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Judge Views Saudi's Interview by Las Vegas Police

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A video aired in open court shows a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant telling a Las Vegas police detective he had sex with a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year's Eve.

Mazen Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, lewdness and sexual assault of a minor.

Before the 70-minute video was shown Thursday, he rejected a plea deal that would have had him plead guilty to reduced charges.

He would have faced an uncertain sentence of probation or up to 80 years in prison.

The judge says she'll rule soon whether a jury will see Alotaibi admit having physical contact with the boy.

Alotaibi's lawyer argues that Alotaibi didn't understand that he had a right to not answer police questions.

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Gaming Win Drops in June

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports Nevada casinos won more than $792 million from gamblers in June  - a drop of 4.8 percent from June 2012.

Casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard saw a drop of 10 percent in their June gaming win.

Despite the decline, the state collected more than $43 million in fees based on gaming revenue in June. That's an increase of 13.2 percent from 2012.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.

Strip Performers Give Back to the Community

Strip Performers Give Back to the Community

A Las Vegas charity received some help from performers on the Las Vegas Strip.

Recycled Percussion dropped off a check Thursday at the Shade Tree shelter for $3,100. The performers, who first got their start on "America's Got Talent," often donate time and money to southern Nevada's homeless shelters.

The Shade Tree provides shelter for women and children who are homeless or looking to leave a domestic violence situation.

"Here we are, we get to play on the Las Vegas strip every day for fans and get to live our dream, but every time you drive home, you see someone on the side of the road that just looking for a place to stay or some shelter, and it really hits home," leader of the group Justin Spencer said.

Recycled Percussion performs at The Quad. They're known for making music using everything from trash cans to power tools.

Back to School Shopping Challenge: Abigail Peterson

LAS VEGAS - This week, 8 News NOW is teaming with local bloggers to find the best deals for back to school shopping. One woman, who is both a parent and a teacher, embarks on her quest for school supplies.

Abigail Peterson's mission at the Staples store in Town Square is two-fold. She is buying back-to-school supplies for her three kids and, as a teacher, seeking supplies for her class.

"It is a very stressful time," she said. "My strategy is to go through, use coupons and (my) teacher discount, get as much bang for my buck."

Her teacher discount gets her an additional 15 percent off. She's a smart shopper, calculating immediately the biggest hit to her $88 budget.

"The most expensive thing is going to be backpacks and lunch boxes," she said.

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Worker in Serious Condition after 130-Foot Fall from Marquee

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LAS VEGAS -- A worker is recovering after falling more than 100 feet while working on the MGM Grand marquee Wednesday morning.

According to the Clark County Fire Department, the accident happened around 9:45 a.m. The victim works for the Young Electric Sign Company and was removing equipment from the sign at the time of the fall.

The fire department says the man fell about 130 feet but landscaping broke his fall.

"He had a lot of blood. He looked in bad shape. In fact, he was making some noises that I never heard before coming from a human being," Rodney Jones, an eyewitness to the fall said.

Firefighters wasted no time in getting the worker medical attention.

"They got to the patient, packaged the patient up, got him into an ambulance and transported with CCFD paramedics in an AMR rig to UMC Trauma in 22 minutes," battalion chief with the Clark County Fire Department Eric Poleski said.

Union Members Rally Outside Strip Resort

LAS VEGAS -- Members of the Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 rallied outside the Cosmopolitan Wednesday afternoon.

This is the fourth time this year that union members have protested outside the Strip property. The union was joined by members of the California School Employees Association.

Union members were protesting the fact that they are without a contract at the Cosmopolitan.

The property sent the following statement late Wednesday afternoon:

"The Cosmopolitan management has been in ongoing talks with the Union and continues to negotiate in good faith. As always, our highest priority is the safety and comfort of our guests and CoStars and we will continue to work with the authorities." 

The protest forced the closure of one lane of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Hackers Hear from NSA Chief, Warn of Security Issues

LAS VEGAS -- The head of the National Security Agency spoke Wednesday before the 16th annual Black Hat Conference at Caesars Palace and met with strong criticism over the federal government's collection of phone and internet data.

Before a room full of tech-savvy professionals, NSA Director General Keith Alexander said that his agency targets communication by terrorists and not everyday American people.

"What comes out is: we are collecting everything and that is not true," Alexander said.

The crowd did not keep their opinions to themselves. At one point, a heckler yelled out that Alexander lied to Congress and that he was lying to them now.

Alexander responded by saying he has not lied to Congress.

The Black Hat Conference is often called the hackers conference because of its focus on computers and cybersecurity. It brings thousands of security experts from around the world to Las Vegas.