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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A governor's warrant has been signed to extradite the man suspected in a fatal shooting and subsequent crash on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said. Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison confirmed the governor's warrant had been received, clearing the way for Ammar Harris to be returned to Nevada authorities. Harris, 27, was arrested in a Studio City apartment complex a week after the Feb. 21 shooting. His public defender requested the governor's warrant when Harris refused to waive his extradition rights at a March hearing.
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NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Comedian George Wallace is about to end his 10-year run on the Las Vegas Strip. He has announced that his show will go dark later this month. Wallace , who celebrated his show's 10th anniversary during a star-studded performance in March, said his last 10 p.m. show at the Flamingo will be April 26.   "I've been headlining longer than any other African American comedian, and that includes Redd Foxx and Sammy Davis Jr.," he said.   "[Jerry] Seinfeld wants me to go back on the road with him," Wallace said of his longtime friend.
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NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - A spectacular predawn crash on the Strip - triggered when bullets fired from a black Range Rover peppered a Maserati - hit this resort city right between the eyes. In the end, three people were dead and a major intersection under lockdown during a three-state manhunt for the shooters, leaving even casino veterans used to the extraordinary scratching their heads. The mayhem was sparked, witnesses told police, by a quarrel early Thursday at a hotel valet stand. The two vehicles left the Aria resort hotel and were heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard at 4:20 a.m., an hour when the casino marquees shine brightly but the gambling thoroughfare is largely empty.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Just in time for triple-digit temperatures, the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, Calif., could soon be back in operation. The 134-foot-tall landmark off Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas hasn't been displaying the temperature for the past couple of years. For a considerable time before that, it was “usually wrong,” said LaRae Harguess, whose mother and late father, Barbara and Willis Herron, built the quirky tourist attraction in the early 1990s. Harguess said her family had reclaimed the property on which the broken thermometer stands and that her mother would spend $150,000 to have it repaired.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Rolling gunfire between two cars on The Strip early Thursday left three people dead and three others injured and led to multiple vehicles crashing at the popular intersection of Flamingo and Las Vegas boulevards, police said. The shootout began shortly before 4:30 a.m., when occupants of a black SUV began firing at a Maserati as the vehicles drove along the mostly deserted avenue of casinos. As the shootout reached the crossing of Las Vegas and Flamingo, the cars ran a light and the Maserati collided with a taxi.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2001 | From Associated Press
Major Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino operators announced the layoffs of hundreds of employees Wednesday. Park Place Entertainment, MGM Mirage and Mandalay Resort Group have laid off employees at each of the companies' hotel-casinos while the industry waits for visitors to return after last week's terrorist attacks on the East Coast, casino executives said. Harrah's Entertainment Inc.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
LAS VEGAS - The Strip's busiest intersection was back in business Friday as police continued their search in four states for a black Range Rover whose occupants opened fire on a Maserati, causing a fiery crash that left three people dead. The incident erupted about 4:20 a.m. Thursday after an argument at a valet stand outside the Aria resort and hotel. The Maserati crashed into several cars at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, including a taxi that burst into flames, killing the driver and his passenger as well as the driver of the Maserati.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton, John Glionna and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A man suspected in a deadly car-to-car shooting in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip was arrested Thursday at a Studio City apartment complex, bringing an end to a weeklong manhunt. Los Angeles police and FBI agents surrounded the suburban apartment complex in the 4100 block of Arch Drive about noon and ordered Ammar Harris to surrender. Officers said there was a woman inside the apartment where he was holed up; she was not arrested. Harris, 26, is being held on suspicion of murder and is expected to be extradited back to Nevada.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Macao's gaming revenue surged 22% in 2006, surpassing the Las Vegas Strip as the world's biggest casino market. The Chinese city's gambling industry reaped $6.95 billion in revenue, according to the website of the industry regulator. Analysts estimate that the Las Vegas Strip took in $6.5 billion to $6.6 billion last year. Macao's gambling revenue started to surge in 2004, when Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Galaxy Casino ended the four-decade monopoly of billionaire Stanley Ho.
