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Trial Oct. 10 for Saudi Airman in Las Vegas Sex Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Trial is set Oct. 10 for a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant accused of raping a 13-year-old boy last New Year's Eve at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Prosecutors and a defense attorney for Mazen Alotaibi told a Nevada judge they'll be ready to begin picking a jury after each side reviews key DNA test results.

The 24-year-old Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, lewdness with a child under 14, sexually motivated coercion and sexual assault of a minor.

He's jailed on $1.7 million bail, and could face life in state prison if he's convicted.

Alotaibi told police he met the boy in a hallway at Circus Circus early Dec. 31.

He maintains that the boy wanted marijuana and offered to exchange sex for money.

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Las Vegas Sign Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Las Vegas Sign Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is sporting a new color. It is now pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Clark County commissioners turned the lights from yellow to pink during a ceremony Monday.

The idea is to not only celebrate survivors and honor those who died from the disease, but to also remind everyone of the importance of early detection and regular examinations.

University Medical Center will be offering free clinical breast exams on a first-come, first-serve basis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 24 at the UMC Cast Clinic, 1000 Shadow Lane.

The exam does not include a mammogram. For more information, call (702) 207-8265. 

Gaming Win Increases in August

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports Nevada casinos won more than $955 million from gamblers in August. That represents an 11 percent increase from August 2012.

Clark County casinos, driven by a significant surge among casinos along the Las Vegas Strip, experienced a 12 percent increase in the monthly gaming win.

The state collected more than $51 million in fees based on the August gaming win. That is 3.46 percent more than fees collected last year.

 

Gambler Charged with Cheating Southern California Casino

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A gambler who once won tens of millions of dollars has been charged with marking cards to win a few grand at a San Diego County casino.

Authorities said Friday that Archie Karas was arrested at his Las Vegas home on Tuesday. He remains jailed pending extradition to California.

County prosecutors charged him last week. They claim Karas won $8,000 with marked blackjack cards at the Barona Casino in July.

He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board says Karas also was arrested four times in that state on suspicion of cheating.

Karas is known for his high-stakes gambling. Between 1992 and 1995, he turned $50 into $40 million at the Las Vegas tables but he later gambled it away.

 

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Newest Las Vegas Zip Line to Open in November

Artist rendering of the VooDoo Zip Line.

LAS VEGAS -- A zip line that will go between the two towers of the Rio Hotel & Casino will be offering rides in early November.

Capital Ventures, The creator of the VooDoo Zip Line, says the attraction will offer views of the Las Vegas Strip. The line will begin on the patio of the VooDoo Steakhouse which is on the 50th floor and send riders to the 20-story Ipanema Tower. Riders will then make a return trip to the starting point. One-third of a mile will be covered in one minute and 10 seconds.

"The ride is going to bring a completely new level of excitement to the Rio," said Kevin Donnelly, director of hotel operations. "Guests will be able to experience the fascinating views that the Rio is best known for from a whole new point of view – more than 400 feet above ground and going faster than 30 miles an hour. Day or night, this ride should definitely be on the bucket-list for tourists and locals alike."

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas to Open New Theater

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas to Open New Theater

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Las Vegas Strip's newest concert space is opening its doors just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas announced Tuesday that Mars will play shows on Dec. 29 and 31 at its new Eastern European glass factory-themed venue. He will return to the hotel-casino six more times during 2014.

The 3,000-capacity theater, called the Chelsea, features glass chandeliers, brick walls, a grand staircase, high ceilings and a vintage wooden bar.

The Cosmopolitan is touting the space as an "avant garde" venue where fans can get an up-close look at stars who usually play arenas.

CEO John Unwin told The Associated Press earlier in the year that the space would be an antidote to vanilla venues along the Strip.

 

Critical Injury Accident on South Las Vegas Boulevard

LAS VEGAS -- Metro is investigating a critical injury accident that happened early Saturday morning on the Las Vegas Strip.

According to investigators a silver BMW and taxi cab collided on Las Vegas Boulevard and Sirens Cove Boulevard in front of the T.I. around 1:40 a.m.

Three occupants inside the taxi were transported to Sunrise Trauma. One occupant was in critical condition and the severity of the others are unknown.

Las Vegas Boulevard south of Spring Mountain Road was shutdown for nearly 10 hours while the accident was being investigated.

Police say the driver of the BMW failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.