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October 13, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Flaming debris from the midair breakup of a military fighter jet Sunday rained onto a rural hamlet near Luxor, the site of some of Egypt's most celebrated ancient tombs and temples. One person was killed on the ground and two were hurt, officials said. The pilot of the Russian-made MiG-21, which was on a training flight, managed to eject and parachute to safety. Egyptian army spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali blamed a “sudden malfunction” for the crash, but gave no details. The Ahram website quoted Luxor's security director as saying that fiery wreckage plummeted onto agricultural fields and village homes, killing a farmer and some livestock and injuring two villagers.
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February 13, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An archaeological team in Egypt has unearthed a rare find: an ornately carved, 3,600-year-old sarcophagus with a well-preserved mummy inside, the country's minister of antiquities said Thursday. The discovery came as welcome news for antiquities authorities, who have been struggling to protect and preserve Egypt's cultural treasures amid three years of nonstop political turmoil. Last month, Cairo's Museum of Islamic Art was badly damaged in a bombing, and poor security conditions have led to looting at sites across the country.
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NEWS
May 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
More than the weather is heating up in Las Vegas , thanks to the return of Temptation Sundays , a weekly pool party for members of the LGBT community. Each Sunday through Sept. 8, the north pool at Luxor will host the bash from 1-7 p.m. All adults are welcome, but the party is tailored to members of the gay and lesbian community. Beginning on Sunday, the “Tempter” contest arrives poolside. Each week, two guests will be selected to participate in the search for, according to a news release, “the hottest Temptation Sundays guy of the 2013 season.” The winner will be chosen Aug. 18. The competition will be hosted by Jaymes Vaughan , the Chippendales dancer who successfully completed CBS -TV's “ The Amazing Race ” last year.
WORLD
October 13, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Flaming debris from the midair breakup of a military fighter jet Sunday rained onto a rural hamlet near Luxor, the site of some of Egypt's most celebrated ancient tombs and temples. One person was killed on the ground and two were hurt, officials said. The pilot of the Russian-made MiG-21, which was on a training flight, managed to eject and parachute to safety. Egyptian army spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali blamed a “sudden malfunction” for the crash, but gave no details. The Ahram website quoted Luxor's security director as saying that fiery wreckage plummeted onto agricultural fields and village homes, killing a farmer and some livestock and injuring two villagers.
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Nevada health officials found Legionella bacteria in water samples at the Luxor in Las Vegas this month after receiving notice that a prior guest at the hotel-casino had died from Legionnaires' disease. The public health notice issued by the Southern Nevada Health District on Monday said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted the agency to three Luxor guests who were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. Two cases were reported in spring 2011, but water samples taken at that time didn't detect the bacteria  and both patients recovered.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A priceless collection of jewelry salvaged from the wreckage of the luxury liner Titanic has been added to "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Luxor in Las Vegas . The display, called " Jewels of Titanic " are to be shown through May 31. A selection of 15 pieces -- studded with diamonds, sapphires, pearls and even gold nuggets -- are featured. Among them is a platinum ring set with three European-cut diamonds. The centerpiece is a 2-carat, pear-shaped stone. The collection also showcases a charm necklace inscribed "This Be Your Lucky Star.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Special to The Times
AFTER midnight on a recent Tuesday, a crowd has gathered behind velvet ropes in front of the Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip, as if waiting for the Hilton sisters to arrive. Instead, they're watching a flatbed truck with a huge piece of jagged, round steel that looks like a postmodern sculpture. Slowly, workers arrange two conveyors to lift the heavily wrapped, padded and Styrofoam-protected steel, taking their instructions from Alison Worrell, project director of Premier Exhibitions, whose construction helmet stands out by virtue of being pink.
TRAVEL
October 11, 2009 | Jen Leo
If you've been staying at Circus Circus or Excalibur to save money on hotel bills in Las Vegas, you might want to have a look at the Luxor. The deal: The Luxor has dropped rates to $35 a night, pretax, midweek in January. If you can't wait that long, I found other low rates in October ($40) and December ($38). For those who haven't visited the Luxor recently, it's been phasing out the Egyptian theme and trying its best to bring in a hipper crowd with club and restaurant additions such as LAX Nightclub, Company Kitchen and Pub House, and celeb chef Kerry Simon's CatHouse.
TRAVEL
May 17, 1998
After reading your announcement about the reduced number of cruise ships calling in Egypt since the attack on tourists at Luxor last November ("News Tip & Bargains," Feb. 15), it was with some trepidation that we went to Cairo in mid-March. However we can report that security was not an issue on our 10-day trip. From Aswan to Luxor to Cairo, the easygoing Egyptian people made sure that our trip was as comfortable as could be desired. Now is a great time to see Egypt before the crowds return.
