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Las Vegas pub attempts record for longest concert

Las Vegas pub attempts record for longest concert

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- An Irish pub on the Las Vegas Strip hopes to break a Guinness World Record by hosting 16 days of nearly nonstop live music.

The concert is set to begin Wednesday afternoon at the Ri Ra pub in The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay.

Numerous bands are scheduled to fly in and keep the music going, including Irish musician Dave Browne and Liam Reilly of the Irish rock band Bagatelle.

The artists will play nonstop with no more than a 25-second break between songs and a five-minute break between sets.

The current world record for longest concert by multiple artists is 15 days. Bands began playing at a Michigan cafe on March 19, 2011 and ended April 3 of that year.

 

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Accused Las Vegas Strip shooter gets summer trial date

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A self-described pimp already in Nevada state prison for a rape and robbery conviction is due to get a date for his death penalty trial in a Las Vegas Strip shooting and fiery crash that killed three.

A trial has been set for July 6, 2015 in the Strip shooting case.

Ammar Harris also faces a preliminary hearing in a separate prison contraband smuggling case.

Harris is due in one courtroom Wednesday while a Nevada state court judge sets a 2015 date for his capital trial on murder, attempted murder and weapon charges in the spectacular and deadly February 2013 shooting and crash.

Casino mogul says experience, not gambling, is key

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Steve Wynn says it's not the gambling that's the key to casinos' success. It's everything else -- including giving people a chance to live big.

The billionaire developer who has shaped the Las Vegas Strip gave that advice Tuesday night to a crowd gathered for the gambling industry's annual G2E Global Gaming Expo.

The industry has been rattled by troubles in Atlantic City. Four casinos have closed there this year, eliminating 8,000 casino jobs.

Competition has grown fierce as more states have legalized casino gambling. Industry leaders say an emphasis on non-gambling revenue sources including restaurants, shopping and entertainment is what will win the day for the industry.

Wynn says it's the customer experience, not the slot machines, that make casinos a success.

 

Expert: Gaming contributes billions to U.S. economy

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is the king of gaming but the city has plenty of competition with some form of gaming now in 48 of the 50 states.

Batman and Robin have theirs. So does Wonder Woman and so do the guys from the "Hangover" movies but the Global Gaming Expo is much more than the latest slot machines.

"The U.S. gaming industry last year contributed $240 billion in economic activity." Adam Sacks with Oxford Economics said.

Sacks authored a brand new report on the economic impact of the U.S. gaming industry. He has crunched all the numbers studying the gaming industry's significant ripple effect, including local businesses.

"If you can think of what would happen if the gaming industry disappeared in Las Vegas and all of the employees of these casinos no longer had jobs and no longer had incomes, how that would affect everything from the grocery stores to movie theatres to the banks and so forth," Sacks said.

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Haze nightclub on Las Vegas Strip to close

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say Haze Nightclub at the Aria will be closing at the end of October to make way for another business.

MGM Resorts International released a brief statement Tuesday confirming the closure of the Las Vegas Strip club, which is located inside the Aria resort.

They said a new concept will be moving into the space in 2015, but didn't provide an exact date or description of the plans.

Haze is Aria's flagship club and is run by The Light Group.

Britney Spears extends Vegas residency thru 2017

LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears announced she's sticking around in Las Vegas for another two years, according to LiveNation.

The pop star began her 2-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino last December.  She performs around 50 shows a year, which were contracted through 2015. 

LiveNation said she's now extended her shows through 2017.

Tickets for Spears' show range from $59 to $179. 

Britney, who just got back from a whirlwind tour promoting her new lingerie collection in Europe, announced on 'Good Morning Britain' she's working on a new studio album, although didn't offer much in details surrounding the project.

22 years later, a casino heist remains a mystery

LAS VEGAS -- The stories live on about his heist, but to this day, no one knows what happened to Bill Brennan in an unsolved Las Vegas casino mystery.

This week, 22 years ago, the Stardust Hotel and Casino employee walked out of the casino with half-a-million dollars. He hasn't been seen since.

The story is as legendary on the Strip, as the legendary casino that was taken for $500,000.

This very week in 1992, Bill Brennan left his job at the Stardust as he did for four years. Only this time, he stole from the Stardust in a big way and vanished without a trace.

In most casino capers, the culprits are caught. They typically only get away in the movies.

But in the early morning hours of Sept. 22, 1992, Stardust sports book cashier Bill Brennan didn't use a gun or threaten anyone.

"It appears he left the casino without being filmed by the surveillance cameras," Metro Police Lt. Joe Greenwood said in an interview in 1992.