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MGM offers charity donation as part of legal move after 1 October shooting

MGM Resorts International says it will donate $500 to charities named by surviving victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting who waive or authorize an attorney to accept legal notice that they are being sued by the company.

The offer made Tuesday in a letter shared with The Associated Press marks the latest move in MGM's unusual legal strategy aimed at having a federal judge declare it has no liability for the mass shooting under a law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The law limits damages against entities that implement security measures approved by federal officials.

The mass shooting occurred Oct. 1 at an outdoor concert when a lone gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay casino-resort owned by MGM.

The company sued more than 1,900 victims in July, asking the courts to declare it has no liability.

MGM says it would make the donations to charities supporting survivors or families of slain victims. ... Read More

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Metro investigates suspicious package found at Sands Expo Convention Center

Metro Police are investigating a suspicious package found Thursday at the Sands Expo Convention Center.

According to officers, the package was found in the mailroom. The area, along with one floor above the mailroom was evacuated.

The mailroom is located below ground.

Metro's ARMOR team was called in to investigate the package further.

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Death penalty not sought in Venetian picnic killing

Prosecutors won't seek the death penalty against a 43-year-old former casino employee who is accused killing one work supervisor and wounding another in a shooting at a company picnic in April.

A state court judge on Tuesday set an October 2019 trial date for Anthony Wrobel after a prosecutor and Wrobel's court-appointed lawyer announced the decision not to seek capital punishment.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson didn't immediately respond to messages about the decision.

Wrobel has pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with murder, attempted murder and battery with a weapon charges in the death of Venetian casino executive Mia Banks and wounding of co-worker Hector Rodriguez.

Banks and Rodriguez were Wrobel's supervisors at the Las Vegas Strip property where he worked as a table games dealer. ... Read More

Body camera images show officers searching Las Vegas casinos on 1 October

WARNING: The footage and language heard in this video may not be suitable for all audiences.

Police have made public officer body-camera video showing street scenes and searches of Las Vegas Strip casinos following the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 800.

On one of the files of the body-camera footage that was released Wednesday, the confusion over whether there is one, two or three shooters is clear. One officer can be heard saying, "They already killed him, and we're still getting calls, so there's somebody's out there ok?"

That same officer can also be heard talking on the phone with his wife saying, "We killed one, there's probably one more."... Read More

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Phil Satre to be named as Wynn Resorts Chairman of the Board

Wynn Resorts has announced that Phil Satre, the former CEO of Harrah's Atlantic City, has been elected vice president of the board of directors.

According to settlement between Wynn Resorts and Elaine Wynn, Satre will be named chairman following Boone Wayson's retirement before the end of the year, according to the agreement published on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website.

Steve Wynn resigned as the CEO in Feb. following allegations of sexual harassment. ... Read More

2 people burned by drink at Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas

A night of dinner and drinks injured two people at a popular restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday.

Caesars Entertainment sent the following statement.

"Unfortunately, two guests were injured at Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen at Caesars Palace last night. We stand ready to provide any assistance they may need to help them through this difficult time.

The particular type of specialty drink served at Hell's Kitchen is served at the finest restaurants worldwide without incident. But, out of an abundance of caution, Hell's Kitchen has removed the drink item at issue from the menu.

All of us here at Caesars Palace and the Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Group are concerned for the injured guests, and are hopeful for their speedy recovery."

There wasn't any other information released... Read More

MGM facing backlash over lawsuit against mass shooting victims

MGM Resorts is facing backlash over its decision to file a lawsuit against the victims of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1.

The social media movement against MGM has gained steam and could end up costing the company in more ways than one.

MGM is citing a 2002 law known as the Safety Act which was passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The law protects companies when a terrorist attack or incident of mass violence occurs if they use security services certified by the Department of Homeland Security.

The security company CSC that it hired for the concert was certified under the Safety Act.

Brian Claypool is an attorney representing more than 75 survivors and is a survivor of 1 October. He was in the front row of the Route 91 Harvest Festival when gunfire broke out. He argues the Safety Act doesn't protect MGM because Paddock wasn't a member of ISIS or Al Qaeda or any other organized terrorist group... Read More