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Trial begins in civil case focused on David Copperfield's show

A lawyer for a British man who says he slipped, fell and was injured while he participated in a disappearing illusion at magician David Copperfield's Las Vegas show says the act was "an accident waiting to happen.

The remarks from attorney Benedict Morelli came Friday during the first day of the trial in the civil case brought by tourist Gavin Cox and his wife against Copperfield, the MGM Grand casino-resort and others.

Cox filed the lawsuit in 2014 months after he was randomly selected to participate in the final trick of Copperfield's show.

Cox in his lawsuit argues he was injured when he was hurried with no guidance through a dark construction zone.

MGM Grand's attorney Jerry Popovich told the jury Cox simply missed his step when he fell. ... Read More

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Police release mug shots of suspect in Strip robberies

Police released the name and the mugshots of two suspects who they say went on a robbery spree on the Las Vegas Strip late Monday night.

Metro Police said 23-year-old Johnny Terrell and 24-year-old Marquan Jackson led officers to three parking garages before they were arrested.

Police Lt. David Gordon says the men were arrested around midnight after robbing five people and ramming an empty patrol car.

Gordon says suspects first robbed and battered a woman, her daughter and granddaughter around 11:15 p.m. Monday in the parking garage of the Treasure Island casino-resort.

Gordon says the men then robbed a couple around 11:30 p.m. in the Fashion Show Mall's parking garage.

He says an officer then spotted two men matching the description of the robbers and their van in the SLS casino-hotel's parking garage. They rammed the patrol car and were arrested as they ran out of the garage.

Terrell is in custody on the following charges:... Read More

Ear condition causes Céline Dion to cancel March 27-April 18 shows

Celine Dion has canceled her shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for Mach 27- April 18. The singer posted the news on her Facebook page early Wednesday evening.

According to the statement on her Facebook page, Dion has been dealing with a condition in her middle ear known as Patulous Eustachian tube, which causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing.

She has been dealing with the condition for the past 12-18 months, but it has been successfully treated with various ear drop medications. However, over the last couple of weeks the medications have stopped working, so she has to undergo a minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct the problem.

The Grammy award winner posted the following statement:... Read More

Steve Wynn looks to sell shares in former company

Former Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn plans to potentially sell all his stock in the casino-operator, a month after he resigned over sexual assault and harassment allegations.

Wynn could potentially sell up to 12.1 million shares of stock. He is the largest shareholder in Wynn Resorts with his stake, which totals about 11.8 percent of the company.

Shares of Wynn Resorts Ltd. are hovering around $180 apiece, which makes his stake worth about $2.21 billion.

Two months ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that several women said the billionaire harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement with a manicurist formerly employed by the Las Vegas company. Wynn has denied the allegations. ... Read More

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Stratosphere to undergo $140M renovation

The Stratosphere is about take on a whole new look thanks to renovation plans.

The property's owners are ready to invest $140 million touching every part of the casino and hotel.

The Stratosphere is commonly known for its more affordable rooms and thrill rides at the top of its tower.

The company that bought it just last year, Golden Entertainment, says its upgrading all of that. When the announcement was made last week, they made note of other major projects already happening on the north end of the Strip.

Resorts World is already in full swing and has plans to open in 2020. More than 400 workers are moving things around every day.

And over at the former Fountaineblue, it plans to also open in 2020, as The Drew. And now, starting this spring, the Stratosphere will get major renovations.

"Fantastic. We'll come again," said Stratosphere guest Karen Harper... Read More

MGM properties to increase resort fees on Strip on March 1

Resort fees for MGM Resorts International properties on the Las Vegas Strip are going up.

Most of MGM's properties will increase by $2, but Luxor and Excalibur will go up by $5.

The Bellagio, Aria, and Vdara will remain the same at $39.

The resorts fee increase takes effect on March 1.

Here's what you'll pay in resort fees at MGM properties around the Strip:

Bellagio -- $39
Aria -- $39
Vdara -- $39
Mandalay Bay/Delano -- $37
The Mirage -- $37
The Signature at MGM Grand --$37
MGM Grand -- $37
New York, New York -- $37
Monte Carlo -- $37
Luxor -- $35
Excalibur -- $35
Circus, Circus -- $30... Read More

New CEO denies prior knowledge of sex claims against founder

The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts says he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced in a news report last month.

Matt Maddox was appointed CEO on Feb. 6 after Wynn resigned.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.

Maddox says people should "hold off making any judgment" until the investigations into the accusations are complete.

Wynn has vehemently denied the accusations and attributed them to a campaign led by his ex-wife. An attorney for Elaine Wynn denies that claim.

Maddox says the company won't change its name or logo, which is Steve Wynn's signature. ... Read More