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Wynn Becomes Monaco Citizen for Government Venture

LAS VEGAS  -- Wynn Resorts chairman and chief executive Steve Wynn is now a citizen of Monaco.

The company says Prince Albert II of Monaco has given Wynn citizenship as part of a business deal between Monaco and Qatar. Resorts spokeswoman Jennifer Dunne says Wynn has not renounced his U.S. citizenship.  

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

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Las Vegas Lucks Out with Back-to-Back Holiday Weekends

LAS VEGAS -- The countdown is on to the big New Year's Eve celebration and revelers are already making their way to Las Vegas.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists are using back-to-back three day weekends as a reason to stay longer and spend more in Las Vegas.

"I want to eat, I want to shop," announces Andrea Bonaparte. She is visiting from the Midwest with her mom and sister for this holiday week.

"Vegas doesn't have any snow like Chicago, I like the weather and for New Year's they do a big fireworks show and I want to see that. They close down the Strip and I just can't imagine all the people with no cars. I am excited to see that," said Bonaparte.

An avid bargain shopper, Bonaparte says there's no better place spend her money.

Fence Pole Impales Driver

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a crash that may have involved drivers racing each other.

The crash happened at Gateway Rd. and Russell Rd. around 9:30 a.m. Witnesses told police that the two cars appeared to be racing and one of the drivers lost control and crashed into a chain link fence. The driver, 20-year-old Juan Vasquez, reportedly was impaled in his upper body by part of the fence and rescue crews had to free him.

 He is listed in critical condition. Police are looking for the second vehicle that was involved. It is described as a black Volvo with temporary license plates.

Police to Close Las Vegas Strip at 6:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police say they plan to close the Las Vegas Strip to vehicle traffic on New Year's Eve as hundreds of thousands of partiers fill the streets to ring in 2011.

Las Vegas police spokesman Marcus Martin said Tuesday that authorities would reopen the street to cars early Saturday depending on the situation and how many people are out.

The closure will shut down Las Vegas Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road, from the Sahara hotel-casino to Mandalay Bay.

Tourism officials expect more than 300,000 people to visit Las Vegas for the celebration, highlighted by a $500,000 fireworks show from the rooftops of several Sin City resorts. Highway patrol authorities are expected to close major freeway exits passing the Strip, as well.

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

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Police Chase Ends on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- A portion of the Las Vegas Strip was closed for eight hours after a suspected drunk driver led police on a chase and ended up crashing into a light pole in front of the Wynn Resort & Casino.

Las Vegas Blvd. re-opened just before 11 a.m.

Henderson police say they received a call early Tuesday morning from 20-year old Charles Pilette who said he needed a ride because he was drunk. When police arrived at Pilette's location near Boulder Hwy. and Gibson Rd., he refused to go with them and told them he wanted the police to shoot him.

Police say Pilette took off in his SUV. Metro police joined the chase and deployed stop sticks in an attempt to flatten the man's tires.

Winter Storm Could Strand Air Passengers for Days

LAS VEGAS -- The wrath of the northeast's winter storm is being felt across the country including in Las Vegas. Weather canceled numerous flights to and from the East Coast, leaving Las Vegas travelers stranded.

"We were going to fly out at 8 this morning and get into Newark. We got here, got delayed, then they ended up canceling us. Everything's booked until Thursday, so we can't get out until Thursday night, so we don't get home until midnight," said Alyssa Esposito, stranded traveler.

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Counseling Center Works to Re-Open After Arson Fire

LAS VEGAS -- Employees of a local counseling center vow to re-open Tuesday despite damage caused by an arsonist over the weekend.

Arson investigators have determined the fire at the Community Counseling Center early Sunday morning was intentionally set. The question now is, by who? Employees hope surveillance video from a nearby business may offer some clues.

In the meantime, employees are focused on re-opening for their clients. The day after Christmas was supposed to be a holiday for Ron Lawrence. Instead, the executive director of the Community Counseling Center spends this day working for tomorrow.

"When I got up this morning my whole determination was to get this place up and running again and it shall be. It shall be," said Lawrence.