kids and adults who want to be where the crowds are, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, the Mirage, Luxor and Excalibur offer entertainment extras with stays through June. Go online to Spring Break Unleashed and browse the "available dates" calendar for each hotel-casino to find the cheapest nights. Midweek is the best time to go; rooms shoot up to more than double on weekends.
March 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What would Memorial Day be without the opening of something new on the theme park scene? Las Vegas' cool pool parties start this month, but families with children will have to wait until May for new Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson and the debut of the Tornado water ride at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas. Cowabunga Bay in suburban Vegas will open May 24 with seven water slides inside a park that has a '60s vibe , according to the website. A sampling of the slides: Zuma ZooMa puts visitors into a capsule and "blasts" them through a high-speed loop.
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