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Wind could delay New Year's Eve fireworks

Fireworks set up on a hotel roof.

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas hosts the largest New Year's Eve fireworks show in the country. It's a seven-minute display from the rooftops of seven hotels.

Seventy-five crew members have spent the last few days on casino rooftops assembling the fireworks for the New Year's Eve show.

Phil Grucci has composed the show for the past 11 years and each year provides an opportunity to improve on the previous year's show.

"The second and third of January we start critiquing what worked, what didn't work," Grucci said.

Last year, there was no extravagant countdown to the midnight display. This year, expect to see the Stratosphere lit up with a countdown that encourages people to chant along. 

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Las Vegas police remind NYE revelers of do's, don'ts

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police say revelers on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown on Fremont Street should leave any metal and glass containers at home on New Year's Eve night.

Las Vegas police sent a list of reminders ahead of Wednesday's festivities, among them, only plastic cups and containers would be allowed starting at 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. New Year's Day.

Police say people shouldn't carry large backpacks or satchels with them to the events on the Strip and downtown.

A curfew will also be in effect starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday.

Police say all minors younger than 18 years old must have a parent or guardian with them.

Police also say individuals ringing in the New Year by firing bullets into the air risk arrest.

Police: Suspect raised knives and yelled, 'kill me, shoot me'

Paul Herron

 LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released more details in an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect with four gunshot wounds.

Paul Herron, 46, remains hospitalized following the shooting on Dec. 21 near Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were called to a home on Liahona Way by a 72-year-old man who said his son, armed with two butcher knives, threatened to kill him and was destroying the home.

When they arrived at the scene, police said, Herron raised both of the knives and began yelling, "Kill me, shoot me." 

At a Monday news conference, police released audio tapes of the incident. Officer James Downing activated the emergency button on his radio and could be heard giving repeated commands for Herron to drop the knives.

Police said Herron got within 14 feet of the officers when Officer Downing fired four shots hitting Herron in the chest, arm and thigh.

Armed man surrenders at Las Vegas motel

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say a man surrendered with weapons including an assault-style rifle after a Christmas Eve standoff at a motel near the Las Vegas Strip.

No serious injuries were reported in the incident that began late Wednesday with reports of a domestic disturbance and shots fired at the Howard Johnson motel on Tropicana Avenue near Koval Lane.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that police evacuated several surrounding rooms and talked the man into releasing a woman about 10 p.m.

Lt. Sean Toman says the woman was treated for minor injuries. She wasn't identified.

The man surrendered about 1 a.m., and Toman says several weapons including an assault rifle were confiscated.

The man was taken to the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance.

His name wasn't immediately made public.

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World Series of Poker returns to Las Vegas on May 27

LAS VEGAS (AP) — World Series of Poker organizers say the 49-day tournament returns to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas May 27 to July 14.

Organizers announced the dates Tuesday and a new event dubbed the Colossus.

Organizers say the new no-limit Texas Hold 'Em event will have a $565 buy-in and $5 million prize pool with organizers expecting more than 13,000 entries.

The $10,000 buy-in Main Event that attracts several thousand players battling for a one in nine chance to win $10 million is July 5 to July 14. The final nine players return in November to vie for the top prize.

More than 82,000 people entered the 2014 World Series of Poker's 65 events last year, resulting in more than $227 million in prizes.

Cirque performer recovering after hurt during LOVE show

LAS VEGAS — A performer was hurt during a Monday evening performance of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE at the Mirage.

According to a spokeswoman for the company, Cirque said it followed protocol and "had the artist transported to a local hospital where they (the performer) have since been released in good condition."

While the show would not confirm what happened, a show attendee said the performer fell.

It's not the first time a performer has been hurt during a Cirque show. Sadly, one performer also died in 2013 after falling 50 feet.

Las Vegas airport passenger traffic on pace for 41M

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say nearly 3.4 million passengers used McCarran International Airport in November, up a robust 2.3 percent from the same month a year earlier.

Figures released Tuesday show that 39.5 million passengers used the airport in the first 11 months of the year, putting it on pace to handle more than 41 million travelers again in 2014.

Passenger traffic is 2.5 percent ahead of 2013, when McCarran handled almost 41.9 million passengers.

The airport handled more than 41.5 million passengers in 2012.

The record was 47.7 million passengers in 2007.

Southwest Airlines remained the busiest carrier in November, followed by United, Delta, American and Spirit.

McCarran is the sixth-busiest airport in the U.S., and the Airports Council International ranked it 24th busiest in the world in 2013.