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Tickets for Vegas' Rock in Rio go on sale Sept. 26

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Organizers say they'll start selling tickets to the inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival on Sept. 26.

The music festival is scheduled for May 8-9 and May 15-16 on the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets are $295 for a one-weekend pass.

A group including casino company MGM Resorts and show producer Cirque du Soleil recently announced plans to build a 33-acre open-air music venue between the Circus Circus resort and Sahara Avenue called the "City of Rock."

Organizers expect more than 300,000 people at the Las Vegas event.

Rock in Rio began in 1985 in Brazil, where 600,000 tickets for the event last September sold out in four hours, according to organizers. Headliners included Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen.

The organization also produces festivals in Portugal and Spain.

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California cop facing Las Vegas prostitution charge

Vahak Mardikian

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 48-year-old police sergeant from Glendale, California, is facing a misdemeanor prostitution charge in Nevada after his arrest in a prostitution sting at a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino.

Metro Police say Vahak Mardikian was arrested after 2 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Flamingo after agreeing to pay an undercover officer $250 for sex.

Records show Mardikian is free on $1,000 bail pending an Oct. 22 appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court.

An aide to Glendale police Chief Robert Castro referred questions to city spokesman Tom Lorenz.

Lorenz said Wednesday that Mardikian remains on the city payroll, but wouldn't describe Mardikian's job status.

Drunk driver sentenced in deadly crash

LAS VEGAS - A convicted drunk driver was sentenced from eight to 20 years in prison for a crash that killed two people last year.

Hans Bludau appeared in Clark County District Court for his sentencing Tuesday morning. Bludau was driving drunk when he hit a truck on Desert Inn Road near Paradise Road causing the truck to lose control, roll over and hit a palm tree. The truck's occupants Jeanina Esser, 21, and Erick Soto-Soto, 31 were killed.

Bludau left the scene of the crash and hit a concrete median.

Bludau was driving on a suspended temporary license following an arrest the previous year. Prior to the deadly crash, Bludau had completed a court-ordered DUI school.

Convention attendees being targeted by hotel scam

LAS VEGAS -- Conventions are the life blood of the Las Vegas valley economy, but those who attend the conventions are being targeted by some unscrupulous people.

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2 stabbed near the Monte Carlo

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police is investigating a double stabbing near the Monte Carlo hotel and casino.

The incident happened shortly before 4 a.m. Friday in the area near Rue De Monte Carlo and Las Vegas Boulevard. Police say two men were stabbed. Both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are searching for two suspects believed to have been in a fight with the victims.


SLS Las Vegas prepares for grand opening

LAS VEGAS -- A little more than two years after the iconic Sahara Hotel and Casino closed its doors, the SLS Las Vegas is getting ready to take over the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

The opening for this newest resort on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is just 9 days away and excitement is building up both inside and outside the property.

Thousands of new employees have been going through their orientation this week. The grand opening will be at midnight on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Unveiling a new hotel and casino is all about building up suspense, and not just for the incoming guests but also for the nearly 3,500 workers hired to open the property.

"I like to be the first to officially welcome you to SLS Las Vegas," said Arash Azarbarzins, an SLS executive.

SLS managers say they are ready to take over what used to be the Sahara hotel.

App to hail taxis, limos launches in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone.

Las Vegas-based Integrity Vehicle Solutions launched the Ride Genie app on Wednesday. About 400 black cars, SUVs and limos from several transportation companies will be picking up assignments from the app, while taxis will be added to the offerings in the next six to eight weeks.

Bell Trans, which already owns limos, cars and taxis, is already on the app.

"It is going to help us grow. It is going to give us more business.