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A Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Fontainebleau Bonuses

A federal bankruptcy judge in Miami has rejected a request to pay a total of about $1 million in bonuses to employees at the stalled Fontainebleau Las Vegas casino-resort.

Fontainebleau says the bonuses would keep workers focused on selling the resort and stabilizing the building structure as opposed to looking for other jobs. Judge A. Jay Cristol says lenders and construction lien holders shouldn't be obligated to pay the bonuses. Creditors are owed more than $2 billion in the case.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Newest Las Vegas Casino Prepped for Opening

LAS VEGAS -- The centerpiece of CityCenter is all set for a big grand opening Wednesday evening.

ARIA Resort & Casino boasts 4,000 rooms and dozens of restaurants and bars. It also has the only casino on the massive resort.

Luxury blended with technology promises guests at ARIA a one of a kind experience.

Will West is the CEO of Control4, the company that helped design the personalized features in all 4,004 rooms. "ARIA wanted to create an environment that was a much more comfortable, home-like and also energy efficient," he said.

Everything about ARIA and CityCenter is touted to be environmentally friendly. It's often invisible to the naked eye, but it's here. "That would be things like putting in the right fixtures for water and the right lighting in daylight," said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President of Energy and Environmental Design with MGM Mirage.

Las Vegas New Year's Eve Plans to Ring in 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Las Vegas will ring in 2010 with a massive fireworks show from seven hotel rooftops along the Strip and live concerts on Fremont Street.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Fireworks by Grucci revealed details of their plans for what they are calling America's Party: A Vegas Celebration that have distinctive music and colors associated with the theme.

There will be a 7 minute fireworks show in which the fireworks will be fired from the rooftops of the MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Aria, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, The Venetian and Stratosphere. This is a major change from last year when the fireworks were fired from the ground level as a safety precaution.

"We're going to have fireworks second to none," said Mayor Oscar Goodman.

CityCenter Generated $700 Million for Minority Businesses

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The countdown is on for the opening of Aria at the CityCenter and as the finishing touches are being put on the property's crown jewel, find out how the project has helped minority businesses thrive and survive.

Aria, the property's only casino, will open to the public Wednesday night with a fireworks show. The MGM-Mirage's mega-development has not only created 12,000 new jobs, it also made using minority-owned businesses a priority. About 200 minority-owned businesses help build CityCenter.

It all started on the drawing board when MGM-Mirage and Perini Building Company decided to seek out the most qualified local firms and then cast their net nationwide to find minority-owned firms up for the challenge.

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Sahara Hotel Closes Towers Due to Low Demand

LAS VEGAS -- Officials say the Sahara hotel-casino has closed two of its hotel towers for the holiday season due to low demand.

Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment owns the Las Vegas Strip property. No word yet how many of its 1,720 rooms remain open and how many people were laid off. Hotel representatives tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal the rooms will be made available again based on demand.

The Sahara's decision to darken two of its three hotel towers for the holidays may not be as temporary as they hope, according to at least one local gaming analyst.

Steve Wyrick: Show is Not Closed

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Magician Steve Wyrick says there is misinformation circulating about his show at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

In a news released, he said the show is temporarily dark, not closed and he expects to re-open at the end of the month.

"The unannounced closure was due to unexpected circumstances.  Our goal and intent is to retain our current staff and continue to provide live entertainment," Wyrick said.

Police Search for Suspects in Armored Truck Heist

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Police are searching for at least two suspects in the daring robbery of an armored truck in front of the Palace Station Hotel & Casino Monday morning.

Station Casinos reports that the suspects made of with more than $1 million but only about  $36,000 was in cash. The rest was in cashed checks and receipts.

According to Lt. Clint Nichols with Metro Robbery, the robbery happened around 9 a.m. in front of the casino door on Sahara Ave. Police say the Garda armored truck had one driver and one guard and when the guard returned to the truck from the casino, he was robbed at gun point.