WORLD
May 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - “Ding Jinhao was here.” It was a banal declaration scratched by a teenager at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple that has launched a round of soul-searching about bad behavior of Chinese tourists. The Chinese-language graffiti was discovered at Luxor this month by a Chinese tourist who posted a photograph on a microblog in which he deplored the conduct of his countrymen abroad. “I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself,” the microblogger wrote last week. Within days, Chinese had outed the vandal as a boy from Nanjing who had visited Egypt with his parents.
WORLD
June 20, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- President Mohamed Morsi's appointment this week of eight Islamist governors has sparked a fresh wave of anger against him ahead what are expected to be massive anti-government protests June 30. Critics condemned Morsi, who appointed 17 new governors, for attempting to force Islamist control over key positions and institutions. The opposition was particularly concerned about the nation's ailing tourism industry after a member of Gamaa Islamiya -- a one-time terrorist organization -- was named governor of Luxor, home to many of ancient Egypt's most famous tourist sites.
NEWS
May 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
More than the weather is heating up in Las Vegas , thanks to the return of Temptation Sundays , a weekly pool party for members of the LGBT community. Each Sunday through Sept. 8, the north pool at Luxor will host the bash from 1-7 p.m. All adults are welcome, but the party is tailored to members of the gay and lesbian community. Beginning on Sunday, the “Tempter” contest arrives poolside. Each week, two guests will be selected to participate in the search for, according to a news release, “the hottest Temptation Sundays guy of the 2013 season.” The winner will be chosen Aug. 18. The competition will be hosted by Jaymes Vaughan , the Chippendales dancer who successfully completed CBS -TV's “ The Amazing Race ” last year.
WORLD
May 28, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - “Ding Jinhao was here.” It was a banal declaration scratched by a teenager at a 3,500-year-old Egyptian temple that has launched a round of soul-searching about bad behavior of Chinese tourists. The Chinese-language graffiti was discovered at Luxor this month by a Chinese tourist who posted a photograph on a microblog in which he deplored the conduct of his countrymen abroad. “I'm so embarrassed that I want to hide myself,” the microblogger wrote last week. Within days, Chinese had outed the vandal as a boy from Nanjing who had visited Egypt with his parents.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The dance creations of Jabbawockeez will be celebrated in a new Las Vegas theater when the troupe moves to the Luxor Hotel and Casino starting May 18. When it opens in the new, 830-seat, amphitheater-style venue, the group will deliver a revamped production that will incorporate chart-topping music and original tracks by the Bangerz , the company's own recording artists. The dancers don white gloves and expressionless masks to shift the audience's attention away from individual performers and toward the unified group.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A priceless collection of jewelry salvaged from the wreckage of the luxury liner Titanic has been added to "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" at the Luxor in Las Vegas . The display, called " Jewels of Titanic " are to be shown through May 31. A selection of 15 pieces -- studded with diamonds, sapphires, pearls and even gold nuggets -- are featured. Among them is a platinum ring set with three European-cut diamonds. The centerpiece is a 2-carat, pear-shaped stone. The collection also showcases a charm necklace inscribed "This Be Your Lucky Star.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
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SPORTS
September 4, 2002 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a sea of red in this gambling mecca last weekend, but it wasn't necessarily the color of Wisconsin fans' apparel. It was the color of their faces. Hundreds of Badger football fans were outraged that Saturday's Wisconsin-Nevada Las Vegas game was called with 7:41 left and the Badgers holding a 27-7 lead. Wisconsin, a six-or seven-point favorite at most sports books at kickoff, was 2:41 from an apparent victory against the betting line when the lights went out at Sam Boyd Stadium because of an equipment failure at a power riser.
WORLD
June 20, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- President Mohamed Morsi's appointment this week of eight Islamist governors has sparked a fresh wave of anger against him ahead what are expected to be massive anti-government protests June 30. Critics condemned Morsi, who appointed 17 new governors, for attempting to force Islamist control over key positions and institutions. The opposition was particularly concerned about the nation's ailing tourism industry after a member of Gamaa Islamiya -- a one-time terrorist organization -- was named governor of Luxor, home to many of ancient Egypt's most famous tourist sites.
NEWS
January 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Nevada health officials found Legionella bacteria in water samples at the Luxor in Las Vegas this month after receiving notice that a prior guest at the hotel-casino had died from Legionnaires' disease. The public health notice issued by the Southern Nevada Health District on Monday said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted the agency to three Luxor guests who were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. Two cases were reported in spring 2011, but water samples taken at that time didn't detect the bacteria  and both patients recovered.
WORLD
February 5, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
The tourist camels are idle. The trinket shops are empty. The gates of the pyramid complex are locked up tight. The 12-day-old uprising against President Hosni Mubarak has delivered a body blow to Egypt's lucrative tourist trade. Visitors are the country's principal source of foreign exchange, and tourism accounts for 7% of Egypt's gross domestic product. In normal times, which these most decidedly are not, winter is the height of the tourist season. With a respite from soaring summer temperatures, the cooler months are the most popular for taking languid cruises on the Nile, visiting desert oases, touring the majestic temples of Luxor or snorkeling and scuba-diving among the Red Sea coral reefs.
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