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SLS Las Vegas boosting north end of Strip

LAS VEGAS -- The SLS Las Vegas arrival comes seven years after the Great Recession ravaged Las Vegas.

Now, our economy is in a recovery and the team that brokered the SLS property deal says more economic progress is on the way.

The street will always be named Sahara, but the legendary hotel that stood here for 58 years is history.

Once Friday night becomes Saturday morning, the doors at SLS Las Vegas open to the public, ushering in a new era on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue, and experts say for this part of the Strip, a new economic era.

Las Vegas knows how to reinvent itself. Julia Rothwell has been coming for 15 years, and each visit is new and different.

"Lots more hotels, shops, everything," Rothwell said.

But one thing is constant.

“It is like a big kid's playground," tourist Rob Hall said.

That playground gets new, hip attractions. The latest is SLS Las Vegas.

Tickets for Vegas' Rock in Rio go on sale Sept. 26

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Organizers say they'll start selling tickets to the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival on Sept. 26.

The music festival is scheduled for May 8-9 and May 15-16 on the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets are $295 for a one-weekend pass.

A group including casino company MGM Resorts and show producer Cirque du Soleil recently announced plans to build a 33-acre open-air music venue between the Circus Circus resort and Sahara Avenue called the "City of Rock."

Organizers expect more than 300,000 people at the Las Vegas event.

Rock in Rio began in 1985 in Brazil, where 600,000 tickets for the event last September sold out in four hours, according to organizers. Headliners included Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen.

The organization also produces festivals in Portugal and Spain.



California cop facing Las Vegas prostitution charge

Vahak Mardikian

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 48-year-old police sergeant from Glendale, California, is facing a misdemeanor prostitution charge in Nevada after his arrest in a prostitution sting at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino.

Metro Police say Vahak Mardikian was arrested after 2 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Flamingo after agreeing to pay an undercover officer $250 for sex.

Records show Mardikian is free on $1,000 bail pending an Oct. 22 appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court.

An aide to Glendale police Chief Robert Castro referred questions to city spokesman Tom Lorenz.

Lorenz said Wednesday that Mardikian remains on the city payroll, but wouldn't describe Mardikian's job status.

Drunk driver sentenced in deadly crash

LAS VEGAS - A convicted drunk driver was sentenced from eight to 20 years in prison for a crash that killed two people last year.

Hans Bludau appeared in Clark County District Court for his sentencing Tuesday morning. Bludau was driving drunk when he hit a truck on Desert Inn Road near Paradise Road causing the truck to lose control, roll over and hit a palm tree. The truck's occupants Jeanina Esser, 21, and Erick Soto-Soto, 31 were killed.

Bludau left the scene of the crash and hit a concrete median.

Bludau was driving on a suspended temporary license following an arrest the previous year. Prior to the deadly crash, Bludau had completed a court-ordered DUI school.

Turnaround story unfolds for MGM Resorts International

Wall Street and gaming analysts have high praise for MGM Resorts International's turnaround from the tough days of the Great Recession.

CityCenter opened in December 2009 to cost-overruns and a depressed consumer market. MGM Resorts’ stock price was trading in single digits and the company was looking to unload several hotel-casinos to bolster its sagging balance sheet. MGM Resorts’ survival was in doubt — but today it’s a whole new story.

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Convention attendees being targeted by hotel scam

LAS VEGAS -- Conventions are the life blood of the Las Vegas valley economy, but those who attend the conventions are being targeted by some unscrupulous people.

2 stabbed near the Monte Carlo

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police is investigating a double stabbing near the Monte Carlo hotel and casino.

The incident happened shortly before 4 a.m. Friday in the area near Rue De Monte Carlo and Las Vegas Boulevard. Police say two men were stabbed. Both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are searching for two suspects believed to have been in a fight with the victims.