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Nurses warn U.S. not ready for Ebola outbreak

LAS VEGAS -- Dire warnings came in Wednesday about the deadly Ebola virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the worst-case scenario would be up to 1.4 million cases in Africa within the next four months.

Meantime, nursing unions used Las Vegas to get their message out to the country that American hospitals would not be ready for an Ebola outbreak.

With high drama and theatrics on the Strip, they staged what they called a ‘die in' part of their medical march with a message. They started at the Planet Nurse convention at Planet Hollywood, demanding U.S. hospitals be prepared for the Ebola virus.

"Which we know is not just a matter of ‘if', it is ‘when,'" Bonnie Castillo with the Registered Nurse Response Network said.

Within minutes, more than 1,000 unionized nurses, some wearing mock hazardous material suits, made their way outside to pound the pavement; saying hospitals aren't ready for Ebola.

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Campers prepare to say goodbye to KOA

LAS VEGAS -- Since MGM Resorts International decided to close the KOA campground near Circus Circus and make it the City of Rock, campers have known their time was limited.

MGM is making room for the Rock in Rio open-air venue; making it the end of an era for the 350-space campground that has sat north of Circus Circus for 35 years.

Guests staying at the campground say this KOA isn't your typical RV park.

"I like it very much because it's so close to the Strip and you can walk there. It's really great. I didn't expect it was possible to be so close,” Peter Ofner, visiting from Austria said.

Beginning in May of next year, all of that will change. The Rock in Rio USA festival is expected to host 300,000 people over two weekends in May.







Prosecutor: Charges weren't ready in casino crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The district attorney in Las Vegas says drug tests weren't complete and criminal charges weren't ready to be filed against a man who committed suicide after he was accused of crashing his vehicle through the Stratosphere casino doors.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Friday that without blood test results, there wasn't enough evidence to charge Ryan C. Brown or ask a judge to keep him in jail.

A judge freed the 40-year-old Brown from jail on Monday, five days after his arrest in the Sept. 10 crash.

Brown was found hanging Tuesday in a room at the Rio hotel-casino. His death was ruled a suicide.

Wolfson says it was up to the Clark County jail to screen Brown for mental illness and suicidal tendencies when he was arrested.

 

Ross’ return to Caesars: First and last or first of many?

Music icon Diana Ross returns to Caesars Palace.

R&B legend Diana Ross has all the checkmarks needed to take over dates Celine Dion canceled.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Delano Las Vegas, with its hot desert theme, is cool, hip and South Beach chic

Newly remodeled and renamed Delano combines desert heat with South Beach cool.

The influence of our neighboring 54,000-square-mile, hot, hot, hot Mojave Desert with 120-degree temperatures in Death Valley permeates much of the new Delano Las Vegas, yet the renovated property is as cool — and hip and South Beach chic — as can be.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun

Commissioners vote to ban glass containers on Strip

LAS VEGAS — Clark County commissioners voted Tuesday to ban glass containers on the Las Vegas Strip.

The ban would cover Las Vegas Boulevard and the sidewalks, as well as portions of nearby streets that intersect with the Strip. Under the new ban, anyone caught with an open glass container could face a $1,000 fine or six months in jail. 



Some injured in fight outside MGM Grand Arena

LAS VEGAS-- A spokesperson for the MGM Grand confirms a small number of people were hurt when a minor fight broke out in the retail area outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. No shots were fired, as was previously reported on social media.

It happened Saturday night as crowds were exiting the Arena following the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight.  MGM says it is unclear if those involved in the fight also attended the boxing event.

MGM Grand Security and Metro police responded to the incident. They say paramedics assisted a small number of people complaining of minor injuries.