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Crystals at CityCenter Celebrates Grand Opening

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Despite the recession, a handful of new high-end luxury stores are now open. The ribbon was cut Thursday morning at the Crystals retail mall at CityCenter.

Crystals features luxury shops like Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Versace. And shoppers can take a break to enjoy a meal at high-end restaurants run by world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and actress Eva Longoria.

But some wonder if the shopping center can survive without affordable stores for locals to shop in.

SLIDESHOW: Inside the Crystals at CityCenter

A small cut with scissors in front of the world's best known jewelry store opened Crystals. In the middle of the recession, MGM Mirage opened 500,000 square feet of retail space as their mall at CityCenter.

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CityCenter's Opening Means Job Cuts for Construction Workers

LAS VEGAS -- The end of the CityCenter massive project means the end of steady paychecks for thousands of construction workers.

It's bad news for the thousands now without a job and those who are already out of work and steadily looking for employment. For people in the construction industry, finding work is a job in and of itself.

"You go from one place to another and the answer is always no because there are so many other qualified people out there. It's just discouraging," said unemployed worker Art Lindley.

Some feel the problem will get worse with the opening of CityCenter. Thousands of workers will be looking for a job. Those in construction say the number of projects across the Las Vegas valley aren't what they use to be.

"There's nothing going on now -- nothing. So everyone that is in construction is looking to go somewhere else," said Lindley.

Tiger Woods' Alleged Affairs Have Las Vegas Connection

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- New details are coming out about the crash involving Tiger Woods as well as the Las Vegas connection to the story.

According to a six page report released by the Florida Highway Patrol, Woods caused $3,200 in property damage. He was also not wearing a seatbelt and was driving erratically before crashing into a tree. Damage to his Escalade is estimated at $8,000. The report does not include statements from Woods, his wife or any witnesses.

Woods released a statement Wednesday saying he let down his family with transgressions he regrets. A voicemail also surfaced said to be from Woods to one of the women who claims to have dated him. Several magazines are reporting three women have had affairs with Woods and all of these women have ties to Las Vegas. Woods met those women at night clubs on the Las Vegas Strip.

Woman's Body Found in House Fire

A woman is dead after an early morning house fire near Maryland Pkwy. and Sahara.

The fire in the 2200 block of Beverly Street was reported by neighbors around 4:30 a.m. after they heard loud popping noises and saw the flames.

The body of the woman, believed to be in her 70's, was discovered in a back bedroom.

 

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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.:

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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