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$66M expansion for Mandalay Bay convention center

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas is planning a $66 million expansion that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in America.

Company officials said Thursday that the 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space will help it attract larger trade shows, and will allow events already there to expand.

The convention center will hit 2 million total square feet after the expansion, putting it behind only McCormick Place in Chicago, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo that's also in Las Vegas.

Construction is scheduled to begin late this year and wrap up in January 2016.

Las Vegas hosted 53 of the nation's 250 largest trade shows last year, more than any other U.S. city.

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Coming to the Las Vegas Strip: Harley-Davidson

LAS VEGAS -- There's a brand new attraction coming to the Las Vegas Strip and it's not a hotel or observation wheel, but it's sure to get motorcycle enthusiasts excited.
Construction crews are currently working on the new 50,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson store on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, not far from the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. The store is expected to open by Oct. 1, 2014.

"It's a great location. It's easy to get in and out of and that was one of our concerns. We like being on the Strip, but it couldn't have been in the center because of the traffic and the people. It's too hard to move your bikes in and to-and-from," said Tim Cashman, the co-owner.

The store will be equipped with motorcycle simulators, a course for test rides, a merchandise area, a parts department and a showroom full of hogs.

Casino owner planning 'Rock in Rio' site in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Entertainment developers are announcing plans to build for a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning next year.

Stratosphere Tower surprises 40 millionth visitor

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It's a long way from Birmingham, England to Las Vegas, and James Kennedy isn't likely forget his first trip to Nevada's gambling metropolis.

Kennedy was treated to a superstar welcome Monday when he became the 40 millionth visitor to the Stratosphere Tower, a famous Las Vegas attraction that stands 1,149 feet.

He was greeted by Stratosphere vice president and general manager Paul Hobson with balloons, an entourage of Stratosphere staff and cameras.

Kennedy was presented a package of "getaway" goodies valued at $2,500.

His prize includes a two-night stay for two in a Stratosphere Suite, dinner for two at the Top of the World Restaurant, show tickets, champagne, $1,149 in free slot play and limousine service.

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S. Nevada gets money to keep the Strip safe from terrorists

LAS VEGAS -- A terrorist attack has never happened on the Las Vegas Strip. Because of that, Clark County's emergency manager says the county has been getting less money to prevent any future attack.

After a year of being turned down for federal grants, security agencies got $1 million to add some new anti-terrorism teams, like an extra hazardous materials crew, and keep old programs that have been keeping the Strip safe going.

Last year, the Boston Marathon bombings reminded everyone how vulnerable popular areas of the United States are to terrorists.

"I had some friends that ran the marathon last year. So, we were worried and we didn't know what was going on. I couldn't believe it when it happened. It was tough, it was tough but the city rose again," Noel Quinte, a tourist from the East Coast, said.

The Las Vegas Strip and its 40-million visitors make it a prime terrorist target according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Report: McDonald's stabbing suspect used a stick

LAS VEGAS -- The man arrested after a fatal stabbing outside a McDonald's restaurant used a sharp stick to cause the fatal injury, according to the arrest report.

The suspect, Asa Funderburk, 31, had gone to the restaurant on Sahara Avenue and Paseo Del Prado with the victim, Brandon Pickford, and two other individuals Thursday morning. After leaving the restaurant, Funderburk and Pickford began arguing, witnesses told police. Funderburk said, Pickford would not let him use his cell phone and pushed him into the street (Sahara Avenue) and spit on him.

Funderburk had a 6-inch long pointed stick in his pocket and used it to stab Pickford in the neck, the report said. Pickford, who was bleeding heavily, made his way back toward the restaurant where he collapsed and died.

Police arrested Funderburk at a nearby vacant house. He was booked into Clark County Detention Center on one count of murder with a deadly weapon.

Kevin James films ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’ in Vegas

The Wynn will be home to a film crew for a new movie starring Kevin James.

On Monday, Kevin James will begin filming the art-heist comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” at the Wynn for eight weeks — the first full feature Steve Wynn has ever approved on the property.

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