REAL ESTATE
January 22, 1989
Circus, Circus Enterprises Inc.'s most ambitious project to date, a 4,000-room castle-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip, is slated for completion in mid-1990. Yates-Silverman Inc. the commercial interior design firm assigned to the giant Excalibur hotel project, revealed a design plan that incorporates all of the romantic features of castle lore, using details based on a study of European castles. It includes a dungeon that will house game arcades, movie theaters and a jousting arena.
NATIONAL
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.” ...
NEWS
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...
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Southland will meet the Las Vegas Strip when the 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas celebrates its grand opening Aug. 29, just in time for Labor Day weekend L.A.-based sbe Entertainment Group , whose properties include the Abbey nightclub in West Hollywood and the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood, is the company behind SLS, which has a sister hotel of the same name in Beverly Hills. The hip Vegas resort is being carved out of the legendary Sahara Hotel, which closed in May 2011.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The Cromwell, a $185-million hotel and resort that's a redo of the now-closed Bill's Gamblin' Hall, is set to open this spring along the Las Vegas Strip and will feature the first restaurant by TV personality Giada De Laurentiis. The Cromwell , whose name was announced Friday, will combine contemporary and classic French design in its 188 rooms and suites. Reservations will be accepted starting Feb. 24, by which time the opening date for the Las Vegas property should be known.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Christmas feast doesn't have to include ham and candied yams - at least not on the Las Vegas Strip, where nearly every restaurant will be open Dec. 25.  Many will be dishing up special palate pleasers on Christmas. Here's a sampling of seven that await diners. Eggs Benedict will be among the multitude of dishes for Christmas brunch at the Buffet at Wynn . Six varieties of the dish will be offered. Artichoke and black truffle soup , served with toasted mushroom brioche and black truffle butter, will be just one of nine courses at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace . The Christmas Prestige dinner costs $375 per person.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
For the next few weeks on the Las Vegas Strip, you can get a look at the glitz that defined the legendary Liberace.  Several of the pianist's opulent costumes are on display at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in a pop-up exhibit just inside the resort's Las Vegas Boulevard entrance. You'll see his fox fur coat complete with a 15-foot train and a collection of the performer's stunning boots and bow ties. The costumes contain enough gold lamé, crystals, pearls and sequins to outfit a chorus line.
NEWS
September 11, 1986 | Associated Press
A bizarre shooting Tuesday night on one of the busiest sections of the Las Vegas Strip has left a Scottsdale, Ariz., man dead. Police say David C. Lazar, 31, was driving south on the Strip between the Imperial Palace and the Flamingo Hilton when he stopped his Corvette and told his wife he was going to shoot himself. Metro Police Homicide Lt. Paul Conner said the man then pulled a gun and shot himself in the head.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2011 | By Roger Vincent and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
One of the world's biggest casino operators has hired Los Angeles shopping center magnate Rick Caruso to develop a $550-million retail and entertainment district in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip crowned by an enormous Ferris wheel. Caruso, who is weighing a run for mayor of Los Angeles, was tapped by Caesars Entertainment Corp. to oversee creation of the Linq, a new open-air attraction across Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace. The outdoor venue would have more in common with Caruso's Grove shopping center in Los Angeles than it would with hermetically sealed casinos.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Holiday revelers can celebrate the season as “Winter in Venice” returns to the Las Vegas Strip, complete with strolling entertainers, outdoor skating and food festivals. The Venetian hosts the annual event, which continues through Jan. 5. Music troupe Celtic Woman will perform “Home for Christmas - The Symphony Tour” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $75.50-$99.50 and are available online or by calling (702) 414-9000. A variety of special dinners will take place, many hosted by celebrity chefs.
NEWS
November 7, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Nobu, the boutique hotel-within-a-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, is about to get even more stylish -- if that's possible -- when Nobu Villa opens atop it next year. The 10,300-square-foot Nobu Villa will crown the 181-room Nobu hotel, which is housed inside Caesar's Palace . The views from Nobu Villa will include Las Vegas ' various resorts and the High Roller, one of the world's tallest Ferris wheels that's being built directly across Las Vegas Boulevard. Unlike other ultra-private villas in Vegas designated for high rollers and other invited guests, Nobu Villa will be available to anyone whose pockets are deep enough (prices haven't been announced)
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