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Grand Jury Indicts Man in CHP Officer's Death

James Montgomery in court

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing a California Highway Patrol officer and another man after stealing the truck occupied by the two men.

The jury indicted 29-year-old James Montgomery on two counts of murder, two counts of first degree kidnapping, one count burglary, two counts of robbery, one count of grand larceny and two counts of DUI resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.

According to Metro Police, in August, Montgomery stole the truck from the valet area of the Flamingo Hotel while Felix Cruz was in the back. CHP officer Jesus Magdaleno Jr., who was Cruz's brother-in-law, jumped into the truck and tried to get Montgomery to stop, police said.

Police say Montgomery started speeding and running through red lights. He eventually crashed and ejected both men from the bed of the truck, police said. Magdaleno died at the scene and Cruz died a few days later.

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Fontainebleau Future in Question

LAS VEGAS -- The Fontainebleau is a beautiful shell. It was supposed to be a high-end resort on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, but it has been shuttered for four years. A possible settlement in federal bankruptcy court now has many wondering what's next for the troubled property.

The construction stopped on the project in mid-2009. The skyscraper is considered by many to be a big blue eyesore. The Miami Herald reports the parties involved in building the hotel-casino may be reaching a deal.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is a vibrant hotel, billed as "a spectacular blend of golden era glamour and modern luxury." It's a far cry from its sister property, Fontainebleau Las Vegas, which has been dead for four years.

"It is definitely an eyesore," Kim Gibson from Dallas said.

When the recession hit, construction came to a screeching halt.

Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana to Close for January

Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana to Close for January

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Cirque du Soleil's 1-year-old "Zarkana" show is closing in late December for a cast vacation and show refresher.

Cirque announced this week that tourists will find "Zarkana" slightly changed when it re-opens in February.

The show at the Aria Resort and Casino has tended to garner less enthusiastic reviews than some of Cirque's other Strip productions. But temporary closures are not unusual for Cirque, which periodically revamps many of its shows.

Earlier this month, Cirque temporarily removed the "Wheel of Death" stunt from Zarkana after an acrobat fell from the wheel during a performance and was hospitalized.

The act featured two people performing feats atop and inside a pair of spinning wheels high above the stage. Officials say the incident is unrelated to the show's temporary  closure.

Microsoft to Open First Las Vegas Store Thursday

LAS VEGAS -- Whether you're a gamer looking for a new gadget or wondering what to buy the technology lover on your gift list. Holiday shopping is about to get more fun! Microsoft is opening a new retail store inside Fashion Show Mall.

The store, which opens Thursday, is filled tomorrow filled with the latest gadgets on the market. The new Xbox One is expected to be one of the most popular items this Christmas. Shopper even get a chance to play the game before making a purchase.

Employees at the new Microsoft retail store were busy making sure everything is ready for the crowds at Thursday's grand opening.

"I work at the mall so hopefully I get here before everyone else," Microsoft fan Martin Sneed said.

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Skating Rink Returns to the Cosmo

Skating Rink Returns to the Cosmo

Ice skating returns to the Las Vegas Strip with the Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The rink will open for the season Friday, Nov. 22. The rink offers a full bar along with food offerings like grilled cheese, beef chili and fireside s'mores kit.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight and Saturday through Sunday from noon to midnight. All day skating is $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents. People can bring their own skates or rent skates for $5. Children 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult who is over 21 years old.

The rink will also be holding date skate Mondays with double feature of favorite holiday movies on the resort's 65-foot digital marquee, including "A Christmas Story" and "Christmas Vacation."

The rink will be open through January 5.

Interesting Date Draws Couples for Marriage

Interesting Date Draws Couples for Marriage

Tuesday is a special day numerically and many couples will come to Las Vegas to tie the knot on 11-12-13.

The significant date will spell big business for the Las Vegas valley's wedding industry. Happy couples filed in and out of the marriage license bureau downtown Monday. Thomas and Anya have been preparing for this day for a while. They flew in family from Alaska, Oregon and Colorado.

"We picked the day about a year ago. We wanted consecutive numbers and we figured this year or next year were going to be out last chance to do that," Thomas and Anya said.

Weddings generate more than $500 million a year for Las Vegas. 

Driving You Crazy: Unclear Lanes on Las Vegas Boulevard

LAS VEGAS - Old and new traffic lanes on southbound Las Vegas Boulevard near Harmon Avenue are confusing many drivers.

Painted-over black lines, reflective dots and former, older white lines are baffling motorists, leaving many to wonder which lane is the appropriate one.

Some vehicles use the old lanes. Others use the new lanes, creating traffic headaches. Even experienced taxi drivers seem confused in this area.

Traffic8 asked Clark County officials to make the traffic lanes more distinguishable.

The county has a project in design to mill and overlay the pavement in this section of the Strip. The project will re-align and re-stripe the problematic pavement markings. Construction begins in a few months.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Brian Loftus.