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Las Vegas Nightclub Shooter Appears in Court

Benjamin Frazier

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man suspected of killing a Las Vegas Strip nightclub patron and injuring two employees has made his first appearance in court since leaving the hospital.

Forty-one-year-old Benjamin Frazier hung his head and cast his eyes down Wednesday in Las Vegas Justice Court, where Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz set a preliminary hearing for December 13. Frazier faces charges including murder and attempted murder.

Police say the pre-dawn shooting Oct. 21 at Drai's After Hours started with a dispute over a $30 cover charge.

Fraizier is accused of wounding two employees before 40-year-old Kenneth Brown tackled him.

Brown was fatally shot during the struggle, while Frazier injured his head.

Defense attorney Bob Beckett says Frazier doesn't remember the incident but is "shocked and saddened" by reports of what happened.

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Las Vegas Strip Shooter Gets New Counsel

LAS VEGAS -- The man police say is accused of a shooting that led to the deaths of three people on the Las Vegas Strip is getting new legal representation.

Ammar Harris, wearing hand restraints, appeared in Clark County District Court Wednesday morning and the judge appointed two private attorneys to represent him in his murder trial.

The Special Public Defenders Office filed a motion earlier this month to withdraw counsel because of an irreconcilable conflict. At issue was Harris' desire to have a speedy trial. 

Harris is facing the death penalty in a shooting that resulted in three people being killed on the Las Vegas Strip last February.

Harris' next court appearance is Nov. 25.

MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil Cited in Performer's Death

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and Cirque du Soleil have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for several safety violations in connection with the death of a performer at "Ka" this past summer.

Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died June 29 after the wire rope she was attached to during a battle scene broke. She fell about 94 feet and died from multiple blunt force trauma.

According to OSHA's report, Cirque du Soleil was cited for six items, including not properly training Guillot-Guyard and for not properly assessing the stage for hazards. It is facing more than $25,000 in fines.

MGM Grand was cited for three violations because of the deficiencies in Cirque du Soleil's safety standards. It is facing $7,000 in fines. Both companies plan on appealing the decision.

Public Defender Removed from Ammar Harris Case

LAS VEGAS -- Self-proclaimed pimp and murder suspect Ammar Harris will get new counsel to represent him in his murder trial.

Harris appeared in Clark County District Court Monday morning on a motion filed by his attorney, David Schieck, to withdraw counsel. Harris said, in court, he is suing his attorney. Schieck said the two have an irreconcilable conflict.

"There is a breakdown of attorney-client relationship. There is a breakdown of communication. He insists on taking courses of action against our advice," special public defender David Schieck told the judge during Monday's hearing.

At issue is Harris' desire to have a speedy trial. Schieck had wanted Harris to waive his right to a speedy trial allowing him more time to prepare for trial. Harris refused.   

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Garth Brooks Plans Live Broadcast of One-Man Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Garth Brooks is taking his intimate one-man Las Vegas show to live television.

A news release issued Monday says CBS will broadcast Brooks' performance at the Wynn Las Vegas live on Nov. 29.

Brooks came out of retirement in 2009 for a series of occasional gigs at Steve Wynn's invitation. Brooks formally ended that run after three years, but has played occasionally since.

The broadcast will be his final performance of the show, which has mostly been Brooks with just his guitar exploring his musical influences with fans.

Brooks has mostly been out of music since 2001, when he became a stay-at-home dad. But fans remain fervent, helping to set a record viewership for the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year when Brooks performed with George Strait.

Wynn Q3 Earnings Beat Expectations on Macau Growth

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wynn Resorts Ltd. says it made more money than expected in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau, driving its third quarter earnings above analysts' forecasts.

Excluding special items, Wynn made $1.84 per share. That beat analysts' average forecasts of $1.67 per share.

Revenue rose 7 percent to $1.39 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.36 billion.

The revenue rise was driven by a nearly 10 percent revenue jump in Macau. Wynn benefited from increased gambling among non-VIP players in Macau, the only place in China where casino gambling is legal.

In Las Vegas, where growth has been sluggish since the recession, revenue increased by just 1 percent.

Wynn shares fell $385, or 2.2 percent, to $169 in after-hours trading after rising $6 during the day.

Police Report Identifies Nightclub Shooting Victim

LAS VEGAS --  The police report on the shooting at Drai's nightclub in Bally's Hotel and Casino identifies the patron who was killed as Kenneth Brown.

The shooting occurred Monday morning at the nightclub and resulted in three people being shot, including Brown, who was killed after he wrestled and tackled the alleged gunman, Benjamin Frazier, to the ground.

According to the arrest report, Frazier shot Brown twice, once in the upper chest and once in the neck.

Police say Frazier became upset when he could not get a refund on his cover charge of $30. He pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and shot the doorman in the arm and a security guard in the stomach, the report said.

Frazier did suffer a head injury when he was tackled to the ground and remains hospitalized in a coma, according to a family member.