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Romanian Wins Women's Marathon

LAS VEGAS -- Nuta Olaru, 42, of Romania, is the women's champion in the Zappos.com Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon.

Olaru ran Sunday's race in 2:51:31.  Andrian Neal finished second at 2:51:33 and Dani Fischer finished third at 2:59:20.

Olaru won $1,000 for her first place finish. Neal and Fischer won $500 and $250, respectively. 

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Kenyan Wins Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

LAS VEGAS -- Jonathan Ndambuki is the men's champion in the Zappos.com Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon.

As the race's first place winner, Ndambuki, 36, of Kenya, wins $1,000. He finished the race in 2:32:24. The second place finish went to Steve Dekoker, who ran the race in 2:33:22. Third place went to Sam Robinson, who finished the race in 2:42:09.

Second and third place win $500 and $250, respectively.

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Couples Wed During Las Vegas Marathon

LAS VEGAS -- More than two dozen couple were married during the Zappos Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

During the brief ceremony, the couples, who were also running in the race, exchanged vows and kisses before returning to finish the marathon. 

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Jury Convicts Man in Casino Punch Death

Jurors convicted Benjamin Hawkins of involuntary manslaughter.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Las Vegas jury has convicted a Florida high school teacher accused of killing a Utah man with one punch.

Benjamin Hawkins was charged with involuntary manslaughter after he punched John Massie at O'Sheas Casino in July 2011. Hawkins told a casino security guard and police that he was defending himself after the 38-year-old Massie made a derogatory comment about a "black man in a yellow shirt" in a restroom.

Family members of Hawkins sobbed when the verdict was read. His lawyer says he'll seek probation but Hawkins could face up to four years in prison. He will be sentenced on Feb. 14, 2013.

 

 

Legally Blind Man to Run Marathon Blindfolded

LAS VEGAS -- E.J. Scott is pretty remarkable.

He dropped by the Sands Expo and Convention Center Friday and picked up his race number like anybody else. But he'll probably be the only one running the Rock ‘n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon blindfolded.

"It can really test a person," Scott said. "It can test a family. Find out what you're made of. I'm stronger than I thought I was."

Scott isn't talking about the marathons he's run. Instead, he's talking about the disease he was diagnosed with 10 years ago.

"It's called choroideremia and it's a hereditary degenerative eye disease," Scott said. "It attacks peripherally and erodes it over time to total blindness. I'm legally blind now."

Scott weaved through the crowd at the convention center with the help of a cane and squinted to find his race number.

Caesars to Close Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Say goodbye to Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Old West-themed casino will close for remodeling in February, and is expected to reopen in 2014 under a new name.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced this week that it had secured $185 million to gut Bill's Gamblin' Hall and convert it into a boutique hotel and club.

The casino kitty-corner to the Bellagio was known as the Barbary Coast until 2007.

The planned renovations include the addition of a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool as well as a nightclub with a panoramic view of the Strip.

Caesars Entertainment chairman and chief executive officer Gary Loveman said in a statement that the project will help the company "attract a broader spectrum of visitors."