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Lance Burton, Monte Carlo Splitting After 14 Years

LAS VEGAS -- Lance Burton's run at the Monte Carlo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is ending after 14 years.

Hotel officials said Monday the illusionist's show will end Sept. 4 -- well short of a six-year contract extension he and the resort signed last year. Burton is 50. He's performed at the Monte Carlo since the day it opened in 1996.

Monte Carlo owner MGM Mirage did not immediately give a reason for Burton's departure. Representatives for Burton and the hotel didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment from The Associated Press.

Burton told the AP in June that he considered every option before signing the extension through 2015, but ultimately felt he had a few more shows in him. Burton started in Las Vegas 28 years ago. 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Baja Earthquake Felt in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The 7.2 earthquake that rocked parts of Southern California did register on the seismograph at UNLV.

There are long red streaks of ink that span the width of the graph paper from UNLV's seismograph. The red streaks show the power of the quake that hit Baja, Mexico on Sunday.

The quake was felt by as many as 20 million people, including people in the Las Vegas. "Apparently whether of not you can feel an earthquake depends on the construction of your inner ear and some people are more sensitive than others," said Wanda Taylor, UNLV seismologist.

This was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the area in almost two decades.

Metro Investigates Triple Stabbing and Beating

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a triple stabbing and beating that happened around midnight near Oakey and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police tell 8 News Now that the incident may be gang related. All the victims were taken to University Medical Center where they are expected to recover from their injuries. Metro also says two out of three suspects have been arrested.


Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn Paid $8.39M in 2009

LAS VEGAS -- An Associated Press analysis shows that billionaire Steve Wynn's compensation as chief executive of Wynn Resorts changed little in 2009 as the casino operator struggled in Las Vegas.

Wynn's compensation totaled $8.39 million in 2009, compared with $8.45 million in 2008. The package included $2.95 million in salary, a $4.06 million cash bonus and $1.37 million in perks, mostly for personal use of a company aircraft. Wynn received no stock or options.

The AP calculation is based on a regulatory filing. It aims to isolate the value company boards place on CEOs' total compensation package. It includes salary, bonus, incentives, perks and  the estimated value of stock options and awards.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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United States Coast Guard Weighing Anchor In Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. Coast Guard is weighing anchor on operations at two navigation broadcasting station in Nevada. The commander of a ground-based long-range navigation system says Global Positioning System satellites have made the so-called LORAN system obsolete.

The 24-station network stopped broadcasting Feb. 8. Now, stations in Searchlight and Fallon are being decommissioned as part of a move to save $37 million per year in operation costs. The station near Searchlight, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, isn't the only "awkward place" for a Coast Guard station. The service also has duty stations in Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and northern Minnesota.

Police Release Suspect Descriptions in Jewelry Store Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Police are investigating a robbery and shooting at the jewelry store near Western and Sahara. Shots rang out just after 1 p.m. while customers and employees were inside shopping.

Just after the lunch hour, two robbers tried to rob the place, and in the process, an employee was shot. The employee was rushed to nearby UMC, but there's no word on the patient's condition.

The Jewelers is a longtime jewelry store popular with locals and tourists alike, and police say the store was busy when the bullets started flying.

"I'd be pretty shaken if that happened if I was trying to shop for jewelry," said Metro Robbery Sgt. Paul Gambini.

One suspect is described as a 6'0" black male, 30 to 35 years old with a tall, medium build. He was wearing a black Washington Nationals ball cap, dark sunglasses, black t-shirt, grey jacket and grey pants. He was armed with a chrome semi-automatic handgun.

Nation's Economy Posted Its Largest Job Gain In Three Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month.

The increase is the latest sign that the economic recovery is sustainable and healing in the job market is beginning. Still, the healing is likely to be slow, and most economists don't expect job creation to be fast enough this year to rapidly reduce the unemployment rate. The Labor Department said employers added 162,000 jobs in March, the most since the recession began but below analysts' expectations of 190,000. The total includes 48,000 temporary workers hired for the U.S. Census, also fewer than many economists forecast.