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Virtual Vegas Targets the Unemployed

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of unemployed southern Nevadans may be able to get work if only they had the right skills. A new program through Vegas PBS and Workforce Connection may be able to help.

Vegas Virtual Workforce Development Initiative is a network of online, for-credit education programs. More than 350 courses will be offered.

"Everything from health care, to computers to secretaries, small business, skill trade programs manufacturing, our new green initiative," said Debra Solt, Workforce Connections.

The courses are done online with a virtual professor. There's also the option of a traditional classroom setting. The courses will also offer a career counselor to help guide students as they look for work.

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MGM Resorts Plans Expanded Weekends to Lure Tourists

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas valley's economy depends on Attracting people to town with money to burn. That's why MGM Resorts has come up with a new way of thinking when it comes to getting tourists to stay and spend on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign takes on a whole new meaning this week. On Friday, Lady Gaga is having a concert at the MGM Grand. So MGM Resorts International is taking the opportunity to cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in hopes of making some money.

Vice president of brand strategy Scott Voeller says instead of just one main event, they've planned events for four days at each of their properties, all targeting the LGBT community.

"Everything from back of house tours of Cirque shows to Logo Lounge, art shows, after parties," he said.

Passengers Weigh in on Rage in the Sky

LAS VEGAS -- The JetBlue flight attendant who's been elevated to folk-hero status after a confrontation with a passenger is out of jail.

Steven Slater was released on bail last night. On Monday, Slater directed a profanity-laced tirade at a passenger over the plane's public address system. That's when he grabbed two beers, deployed the emergency slide and jumped out.

Since then, thousands of people have showed support for him. However, he does face charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Monday's incident is the latest in what appears to be an increasingly hostile relationship between airlines and passengers. A new study of the airline industry backs that up.

Reports Detail Alleged Crimes of Raided Businesses

LAS VEGAS -- Three reflexology businesses were raided Wednesday, accused of using the possibility of sex as a scam.

One day after one of those business owners defended his store, Las Vegas police released the undercover accounts of what went on inside.

The arrest warrants don't allege any prostitution happened inside the three massage businesses. Instead, customers were allegedly brought in by taxi cab drivers getting kickbacks. The massage business would keep enticing men to pay more money for "extra services" until they were thrown out the doors and allegedly attacked by bouncers.

SLIDESHOW: Inside the Vice Raid

Metro arrested 20 people Wednesday morning at Entyce, Club Exclusive II and Sensations after a seven month undercover investigation.

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Owner Speaks Out After Vice Bust

LAS VEGAS -- Local business owners busted for allegedly promising sex and not delivering are speaking out. Twenty people were arrested Wednesday on charges ranging from racketeering to fraud.

Police say the businesses gave customers the illusion they could pay for sex, but after they handed over hundreds of dollars, customers got nothing. Owners are denying those allegations.

Entycye owner John Sorget just got out of jail Thursday morning after he was picked up by Las Vegas police investigators outside of his business. While police say his business, and two others, were defrauding customers. He says they always acted within the law.

SLIDESHOW: Inside the Vice Bust

Sorget wants to get out his side of the story. He was arrested at gunpoint after he arrived at his business.

SWAT Team and Vice Detectives Raid Businesses

LAS VEGAS -- As the sun was coming up Wednesday morning, Las Vegas Metro's SWAT Team targeted three businesses police believe are scamming customers out of money, using sex as a selling point.

Investigators say Club Exclusive II, Entyce and Sensations are all running the same scam -- employees are fooling customers into thinking they can pay for sex.

"Certainly, the illusion of what they're going to get when they get here is no mistake, otherwise we wouldn't have hundreds of men coming to these establishments and leaving disgruntled that they didn't get what they thought they were coming here for," said Metro Vice Lt. Karen Hughes.

SLIDESHOW: Inside the Police Raids

Harrah's Entertainment Loses $274M in 2nd Quarter

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. says it lost $274 million during the second quarter as customers gambled less.

The loss reported Wednesday by the private Las Vegas-based company compared with profits of just under $2.3 billion during second quarter last year. That quarter included almost $4.3 billion in gains for paying debt early at less than face value.

The company's revenue slipped 2.2 percent, to about $2.2 billion, compared with almost $2.3 billion during April-June 2009.

Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman says the company increased marketing and labor costs because it anticipates more demand at its more than 50 properties.

Loveman says the company increased cash to about $3 billion and reduced debt. But the company didn't report how much debt it has now.

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