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Inside the High-Tech Hard Rock Cafe

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- With fewer tourists visiting Las Vegas and locals trying to save cash, restaurants are feeling the pinch. But despite the tough economic times, the Hard Rock Cafe opened its second location in Las Vegas this month.

The restaurant-chain says they're going high-tech and hopes combining computers and cuisine will draw people in.

SLIDESHOW: Inside the Hard Rock Cafe

At the new Hard Rock, you can play games, watch videos, and listen to music with your touch-screen tabletop. Because times are tough, the company says it wants to add value to their cafe and help you experience more for less.

Not only is it David Ortiz's first time to Las Vegas, it's also his first time playing the piano at the Hard Rock Cafe. "I thought it was really neat. I was just messing with it.

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Mayweather Dominates Marquez In Return to Ring

Floyd Mayweather Jr. told the world he was still its best boxer despite taking 21 months off, and he backed up every boast with every jab in an impressive victory. 

Mayweather overpowered the smaller, lighter Juan Manuel Marquez for an unanimous decision Saturday night, maintaining his perfect record in his comeback from retirement.

Mayweather knocked down Marquez in the second round and then peppered him with countless damaging shots to remain unbeaten (40-0, 25 KOs). Still, his impressive effort couldn't be viewed without weighing the obvious disadvantages in height and strength faced by the talented Marquez, a 130-pounder just 18 months ago who moved up two weight classes for this once-in-a-career payday at the MGM Grand Garden.

"Marquez is tough as nails," Mayweather said. "He's a great little man.

Casino Holds Memorial for Murdered Worker

A Las Vegas Strip casino is hosting a memorial for a former employee who died last week in an apparent murder-suicide.

The Sunday memorial for 29-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Wayson at the Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort was billed as a celebration of her life.

A funeral and burial were held in Maryland on Friday for Wayson, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds Sept. 14 at a home in the south Las Vegas area.

Authorities say a housekeeper found the bodies of Wayson and 40-year-old Eric Austin Bray, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

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CityCenter Wrapping Up Hiring

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- MGM Mirage's CityCenter announced that they intend to launch the "single largest hiring effort in the nation" on Monday. The announcement came at the same time the state released record unemployment numbers. Some lucky applicants received their job offers on Friday.

With more than 180,000 unemployed Nevadans, jobs are scarce and competition is stiff. Some experts believe Nevada has hit the peak for unemployment. Will the massive hiring by the MGM Mirage make a difference?

On Friday the resort offered jobs to internal candidates who already work at the MGM Mirage. On Monday, CityCenter will extend thousands of more job offers to people from all over the country.

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Sentencing Delayed for Casino Shooter

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The sentencing for casino shooter Steven Zegrean has been delayed until Oct. 19th.

The 53-year-old unemployed house painter was found guilty of a shooting spree at the New York New York in July 2007 that left four people injured.

Zegrean's attorneys made a motion to have some of the lesser charges against him dismissed. Zegrean was convicted on 51 charges.

 

 

New Clark County Fire Station Opens

Clark County fire officials are opening a new fire station Thursday to serve McCarran International Airport and the surrounding area.

Authorities say the new facility is similar to other county fire stations around Las Vegas. But this one has an extra vehicle bay and a classroom.

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MGM Mirage Amends Senior Notes Exchange Offer

Casino operator MGM Mirage says it has amended a senior notes exchange offer in part to extend its expiration date.

The Las Vegas-based company on Thursday pushed the expiration date as well as the early participation and withdrawal dates to Sept. 30. MGM Mirage had just extended the early participation date last week to Sept. 24 from Sept. 10. The initial expiration date was Sept. 24 as well.

Under the terms of the offer, eligible holders can exchange a portion of $782 million in 8.5 percent senior notes due 2010 for up to $500 million in 10 percent senior notes due 2016.

MGM Mirage says about $21 million of existing notes had been validly tendered as of Wednesday. If accepted, the notes would be exchanged for approximately $24.7 million new notes.

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