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Las Vegas Blvd. Reopens After Condo Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Southbound lanes on Las Vegas Boulevard were closed about 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon because of a kitchen fire inside Sky Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

Fire trucks were blocking the lanes for about an hour, forcing the closure. One lane has since reopened. All southbound lanes are expected to be reopened by 7 p.m.

Sky Las Vegas, 2700 S. Las Vegas Blvd. is a condominium building just south of Sahara Avenue and across the street from the Riviera. 

An unattended stove sparked the fire. It was contained to one unit on the 33rd floor, but the 32nd and 33rd floors were temporarily evacuated.  

No injuries were reported. Damages are estimated at $140,000.

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Joe Biden to Keynote La Raza Luncheon in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The National Council of La Raza says Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the organization's 2012 annual conference next week in Las Vegas.

La Raza official Julian Texiera said Tuesday that Biden is due to speak at a June 10 luncheon at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip.

The conference begins Saturday and includes a National Latino Family Expo.

Workshops, town halls and general sessions aim to explore issues facing Hispanics in education, health, workforce development, youth leadership and other topics.

It will be the group's first meeting in Nevada. The state is seen as election battleground in the race for the White House in November.

County Bans Vendors on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Commission has passed an ordinance banning people from conducting business in a public right of way. The ordinance is targeted at people dressing up in costume and selling pictures on the Las Vegas Strip.

The new ordinance makes it illegal for a person to "sell, peddle, offer to sell or solicit for sale by offering or displaying any merchandise, goods, items, wares, or services on any improved or unimproved portion of a public right-of-way." 

SLIDESHOW: County Bans Vendors on Las Vegas Strip

Street performer Angel Figueroa said he is using the money he makes from tourists to attend school to become a mechanic.

"We're not here to make problems," he said. "We're here to have fun and make our day and bring something back to the house."

Shooting Range Proposed for Las Vegas Strip Shops

Shooting Range Proposed for Las Vegas Strip Shops


The Clark County Planning Commission will hear a proposal to open a shooting range and firearms shop inside the Shoppes at the Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip, during its meeting Tuesday evening.

The shop is being proposed by General Growth Properties which developed and owns the Palazzo’s shopping area. Legal teams from the Venetian and Wynn Las Vegas are expected to present the commission with safety concerns about the proposal.

County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani says ammunition will not be sold at the shop, but she has concerns about what people might bring inside the casino. She says the whole idea “goes against what (the commissioners) want in the resort corridor.” 

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Caesars Palace Settles Octavius Tower Name Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Entertainment Corp. reached a confidential settlement of a federal trademark tussle with a man who claimed rights to the "Octavius Tower" name the casino giant uses on the Las Vegas Strip.

Terms of the agreement finalized Monday with Marcel July, formerly of Port Charlotte, Fla., weren't made public.

However, Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson said the tower name hasn't changed.

The lawsuit was filed in April 2011 in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

It accused July of naming his entertainment company "Octavius Tower LLC" after Caesars announced it was building its Octavius Tower in Las Vegas in July 2007.

July filed for the trademark in 2008.

Octavius Tower opened at Caesars in 2009.

A friend, Bruce Stokes, of Bullhead City, Ariz., said July now lives in Germany.

New Airport Terminal Opens for Business

LAS VEGAS -- McCarran International Airport's brand new, state of the art Terminal 3 is now open. The grand opening marks the biggest expansion in the airport's 64 year history, and the first flight from Europe has already arrived.

The $2.4 billion facility is the gateway to Las Vegas, and so far, Terminal 3 has gotten off to a flying start. The first flight using the new terminal touched down at 1:30 p.m. A ceremony greeted the arrival of the Virgin Atlantic flight from London.

The 14-aircraft gate terminal will handle not only international flights, but domestic flights as well. Seven international carriers will use half of the gates and the others will handle U.S. airlines.