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Bail for Man in Strip Murder, Arrest Report Released

LAS VEGAS -- Bail was set $25,000 Tuesday for a Florida man charged with murder. He's accused of being involved in a fight that turned deadly on the Las Vegas Strip.

Read the Benjamin Harris' arrest report

The wife of Benjamin Hawkins says he was acting in self defense when he threw a punch that killed John Massie, a tourist a Utah man.

Hawkins and Massie exchanged words during a confrontation at O'Sheas last Wednesday. Hawkins claims he was protecting himself.

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Homeless Veterans Get Help with Groceries

Homeless Veterans Get Help with Groceries

Albertsons donated thousands in gift cards to the newest facility for homeless veterans in southern Nevada.

The new apartment complex is being run by U.S. Vets. The group refurbished the building at Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road to allow 25 veterans that were on the streets to now have a home. Tuesday Albertsons gave the veterans $5,000 in gift cards plus furniture for their new homes. The money will allow the veterans to stock their cupboards and fridges with much needed nutritious food.

The new facility does not just provide veterans with a place to live it also gives them access to counselors and case workers to help them learn life skills and budget management to keep them off the streets.

Engineer: Las Vegas Tower in Danger of Collapse

LAS VEGAS  -- The unfinished Harmon hotel tower at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip would likely collapse in a strong earthquake, a structural engineer told casino operator MGM Resorts International on Monday.

The report sent to the casino company by Weidlinger Associates of Marina del Rey, Calif., says it would take at least one year to figure out what kind of repairs would be required to save the tower.

"In a code-level earthquake, using either the permitted or current code specified loads, it is likely that critical structural members in the tower will fail and become incapable of supporting gravity loads, leading to a partial or complete collapse of the tower," said Chukwuma G. Ekwueme, an associated principal of Weidlinger.

Jackpot Month for Nevada Casinos

LAS VEGAS -- People are coming back to Las Vegas and spending more cash which seems to be signs that the economy is on the path to recovery.

Casino winnings in May jumped more than 16 percent in Nevada compared to the same time last year. Because of that spike, the state took in nearly 18 percent more in taxes. The Las Vegas Strip saw a huge year-to-year increase as well of nearly 29 percent. More visitors also came to the Strip. Casino taxes account for about a third of state general fund revenues.

The gaming numbers show more than just dollar figures. The statistics are indicative of who's visiting Nevada.

"We've been gambling away. The Wheel of Fortune is awesome," said Cindy Ortiz who is visiting from Texas.

Nina Gonzalez has also been gambling and despite even losing some money, she plans to keep spending the rest of the week while visiting Las Vegas.

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Strip Safety Emphasized After String of Killings

LAS VEGAS - Sandra Braziel feels safe when she travels to Las Vegas.

"I feel comfortable, because I've been here so many times, and I've never had any problems," she said.

The tourist from Fort Worth, Texas was surprised to learn, however, that three different people met bloodshed in three separate fights along the Strip in recent weeks.

On June 25, a man was stabbed to death during a fight on the pedestrian walkway between MGM Grand and New York-New York.

This week, another man was stabbed on the pedestrian walkway between Planet Hollywood and Cosmopolitan.

Also this week, a Utah tourist died after getting punched in the head at O'Sheas Casino.

"I think more cops would be good," said Brazilian tourist Renan Souza.

Wynn Spends Millions on Decorations for Macau Resort

Wynn Resorts says it bought a set of rare antique Chinese vases for its newest resort in Macau. The company announced Friday that it paid more than $12.7 million for four porcelain vases at an auction in London. The vases will be on display at the resort which is under construction on Macau's Cotai Strip. The resort will open in 2015. The vases date from the late 1700s and early 1800s. The only similar examples belong to the British Royal Family. The resort says it paid more than double the world auction record for similar vessels. Share prices for Wynn Resorts have jumped lately after analysts gave it a "buy" rating based on its business in Macau and the improving Las Vegas market. (The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Wife of Murder Suspect Says Husband Was Defending Himself

Wife of Murder Suspect Says Husband Was Defending Himself

The wife of a Florida high school football coach being held on a murder charge said Friday her husband was defending himself when he threw a single punch that authorities say killed a Utah man in a Las Vegas Strip casino.

Benjamin Hawkins, 37, pleaded not guilty Friday during a brief appearance before a Las Vegas judge. The judge scheduled a Tuesday bail hearing and set a July 21 date to hear evidence in the early Wednesday slaying of John Massie, 46, of Roy, Utah.

"It just looked like he wouldn't leave my husband alone," Leticia Hawkins, 35, a banker from Gainesville, Fla., told The Associated Press outside the courtroom. "My husband was defending himself."