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Prosecutor: Charges weren't ready in casino crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The district attorney in Las Vegas says drug tests weren't complete and criminal charges weren't ready to be filed against a man who committed suicide after he was accused of crashing his vehicle through the Stratosphere casino doors.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Friday that without blood test results, there wasn't enough evidence to charge Ryan C. Brown or ask a judge to keep him in jail.

A judge freed the 40-year-old Brown from jail on Monday, five days after his arrest in the Sept. 10 crash.

Brown was found hanging Tuesday in a room at the Rio hotel-casino. His death was ruled a suicide.

Wolfson says it was up to the Clark County jail to screen Brown for mental illness and suicidal tendencies when he was arrested.

 

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Ross’ return to Caesars: First and last or first of many?

Music icon Diana Ross returns to Caesars Palace.

R&B legend Diana Ross has all the checkmarks needed to take over dates Celine Dion canceled.

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Delano Las Vegas, with its hot desert theme, is cool, hip and South Beach chic

Newly remodeled and renamed Delano combines desert heat with South Beach cool.

The influence of our neighboring 54,000-square-mile, hot, hot, hot Mojave Desert with 120-degree temperatures in Death Valley permeates much of the new Delano Las Vegas, yet the renovated property is as cool — and hip and South Beach chic — as can be.

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Commissioners vote to ban glass containers on Strip

LAS VEGAS — Clark County commissioners voted Tuesday to ban glass containers on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ban would cover Las Vegas Boulevard and the sidewalks, as well as portions of nearby streets that intersect with the Strip. Under the new ban, anyone caught with an open glass container could face a $1,000 fine or six months in jail. 



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Some injured in fight outside MGM Grand Arena

LAS VEGAS-- A spokesperson for the MGM Grand confirms a small number of people were hurt when a minor fight broke out in the retail area outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. No shots were fired, as was previously reported on social media.

It happened Saturday night as crowds were exiting the Arena following the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight.  MGM says it is unclear if those involved in the fight also attended the boxing event.

MGM Grand Security and Metro police responded to the incident. They say paramedics assisted a small number of people complaining of minor injuries.

 

   

Airport mariachi greets guests for Mexican holiday

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A live mariachi is scheduled to welcome some of the nearly 6,000 visitors expected to fly from Mexico to Las Vegas for Mexican Independence Day weekend.

McCarran International Airport says 42 commercial flights are coming direct from Mexico on Friday and Saturday. That includes regularly scheduled flights and another 17 flights from cities that don't usually offer direct service to Las Vegas.

The star-studded holiday weekend includes a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, as well as performances from major Latin artists including Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel and Marc Anthony.

The airport says year-round passenger traffic from Mexico is up 93 percent from where it was four years ago.

Tourism officials seek out international visitors because they stay longer and spend more than domestic travelers.

Saudi airman seeks new trial in rape case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Defense lawyers are seeking a new trial for a 25-year-old Saudi Arabian air force sergeant who was convicted last year and now faces at least 35 years in state prison in the rape of a 13-year-old California boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year's Eve 2012.

Mazen Alotaibi's attorneys are set to ask a judge Friday for a retrial because they say a witness changed testimony about how intoxicated the former aircraft mechanic was the night of the incident at the Circus Circus hotel-casino.

Alotaibi was found guilty last October.

Prosecutors argue the different account wouldn't change anything.

Alotaibi's lawyers argue he was too intoxicated to know he was committing crimes including kidnapping by luring the boy to a hotel room, sexual assault and lewdness.