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Road Closures Due to the Las Vegas Marathon

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon will kick off early Sunday morning causing some road closures.

Police will start closing roads between 3 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. along the race course. The men's race starts at 6:15 a.m. Click here for a list of the road closures with their expected time of closure. Las Vegas Blvd. from Sunset Road to Sahara Ave. will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.

A printable race course map

Freeways will not be closed on race day but the following ramps will be closed impacting traffic moving east across Las Vegas Blvd.:

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Las Vegas Betting on $8.5B CityCenter

LAS VEGAS -- A new bright spot on the Las Vegas Strip is ready to open. The first building at CityCenter opens Tuesday for invited guests and the general public can get inside on Wednesday morning.

The first of the CityCenter buildings to open is called Vdara. It's the building to the north of Aria, the main hotel casino in the middle. Vdara is a boutique hotel with condos -- almost 1,500 rooms in all.

One of the first faces you will see when staying at Vdara is bellman Kevin Schakaford. "We grab the luggage, take it up to the room, give the guests an orientation of the room and provide the finest personal service we can provide for the guest," he said.

Barry Manilow to Open New Show on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Barry Manilow is promising to keeping things romantic as he moves to the Las Vegas Strip for a new show opening March 5.

The 63-year-old "Mandy" and "Copacabana" crooner says he's starting from scratch on the new show at the Paris Las Vegas hotel-casino. He says the romantic world of Paris fits with his latest album, "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time." It debuts Jan. 26.

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Get a Look Inside CityCenter's Vdara Hotel

LAS VEGAS -- MGM Mirage spent $8.5 billion on CityCenter. The company almost went bankrupt and the project almost shut down.

The long-awaited property opened it's first hotel to the public Wednesday at 7 a.m.

Walking into Vdara, one thing pops out above all else -- the contemporary design of the hotel with a Frank Stella painting as a centerpiece. The employees here have trained and seem eager to accept the first guests.

SLIDESHOW: Vdara Highlights

Aaron Peterson works at the Vdara spa. "It's awesome to be here and be a part of this project," he said.

He feels a special connection to all of CityCenter. Peterson actually helped build the buildings. "I am a tower crane operator, so I have been on each building in all of CityCenter," he said.

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FEMA Plans Disaster Drill on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is the designated spot for a mock nuclear explosion planned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA had planned to simulate a nuclear explosion right on the Las Vegas Strip to test for emergency preparedness. But the plan is meeting a lot of opposition from all the key players, including Boyd Gaming, MGM Mirage, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the LVCVA.

“All of our focus should be on attracting visitors on reasons why they should visit Las Vegas, not inhibitors,” said Vince Alberta with the LVCVA.

LVCVA wrote a letter on behalf of those against the idea saying, “We believe a scenario such as this will generate undue anxiety about visiting or conducting business in Las Vegas.”

I-Team: Booting Battle Cranks Up

LAS VEGAS -- Paul Draher knows it is just another day as one of the most reviled men in Las Vegas.

"It's a job like anyone else," he says, sighing lightly, knowing news crews and papers are against him. He does not feel put upon, exactly. He knows it comes with the territory.

When you boot someone's car, they tend not to like you -- at all. "Usually I'll have a bullet-proof vest on just as a precaution," he says without a hint of sarcasm or irony.

Draher is the owner of Boot-It Inc., the local company raising eyebrows and question marks about the tactics of booting cars. His battleground is the parking lot near Harmon and Paradise, a popular mass of spaces across from the Hard Rock. Proximity is the problem, however. People park in the lot and then walk across the street to other businesses.

Las Vegas Men Sell New Poker Idea

A Las Vegas man and his childhood friend says growing up in the valley helped them invent a new video poker game and strike a deal with slot maker IGT.

It's called Second Chance Royal Poker. It's like any other video poker game, except if you miss the royal flush by one card, you get a free second chance to draw that last card again.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Zarowitz and his childhood friend invented the game. “W e would sneak out to the 7-11 when we were like 14 – 15-years-old until they kicked us out. People growing up in other places don't have that kind of exposure to video poker,” he said.